Sample Study Guides

AST80005/HET602 -- AST80004/HET603 -- AST80006/HET624 -- AST80003/HET625
AST80018/HET606 -- AST80008/HET607 -- AST80002/HET609
AST80017/HET610 -- AST80016/HET611 -- AST80012/HET612 --
AST80013/HET615 -- AST80011/HET617 -- AST80001/HET618
AST80014/HET619 -- AST80015/HET620


AST80005/HET602 - Exploring the Solar System
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2008)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 3-9 March 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 10-23 March 2: The Earth in Motion
3: The Wanderers
4: Watching the Moon
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 2-4 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- CMT-0 (Misconceptions Survey): due 22 March
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 22 March
3 & 4 24 March-6 April 5: Formation of the Solar System
6: Planet Earth
7: The Evolving Earth
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 5-7 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- 1st Newsgroup submission (Weeks 1-4): due 5 April
5 & 6 7-20 April 8: The Moon Close Up
9: Mercury - Planet of Extremes
10: Venus
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 8-10 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Essay: due 12 April
- CMT-1 (Modules 1 to 10): due 19 April
7 & 8 21 April-4 May 11: Mars - the Red Planet
12: Planets as Habitats
13: Beyond the Terrestrial Planets
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 11-13 & answer at least one posting by another student.
9 & 10 5-18 May 14: The Jovian Planets
15: Jovian Satellites & Rings
16: Ice Worlds
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 14-16 & answer at least one posting by another student.
11 & 12 19 May-1 June 17: Solar System Debris
18: The Sun
19: Inside the Sun
- 2nd & 3rd Newsgroup submission(Weeks 5-8 and 9-12): due 31 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 11 to 19): due 31 May
Study period 2-15 June Study period - Project: due 14 June


AST80004/HET603 - Exploring Stars and the Milky Way
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2008)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 3-9 March 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 10-23 March 2: The Night Sky
3: The Sun
4: Inside the Sun
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 2-4 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- CMT-0 (Misconceptions Survey): due 22 March
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 22 March
3 & 4 24 March-6 April 5: Colours and Spectral Types
6: Star Formation
7: Evolution onto the Main Sequence
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 5-7 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- 1st Newsgroup submission (Weeks 1-4): due 5 April
5 & 6 7-20 April 8: Life on the Main Sequence
9: Evolution of a 1 Solar Mass Star
10: Stellar Oddities
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 8-10 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- due 12 April
- CMT-1 (Modules 1 to 10): due 19 April
7 & 8 21 April-4 May 11: Exploding Stars
12: End Products
13: Neutron Stars
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 11-13 & answer at least one posting by another student.
9 & 10 5-18 May 14: Black Holes
15: Gamma Ray Bursts
16: Binary Stars
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 14-16 & answer at least one posting by another student.
11 & 12 19 May-1 June 17: Clusters of Stars
18: The Milky Way I
19: The Milky Way II
- 2nd & 3rd Newsgroup submission (Weeks 5-8 and 9-12): due 31 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 11 to 19): due 31 May
Study period 2-15 June Study period - Project: due 14 June


AST80006/HET624 - Galaxies and their place in the Universe
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2010)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks and Key Dates
0 22–28 Feb 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting and a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 1–14 Mar 2: The Milky Way: General Structure
3: The Milky Way: Rotation
4: The Milky Way: Modelling its Origin
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 2-4 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 13 March
3 & 4 15–28 Mar 5: Classifying Normal Galaxies
6: Estimating Extragalactic Distances
7: Normal Galaxies in Detail
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 5-7 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- 1st Newsgroup submission (Weeks 1-4): due 27 March
5 & 6 29 Mar–11 Apr 8: Clusters of Galaxies
9: Radiation from Galaxies
10: Star Formation on Galactic Scales
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 8-10 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- Essay: due 3 April
- CMT-1 (Modules 2 to 10): due 10 April
7 & 8 12–25 Apr 11: Interacting & Starburst Galaxies
12: The Zoo of AGN
13: Quasars and Black Holes
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 11-13 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
9 & 10 26 Apr–9 May 14: Theories of Galaxy Formation
15: Observing Galaxy Formation
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 14-15 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
11 & 12 10–22 May 16: The First Stars
17: The Intergalactic Medium
18: The History of the Universe
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 16-18 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- 2nd Newsgroup submission (Weeks 5-12): due 22 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 11 to 18): due 22 May
Study period 23 May–5 Jun Study period - Project: due 5 June


AST80003/HET625 - Cosmology and the Large-scale Structure of the Universe
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2010)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 22–28 Feb 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 1–14 Mar 2: Special Relativity
3: Gravity before Einstein
4: The Equivalence Principle
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 2-4 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 13 March
3 & 4 15–28 Mar 5: Space-time Curvature
6: Tests of General Relativity
7: Black Holes
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 5-7 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- 1st Newsgroup submission (Weeks 1-4): due 27 March
5 & 6 29 Mar–11 Apr 8: Cosmology
9: Inflation
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 8-9 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- Essay: due 3 April
- CMT-1 (Modules 2 to 9): due 10 April
7 & 8 12–25 Apr 10: Big Bang Nucleosynthesis
11: Phase Transitions and Cosmic Strings
12: The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 10-12 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
9 & 10 26 Apr–9 May 13: Dark Matter and Dark Energy
14: Structure Formation and Evolution
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 13-14 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
11 & 12 10–22 May 15: Galaxy Redshift Surveys
16: Using Supercomputers to Build Synthetic Universes
17: Galaxy Formation and Super-Massive Black Holes
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 15-17 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- 2nd Newsgroup submission (Weeks 5-12): due 22 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 10 to 17): due 22 May
Study period 23 May–5 Jun Study period - Project: due 5 June


AST80018/HET606 - Tools of Modern Astronomy
(Study Guide from Semester 2, 2008)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 11-17 August 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 18-31 August 2: Coordinates and Time Systems
3: Electromagnetic Radiation I

4: Electromagnetic Radiation II
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 2-4 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 23 August
3 & 4 1-14 Sept 5: Filters
6: Photometry
7: CCD Imaging
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 5-7 & answer at least one posting by another student.
5 & 6 15-28 Sept 8: Spectroscopy
9: Searching for Other Worlds

10: An Eye on the Universe
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 8-10 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Essay due 20 September
- CMT-1 (Modules 2 to 9): due 27 Septmeber
7 & 8 29 Sept - 12 Oct 11: Rating Optical Telescopes
12: Supporting and Housing Optical Telescopes
13: Optical Astronomy
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 11-13 & answer at least one posting by another student.
9 & 10 13-26 Oct 14: Infrared Astronomy
15: Optical and IR Space Telescopes
16: Radio Astronomy
- Newgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 14-16 & answer at least one posting by another student.
11 & 12 27 Oct - 9 Nov 17: High-Energy Photon Astronomy
18: High-Energy Particle Astronomy
19: Gravitational Wave Astronomy
- Newsgroup submission (Weeks 1-12): due 8 November
- CMT-2 (Modules 11 to 16): due 8 November
Study period 10-23 Nov Study period - Project: due 22 November


AST80008/HET607 - History of Astronomy
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2008)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 3-9 March 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 10-23 March 2: Observing the night sky
3: Archaeoastronomy
4: Astronomy and the Rise of Civilisation
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 2-4 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- CMT-0 (Misconceptions Survey): due 22 March
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 22 March
3 & 4 24 March-6 April 5: Natural Philosophy
6: The Passage of Time
7: Asian Astronomy
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 5-7 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- 1st Newsgroup submission (Weeks 1-4): due 5 April
5 & 6 7-20 April 8: Islamic Astronomy
9: Medieval Astronomy
10: The Copernican Revolution
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 8-10 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Essay: due 20 Spetember
- CMT-1 (Modules 1 to 10): due 27 Speptember
7 & 8 21 April-4 May 11: The Scientific Method
12: The Age of Empiricism
13: The Newtonian Universe
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 11-13 & answer at least one posting by another student.
9 & 10 5-18 May 14: 19th Century Astronomy
15: The Birth of Astrophysics
16: The Nature of the Nebulae
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 14-16 & answer at least one posting by another student.
11 & 12 19 May-1 June 17: Seeing the Universe in a Different Light
18: Women in Astronomy
19: The Expanding Relativistic Universe
20: From Imaging to Imagination
- 2nd & 3rd Newsgroup submission (Weeks 5-8 and 9-12): due 31 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 11 to 20): due 31 May
Study period 10-23 November Study period - Project: due 22 November


AST80002/HET609 - Astrophotography and CCD Imaging
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2008)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 3-9 March 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 10-23 March 2: Observing Tools
3: Telescopes and Optics
4: Principles of Photographic Imaging
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 2-4 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 22 March
3 & 4 24 March-6 April 5: Film Properties
6: Film Processing
7: Astrophotography on a Shoestring
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 5-7 & answer at least one posting by another student.
5 & 6 7-20 April 8: Principles of CCD Imaging
9: Advanced CCD Techniques
10: Principles of CCD Data Reduction
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 8-10 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Essay: due 12 April
- CMT-1 (Modules 2 to 10): due 19 April
7 & 8 21 April-4 May 11: Photometry and Digital Images
12: The Importance of Colour
13: Spectroscopy and Data Reduction
14: Amateur Spectroscopy
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 11-14 & answer at least one posting by another student.
9 & 10 5-18 May 15: Variable Stars
16: Image Analysis Software - Part 1
17: Image Analysis Software - Part 2
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 15-17 & answer at least one posting by another student.
11 & 12 19 May-1 June 18: Black Belt Amateur Astronomy
19: GRB Hunting in the Backyard
20: Looking to the Future
- Best 3 Newsgroup submissions (Weeks 1-12): due 31 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 11 to 20): due 31 May
Study period 2-15 June Study period - Project: due 14 June


AST80017/HET610 - Space Exploration
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2008)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 3-9 March 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 10-23 March 2: Looking Up
3: Optical Astronomy Tools
4: Radio & Radar Astronomy Tools
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 2-4 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 22 March
3 & 4 24 March-6 April 5: Overcoming Gravity
6: Principles of Rocketry
7: Orbiting Earth
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 5-7 & answer at least one posting by another student.
5 & 6 7-20 April 8: The USSR Space Programme
9: Adapting to Space
10: Leaving Earth
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 8-10 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Essay: due 12 April
- CMT-1 (Modules 2 to 10): due 19 April
7 & 8 21 April-4 May 11: Apollo
12: Working & Living in Space
13: Exploring the Solar System
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 11-13 & answer at least one posting by another student.
9 & 10 5-18 May 14: Fuelling Interplanetary Missions
15: Imaging and Remote Sensing - the Technology
16: Imaging and Remote Sensing - the HST
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 14-16 & answer at least one posting by another student.
11 & 12 19 May-1 June 17: Astrobiology
18: Searching for Life
19: Costs, Risks and Benefits
- Best 3 Newsgroup submissions (Weeks 5-8 and 9-12): due 31 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 11 to 19): due 31 May
Study period 2-15 June Study period - Project: due 14 June


AST80016/HET611 - Stellar Astrophysics
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2008)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 3-9 March 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 10-23 March 2: Classifying Stars
3: Physical Parameters
4: The HR Diagram
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 2-4 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 22 March
3 & 4 24 March- 6 April 5: Stellar Energy
6: Stellar Interiors
7: Modelling a Star
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 5-7 & answer at least one posting by another student.
5 & 6 7-20 April 8: Stellar Atmospheres
9: Star Formation
10: Young Stars
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 8-10 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Essay: due 12 April
- CMT-1 (Modules 2 to 10): due 19 April
7 & 8 21 April- 4 May 11: Low Mass Stellar Evolution
12: High Mass Stellar Evolution
13: Planetary Nebulae & White Dwarfs
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 11-13 & answer at least one posting by another student.
9 & 10 5-18 May 14: Supernovae
15: Pulsars
16: Black Holes
- Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Modules 14-16 & answer at least one posting by another student.
11 & 12 19 May-1 June 17: Pulsating Stars
18: Binary Stars
19: Star Clusters
- Newsgroup submission: due 31 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 11 to 19): due 31 May
Study period 2-15 June Study period -Project: due 14 June


AST80012/HET612 - MP: History of Astronomy
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2008)

Weeks Dates Tasks & Key Dates
0 3-9 March - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 10-23 March - Weeks 1 & 2 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Project Choice: due 15 March
3 & 4 24 March - 6 April - Weeks 3 & 4 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Project Proposal: due 29 March
5 & 6 7-20 April - Weeks 5 & 6 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
7 & 8 21 April - 4 May - Weeks 7 & 8 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Introduction & Literature Review: due 3 May
9 & 10 5-18 May - Weeks 9 & 10 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
11 & 12 19 May - 1 June - Weeks 11 & 12 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Projects: due 31 May


AST80013/HET615 - MP: Observational Astronomy
(Study Guide from Semester 2, 2008)

Weeks Dates Tasks & Key Dates
1 & 2 18-31 August - Weeks 1 & 2 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Project topic: due 23 August
3 & 4 1-14 Sept - Weeks 3 & 4 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Scientific justification: due 6 September
5 & 6 15-28 Sept - Weeks 5 & 6 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
7 & 8 29 Sept - 12 Oct - Weeks 7 & 8 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
9 & 10 13-26 Oct - Weeks 9 & 10 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
11 & 12 27 Oct - 9 Nov - Weeks 11 & 12 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Project: due 8 November
Study
period
10-23 Nov - Poster: due 15 November


AST80011/HET617 - MP: Computational Astrophysics
(Study Guide from Semester 2, 2008)

Weeks Dates Tasks & Key Dates
1 & 2 18-31 August - Weeks 1 & 2 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Project topic: due 23 August
3 & 4 1-14 Sept - Weeks 3 & 4 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Scientific justification: due 6 September
5 & 6 15-28 Sept - Weeks 5 & 6 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
7 & 8 29 Sept - 12 Oct - Weeks 7 & 8 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
9 & 10 13-26 Oct - Weeks 9 & 10 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
11 & 12 27 Oct - 9 Nov - Weeks 11 & 12 Postings: Try to send two "Project Diary" entries.
- Project: due 8 November
Study
period
10-23 Nov - Poster: due 15 November


AST80001/HET618 - Astrobiology and the Origins of Life
(Study Guide from Semester 1, 2008)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks & Key Dates
0 3-9 March 1: Overview of astrobiology - Test Messages: try submitting a posting & a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 10-23 March 2: The History of the Earth - Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Module 2 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 22 March
3 & 4 24 March-6 April 3: Coevolution of Life and its Environments - Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Module 3 & answer at least one posting by another student.
5 & 6 7-20 April 4: Formation of the Solar System" - Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Module 4 & answer at least one posting by another student.
- Essay: due 12 April
- CMT-1 (Modules 1 to 4): due 19 April
7 & 8 21 April-4 May 5: The Biology of Life - Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Module 5 & answer at least one posting by another student.
9 & 10 5-18 May 6: Life Elsewhere in the Solar System - Newsgroups: post at least one query/comment about Module 6 & answer at least one posting by another student.
11 & 12 19 May-1 June 7: Synthesis of Complex Organic Molecules
8: Extrasolar planets & habitability
- Newsgroup submission (Weeks 1 -12): due 31 May
- CMT-2 (Modules 5 to 8): due 31 May
Study
period
2-15 June Study period - Project: due 14 June


AST80014/HET619 - MP: Astronomy and Astrophysics
(Study Guide from Semester 2, 2011)

Weeks Dates Tasks & Key Dates
1 & 2 29 Aug.-11 Sept. - Weeks 1 & 2 Postings: Send at least one "Project Diary" entry each week.
3 & 4 12-25 Sept - Weeks 3 & 4 Postings: Send at least one "Project Diary" entry each week.
- Scientific justification: due 17 September
5 & 6 26 Sept. - 9 Oct. - Weeks 5 & 6 Postings: Send at least one "Project Diary" entry each week.
7 & 8 10 - 23 Oct - Weeks 7 & 8 Postings: Send at least one "Project Diary" entry each week.
9 & 10 24 Oct. - 6 Nov. - Weeks 9 & 10 Postings: Send at least one "Project Diary" entry each week.
11 & 12 7 - 19 Nov - Weeks 11 & 12 Postings: Send at least one "Project Diary" entry each week.
- Project: due 19 November
Study
period
20 Nov. - 3 Dec. - Poster: due 26 November


AST80015/HET620 - Planetary Science
(Study Guide from Semester 2, 2011)

Weeks Dates Module Tasks and Key Dates
0 22–28 Aug 1: Introduction - Test Messages: try submitting a posting and a reply
- Introductions: post a personal introduction to the group
1 & 2 29 Aug–11 Sep 2: Orbital Dynamics
3: Solar Heating
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 2-3 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- Project choice: deadline for choice of project is 10 September
3 & 4 12–25 Sep 4: Planetary Atmospheres

- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Module 4 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- 1st Newsgroup submission (Weeks 1-4): due 24 September
5 & 6 26 Sep–9 Oct 5: Planetary Surfaces


 
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Module 5 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
- Essay: due 1 October
- CMT-1 (Modules 2 to 5): due 8 October
7 & 8 10–23 Oct 6: Planetary Interiors
7: Magnetosphere
- Newsgroups: post at least one question about Modules 6-7 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
9 & 10 24 Oct–6 Nov  8: Debris - Newsgroups: post at least one question about Module 8 and at least two answers or follow up comments to someone else's postings.
11 & 12 7–19 Nov  9: Planet Formation - 2nd Newsgroup submission (Weeks 5-12): due 19 November
- CMT-2 (Modules 6 to 9): due 19 November
Study period 20 Nov–3 Dec Study period - Project: due 3 December 



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