PHYS1160 Introduction to Astronomy


Textbook:   The Cosmic Perspective,  Bennett, Donahue, Schneider & Voit (Pearson-Addison/Wesley).

Course Coordinator: 

Term 1:  A/Professor Dennis Stello
Term 2:  Dr. Benjamin Montet
Term 3:  Professor Chris Tinney


Course Description : 

This is a fully online course providing an introduction to astronomy and to the search for life elsewhere (astrobiology). It operates through Moodle and use online lessons, discussion groups and interactive tutorials. The presentation is largely non mathematical, and the course is suitable as an introductory level course for science students, and as a general education course for non-scientists.

The syllabus is available here



  • Discussion:  25% 
  • Activities:  30%
  • Essay:  20%
  • Final Test:  25%

         TOTAL: 100%

TERM(S) Offered: 

Terms 1, 2, 3 and Summer Session
In 2020, this course will be offered in Summer Term, Terms 1, 2 and 3. 

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A/Prof and ARC Future Fellow

Dennis Stello

Lecturer and Scientia Fellow

Benjamin Montet

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Chris Tinney

Postgraduate Student

Giulia Santucci