AST2210 – Observational Astronomy
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course provides an introduction to modern observational methods used in astronomy. Ground and space-based telescopes and detectors, imaging techniques and imaging, as well as spectroscopy, are introduced. The course contains practical exercises.
After completing this course:
you will get insight into how astronomical observations are carried out and the sources of error that arise from the different techniques
you will have a practical understanding of the limitations inherent in measurements and gain the basis for being able to perform observation-based master's theses in astronomy
you will have knowledge of an overview of telescopes used in the visible part of the spectrum and other electromagnetic bands
you will have an understanding of techniques used in spectroscopy, interferometry, photometry, and polarimetry
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
Teaching extends over one semester. There are four hours of lectures and two hours of group sessions/tutorial exercises each week.
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student. A compulsory field trip to the Harestua Observatory (for one day) will be arranged at the beginning of the semester. The dates are not set as this depends on the weather conditions.
This course has a final oral examination that counts approx. 50% and 3 written assignments in the form of home exams that counts approx. 50% in the grade assessment. One of the written assignments will be based on data taken during the compulsory field trip to the Harestua observatory. The final grade is determined after an overall assessment of the 3 assignments and the oral examination.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed during the oral examination.
A computer will be needed to complete the written assignments.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the examination in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.