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ASP1010: Earth to cosmos: introductory astronomy

Faculty of Science

Earth to cosmos: introductory astronomy

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This unit focuses on concepts that will allow you to gain understanding of key astrophysical phenomena. The topics covered include the night sky, the historical development of astronomical knowledge, our solar system, comets and asteroids, the sun, exoplanets, other stars, stellar remnants such as black holes, the Milky Way, other galaxies, quasars, dark matter, and cosmology in general.


1 - In-semester activities, quizzes and tests - 60% 3 - Examination (2 hours and 10 minutes) - 40%


The workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours spread across the semester (roughly 12 hours per week) - approximately an even mixture of attendance at scheduled activities and self-scheduled study time. Learning activities comprise a mixture of instructor directed, peer directed and self-directed learning, which includes face-to-face and online engagement.