Courses & Units

Astronomy KYA181

Hobart

Introduction

This is an introductory unit covering the foundations of astronomy. Themes covered include: the history and development of concepts about our place in the Universe, the night sky, the planets, the measurement of cosmic distances, the life cycles of stars (dust to black holes), galaxies, the structure and evolution of the Universe (big bang to now), and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. The course is taught through a combination of lecture, tutorial and practical sessions. The practical sessions include daytime visits to the Mt. Pleasant Radio telescope, weather permitting and a night time observing session.

Summary

Unit name Astronomy
Unit code KYA181
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Mathematics and Physics
Teaching staff

Prof J Dickey

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
Note

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

3 x 1hr lectures/tutorials, 2-hr practical class weekly

Assessment

2-hr Exam (40%), 2 mid-term tests (15% each) , Lab (15%), Homework (15%)

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Textbooks

Required

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