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AS1001   Astronomy and Astrophysics 1

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 11.00 am lectures, one afternoon chosen from Mon, Wed and Fri with tutorial 2.00 pm - 3.00 and lab 3.00 pm - 5.30 pm

This module surveys our present state of knowledge of the orbits, surfaces and atmospheres of the planets in our solar system; the structure and evolution of the Sun and other stars, including extra-solar planetary systems; the bizarre menagerie of star-forming regions, violent stellar objects and supermassive black holes found within our own Milky Way Galaxy and in other galaxies; and the large-scale structure and ultimate fate of the expanding Universe. Throughout the module, fundamental observations are interpreted using mathematical models to show how distances and other properties of astronomical objects throughout the Universe have been measured, from the time of Copernicus to the era of the Hubble Telescope and beyond.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): The student must have Higher or A-Level (or equivalent) Physics and Mathematics at grade B or better.

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AS1002 or take AS1101

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 4 or 5 lectures, 1 tutorial and 1 x 2.5-hour laboratory.

Scheduled learning hours: 80

Guided independent study hours: 120

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Class Tests = 15%, Laboratory work = 25%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Existing Laboratory work = 25%


Module teaching staff: TBC

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for First and Second Level modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for such modules.