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PHYS6010 - Introduction to Astronomy

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Title:Introduction to Astronomy
Long Title:Introduction to Astronomy
Module Code:PHYS6010
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Module Delivered in 8 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: JOSH REYNOLDS
Module Description: This module give the student an introduction to both the theoretical and practical aspects of astronomy. Delivery will include work at the CIT Observatory at Blackrock Castle.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Give an account of the evolution of astronomy
LO2 Explain the formation and structure of the Universe and galaxies
LO3 Explain the formation and structure of the Solar System
LO4 Describe and operate the instrumentation used for astronomy
LO5 Use astronomical methods for size and distance estimations
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
None
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
None
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

None
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Formation of The Universe and the Big Bang
The Big Bang and expansion of the Universe. Stars and Galaxies. Origin of the elements. Supernovae and Black Holes.
Measuring the Universe
Scale of the Universe. Astronomy through the ages. What did the Babylonians ever do for us?
Observing the Universe
Types of telescope. Celestial coordinates. The constellations. Recording images using CCDs.
The Solar System
The Sun, Earth and Moon, inner planets, outer planets. Exploration and search for life in the solar system. Space travel within the solar system. Space junk.
Beyond the Solar System
Extra-solar planets. SETI - the probability of the existence of life. Space travel - difficulties etc.
Practical Astronomy at Blackrock Observatory
Controlling a telescope. Taking data using a CCD. Analysing data.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 1,2,3,4 15.0 Week 4
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 1,2,3,4 15.0 Week 7
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Reports (3) 4,5 25.0 Sem End
Project Research Project 1,2,3,4 35.0 Sem End
Written Report Report on BCO visit 4 10.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical work at Blackrock Castle and CIT 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical work at Blackrock Castle and CIT 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

This module does not have any book resources
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

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