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CUSA1045 Discovering the Universe 探索宇宙
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(Last update on: 4 March 2021)



Key facts for Summer 2021:

Date:   9, 11, 13, 14* August 2021 (21 hours)
Time:   9:00 am – 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teaching Platform:   Face to Face  (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) #
Enrollment:   30
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6
Tuition Fee:   HKD 3,560.00
Lecturer:   Dr. LEUNG Po Kin
* This date is reserved for make-up classes in case there is any cancellation of classes due to unexpected circumstances.
# This course is only offered face-to-face lessons at CUHK campus.


Humans want to explore the universe by looking up into the sky since ancient times. This course offers the outline about the selected phenomena which were observable with naked eye. Upon finishing the course, students will acquire the development of modern astronomy, knowledge of the basic observational features of the sky, and the application of physical principles to astronomy.

The course includes lectures, experiments, and observation sessions. The experiments session is aimed to provide students with hand-on experience in basic physical principles and ideas in Astronomy. Student will have indoor observation of simulated night in class. Outdoor solar observation will be held if weather permits.




Organising units:
  • Department of Physics, CUHK
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Understand basic astronomical concepts related to observation;
  2. Learn to solve problems related to selected topics;
  3. Gain perspectives in the development of modern astronomy and the application of physics in understanding the universe.
Learning Activities:
  1. Lectures
  2. Lab
  3. Demos
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
  1. Short answer test or exam
  2. Lab reports
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s): 1.5
* Certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance and pass the assessment (if applicable)
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6.
Organising period:   Summer 2013; Summer 2014; Summer 2015; Summer 2016; Summer 2017; Summer 2018; Summer 2019; Summer 2021
Application method:   SAYT Online application