• 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, Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Emily Wisnioski
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

The course provides an overview of galaxies from the emergence of the first galaxies and their halos, the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time, and the local Universe. The course goes deeper into the properties of disk and elliptical galaxies, including the Milky Way, large scale structure, multiphase components of galaxies, and the baryon cycle. Recent results from observations and simulations are integrated into established analytic models of galaxy formation and evolution. Lectorials introduce the basic tools for studying galaxy data and simulations as well as scientific writing and communication.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the field of galaxy evolution from the first galaxies to the local Universe.
  2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the field of galaxy evolution from the first galaxies to the local Universe.
  3. Understand how to identify, read, present, and critically analyse relevant astrophysical literature.
  4. Compose scientific writing and oral communication that synthesises and interprets complex ideas clearly.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 5 x assignments (60) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. In-class formulation of research questions (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Final exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 5 hours of lectures and tutorials per week
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include reading literature and preparing homework assignments.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced), the Master of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics or the Master of Science (Advanced) in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Incompatible with ASTR4006.

Prescribed Texts

Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Mo, van den Bosch, White, Cambridge University Press, 2010 

Galactic Dynamics, Binney, J. and Tremaine, S, Princeton 2008 (2nd e


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3577 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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