From Stars To Black Holes

AST30001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2019 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

5 Aug 19 - 3 Nov 19

10 Dec 19

Last self enrolment:
18 Aug 19

31 Aug 19

Last withdraw without fail:
20 Sep 19


150 credit points
Assumed knowledge
A foundation of conceptual astronomy 

Aims and objectives

To introduce students to the mathematical and physical basis that underlies modern stellar astrophysics. Students will build on their foundation of conceptual astronomy to gain a deeper understanding of key areas in stellar astrophysics. In particular the student will be introduced to the study of the physical basis underlying stars including stellar structure, radiation processes, star formation and evolution models, stellar evolutionary end-points (i.e. neutron stars and pulsars) and the physics of black holes.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe the physical and mathematical basis of stellar structure;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of stellar life cycles from birth to death;
3. Communicate topics in modern astronomy research to a non-technical audience.