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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy


Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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 (3 hours): 40%
Workshops: 30%
Assignments: 30%
Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a pass mark in the workshops to achieve an overall pass grade.

Workload requirements

  • Two 1-hour lecture/tutorials per week
  • One 2-hour workshop per week
  • Eight hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


No formal background in astronomy or astrophysics is required.


ASP1010 can only be completed prior to ASP2011 and ASP2062