Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Astronomy 2(Half) ASTRO2002

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

To present an in-depth study, consolidating the elementary introduction of Level 1, of four major themes: observational astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, stars and their spectra, and relativity and gravitation;

Timetable

Lectures, tutorials and supervisions held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11.00am; laboratory Friday 2-5pm.

Requirements of Entry

Astronomy 1 normally at grade D3 or better.

Assessment

Degree exam (1 paper) - 50%; Class and lab work - 30%; Class test - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. To present an in-depth study, consolidating the elementary introduction of Level 1, of four major themes: observational astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, stars and their spectra, and relativity and gravitation;

2. To provide training in the principles and practice of astrophysical observing techniques and data analysis;

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a practical experience of making astronomical observations, data collection and manipulation, and the ability to use pertinent laboratory apparatus;

2. Explain clearly stellar phenomenology, including classification schemes and spectral features;

3. Apply the fundamental concepts of relativity and gravitation, with an appreciation of the underlying principles of General Relativity.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Submission of 50% of the assignment questions;

Attendance at 50% of the laboratory sessions and submission of the associated work for marking;

Attendance at the final degree exam