Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Identify the use of computer simulations in modern astrophysics
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a particular aspect of computational astrophysics
  3. Develop and identify a scientific justification which includes a research plan, the project aims, objectives and expected outcomes
  4. Demonstrate independent research
  5. Design and create a comprehensive record of research methodologies and references/resources utilised
  6. Design and create a detailed project report of techniques used, investigations undertaken and conclusions reached
  7. Design and create a short poster summary of results
    • Binary Evolution
    • Galaxy Interactions
    • Solar System Dynamics
    • Stellar Evolution
    • Star Cluster Morphology
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

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 & physics (or equivalent). Note that some topics have additional prerequisites of AST80005 or AST80016.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject aims to develop the student's understanding of specific astrophysical concepts with the aid of computer simulations, and to gain practical experience in the use of numerical modelling and data analysis. The student will produce a comprehensive record of their investigations, and communicate effectively about the outcomes of their work.

  • Project (60%)
  • Poster (20%)
  • Scientific Justification Report (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

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