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AS1002   The Physical Universe

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 11.00 am

This module presents a descriptive, largely non-mathematical account of the physical universe. It is aimed at students from across the University. It is divided into two components: concepts in astronomy, dealing with our understandings of the properties and ages of planets, stars, galaxies, and their distributions in space, cosmology and the origin of the Universe; and concepts in physics, dealing with our understandings of the nature of light and matter, the structure of atoms, fundamental particles and their links to cosmology.

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AS1001 or take AS1101 or take AS2001 or take AS2101 or take PH1011 or take PH1012 or take PH2011 or take PH2012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Typically 4 lecture slots, with 4 slots during the semester given to a tutorial/seminar.

Scheduled learning hours: 46

Guided independent study hours: 154

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (2 x Class Tests) = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


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.