* 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).
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 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 and weather permitting a night time observing session.
ASSESSMENT: 2-hr mid-sem test, 2-hr end-of-sem exam, homeworks, practicals and short projects.
TEACHING PATTERN: 3 x 1hr lectures/tutorials, 2-hr practical class weekly
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
Web supported - H Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
Resource supported teaching & learning - H Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
Flexible scheduling - H Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc
About Flexible Study Options
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.