Introduction to Astronomy

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Astronomy

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    This course aims to provide an understanding of our place in the universe; early beliefs and historical development of astronomical knowledge; electromagnetic radiation; telescopes and instrumentation; the Earth-S
    un-Moon system; planets of the solar system; stars; our galaxy and others; relativity and cosmology and life in the universe.

    DP requirements: Satisfactory attendance at lectures and tutorials; class mark of at least 35%.

    Assessment: Class record: 50%, June examination 2 hours: 50%.

    Sub-minimum: 40% for final examination.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.