ASP1010 - Earth to cosmos - introductory astronomy - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway


Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


No formal background in astronomy or astrophysics is required.


ASP1010 can only be completed prior to ASP2011 and ASP2062


This unit focuses on concepts that will allow students to gain understanding of key astrophysical phenomena. The topics covered include the night sky, the historical development of astronomical knowledge, our solar system, comets and asteroids, the sun, exoplanets, other stars, stellar remnants such as black holes, the Milky Way, other galaxies, quasars, dark matter, and cosmology in general.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the evolution and general properties of planets, solar systems, stars, and galaxies.
  2. Explain celestial and planetary motions across the night sky using naked eye observations and planetarium software.
  3. Reflect on the scale of the universe and earth's place in it.
  4. Execute experiments involving telescopes and other simple apparatus and analyse, interpret and evaluate the results arising from them.
  5. Demonstrate ability to analyse and solve problems using quantitative and qualitative analysis.


Examination (2 hours): 40%

Practicals: 30% (Hurdle)

Assignments: 30%

Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a pass mark in the practicals to achieve an overall pass grade.

Workload requirements

The workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours spread across the semester (roughly 12 hours per week) - approximately an even mixture of attendance at scheduled activities and self-scheduled study time. Learning activities comprise a mixture of instructor directed, peer directed and self-directed learning, which includes face-to-face and online engagement.

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