Exploring the Solar System

AST80005 12.5 Credit Points Off-Campus Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students

Duration

  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • Nil hours

2020 teaching periods

Hawthorn

HOL Study Period 3 HOL Study Period 1

Dates:
26 Aug 19 - 24 Nov 19

Results:
20 Dec 19

Last self enrolment:
1 Sep 19

Census:
16 Sep 19

Last withdraw without fail:
11 Oct 19

Dates:
2 Mar 20 - 31 May 20

Results:
30 Jun 20

Last self enrolment:
15 Mar 20

Census:
23 Mar 20

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Apr 20

More teaching periods
HOL Study Period 3

Dates:
31 Aug 20 - 29 Nov 20

Results:
22 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
13 Sep 20

Census:
21 Sep 20

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Oct 20


Prerequisites

Nil

Corequisites

Nil

Aims and objectives

This Unit aims to provide an introduction to our solar neighbourhood, including terrestrial planets, giant planets, minor bodies and the Sun. The emphasis is on conceptual astronomy rather than mathematical techniques.

Objectives Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Explain the basic principles of both celestial motion and planetary astronomy, and summarise these concepts in a non-technical manner understandable to the general public

2. Describe night sky observing and compare and contrast celestial phenomena

3. Distinguish our place in the solar neighbourhood, and differentiate between our present environment on Earth and that of our companions in the Solar System

4. Recognise and discuss the social implications of planetary research

5. Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in solar system 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