Course title:
Astronomy: The Universe in 3 Hours with Mark Eustace
Mark Eustace
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Thu 07 Jul 2022 13:00 PM - 16:00 PM 3
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 3
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 3
Thu 07 Jul 2022
13:00 PM - 16:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 1 (level information)
Is this course part of a programme of study?
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Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
£9.60 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners
This course is for beginners
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
- What you need: an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam - You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas to receive resources, record your progress and achievements and to work with others. - All materials will be provided
Course aim:
Join me on a journey through space and time as we look at some of the wonders of astronomy. This taster session takes you through the universe briefly visiting various features to explain some key objects, principles and concepts.
Course description:
If you ever looked up at the stars and asked yourself some of the big questions about the universe, where it came from and its eventual end, then this course will help you formulate these questions more precisely and then... on the main course which starts Friday 8th October, you'll start to get some answers. On the other hand, if you have ever thought about buying a telescope then this is a great place to start as you begin your introduction to different types of telescopes, how they work and which would be best for you. On the main course I'll even give you some advice to help you buy that first scope to make sure you get something suitable. Whatever your interest in the night sky, come along and enjoy a few hours exploring the final frontier!
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. State the three key measurements of space and understand their relationship to each other.
How will I learn?

We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required learning activities on your own.

The WEA tutor will use a range of teaching and learning activities and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. Your tutor will use tasks to see how you are learning, which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects, discussion, written or practical work. Your tutor will give you feedback on your learning and progress.

WEA Canvas online learning area

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WEA online sessions/ courses- Zoom

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What next?

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