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AS2001   Astronomy and Astrophysics 2

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 8

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 11.00 am lectures, Tue or Fri afternoons 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm tutorial and 3.00 pm - 5.30 pm lab

This module comprises four lecture courses which extend knowledge gained in the first level module AS1001, and discuss recent developments in the subject: (i) observational techniques - modern telescopes; instruments and detectors for gamma-, X-, uv, optical, IR and radio radiation; spherical astronomy and essential coordinate systems; (ii) the structure and evolution of stars - nucleosynthesis, stellar properties as a function of age, a complete understanding of the HR diagram; (iii) exoplanetary science - theoretical and observational studies of planetary systems beyond our own; (iv) galactic astronomy - the distribution and motion of stars, gas, dust, and dark matter in our Milky Way and other galaxies.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass AS1001 or pass AS1101 ) and pass PH1011 and pass PH1012 and pass MT1002

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AS2101

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

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

Scheduled learning hours: 85

Guided independent study hours: 215

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, 2 x Class Tests = 15%, Laboratory work = 25%

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

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 75%, Existing Laboratory work = 25%


Module teaching staff: TBC

Additional information from school

The School recommends that students who took AS1101 or the Gateway Astronomy course select AS2001 rather than AS2101. 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.