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FROM PLANETS TO THE COSMOS

Why should I take this Trinity Elective?

This module will expose students to key events in the development of modern Astronomy and allow them to recognize that science is an evolving body of knowledge. Students will be able to reflect on how our view of the Universe has changed, specially in the last few decades, and be able to critically evaluate the current ideas, particularly in the light of incomplete data or assumptions. Students will learn about the discovery of thousands of worlds around other stars and the expanding Universe, among others. Finally, this Trinity Elective will address the potential of Astronomy to address problems of the contemporary world.

What will I learn?

  • You will learn about our place in the Universe, and be able to evaluate key evidence that supports or challenges our explanations for the physical nature of planets, stars, galaxies, and the cosmos.
  • You will  understand the importance of key events in the history of Astronomy and critically discuss why astrophysical science is a creative and evolving body of knowledge;
  • You will be able to discuss the past and present of Irish Astronomy in an international context, reflecting our long heritage up to the present day (e.g., membership of the European Space Agency and the European Southern Observatory).

What will I do?

  • Attend a series of lectures with world-leading astronomers from Trinity;
  • Study lecture notes in advance and familiarize with the module content;
  • Explore and engage with online material, and interact with an on-line framework for Astronomy (Mastering Astronomy). This includes access to the e-book 'Astronomy Today’, and is provided free of charge by the School of Physics.
  • Develop a small group research project on a modern topic in Astronomy, and present to the cohort.

How will this be delivered?

  • Approximately 22 hours of face-to-face lectures;
  • Approximately 70 hours of student engagement with on-line material, including optional/refresher material to develop mathematical and physical. These on-line supports will make use of resource material provided as e-learning support for the course text.
  • Students will engage in a small group research project with their peers, studying a modern topic in Astronomy.

How will this be assessed?

  • Online Tutorials, which provide students with personalized coaching and feedback (20% of final mark).
  • Online Structured lessons, containing reading material and assessment questions  (50 % of final mark).
  • In-class assessment, using Turning Point technology (self-pacing polling), which enables students to be assessed at their own individual pace (20% of final mark).
  • Small group project, where students will research a modern topic in Astronomy with 5-10 peers and present the results to the full cohort (10% of final mark).

Who can take this Trinity Elective?

  • Any student eligible to take a Trinity Elective can select this Trinity Elective except for the students from the following programmes: Physical Sciences.

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