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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title The Universe
Module Code PS108
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eamonn Cunningham
Semester 2: Eamonn Cunningham
Autumn: Eamonn Cunningham
Module TeachersEamonn Cunningham
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Array
Description

A general introduction to astronomy & astrophysics assuming no prior knowledge. Including the solar system, stars, galaxies and an introduction to cosmology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the structure and dynamics of the solar system.
2. Calculate the resolving power and capabilities of astronomical instruments at various wavelengths.
3. Explain the power source of stars and the evolution of different types of stars.
4. Describe the properties of galaxies and their distribution in the universe
5. Describe the history of the Universe, the Big Bang theory and its implications for the future evolution of the Universe.



Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture25Lecture
Tutorial6Tutorial (problem session)
Assignment Completion3In class tests (3)
Independent Study91Independent learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Solar System
Structure and dynamics of the solar system. Kepler's laws and gravitation.

Astronomical Instrumentation
Optical telescopes, resolution and magnitude limits. Radio telescopes and their properties. Observations at other wavelengths.

Stars
Spectrum, luminosity and surface temperature of stars. Nuclear fusion and the life cycle of stars. Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.

Galaxies
Structure and evolution of galaxies. Measuring distances and the expansion of the Universe. Big Bang theory and the cosmic microwave background.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestBest 2 of 3 tests20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • Ian Morison: 2008, Introduction to Astronomy & Cosmology, Wiley, UK, 978-0-470-03334-0
  • H D Young & R A Freedman: 2019, University Physics, 15, Pearson, 0135159555
  • S F Green & M H Jones: 2007, Sun and Stars, Cambridge/OU,
  • M H Jones & R J A Lambourne: 2007, Galaxies 7 Cosmology, Cambridge/OU,
Other Resources

35355, LOOP website, E Cunningham, 2018, PS108 lecture notes, Ireland, 35474, Website, NASA, 0, NASA website, https://www.nasa.gov/, 35475, Website, ESA, 0, ESA website, https://www.esa.int/ESA,
Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
Date of Last Revision07-DEC-10
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