Major Project: Observational Astronomy

AST80013 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 150 contact hours - Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 3

29 Aug 22 - 27 Nov 22

23 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
11 Sep 22

19 Sep 22

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Oct 22



Aims and objectives

This Unit aims to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of the principles involved in a particular aspect or application of astrophotography and/or CCD imaging. Students will gain practical experience, develop an ability to keep a comprehensive record of experimental investigations, write a detailed report and communicate effectively about the outcomes of their work.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify the use of astrophotography or CCD imaging in observational astronomy
2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a particular aspect of observational astronomy
3. Develop and identify a scientific justification which includes a research plan, the project aims, objectives and expected outcomes
4. Demonstrate independent research
5. Design and create a comprehensive record of research methodologies and references/resources utilised
6. Design and create a detailed project report of techniques used, investigations undertaken and conclusions reached
7. Design and create a short poster summary of results