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Course Overview

Impossibly distant, sparkling jewels cast on the black velvet cloth of the sky, no sight inspires more awe than the majestic beauty of the stars. This course explores the evolution of our understanding of astronomy from how the Universe at large works to the modern view of our solar system.

Science also intersects with our daily lives in the weather. We discuss the way elementary physics causes everything from everyday weather to colossal storm systems, and we explore some major science issues including climate change.

Descriptive, not mathematical, this is an interesting, approachable course suitable for all undergraduate students.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Murilo Baptista
  • Dr Ross Macpherson

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Course Description

A course of general interest providing an introduction to Astronomy. There will be an emphasis on the current knowledge of the solar system but the course will also look at astronomy on a larger scale. Whilst the meterology component will discuss the atmosphere and how its dynamics are driven by the sun, special interest issues such as ozone depletion, climate change and El Nino will be highlighted.

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two hour multiple choice exam (75%), in-course assessment (25%). Resit: 1 two hour multiple choice exam (75%), in-course assessment (25%).

Formative Assessment


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