• Class Number 2600
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Prof Philip Dowe
  • LECTURER
    • Prof Dayal Wickramasinghe
    • Prof Philip Dowe
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
  • TUTOR
    • Donald Nordblom
SELT Survey Results

A course for science or non-science students jointly offered by Mathematics and Philosophy that aims to provide a conceptual understanding of some of the many faces of the large-scale universe.


We will discuss general issues relating to the nature of philosophy and science, space and time, and the universe as a whole. The main topics of the course are: the overall structure of the observable universe; space and time; relativity; black holes; phenomena and reality; and anthropic principles. Each topic will be introduced in a historical context emphasising how it has evolved over time and is still evolving.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand in outline of the history of cosmology, and of contemporary cosmology.
  2. demonstratea conceptual understanding of relativity theory and quantum mechanics.
  3. appreciate that many of the theories underlying modern cosmology are contentious.
  4. understand of what would be involved in further study in philosophy of science, and in cosmology.
  5. make a habit of educated questioning of scientific orthodoxy.

Required Resources

All required reading will be supplied via Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1 Lectures: 1. Introduction (PD)/History of Astronomy I: The Music of the Spheres (lecture given by DW= Dayal Wickramasinghe) 2. Philosophy of Astronomy I: The Music of the Spheres. (lecture given by PD= Phil Dowe)
2 Week 2 Lectures: 1. History of Astronomy II: The Copernican Revolution (DW) 2. Realism and Instrumentalism (PD)
3 Week 3 Canberra Day Holiday Monday 11th. Make up Lecture on Friday 15th. Lectures: 1. History of Astronomy III: The Expanding Universe (DW) 2. Space and Time (PD)
4 Week 4 Lectures: 1. History of Astronomy IV: Big Bang and Steady State Models (DW) 2. Curved Spaces (DW)
5 Week 5 Lectures: 1. The Beginning of Time (PD) 2. The Edge of Space (PD)
6 Week 6 Lectures: 1. Relativity Before Einstein (DW) 2. Chirality (PD)
7 ANU Teaching Break
8 Week 7 Easter/ANZAC Day. No classes this week except the make-up Lecture Friday 26th. Lectures: 1. Light Cones (DW)
9 Week 8 Lectures: 1. Causality (PD) 2. Relativity According to Einstein I: Special Relativity (DW)
10 Week 9 Lectures: 1. The Fate of Now I: The Present and The Block Universe (PD) 2. Relativity According to Einstein II: General Relativity (DW)
11 Week 10 Lectures: 1. The Fate of Now II: Time Travel (PD) 2. Cosmological Models (DW)
12 Week 11 Lectures: 1. The Accelerating Universe (DW) 2. Dark Philosophy (PD)
13 Week 12 Reconciliation Day Monday 23rd May. Make up Lecture on Friday 31st. Lectures: 1. Black Holes (DW) 2. Why Are We Here? (PD)

Tutorial Registration

via Wattle in Week 1, Tutorials begin in week 2.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Essay 1 20 % 22/03/2019 05/04/2019 1
Essay 2 40 % 20/05/2019 03/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Exam 30 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Tutorial contributions 10 % 25/02/2019 31/05/2019 4, 5

Policies

ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Participation

Participation will be graded on the quality of your contributions in tutorials (ie 'workshops') through the semester. Value: 10%

Examination(s)

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 22/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1

Essay 1

Length: 1000 words

Value: 20%

Submission: Essays must be submitted through Wattle.

Due Date: March 22.


Essay questions will be posted on Wattle two weeks before the due date.

Your work will be judged on: how well it answers the question asked, how well it displays mastery of relevant content of the course, and clarity in setting out views and arguments.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 20/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Essay 2

Length: 2000 words

Value: 40%

Submission: Essays must be submitted through Wattle.

Essay questions will be posted on Wattle three weeks before the due date.

Due Date:


Your work will be judged on: how well it answers the question asked, how well it displays mastery of relevant content of the course, and clarity in setting out views and arguments.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Exam

Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.


A 2hr closed-book exam will be held in the University Examination Period. Exam questions will be taken from a list of questions provided to students one week before the end of the teaching period.

Value: 30%


Your work will be judged on: how accurately it answers the questions asked, how well it displays mastery of relevant content of the course.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4, 5

Tutorial contributions

Participation will be graded on the quality of your contributions in tutorials (ie 'workshops') through the semester. Value: 10%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Feedback on Essays will be provided on Wattle approximately 2 weeks after due date.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Philip Dowe
61253001
Phil.Dowe@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Prof Philip Dowe

Prof Dayal Wickramasinghe
54296
Dayal.Wickramasinghe@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Prof Dayal Wickramasinghe

Prof Philip Dowe
61252908
phil.dowe@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Prof Philip Dowe

Donald Nordblom
donald.werner.nordblom@gmail.com

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Donald Nordblom

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