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Observational Cosmology

Course 2019-2020

Please note that this course description is preliminary. The final course description will be released in June 2019.

Admission requirements



The purpose of this course is to provide a general overview of the observational basis for our modern view of cosmology. This course will include a significant discussion of the major tests used to establish the age of the universe; the Hubble constant; the dark matter, dark energy, and baryonic content of the universe; the matter power spectrum; and the ‘w’ parameter. This course is being designed to complement “Origin and Evolution of the Universe.”

Course objectives

The primary objectives of this course are for students to be learn the general observational techniques and physical principles for making a wide variety of inferences about the current state, evolution, and origin/age of the universe.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Written exam


Students must enroll on Blackboard before the first lecture. Blackboard will be used to communicate with students and to share lecture slides, homework assignments, and any extra materials. To have access, you need a student ULCN account.

Reading list

  • Observational Cosmology, 2010, Stephen Serjeant (Cambridge University Press)


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Contact information

Lecturer: Dr. R.J. (Rychard) Bouwens
Assistant: To be announced