• 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 2021
    First Semester 2021
    Winter Session 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

This course is offered in online mode only.

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.

This course is delivered entirely online.

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 written exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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 directed 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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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
1548 01 Jan 2021 15 Jan 2021 29 Jan 2021 21 Feb 2021 Online View

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3296 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4757 28 Jun 2021 05 Jul 2021 09 Jul 2021 25 Jul 2021 Online View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6287 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online View

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