- Code ASTR8011
- 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 offered as part of the Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) program. It 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:
- 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.
- 2 homework assignments addressing basic skills (astronomical web queries, noise propagation) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- 4 computing projects involving data reduction techniques, estimation of noise, and scientific analysis (55) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- One 3-part observing proposal (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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).
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Reading will be provided on Wattle
Assumed KnowledgeBachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in physics or mathematics with relevant experience or academic achievement. Students will be aided by a familiarity with simple programming skills, to be improved in this course and the Astronomical Computing course.
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- 6 units
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