Courses & Units

Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics KYA306



This unit is available in odd numbered years only.


Astrophysics is the investigation of the Universe. It enables us to study the behaviour of matter in extreme environments that cannot be replicated on Earth. In this unit you will study the solar system, stars, stellar evolution, collapsed objects such as white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes, galactic structure, galaxies, active galactic nuclei, galaxy clusters, and the cosmic background radiation.

This unit builds upon topics covered in the core second year physics units. KYA306 is an advanced unit within the physics major. It is a strong foundation for doing an honours project, masters, or PhD in astrophysics. This unit is taught only in odd-numbered years. It alternates with KYA305, Stellar and Planetary Physics, so that all physics majors have the option to study one or the other of these advanced units that cover macroscopic applications of gravitation, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and fluid dynamics. Honours students have the opportunity to take either or both of these units as desired, by planning appropriately.


Unit name Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics
Unit code KYA306
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Andrew Cole

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes


Explain how the theories of gravity, electromagnetism, and atomic & nuclear physics relate to the study of galactic and extragalactic astronomy and inform society's concepts of our place in the cosmos.


Apply knowledge of galactic and extragalactic systems to modern astrophysical scientific questions.


Analyse galactic and extragalactic astrophysical objects using appropriate scientific methodology.


Present scientific results to peers and demonstrate understanding of astrophysics using oral and written means with appropriate data visualization techniques.


Use ethical approaches to problem solving, self-directed learning, and group learning relevant to astrophysical investigations, to develop collaborative and professional ways of working.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010300 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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  • KYA211 - Waves and Kinetic Theory AND KYA212 - Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics AND KMA252 - Calculus and Applications 2


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

3 x 180 minutes lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial weekly


AT1 - Assignment (25%)

AT2 - Mid-semester test 1 (25%)

AT3 - Mid-semester test 2 (25%)

AT4 - Literature review (25%)

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