• 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 Christian Wolf
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
    See Future Offerings

The research project forms a major component (50-75%) of the assessment in the A&A honours program. Students will have a choice of a wide variety of projects offered by academic staff at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics every year. The remaining 25-50% will be in the form of coursework.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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

  1. Honours thesis (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Oral presentation (20) [LO 3,5]

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Workload

50-75% of the time in the honours year. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours per 6 units of enrolment throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of weekly meetings with the project supervisor.
  • Field trip requirements (in a small number of cases)
  • Extensive self-study which includes preparation of a literature review and mid-term report.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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.

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 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.

Units EFTSL
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
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
3628 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
3630 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
3629 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
3631 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 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
8637 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A
8638 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A
8639 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A
8640 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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