Explore the evolution of the universe, the future of astronomy & the role technology plays in new discoveries.
Who’s the instructor?
Dr. John Morgan
John is a researcher and lecturer at Curtin University. Curtin University’s astronomy research is highly focussed on the international effort to build the most powerful radio telescope ever: the Square Kilometre Array.
What’s it about؟
What was the Big Bang? How do black holes work? Could there be life elsewhere in the Universe? In this course we’ll address those topics, as well as gaining some insight into how great scientific discoveries were made, and what’s involved in scientific research.
We’ll also look at the vital role that new technology plays in scientific discoveries. We’ll talk to scientists about their role in the development of largest telescope in the history of astronomy: the Square Kilometre array.
What’s involved?MODULE 1GREAT DISCOVERIES IN ASTRONOMY
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment 5 Aug – 11 AugMODULE 2UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE: HOW WE DO SCIENCE 9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment 12 Aug – 18 AugMODULE 3BUILDING THE WORLD’S LARGEST SCIENCE EXPERIMENT 9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment 19 Aug – 25 AugMODULE 4ANSWERING BIG QUESTIONS WITH THE SQUARE KILOMETRE ARRAY 7 videos, 6 quizzes, 1 assessment 26 Aug – 1 Sep
What will I learn?
- How people over the ages have tried to understand the world around them
- How we have developed our current picture of the Universe
- What the Universe looks like on different scales – from the Earth and the Solar System right up to the largest-scale structure of the universe
- Key theories in astronomy and the key individuals behind them
- How the universe has evolved and what new discoveries we are finding through the use of new technologies
- Some insight into the big questions we hope to find answers for, such as whether we are alone in the universe
This course requires approximately 2 – 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 2 hours 42 minutes.
If you pass this course you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn’t a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.