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1. Course title

Havaitsevan tähtitieteen jatkokurssi I
Fortsättningskurs i observerande astronomi I
Advanced Course in Observational Astronomy I

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53858 Havaitsevan tähtitieteen jatkokurssi I, 6 op

3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
PAP3001 Advanced Studies in Astrophysical Sciences (optional for Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences)

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

The course is recommended after taking the Basic Observational Astronomy and Fundamental Astronomy courses.

It is recommended to take IRAF course prior to the course, but essential knowledge of IRAF will be taught during the course.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

Lectures - period I; field trip to Tuorla observatory - exam week of period I; project work - period II

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Prof. Alexis Finoguenov

9. Course learning outcomes

Participants of the course will learn about preparation, conduction and data reduction of modern astronomical observations. They will participate in the forefront research projects on stellar evolution, galaxy evolution and cosmology and contribute to obtaining the new measurements.

10. Course completion methods

The main part of the course is 1 week intense field course, located at Tuorla Observatory with courses on preparation of observations, astronomical instruments. The practical work consists of remote observations using the 2.6m Nordic Optical Telescope. The course work includes presentations of the results and the course report, based on which the grade will be issued.

11. Prerequisites

The course is recommended after taking the Basic Observational Astronomy and Fundamental Astronomy courses.

12. Recommended optional studies


Stellar evolution

13. Course content

The students will be performing observations with Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) and reduce the data they obtain. The course covers instrumentation,  visibility studies, observational conditions and planning the observational run; Telescope control system; Preparation of the observing run: choosing exposures, filters, grisms for the science goals; Calibration observations; Target acquisition; Performance spectroscopic and imaging observations; Data reduction and visualization; Performing the scientific experiment: planing, conducting, adjusting, reporting. The students have to take PAP308 at the same time (or have it previously taken).

14. Recommended and required literature

Knowledge of UNIX operating system is a plus.

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

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-Student activities
-Description of how the teacher’s activities are documented

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

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-The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
methods of the course.

17. Teaching language


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