Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics

    • Pulsar population synthesis
    • Galactic dynamics
    • Galaxy mergers
    • Solar systems dynamics
    • Stellar evolution
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • 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-HET617

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(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.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

  • Project (20%)
  • Assignment (20%)
  • Report (60%)

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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