• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christopher Lidman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Be able to write a successful observing proposal, demonstrating both a compelling science justification and a thorough technical justification;
  2. Be able to reduce multiple types of astronomical data (including optical, infrared and radio data) and analyze the outputs, forming valid scientific conclusions;
  3. Be able to investigate the effects of noise propagation in astronomical data and analyse the effect of noise on measurement uncertainties;
  4. 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;
  5. Be able to produce realistic interpretations of data obtained in different wavebands.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 2 homework assignments addressing basic skills (astronomical web queries, noise propagation) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. 4 computing projects involving data reduction techniques, estimation of noise, and scientific analysis (55) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. One 3-part observing proposal (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials per week
  • Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks (average 6 hours of work per week on assignments).

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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.

Prescribed Texts

Reading will be provided on Wattle

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in physics or mathematics withrelevant experience or academic achievement.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3632 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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