AUT lecturer comments on Breakthrough ListenA massive search for alien life, known as Breakthrough Listen, has been launched with two of the world’s most powerful telescopes being engaged for the project. Breakthrough Listen has support from British physicist Stephen Hawking, and is financed by Russian internet billionaire Yuri Milner. AUT’s Professor Sergei Gulyaev was invited to weigh in on the subject on TVNZ’s news show Breakfast. Professor Gulyaev is the founder and director of AUT’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research and a professor of astronomy.
Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you will study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.
Students in all majors study the same core papers this year.
COMM501 Applied Communication (15 points)
SELECT 75 points from:
ASTR500 Introductory Astronomy (15 points)
COMP506 Computer Organisation (15 points)
ENSE501 Programming for Engineering Applications (15 points)
ENSE502 Object Oriented Applications (15 points)
MATH500 Mathematical Concepts (15 points)
MATH501 Differential and Integral Calculus (15 points)
MATH502 Algebra and Discrete Mathematics (15 points)
PHYS500 Physics I (15 points)
STAT500 Applied Statistics (15 points)
With a further 30 points from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).
You become familiar with astrophysics and computational spherical astronomy. You also complete more advanced physics papers and study multivariate calculus, as well as other papers from the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences.
ASTR600 Computational Spherical Astronomy (15 points)
ASTR601 Astrophysics (15 points)
PHYS600 Physics II (15 points)
With a further 75 points from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).
You study practical astrophysics, radio astronomy and applied stochastic models. You also explore the frontiers of astronomy and choose from a range of electives.
You will have the opportunity to complete a research project in a specialist area of astronomy, under the supervision of a member of staff. This 30-credit paper will allow you to explore in depth a research topic or area, design scientific and/or computational experiments, and submit a project report detailing your findings. All the astronomy resources of AUT will be made available to project students. It may also be possible for project students to use internationally available astronomy resources, subject to agreement.
This Research Project paper counts as two papers and can be achieved either over one semester or the whole year.
ASTR700 Practical Astrophysics (15 points)
ASTR701 Radio Astronomy (15 points)
ASTR702 Frontiers of Astronomy (15 points)
MATH705 Research Project (30 points)*
*This paper is compulsory in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences but not in the Bachelor of Science. You may substitute this with approved alternative Level 7 papers
With a further 45 points from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).
COMP710 Game Programming (15 points)
COMP716 Highly Secure Systems (15 points)
COMP719 Applied Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
ENSE701 Software Engineering (15 points)
MATH701 Special Topic A (15 points)
MATH702 Special Topic B (15 points)
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