Faculty of Science
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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:
Examination (3 hours): 40%
Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a pass mark in the workshops to achieve an overall pass grade.
Two 1-hour lecture/tutorials per week
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No formal background in astronomy or astrophysics is required.