• Code ASTR4005
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Helmut Jerjen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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Students proceeding to the Honours year of the Bachelor of Science have a choice of enrolling in one of the following:
MATH4005F Mathematics IV (H)
MATH4009F Computational Science IV (H)
PHYS4003F Physics IV (H)
PHYS4004F Theoretical Physics IV (H)
ASTR4005F Astronomy and Astrophysics IV (H)

The type of honours enrolment will depend on the nature of the research project, and of the choice of courses taken in the 4th year.

The research project forms a major component (50-75%) of the assessment in the honours year. Students will have a choice of a wide variety of projects offered by staff at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Research School of Physics and Engineering and the Research School of Earth Sciences every year. The remaining 25-50% will be in the form of coursework which could consist of fourth year courses offered by the Departments of Mathematics or Physics, third year astrophysics courses that they may not have already completed,  astrophysics courses offered specifically to fourth year students and 4th year courses offered by the Departments of Mathematics, Physics or Computational Science..

Among the fourth year honours courses that will be available are:
High Energy Astrophysics
Diffuse Matter in the Universe
Observational Techniques
Stellar structure and evolution

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic in astronomy and/or astrophysics.
2. systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
3. engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
4. appropriately apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data.
5. communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.

Indicative Assessment

The honours thesis is assessed and marked by two RSAA academics unrelated to the research project, using the grading criteria outlined in the CPMS honours handbook. Each assessor also provides a written report together with the mark.

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50-75% of the time in the honours year.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts depend on the chosen research project.

Preliminary Reading

Reading list depends on the chosen research project.

Assumed Knowledge

Solid background knowledge in Physics and Maths, good level computer programming knowledge. Any 3rd year Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Maths and Computer Science courses.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $546 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $728 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2989 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7945 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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