• 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 Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christian Wolf
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ASTR6002
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of extragalactic astronomy and the astrophysics that describes galaxies and the universe. We will study the properties of galaxies and galactic nuclei, stellar and gas dynamics, clusters of galaxies, the large scale distribution of galaxies and galaxy clusters and their use as cosmological tools. The students will further get an overview of cosmology with emphasis on the cosmic microwave background, galaxies and related phenomena at high redshift, and cosmic structure formation. Additional topics include nucleosynthesis, quasar absorption lines, and gammaray bursts.
This course can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will have the skills and knowledge to:
  1. Apply physical principles to the analysis of observations of galaxies and of the Universe as a whole;
  2. Use a range of mathematical and computational techniques in this analysis, including order of magnitude, estimation and numerical modeling;
  3. Communicate the results of this analysis;
  4. Work effectively as part of a group.

Other Information

This course can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • 8 problem sets (60%, LO1-4)
  • Final exam (40%, LO1-3)
HPO option: written report on research project (20%, LO1-4); weight of problem sets reduced to 40%

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Workload

3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week; average 5 hours per week of problem sets

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS2020 and MATH2306.

Prescribed Texts

Galaxies in the Universe, An Introduction, by L. S. Sparke and J. S. Gallagher III Introduction to Cosmology, by B. Ryden

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended: ASTR3007, PHYS2016, PHYS2021

Specialisations

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7300 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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