Introductory Astronomy

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introductory Astronomy

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Astronomy, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An elementary introduction to astronomy. Topics include ancient and classical astronomy, elementary spherical astronomy, astronomical observations and techniques, planets, stars, compact stars, galaxies and elementary cosmology. The laboratory component of the course introduces the process of observing the skies, through the use of portable eight-inch telescopes and visits to the Wellington Planetarium at the Carter Observatory.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Understand properties of our solar system, basic stellar evolution, properties of galaxies and large-scale structure and elementary cosmology.
    • Understand the fundamental principles of the scientific method as it relates to astronomy & advances in astronomical discovery.
    • Be able to use data analysis software packages for basic astronomy applications.
    • Effectively communicate technical results by producing competent written reports and assignments.

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