Discovering the Universe

AST10001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 60





Aims and objectives

To develop a familiarity with a broad range of topics in modern astronomy. This subject has a practical component, where students will learn how to access, analyse and interpret state-of-the-art astronomical datasets. The emphasis is on conceptual understanding, not mathematical techniques.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe our place in the Universe using a historical context
2. Use basic physical laws to describe the motion of celestial bodies in the Universe
3. Identify astronomical objects such as stars, planets and galaxies, and current areas of
astronomical research
4. Analyse modern observing techniques, and different telescope design for different wavelength
5. Make and interpret measurements from modern astronomical datasets