ASTR211-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Observational Astronomy

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


A very hands-on course, with the participation of students in tutorials and all of the assessment by way of practical assignments. The syllabus will include: telescopes, CCDs, filters, general image processing methods, astrometry, coordinate systems, time photometry and spectroscopy. Students will also be exposed to astronomy research, including a field trip to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory where students are expected to carry out their own projects.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


30 points from ASTR112, MATH 100-level, STAT 100-level, PHYS101-102, or PHYS111. These prerequisites may be replaced by a high level of achievement in NCEA Level 3 Physics and Mathematics with Calculus or other background as approved by the Head of Department.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 West 214 (23/7-20/8)
West 505 (16/7)
16 Jul - 26 Aug
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 F1 Lectorial 16 Jul - 26 Aug
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00 James Logie 213-Language Lab 6 Aug - 26 Aug
Computer Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 313 Physics Lab 10 Sep - 21 Oct
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 E12 8 Oct - 14 Oct
Presentation B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 West 701 15 Oct - 21 Oct

Course Coordinators

Karen Pollard and Karen Pollard

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $865.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.

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