ASP4220 - Astrophysics honours coursework B - 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)








ASP4210 and ASP4220 together, are equivalent to ASP4200 but they enable students to study part-time by allowing completion of the work over a longer time period.

Students are required to select three subunits (covering advanced coursework topics) from offerings within the School of Physics and Astronomy. These subunits are to be selected in consultation with the student's academic supervisor. Some subunits may be chosen from outside the School - with permission from the honours coordinator.

Students will also complete a literature review related to the research project component of their honours course.


On completion of this unit (and ASP4210) in the context of their selected subunits, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of astrophysics and related disciplines.
  2. Synthesise and interpret their knowledge.
  3. Apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills to the solution of complex problems.
  4. Plan, and efficiently carry out, work requirements.
  5. Make effective use of information and communication technology for the collection and analysis of data, the solution of problems and the presentation of their work. Students will also be able to:

  6. Understand, use and explain the basic concepts and principles of the research literature which underpins their chosen area of research in astrophysics.


Three lecture topics (a mixture of assignments and examinations: 30% each):90%

Literature review: 10%

Workload requirements

An average of 24 hours of study per week split between the three sub-units and work on the literature review.

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