Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
SCQF level 7
Academic year(s): 2018-2019
SCOTCAT credits : 20
ECTS credits : 10
Level : SCQF level 7
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.
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
Weekly contact: 4 or 5 lectures, 1 tutorial and 1 x 2.5-hour laboratory.
Scheduled learning hours: 80
Guided independent study hours: 120
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%
Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Existing Laboratory work = 25%
Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for First and Second Level modules available via
st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php. This link also gives access to timetables for such modules.