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Introduction to Astronomy

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Introduction to Astronomy
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011
Module code: MST.EAS
SAP-Submodule-No.:
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.
P200-0008
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.
2V (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.
2
Semester: 5
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
German
Assessment:
Written exam

[updated 05.10.2020]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

KI674 (P200-0008) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2014 , semester 5, optional course, non-technical
KIB-ASTR (P200-0008) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 5, optional course, non-technical
MAB.4.2.1.3 (P200-0008) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2013 , semester 5, optional course
MST.EAS (P200-0008) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012 , semester 5, optional course, non-technical
MST.EAS (P200-0008) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 5, optional course, non-technical
MST.EAS (P200-0008) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , semester 5, optional course, non-technical
PIBWN25 (P200-0008) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011 , semester 5, optional course, not informatics specific
PIB-ASTR (P200-0008) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 5, optional course, not informatics specific
MST.EAS (P200-0008) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011 , semester 5, optional course, non-technical
Workload:
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):
None.
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Martin Löffler-Mang
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Löffler-Mang

[updated 02.03.2010]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be able to orient themselves on the night sky, recognize structures and find the most important constellations in the northern sky. In addition, they will be capable of using the most important basic tools for astronomical observations. Students will also be familiar with elementary celestial mechanics and will be able to make simple predictions for the rising and setting of selected celestial bodies. Finally, students will know about the various astronomical objects in the sky and will be familiar with the standard models for both the formation of the universe (Big Bang theory) and its further development (accelerated expansion of the universe).


[updated 19.02.2018]
Module content:
Part I: Introduction
1.        Where Are We?
2.        The Night Sky
3.        Observation Tools
 
Part II: The Solar System
1.        The Sun
2.        The Moon
3.        The Planets
4.        Celestial Mechanics
 
Part III: Astronomical Instruments
1.        Large Telescopes
2.        Space Telescopes
 
Part IV: Astrophysics
1.        Cosmology
2.        The Principles and Terms of Nuclear Physics (Folkerts)
3.        Stars, Star Formation, The Origin of Elements (Folkerts)
4.        Are We Alone?


[updated 19.02.2018]
Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture, observations

[updated 26.02.2018]
Recommended or required reading:
Kosmos-Himmelsjahr (almanac)
Sterne und Weltraum (monthly journal)


[updated 19.02.2018]
[Tue Dec  6 21:33:10 CET 2022, CKEY=astro, BKEY=yst, CID=MST.EAS, LANGUAGE=en, DATE=06.12.2022]