ASP4110 - Astrophysics honours research project A - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Amanda Karakas


Associate Professor Amanda Karakas

Unit guides



  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 to First semester 2020 (On-campus)


Enrolment in an approved Honours or Graduate Diploma in Science in the discipline of Astrophysics






ASP4110 and ASP4120 together, are equivalent to ASP4100 but they enable students to study part time by allowing completion of the work over a longer time period.

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


On completion of this unit (and ASP4120) 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%

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