Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Appraise and state a conceptual knowledge of space-time and how it has evolved, its observational and theoretical basis
  2. Explain and summarise 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. Distinguish and summarise the major unresolved questions in cosmology
  4. Appraise and explain the tools with which we probe the large-scale structure of the universe, including large galaxy surveys and supercomputer simulations in a non- technical way understandable to the wider public
  5. Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in cosmology
  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
    • Cosmology: special and general relativity; the hot “big bang” cosmology and alternative cosmologies; the different ‘flavours’ of dark matter and dark energy
    • The Early Universe: inflation; early universe particle physics; the cosmic microwave background radiation; nucleosynthesis
    • Large-scale Structure: structure formation and evolution; observational cosmology; using supercomputers to build synthetic Universes; the ultimate fate of the Universe
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject 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:

SWI-AST80006-Galaxies and their Place in the Universe , or SWI-HET624


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.

  • Project (50%)
  • Newsgroups (30%)
  • Online tests (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

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