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SC01111746, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ALESSANDRO PIZZELLA FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 4.0 36 64.0 2
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione Laboratorio di Astronomia 2019-2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 PIZZELLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
6 Commissione Laboratorio di Astronomia 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PIZZELLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic mathematics and physics.
Target skills and knowledge: Main objective of the course is to introduce students to the observational astronomy, through lectures about the instrumentation and most common observational techniques of photometry and spectroscopy. The course includes practical exercises on reduction techniques and analysis of CCD data, as well as the practical use of the telescope for spectroscopy.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into two parts:
1) a discussion of the written report based on the activity in the computer laboratory.
2) an oral exam on the topics of the lectures.
Assessment criteria: The overall assessment of the student is based on the scientific and technical quality of the written report and related activities performed in the computer laboratory, knowledge and understanding of the arguments discussed during the lectures.
Course unit contents: 1) Lectures: Diffraction through a slit. Diffraction and interference through the double slit. The diffraction grating. Examples of spectrographs slit, echelle, multi -object and integral-field. CCD detectors.
2) Exercises in the computer laboratory: Use of databases and archives of astronomical data. Outline of time required procedures and access to telescopes. Introduction to IRAF. Procedures for the reduction and analysis of photometric and spectroscopic data.
3) Observations at the telescope: Derivation of the rotation curve of a spiral galaxy. Montecarlo technique to derive errorbars.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will consists of:
1) lectures.
2) exercises in the computer laboratory.
3) observations at the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory with the Galileo telescope and the Boller & Chivens spectrograph.
All activities are in Italian.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes by the teacher and didactic material are available through the website of the course on the e-learning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" ( No suggested textbook are provided.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Working in group
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)