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Optical and Radio Astronomy

Credit 0.125 EFTSL
ICRAR Node University of Western Australia
Unit Code Enrol at UWA in PHYS5510 or PHYS5512 (consult with the UWA Astronomy & Astrophysics Coordinator)
Offering Semester 2
Content This unit describes the general properties of optical and radio telescopes telescopes, imaging and spectroscopic instruments as well as the standard technique to acquire data and convert raw observations into science-ready images. This unit does not stop at the reduction of the data but also illustrates how to derive physical properties of galaxies from observed flux densities and spectral properties. By the end of the unit the student should be able to write an observing proposal, plan and carry out the observations, reduce them in the context of galaxy evolution.
Learning Outcomes In addition to the specific knowledge imparted, students develop skills in critical thinking about physical situations, problem solving and quantitative analysis. In more detail, at the conclusion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. develop understanding of the physical principles underlying optical and radio astronomy techniques
  2. apply and further develop critical-thinking skills in a range of realistic physical situations
  3. use appropriate mathematical and computational techniques
  4. develop and apply problem identification and solution skills in a range of realistic physical situations
  5. develop understanding of the physical principles of measurement, experimental technique, quantitative analysis and data analysis relevant to astronomy and astrophysics
  6. develop oral and written communication skills relevant to the disciplines of astronomy and astrophysics.
Assessment Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows:

  1. Assignments
  2. Projects
  3. Exams

Further information will be  available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
  1. Optical Astronomy: Luca Cortese
  2. Radio Astronomy: Martin Meyer