GTSC2005: Astronomy for the 21st Century (3 units)

GTSC2005: Astronomy for the 21st Century



Course Aims:

This course aims to provide students with basic scientific understanding and appreciation of the wonder of the universe. It introduces the students to the study of phenomena outside the confines of the Earth and explores the relationship between humanity and the cosmos. Students will learn to think like a scientist and use the scientific method not only to answer questions in this course but also to help them make decisions in their life. They will also explore how astronomy has influenced our society and everyday life, shaped our world views from ancient to modern times and contributed to the development of modern technology.


Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

CILO

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

CIL1

Explain the major developments in the history of observational astronomy that have shaped our world views.

CIL2

Describe the current understanding of such study areas as planetary science, stellar formation and evolution, galaxies, and the evolving universe;

CIL3

Illustrate the underlying scientific principles and the basic methods used by astronomers and the influence of astronomical science on the society;

CIL4

Examine the role of humanity as an emergent part of the universe and the impact of astronomy in modern technology and in our everyday life.



Course Content:

I.

Astronomy in Ancient Times

II.

The Sky We See

III.

Gravity: From Newton to Einstein

IV.

Exploration of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems

V.

The Birth, Life and Fate of Stars

VI.

The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe

VII.

Cosmology and Life

VIII.

Astronomy in Everyday Life

 


Textbook:

None


Assessments:

Assignments (20%)
Paper/Presentation (25%)
Mini-project (25%)
Final Examination (30%)