Astronomy in Action
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course covers topical areas of astronomy and space science, ranging from our solar system to extra-solar planets and the Big Bang, with a particular emphasis on the expertise and research at Cardiff University. Workshops will consist of a taught lecture component supplemented with hands-on activities, with opportunities to use robotic telescopes over the Internet.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in astronomy.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching will take place by means of short talks that outline the subject material and provide essential content, along with hands-on research via the Internet for more in-depth study. Various websites and software packages will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to carry out their own astronomical investigations.
Students will learn by lecture, practical use of ICT, and hands-on investigation. There will be plenty of opportunity for question and answer sessions, and discussion related to the theme of the particular workshop.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Kaufmann W.J. & Freedman R.A., Universe (8th Ed., Freeman 2007)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.