Major Project: Computational Astrophysics

AST80011 12.5 Credit Points Off-Campus Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Nil Hours

2019 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 3

26 Aug 19 - 24 Nov 19

20 Dec 19

Last self enrolment:
1 Sep 19

16 Sep 19

Last withdraw without fail:
11 Oct 19

Aims and objectives

This Unit aims to develop the student's understanding of specific astrophysical concepts with the aid of computer simulations, and to gain practical experience in the use of numerical modelling and data analysis. The student will produce a comprehensive record of their investigations, and communicate effectively about the outcomes of their work.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify the use of computer simulations in modern astrophysics
2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a particular aspect of computational astrophysics
3. Develop and identify a scientific justification which includes a research plan, the project aims, objectives and expected outcomes
4. Demonstrate independent research
5. Design and create a comprehensive record of research methodologies and references/resources utilised
6. Design and create a detailed project report of techniques used, investigations undertaken and conclusions reached
7. Design and create a short poster summary of results

Courses with unit

Master of Science (Astronomy)