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This subject will explore all aspects of the universe we live in from our solar system to the Milky Way and beyond. It will focus on why human beings have become interested in the extra-terrestrial world, and how they have explored it. In particular, the subject will explore the ideas of modern cosmology, with an up-to-date discussion of the latest discoveries. Important basic concepts in Mathematics and Science will be taught as required.
Intended learning outcomes
To enable students to understand the basic structure of the universe we live in, and to develop their capacity to:
- cultivate an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method of enquiry, particularly as applied to astronomical questions
- explore and understand the major unresolved questions: What is dark matter? What is dark energy? Is there life on other planets?
- understand and explain key objects in the universe, such as stars, galaxies, cosmology and solar systems
- learn and use basic scientific and mathematical ideas to explain the formation and evolution of these objects
A student who completes this subject should be able to:
- explain their understanding of scientific principles and applications lucidly, both in writing and orally;
- participate as an effective member of a group in laboratory and study groups;
- think independently and analytically, and direct his or her own learning; and
- manage time effectively in order to be prepared for regular practical classes, tests and the examination.
Last updated: 19 November 2019