Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The student should develop a knowledge of modern cosmology at the appropriate level for an undergraduate, should understand how cosmology fits into wider physics, should be aware of the observational data underpinning cosmology, should be able to apply mathematical models to cosmology and should be able to problem-solve topics related to cosmology.
describe and understand cosmological models: 1,2describe and understand observations relevant to cosmology: 1,2apply mathematical techniques to cosmology; make calculations regarding cosmology: 1,2solve problems related to cosmology: 1,2
This module explores the nature and evolution of the universe as a whole. It covers the Friedmann equation that describes the expansion of space, the origin of our universe in a Big Bang, and the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang. Topics include the very early universe and inflation, Big Bang nucleosynthesis, the cosmic microwave background, dark matter, dark energy, and the origin of galaxies.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-30001/lists
24 hours lectures/tutorials. 30 hours directed study on problem sheets. 2 hours examination. 94 hours independent study.
Intended Learning Outcomes
A successful student should be able to demonstrate systematic understanding of the cosmological observationsand be able to apply physics principles to the universe as a whole [1, 2].A successful student should be able to calculate conditions in the universe at different times and usemathematics to relate the theory with the observations [1, 2].
Successful completion of Level 2 Physics/Astrophysics
1: Problem Sheets weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
4 PROBLEM SHEETSFour problem sheets weighted 20%2: Open Book Examination weighted 80%
UNSEEN EXAM2 hour Unseen examination weighted 80%.