Astronomy - The Modern Universe

Ref: C3741494

We will look at the evolution of stars and the theories of the history and possible future of the universe. We will also examine the information coming back from space probes studying the planets.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to give the students a general introduction to astronomy, including such areas as what can be seen in the sky.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for anyone with an interest in Astronomy: no knowledge of the subject is required . This course follows on from the Autumn course, but it is not necessary to have attended the previous course in order to participate in this one.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1.Recognise some of the major constellations and find their way around the stars.
  • 2.Describe the life cycle of a typical star and recognise the objects which result from star death.
  • 3.Relate the history of the solar system and its implications for life on Earth.
  • 4.Understand the basis of modern theories for the origin and development of the universe.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • There will be frequent discussions about the topics covered and there will be a light-hearted quiz at the end.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • No materials need to be brought to the course and there will be no additional expenses.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No preparation is essential, but reading astronomy books and magazines, watching astronomy programmes and accessing astronomy websites will be of benefit.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Students may, if they wish, join a local or national astronomical society. Various meetings of an astronomical nature will be brought to the students' notice.

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Astronomy - The Modern Universe


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