ASP4020 - Astrophysics coursework A - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Michael J Morgan


Professor Michael J Morgan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in the Master of Science


The unit is offered in a non-standard teaching period


Students undertake studies in three selected topics in Astrophysics and related fields, which provide the foundational basis for modern astrophysics and cosmology. These develop expertise in computational astrophysics, observational astronomy, data analysis and the skills required to effectively communicate their findings using contemporary communication tools. The three topics comprise:

Computational astrophysics (compulsory)

Advanced observational astronomy

Foundations of general relativity and cosmology.

NB: Subject to approval by the Chief Examiner, one of the topics in ASP4020 may be replaced by a topic from PHS4020.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental aspects of observational astronomy, computational astrophysics, cosmology, and related disciplines.
  2. Develop skills in computation and astronomical observation that are fundamental to the study of astrophysics.
  3. Synthesize and interpret astrophysical knowledge.
  4. Make effective use of information and communication technology for the collection and analysis of data, the solution to problems in astrophysics and the written/oral presentation of work relevant to the area of study.


Examinations (2 hours): 50%

Tests: 20%

Assignments: 30%

Workload requirements

A total of 24 hours per week

  • 3-three hours lectures/workshops/tutorials
  • Three hours of consultation and online discussions involving peers and staff
  • 12 hours of independent study

See also Unit timetable information

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

Master of Science in Astrophysics