Galaxies are groups of millions or billions of stars, and are central to our understanding of the Universe we live in. They provide the location for the birth, life and death of all stars, including our own Sun which lies in the Milky Way galaxy. On the largest scales, galaxies provide the 'test particles' used by cosmologists to map the size, expansion rate and evolution of the entire universe. This course will lead the student through the growth in our understanding of galaxies that occurred through both observations and theoretical insights throughout the 20th century, and will highlight the many intriguing mysteries remaining to be tackled by astronomers. The course will make use of an interactive CD-ROM, video and photographic film material which students can use to undertake investigations in their own homes.
School science or maths (UK GCSE equivalent)
A Certificate of Professional Development in Astronomy will be awarded for the successful completion of this module. The module is assigned 12 credit points which can be used to build up credits towards other academic qualifications at Liverpool John Moores University and other Universities.
CD-ROM and necessary course software, course video, photographic material, astronomy support for the duration of the course (by post, email, telephone, internet telephone and fax) , news group for student discussion, and a course website.
Good access to a computer with CD-ROM player. The computer needs to be able to run an internet browser which we can supply though it is not essential for it to be connected the internet.
The course lasts for four months. We expect that during a typical week you will need to spend 30 minutes watching course video material, 1 to 2 hours on computer and/or photographic exercises, 45 minutes reviewing the relevant material on the CD-ROM and in your textbook and doing multiple choice questions and 10 mins in correspondence with tutor. Overall we expect that you will put around 120 hours of time into the course.
You need to email, post or fax us your work for the course. The weighting for the marking will be as follows: Coursework assignments (75%), End of module examination (25%). The usual rate for the submission of assignments will be approximately one per month.
Galaxies is a single credit module, and hence is worth 12 level one credits. Please see the main page here for the current prices.
The course is self-contained and there is no need to purchase additional books. However, you will find some useful material in Universe by Kaufman & Freedman, WH Freeman (£30 approx). If you would like to buy this book but have problems obtaining it locally you can order over the Internet from companies such as Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) or Earth and Sky (01328 820083).
The following is an outline of the course. Contents are subject to change.
Please print out, fill in and return this enrolment form to the address below. Please either include a cheque payable to Liverpool John Moores University (only UK pounds accepted) or you may use your credit/debit card to pay online. If you wish to pay online we will send you the required student number on submission of your application form. If you are unable to print the enrolment form please contact the address below or send us anemail and we will send out a form to you via the mail. For more information on the course and any potential problems, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.
Astrophysics Research Institute,
Liverpool John Moores University,
Twelve Quays House,
Tel - +44 (0)151 231 2900
Fax - +44 (0)151 231 2926
Web - http://www.astro.livjm.ac.uk/distance
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