Cosmology and the Large-Scale Structure of the Universe - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Newsgroups (30%) , Project (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,440.00
Domestic continuing 2,084.00
International 2,690.00
International continuing 2,334.00

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This unit aims to provide an introduction to cosmology, including the physics of the early Universe, dark matter and dark energy and the evolution of the observed large-scale structure.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Have a conceptual knowledge of space-time and how it has evolved, its observational and theoretical basis and major unresolved questions
  2. Understand basic cosmology concepts such as the big bang model and cosmic inflation, dark matter and dark energy, with the ability to discuss them in a non-technical way
  3. Understand the tools with which we probe the large-scale structure of the universe, including large galaxy surveys and supercomputer simulations
  4. Research a cosmology topic in depth, using dependable sources of astronomical information on the internet and refereed journal articles.
  • Assignment — Newsgroups (30%)
  • Project (50%)
  • Test — Online tests (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HET625 — Cosmology and the Large-scale Structure of the Universe

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You should complete introductory tertiary-level mathematics and physics before commencing in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

2The Early Universe
3Large-scale structure

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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