- Code ASTR4011
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics
This course is designed to introduce students to the concept of astronomical observations. Through this course they will gain familiarity with many of the key techniques involved in planning observations, analyzing the resulting data, and producing realistic interpretations using appropriate statistical arguments. This course aims to provide useful reference information in a lecture format but to reinforce practical skills with both group and individual activities.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Be able to write a successful observing proposal, demonstrating both a compelling science justification and a thorough technical justification;
- Be able to reduce multiple types of astronomical data (including optical, infrared and radio data) and analyze the outputs, forming valid scientific conclusions;
- Be able to investigate the effects of noise propagation in astronomical data and analyse the effect of noise on measurement uncertainties;
- Be able to evaluate the scientific benefits of various types of astronomical observations (such as radio, infrared, optical, X-ray and gamma-ray), utilize the features of different observational programs and assess their technical requirements;
- Be able to produce realistic interpretations of data obtained in different wavebands.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- 2 homework assignments addressing basic skills (astronomical web queries, noise propagation) totaling 15%(LO1-3)
- 4 computing projects involving data reduction techniques, estimation of noise, and scientific analysis totaling 55% (LO2-5)
- One 3-part observing proposal totaling 30% (LO1,4)
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Workload10 hours per week consisting of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials and 6 hours of work on assignments.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assumed KnowledgeBachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in physics or mathematics withrelevant experience or academic achievement.
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