Discovering the Universe

AST10001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester
    This unit will be delivered both on-line and on-campus in Semester 2 2020. Please check your timetable for on campus locations.

Contact hours

  • 48

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20





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