Galaxies and their Place in the Universe

AST80006 12.5 Credit Points Online

Duration

  • 1 Semester

2020 teaching periods

Hawthorn

HOL Study Period 1 HOL Study Period 3

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

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

Aims
This Unit aims to provide an introduction to galaxies and galaxy clustering, theories of dark matter, galaxy formation and evolution.

Objectives (Unit Learning Outcomes)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify the “big questions” in galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and recognise the current state of our knowledge on these questions

2. Explain and summarise the concepts of galaxy formation and evolution

3. Distinguish the way galaxies are classified and differentiate the approaches used to discover their properties

4. Appraise and state the basic principles and concepts about our and other galaxies, their properties and their constituents in a non-technical way understandable to the wider public

5. Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in galactic and extragalactic 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