• Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Helmut Jerjen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course is offered as part of the new Master of Astronomy and
Astrophysics (Advanced) program. The course introduces students to
fundamental concepts in star formation, structure, evolution, element
production and thermonuclear reactions, and pulsating stars. The galaxy
component covers galaxy formation theory, classification, star formation,
galaxy interactions, dark matter, black holes and the large-scale structure of the Universe.

Learning Outcomes

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

 For students to gain an advanced scientific understanding of the following:

  1. Structure, stability, and evolution of stars.
  2. Stellar energy sources and nucleosynthesis.
  3. Observational and physical properties of galaxies.
  4. The structure of self-gravitating systems of many stars and gas (galaxies).
  5. Dark matter, baryonic matter and galactic structure.

In addition students will develop:

6. Expertise in basic computer programming skills and the numerical solution of physical problems
7. Understanding current research through reading professional articles and articles written for the general public.
8. Advanced skills in writing of reports on current areas of astrophysical research.
9. Effective oral communication involving the presentation of complex astrophysical concepts to their peers.

Indicative Assessment

1. Six assignments all related to (learning outcomes 1-6). The assignments comprise
75% of the course assessment.
2. Written report (2500 word limit) worth 15% (LO1-9)
3. Oral presentation chosen from a list of topics covered by the ASTR6007 course
and provided by the course lecturers. Worth 10% (LO1-9)

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10 hours per week consisting of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials and 6 hours of work
on assignments, written report and presentation.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced). Incompatible with ASTR3007.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in physics or mathematics with
relevant experience or academic achievement.


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 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
3879 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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