Course timeline

The course timeline is shown below. There is no exam. Instead, continuous assessment comes in form of weekly assignments and learning diaries. The three-credit course work consists of

  • eleven lectures, each with
    • preliminary work (reading an article, watching a video, etc.) and
    • assignments (short essay, questionnaire, reading, etc., with deadline at the end of the week),
  • two evaluation sessions during the exam weeks, with no lecture but other activities, and
  • four learning diary submissions (LD), with specific deadlines, and
  • participation in peer and self assessment.
  • There is also an excursion outside the lecture time, on Thursday 22. February, at 18-20, in Helsinki.

Click here for a graph showing the distribution of workload across the different tasks, and the effect each task has on the final grade.

Final deadline for all course-related work is Monday 9.4.2018 at 08:00. The grades and credits are expected by 30.4.2018.


Course timeline
L   Date Topic Theme LD DL


(First preliminary work)
  Background, basic celestial mechanics 29.1.
at
08:00
1
9.1. Introduction & Solar system
2
16.1.
Celestial mechanics from the ...
3
23.1. One planet, one sky, one people   Ancient astronomy, from myths to science 19.2.
at
08:00
4
30.1. "Sancta terra"
5
6.2. Towards scientific astronomy
6
13.2.   Evaluation session (class)   [2nd LD only after this one]
7
20.2. The past 100 years   Modern astronomy, year 2000 ± century 12.3.
at
08:00
8
27.2. Astronomy in the 21st century
9
6.3. Modern astronomical worldview
10 13.3. Art and science fiction   Astronomy and society, art, biology, future, ... 2.4.
at
08:00
11 20.3. Astrobiology (by Esko Valtaoja)
12 27.3. Big open questions
13 3.4. Evaluation session (online, reserve 2 hours for this between 08-18)
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