Exploring Stars and the Milky Way

AST80004 12.5 Credit Points Off-Campus Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • Nil hours

2020 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 3 HOL Study Period 1

26 Aug 19 - 24 Nov 19

20 Dec 19

Last self enrolment:
1 Sep 19

16 Sep 19

Last withdraw without fail:
11 Oct 19

2 Mar 20 - 31 May 20

30 Jun 20

Last self enrolment:
15 Mar 20

23 Mar 20

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Apr 20





Aims and objectives

This Unit aims to provide an introduction to the birth, life and death of stars and the structure of our Galaxy. The emphasis will be on conceptual astronomy rather than mathematical techniques.
Objectives (Unit Learning Outcomes)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify the way stars are classified and recognise the approaches used to discover their properties

2. Explain and summarise the principles involved in the life cycle of stars, from protostar to stellar remnants

3. Appraise and state the basic principles and concepts about our Galaxy and its constituents (stars, protostars, stellar remnants, gas clouds, dark matter) in a non- technical way understandable to the wider public

4. Judge the limits of our understanding of our place in the Galaxy, and interpret the role of dark matter in modern astronomical theories

5. Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in stellar astronomy

6. Design and create an essay on an astronomy topic, assessing and critiquing current knowledge, using credible sources of astronomical information and research articles

Courses with unit

Master of Science (Astronomy)