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AS4025   Observational Astrophysics

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged

This is an observational and laboratory-based module that introduces students to the hands-on practical aspects of planning observing programmes, conducting the observations and reducing and analysing the data. The exact topics covered may change annually depending on resource availability; examples include galaxy imaging, exoplanet transits and radio telescope construction. Sources of data may include telescopes at the University Observatory and/or international observatories. Students gain experience in observation, data analysis, the Linux operating system, standard astronomical software packages and modelling, and report writing

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass AS2001 or pass AS2101 ) and pass PH2011 and pass PH2012 and ( pass MT2001 or pass 2 modules from {MT2501, MT2503} )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 3.5-hour laboratories plus supervised work in the observatory.

Scheduled learning hours: 78

Guided independent study hours: 72

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

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

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available - laboratory based

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php. This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.

Personnel

Module teaching staff: TBC