PHYS1160 Introduction to Astronomy


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

Course Coordinator: 

Professor Jeremy Bailey

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 Group Participation: 26% 
  • Interactive Tutorials: 32%
  • Essay: 18%
  • Final Test 24%
  • total: 100%

Semester(s) Offered: 

Semester 1 and 2
In UNSW3+ (2019) this course will be offered in Terms 1, 2 and 3 (T1, T2 & T3).

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Jeremy Bailey

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Research Fellow

Lucyna Chudczer (Kedziora-Chudczer)

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Chris Tinney

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Research Fellow

Graeme Melville