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PHY8003 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Duncan Wright


This course forms a core coursework component for the Master of Science (Astronomy). The course provides an in-depth introduction to galactic astronomy and cosmology, and develops more general knowledge and skills in the physical sciences through the use of assignments.

This course introduces galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and cosmology. Topics covered in this course include The Milky Way Galaxy, The Nature of Galaxies, Galactic Evolution, The Structure of the Universe, Active Galaxies, Cosmology, and The Early Universe. Additional topics develop scientific skills through the use of assignments.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Introduce key concepts in the study of the Milky Way, other galaxies, and the universe;
  2. Apply modern methods to evaluate quantitative problems in the study of galaxies;
  3. Present the results of qualitative and quantitative analysis in the study of galaxies;
  4. Discuss links between relevant observations and physical theory;
  5. Communicate scientific work relevant to research in the study of galaxies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Key concepts in galactic astronomy & cosmology 10.00
2. Quantitative methods in galactic astronomy & cosmology 10.00
3. Presenting scientific results in galactic astronomy & cosmology 10.00
4. Comparing theory and observations in galactic astronomy & cosmology 10.00
5. Communicating the science of galactic astronomy & cosmology 10.00
6. The Milky Way Galaxy 10.00
7. The Nature of Galaxies 10.00
8. Galactic Evolution 10.00
9. The Structure of the Universe; Active Galaxies 10.00
10. Cosmology; The Early Universe 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Carroll, B W. & Ostlie, D A 2017, An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Essex, UK.
(ISBN 978-1-108-422161.)
Students also will require e-mail, web and USQConnect access.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 25 1,2,3
Assignments Written Report No 25 4,5
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 30 June 2022