Stellar Astrophysics

AST80016 12.5 Credit Points Off-Campus


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Nil Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 3

30 Aug 21 - 28 Nov 21

21 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
12 Sep 21

20 Sep 21

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to cover the physical processes underlying stellar properties and the principles behind models of stellar evolution.

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Explain the classification schemes of stars, their physical parameters and the importance of the HR diagram
2. Explain and summarise the mechanism of star formation and the evolution of stars from the main sequence through to the RGB and AGB phase
3. Appraise and state the processes and properties of high mass stellar remnants, including supernovae, planetary nebulae, white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes;
4. Solve mathematical problems related to the physical processes that underlie stellar properties and evolution;
5. Explain and summarise stellar astrophysical concepts in a non-technical manner understandable to the general public
6. Design and create a research project on an astronomy topic, assessing and critiquing current knowledge, using credible sources of astronomical information, data and research articles