Major Project - Computational Astrophysics - 2016

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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: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment (20%) , Project (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,300.00
Domestic continuing 1,966.00
International 2,550.00
International continuing 2,216.00

2016 Swinburne tuition fees are reduced for continuing postgraduate students.
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This unit develops a detailed understanding of specific astrophysical concepts with the aid of computer simulations, and provides practical experience in the use of numerical modelling and data analysis. You develop your ability to keep a comprehensive record of experimental investigations, to write a detailed summary report of techniques used and investigations undertaken and to communicate effectively about the outcomes of your work.

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

  1. appreciate the use of computer simulations in modern astrophysics
  2. demonstrate detailed knowledge of a particular aspect of computational astrophysics
  3. write a project proposal which includes a research plan, the project aims, objectives and expected outcomes
  4. undertake independent research
  5. keep a comprehensive record of research methodologies and references/resources utilised
  6. write a detailed and summary report of techniques used, investigations undertaken and conclusions reached in the project
  7. synthesise the research results in a short poster summary
  • Assignment (20%)
  • Project (20%)
  • Report (60%)

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:

  • HET617 — Major Project - Computational Astrophysics

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

You should complete introductory tertiary-level mathematics & physics (or equivalent). Note that some topics have additional prerequisites of AST80005 or AST80016.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Pulsar population synthesis
2Galactic dynamics
3Galaxy mergers
4Solar systems dynamics
5Stellar evolution

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

This unit is an approved elective 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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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