Astronomy (MAE801)

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School of Science

Academic Unit

Department of Mathematics

Level of Studies


Course Code




Course Title


Independent Teaching Activities

Lectures (Weekly Teaching Hours: 3, Credits: 6)

Course Type

Special Background

Prerequisite Courses -
Language of Instruction and Examinations


Is the Course Offered to Erasmus Students

Yes (in English)

Course Website (URL) See eCourse, the Learning Management System maintained by the University of Ioannina.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes

The course introduces students to the basic principles of astronomy. Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • know the physical parameters related to the structure, evolution, and final stages of stars.
  • describe the most important features of the Sun and its activity.
  • know the most important features of the members of our planetary system.
  • ecognize the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy and other galaxies.
  • present the up‐to‐date views about the structure and evolution of the Universe.
General Competences
  • Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology
  • Working independently
  • Respect for the natural environment
  • Production of free, creative and inductive thinking


Mechanisms of emission and absorption of radiation. Radiative transfer in stellar atmospheres. Stellar magnitudes and distances. Stellar spectra and classification, Hertzsprung‐Russell diagram. Internal structure, formation and evolution of stars. Final stages of stars: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. The Sun and the solar system. Variable and peculiar stars. Stellar groups and clusters. Interstellar matter. The Milky Way Galaxy. Other galaxies. Cosmology.

Teaching and Learning Methods - Evaluation


Face to face teaching

Use of Information and Communications Technology

The Moodle e‐learning platform is used for the delivery of lecture notes and exercises to the students.

Teaching Methods
Activity Semester Workload
Lectures (13X3) 39
Study & analysis of bibliography 90
Non-directed study 18
Examination 3
Course total 150
Student Performance Evaluation

Written examination at the end of semester.

Attached Bibliography

See the official Eudoxus site or the local repository of Eudoxus lists per academic year, which is maintained by the Department of Mathematics. Books and other resources, not provided by Eudoxus:

  • "Αstrophysics, volume Ι", F. Shu, Crete University Press, ISBN: 978-960-7309-16-7 (in Greek).
  • "Αstrophysics, volume ΙI", F. Shu, Crete University Press, ISBN: 978-960-7309-17-4 (in Greek).