ASP4100 - Astrophysics honours research project - 2017

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy


Dr Amanda Karakas

Unit guides



  • Full year 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 to First semester 2018 (Day)


Students are required to complete a research project involving original work on a topic chosen in consultation with their academic supervisor.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand, use and explain the basic concepts and principles of the research literature which underpins the chosen area of astrophysics research.
  2. Synthesise and interpret their knowledge gained in their study of the underpinning research literature, hence identifying a niche topic or topics within this existing body of literature, which represents a gap in knowledge suitable for original research.
  3. Solve a complex and outstanding problem or problems in the chosen area for original research.
  4. Present the results of their original research in both written form as a thesis, and present their key thesis results in oral form as a final seminar;
  5. Defend the results of their original research in an oral exam.


Research project (project work, research seminar, thesis and oral defence): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Admission to honours in the discipline of Astrophysics