• Class Number 3577
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Emily Wisnioski
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

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.

Research-Led Teaching

Each student will be asked to present a research paper via oral and written presentation. The oral presentations will take place in the tutorial parts of class.

Most information is available from refereed articles with a strong emphasis on Annual Review articles. Useful text books include:

Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Mo, van den Bosch, White 2010

Galactic Dynamics, Binney & Tremaine 2008

Galactic Astronomy, Binney & Merrifield 1998

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Adjustments to delivery in 2020

Course delivery and assessment in 2020 was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any information below that replaces what was published in the Class Summary for Semester 1, 2020 was approved by the Associate Dean Education (as is required after 10% commencement of a course). Where an activity or assessment is not referenced below, it remains unchanged.

Teaching Activities

  • Lectures were done on Zoom then posted online.
  • Tutorials were done online.


Adjustments were made to assignment due dates; for details see the course Wattle site.

  • Assignment 2 became a final exam, which was take-home and then submitted on Wattle.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lectures 1-4Introduction to galaxies and the basics of galaxy evolution Lecture notes will be available online the morning of the lectorial
2 Lectures 5-12Disk galaxies (including topics on: Toomre & Jeans Theorum, kinematics, dust, multi-phase characteristics, the MW and near-field / far-field connections) Lecture notes will be available online the morning of the lectorial
3 Lectures 13-16Early type galaxies, mergers, and the role of environment Lecture notes will be available online the morning of the lectorial
4 Lectures 17-18Baryon Cycle (metallicity, inflows, outflows) Lecture notes will be available online the morning of the lectorial
5 Lectures 19-24Simulations and the high-z universe Lecture notes will be available online the morning of the lectorial

Tutorial Registration

Not required

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Assignments 60 % 1,2
Final exam 30 % 1,2
Participation 10 % 1,2

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2


Combination of problem sets and in class presentations. There will be 4-5 of these assessments throughout the course. Due dates will be announced in class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Final exam

Part written and part oral.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2


Participation is required in research. Students will be asked to participate in class by asking questions both of the lecturer and other student's presentations. More details will be provided in class.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments be returned via email or via hardcopy at lectures.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Emily Wisnioski

Research Interests

Galaxy evolution, Galaxy dynamics, Metallicity

AsPr Emily Wisnioski

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