Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student can describe the physical background behind the basic celestial phenomena and knows how to take the movement of the Sun and the stars into account in engineering, design and architectural projects. The student recognises the astronomical nature of various historical and architecturally and otherwise significant constructions, ranging from the Stonehenge to sundials and modern observatories. She is able to describe the basics of the current scientific worldview and understands how it has been built over the millennia, and has basic knowledge of the interplay between astronomy and arts, as well as the influence on society and culture in general. 

Credits: 3

Schedule: 11.01.2022 - 12.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anne Lähteenmäki, Joni Tammi

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Basic astronomical concepts; influence of astronomy and space sciences to history, civil engineering, architecture and art, and to science and culture in general. For further studies the courses ELEC-E4210 Introduction to Space and ELEC-E4530 Radio astronomy are recommended.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment methods: The course consists of lectures, homework, learning diaries, peer assessment, and excursion.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures (30 h), assignments (32 h), and the learning diary (20 h).


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

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