Astronomy BSc/MSci

Astronomy Skills 2 ASTRO4004P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

To provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the key principles and applications of Astronomy Skills 2, and their relevance to current developments in astronomy.


Tuesdays 11am - 5pm

Excluded Courses

  Astronomy Laboratory 2


Laboratory 67%

Written report 33%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To present an integrated course of study providing students with knowledge and understanding of the astrophysical universe, and of the methods and principles of astrophysical enquiry. To provide training and experience in the principles and practice of astronomical observation and measurement and in the reduction and analysis of observational data. To develop the students' ability to work effectively, singly and in small groups, to reinforce their individual responsibility for their own learning and understanding and to develop their written communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to: programme straightforward procedures in a high level computer language, or use professional-level astronomical software, to solve astrophysical problems and analyse data from astronomical sources; plan and execute experimental investigations of physical processes using both bench and astronomical equipment; evaluate uncertainties inherent in experimental measurements; make a critical analysis and draw valid conclusions from the results of experimental investigations; write clear and concise reports in a scientific style, containing a full description of the aims, methods, outcomes and conclusions of a piece of laboratory work.

Students should be able to: use library and web abstract and article services to conduct an in-depth scientific literature survey of a scientific topic; prepare a written presentation on that topic; apply logical analysis to problem solving; interact positively with colleagues in a small group context; appreciate the nature of open problems.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable.