ASP5020 - Advanced astrophysics coursework A - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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

Not offered in 2019


Enrolment in the Master of Science


The unit will be offered annually from Semester 1, 2020 in a non-standard teaching period


Students undertake advanced studies in three selected topics in astrophysics and related fields. These extend the expertise in astronomical observation, analysis and the skills required to effectively communicate their findings using contemporary communication tools.

Topics comprise:

Advanced data analysis

Gravitational astrophysics

Magneto-hydrodynamic theory and applications - Part 2

NB: Subject to approval by the Chief Examiner, one of the topics in ASP5020 may be replaced by a topic from PHS5020Not offered in 2019.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced astrophysics and related disciplines.
  2. Demonstrated high-level skills in computation and/or astronomical observation that are essential for advanced astrophysics.
  3. Synthesize and interpret advanced astrophysical knowledge.
  4. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to the solution of complex problems.


Examinations (2 hours): 50%

Tests: 20%

Assignments: 30%

Workload requirements

A total of 24 hours per week:

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

See also Unit timetable information

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

Master of Science in Astrophysics