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Astronomy Seminar

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Astronomy Seminar
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics, Master, ASPO 01.04.2020
Module code: MTM.AST
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
1V+1PA (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Presentation, composition

[updated 20.12.2017]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

KI752 (P231-0115) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Master, ASPO 01.04.2016 , semester 1, optional course, general subject
KIM-ASTR (P231-0114) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Master, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 1, optional course, general subject
MTM.AST (P231-0114) Mechatronics, Master, ASPO 01.04.2020 , optional course
MAM. (P231-0114) Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2013 , semester 9, optional course
MST.AST Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Master, ASPO 01.04.2016 , optional course, course inactive since 27.10.2015
PIM-WN22 (P231-0115) Applied Informatics, Master, ASPO 01.10.2011 , semester 1, optional course, not informatics specific
PIM-ASTR (P231-0114) Applied Informatics, Master, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 1, optional course, not informatics specific
MST.AST Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Master, ASPO 01.10.2011 , semester 9, optional course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 60 hours (equivalent to 2 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 37.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Martin Löffler-Mang
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Löffler-Mang

[updated 01.10.2019]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be able to read and understand complex articles from specialist journals (e. g."Sterne und Weltraum" or "Spektrum der Wissenschaften"). Based on what they have read, students will give a talk of approx. 60 minutes on a self-chosen astronomical topic and defend it in a discussion group. In addition, they will also actively participate in the discussion and ask questions on their classmates´ topics.

[updated 24.02.2018]
Module content:
Current topics from the field of astronomy, such as for example:
+ In the depths of space and time
+ Where did Saturn get its rings from?
+ Omega Centauri - a superlative globular cluster
+ Gravitational waves
+ How galaxies form
+ Neutron stars and black holes
+ Last year´s comets
+ The current state of large telescopes
+ Radio astronomy: LOFAR results from meteorology to cosmology
+ The formation of periodic meteor showers

[updated 24.02.2018]
Teaching methods/Media:
Literature research, lecture and independent observation

[updated 20.12.2017]
Recommended or required reading:
Kosmos-Himmelsjahr (almanac)
Sterne und Weltraum (monthly journal)
Spektrum der Wissenschaften (professional journal)

[updated 24.02.2018]
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