• 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
    • Prof Paul Francis
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
    First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
    See Future Offerings

All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.

This course is designed for students who learn about modern astrophysics. It covers:

1) The greatest unsolved mysteries of the universe, including dark matter, dark energy, quasars and life in space.

2) Exoplanets – how they are discovered, their properties and how they are challenging our understanding of solar systems.

3) The Violent universe – white dwarfs, neutron stars, special relativity and black holes.

4) Cosmology – the Big Bang, nature of space and time, observational cosmology, Inflation, entropy of the universe and ultimate fate of the universe.

You do not need any prior knowledge of astronomy to take this course.

The course will assume that you have a maths and science background equivalent to school year 10, because this course is designed to take you well beyond the level of popular science books, TV shows and web pages.

The course is purely online, but you will need to attend an in-person examination.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and explain the key issues in modern astrophysics.
  2. Be able to analyse and interpret astronomical data, including images, spectra, data tables and charts.
  3. Use physics and maths, including energy balance and circular motion, to estimate and explain a wide variety of astronomical phenomena
  4. Be able to apply the techniques in this course to solve problem in unfamiliar contexts.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online automatically marked homework (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Written Homework (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final in-person written exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • 40 hours of video lectures.
  • Approximately 90 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, homework and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with the ANU Extension astrophysics program.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts

Assumed Knowledge

There are no formal prerequisites, but preparation in maths and science is assumed and recommended. Year 10 maths and science is sufficient.

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1670 01 Jan 2020 17 Jan 2020 14 Feb 2020 23 Feb 2020 Online View

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3624 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8633 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online View

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