• 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, Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is usually offered every even year (eg 2018)

This course provides students with the skills necessary to write computer programs for the construction of models of astronomical processes, for the analysis of data and for multi-dimensional simulations. The skills acquired in this course are essential for every research area in astronomy and astrophysics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Be familiar with some of the most important algorithms for common numerical tasks such as numerical integration, interpolation, Fourier analysis and statistics.
  2. Write programs in C and/or Python in order to solve specific numerical problems typical of those arising in Astronomy and to plot the results.
  3. Develop proficiency in using modern parallel computers for solving large computational problems.
  4. Be able to establish an efficient development environment involving code, makefiles and the use of subroutine libraries.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 4 x assignments (100) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

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

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 hours of lectures (1x2 hour lecture plus 1x1 hour lecture) and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
  • Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks (average 6 hours per week on assignments).

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ASTR8004

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

Prescribed Texts

C How to Program, by Paul Deitel and Harvey Deitel, Pearson Education International (6th edition)

Fees

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

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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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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