Course Outline
What kind of a course is Astronomy I (PHYS 1P01)?

This course is primarily designed for students who need to take a science context course. At the same time, the course is highly recommended as an elective for science students, in particular those who plan to become school teachers (the Grade 9 science curriculum includes Space Science).


Ghose, Milosevic-Zdjelar, and Read, ASTRO (Second Canadian Edition).

Online Materials

All the information about the course material (the topics covered in each lecture, sample test and exam questions, grades, etc.) will be posted on the web at


Scheduled Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 17:00 to 18:00 in the David S. Howes Theatre starting Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Instructor: Dr. B. Mitrovic, office MC B208.

Lecture topics will include:

  • The Scale of the Cosmos: Space and Time, Ch. 1
  • User's Guide to the Sky: Patterns and Cycles, Ch. 2
  • The Origin of Modern Astronomy, Ch. 3
  • Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments: Extending Humanity's Vision, Ch. 4
  • The Family of Stars, Ch. 6
  • The Sun: The Closest Star, Ch. 5
Marking Scheme
Tests Dates Weight
Test 1 Tuesday, October 2, 17:00-17:50 25%
Test 2 Tuesday, November 6, 17:00-17:50 25%
Final Exam Monday, Dec. 17, 14:00-16:00, location: WCIBDS 50%

Imprtant Notes on Class Tests:

  • Students who are more than 10 minutes late for the beginning of the test will not be allowed to write the test in order not to disturb the class.
  • Students are asked to remain in their seats until 17:20 in order not to disturb those who are still writing.
  • The answers on scantrons should be marked only in pencil.
  • Students are required to write their full name and the student number on the scantron and mark their student number accurately in the appropriate boxes on the scantron. The errors lead to a significant delay in processing of the scantrons by the IT services.
  • Students are notified in the class when the test grades are posted at If you wrote a test (or exam) and your grade is not posted, contact me within seven days of the notification that the grades are available at If your grade is not posted and you have not contacted me within seven days of the notification, it will be assumed that you did not write the test (or exam).

Medical Documentation For Missed Test/Exam:

  • Medical (or other) documentation is no longer accepted in electronic format, and will not be accepted if submitted by email.
  • Present an original version of your medical documentation (not a photocopy) to the course instructor in person. If it is not practical for you to present your documentation in person, leave it at the main Physics Department Office (Room MC B210), but be sure that your documentation is complete, includes your name and student number, includes the doctor's contact information, and is signed by both you and the doctor. If it is not practical to present your documentation in person, send it to the course instructor care of the Physics Department, Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, L2S 3A1.
  • Note that according to university regulations, medical documentation must be received within seven days of a missed examination. You can print a copy of Brock's standard medical certificate by using the pdf file here

Note: Tuesday, November 6, is the last date for withdrawal without academic penalty and last day to change from credit to audit status for duration 2 courses without academic penalty.