Course Description

Course Name

Astronomy Skills 1

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

15 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


To provide students with an opportunity to develop insight into the key principles and applications of Astronomy Skills 1, and their relevance to current developments in astronomy.


Course Aims: To present an integrated course of study providing students with knowledge and understanding of the astrophysical universe, and of the methods and principles of astrophysical enquiry. To provide training and experience in the principles and practice of astronomical observation and measurement and in the reduction and analysis of observational data. To develop the students? ability to work effectively, singly and in small groups, to reinforce their individual responsibility for their own learning and understanding and to develop their oral communication skills.


By the end of the course, students will be able to: programme straightforward procedures in a high level computer language, or use professional-level astronomical software, to solve astrophysical problems and analyse data from astronomical sources; plan and execute experimental investigations of physical processes using both bench and astronomical equipment; evaluate uncertainties inherent in experimental measurements; make a critical analysis and draw valid conclusions from the results of experimental investigations; write clear and concise reports in a scientific style, containing a full description of the aims, methods, outcomes and conclusions of a piece of laboratory work.

Students should be able to: use library and web abstract and article services to conduct an in-depth scientific literature survey of a scientific topic; prepare and give an audio-visual presentation on that topic; apply logical analysis to problem solving; interact positively with colleagues in a small group context; appreciate the nature of open problems.

*Course content subject to change