PH1002 - Astronomy: Evolution of the Universe
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
This subject provides a fundamental overview of astronomy as both a body of scientific
knowledge and a set of skills used to investigate the universe. This year's selection
of topics include: the tools of astronomy; properties and origins of the solar
system; our sun and other stars - their structure, characteristics and life cycles;
astrobiology and the scientific search for life; the structure and evolution of galaxies;
Cosmology - big bang, cosmic background radiation, dark matter and dark energy.
This subject is a broad-based view of astronomy stressing an interdisciplinary approach
to science. No previous knowledge of physics is required, but it does require the
use of scientific thinking, both qualitative and quantitative, to successfully complete
- appreciate the scale and complexity of the Universe and Earth's place in it;
- describe the general properties of planets, solar systems, stars, and galaxies;
- exhibit by recalling the basic concepts, terminology and principles of contemporary
- outline the main features and performance of telescopes and other astronomical tools
- develop an inquiring mind about the nature of the universe and to appreciate the scientific
endeavour to explain its structure.
- end of semester exam (55%)
- quizzes or tests (30%)
- tutorials/practicals (15%).
Study Period 2
|Census Date 27-Aug-2020
||Mr John Daicopoulos.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 26 hours lectures
- 13 hours tutorials - Tutorials/Practicals
- assessment and self-directed study
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest