|Details for undergraduate courses|
|Content||The content of this unit includes the physical principles underlying radiation mechanisms, planetary astronomy, stellar birth and evolution, astronomy techniques, neutron stars and supernovae, optical telescope projects and computer modelling laboratories. The content is explored with reference to a range of applications and physical contexts, and developed and applied through laboratory and computer projects. Skills in problem identification, mathematical exploration and solution are fostered through assignment sheets and tutorial activities.|
|Outcomes||Students are able to (1) develop understanding of the physical principles underlying space electrodynamics, planetary astronomy, stellar astrophysics and astronomical techniques and modelling; (2) apply and further develop critical thinking skills in a range of realistic physical situations; (3) use appropriate mathematical techniques; (4) develop and apply problem identification and mathematical solution skills in a range of realistic physical situations; (5) develop understanding of the physical principles of measurement, experimental technique, quantitative analysis and data analysis relevant to astronomy and astrophysics; and (6) develop oral and written communication skills relevant to the disciplines of astronomy and astrophysics.|
|Assessment||Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignment; (2) laboratory and computer projects; (3) scheduled tests; and (4) an end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.|
To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the laboratory and computer projects component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
|Unit Coordinator(s)||Dr Matthew Young|
|Contact hours||lectures: average 3 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; project/lab work: 24 hours per semester|
Current information is available in the School of Physics textbook list.