Discovering the Universe

AST10001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 48

2018 teaching periods

Higher Ed.  Semester 2
30 Jul 1828 Oct 18
Results: 4 Dec 18
Last self enrolment: 12 Aug 18
Census: 31 Aug 18
Last withdraw without fail: 14 Sep 18





Aims and objectives

To develop an understanding of the Universe and our place in it. This subject has a practical component, where students will learn how to access, analyse and interpret astronomical datasets. The emphasis is on conceptual understanding, not mathematical techniques.
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 regimes
5. Make and interpret measurements from modern astronomical datasets