Major Project: Computational Astrophysics

AST80011 12.5 Credit Points Off-Campus


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Nil Hours

2020 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 3

31 Aug 20 - 29 Nov 20

22 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
13 Sep 20

21 Sep 20

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)