Undergraduate 

Astronomy BSc/MSci

Astronomy 2 ASTRO2001

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Presents 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 Wednesday and Friday 2.30pm-5.30pm.

Requirements of Entry

  Astronomy 1 normally at grade D3 or better.

Assessment

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

3. To provide students with the opportunity to perform real or simulated field work, using modern equipment, to observe real astrophysical objects;

4. To encourage students to work effectively and to begin to take responsibility for their own education, and to develop their oral and written communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:

1. Describe modern astronomical methods and instrumentation design;

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

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

1. Show a clear grasp of basic quantum and statistical concepts, and proficiency in applying such concepts in an astrophysical context;

1. 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 (and a score of 10% of the marks available) at the final degree exam