Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics

Module PH8113

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH8113 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Physics Modules for Students of Education

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 50 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH8113 is Stephan Paul.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Introduction to teaching Astrophysics in schools.

This module prepares future teachers for teaching the  "Lehrplanalternative Astrophysik" in Bavarian high schools. The choice  of topics is based on the current Bavarian curriculum for high schools.  In the course each topich will be discussed keeping in mind three aspects:  what needs to be thought in high-school? What is the  current state of research? How can one bring this to the class room in  high schools? Please have a look at Chapter 0 on the Moodle page of the  module for details.

Learning Outcome

Basic knowledge of Astrophysics. Some insights into the didactics of Astrophysics.


None, except very basic math skills (logarithm, exponential)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

eLearning using Moodle and an Offline question time (Time and place will be chosen by the participants)

Lecture slide-shows with sound via Moodle as well as problem sheets.  Questions can be asked via e-mail or chat. Additionally the students can  visit an offline question time.


Multimedia PDF with sound


Astrophysics textbooks on introductory level. The TUM library provides several well suited e-books, e.g.

Der neue Kosmos, Unsöld, Albrecht, Springer Verlag, 2015
Einführung in Astronomie und Astrophysik, Hanslmeier, Arnold, 2014
Experimentalphysik 4, Demtroeder, Wolfgang, Springer Verlag, 2014
Astronomie und Astrophysik, Weigert, Alfred, WILEY-VCH, 2009
Kompendium der Astronomie, Keller, Hans-Ulrich, Kosmos Verlag, 2008 (ehemals "Astrowissen")
Abriss der Astronomie, Voigt, Hans-Heinrich, WILEY-VCH, 2012

Teacher's guide of ISB
Handreichung Astrophysik

Bavarian school books
 Dieter Beckmann, ``Astrophysik'', C.C. Buchner Verlag, Bamberg, ISBN 978-3-7661-6705-7, 1. Aufl. 15
 Metzler Physik 12, Astrophysik, Ausgabe Bayern, hrsg. v. Grehn/Krause,  Schroedel Verlag, Braunschweig, ISBN 978-3-507-10703-8, Aufl. 12/Serie A

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

no info

Condensed Matter

When atoms interact things can get interesting. Fundamental research on the underlying properties of materials and nanostructures and exploration of the potential they provide for applications.

Nuclei, Particles, Astrophysics

A journey of discovery to understanding our world at the subatomic scale, from the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter. Are you ready for the adventure?


Biological systems, from proteins to living cells and organisms, obey physical principles. Our research groups in biophysics shape one of Germany's largest scientific clusters in this area.