Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Cosmology
    • The Early Universe
    • Large-scale structure
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • SWI-HET625

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


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 - Project (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Newsgroups (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online tests (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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