Courses & Units

Advanced Astrophysics KYA428



Offered subject to student demand/lecturer availability


This unit is an elective coursework unit aimed at students enrolled in honours in physics. The objective is to provide a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings and modern observational understanding of advanced topics in astrophysics including plasma physics, exoplanets, and binary stars. Study of this unit gives an in-depth exposure to the concepts and methods of modern astrophysical research at the forefront of science. Applications of physical principles in daily life and technology are kept in mind at all appropriate points in the course. Students are encouraged to develop their conceptual thinking ability, and to practice approximating real situations by modeling and simulation.


Unit name Advanced Astrophysics
Unit code KYA428
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Associate Professor Andrew Cole
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the physical principles underlying complex theoretical topics in astrophysics, cosmology, and plasma physics.
  • Use the methods and tools of modern astrophysics to solve problems in a research setting.
  • Find and organise information from appropriate sources to identify the important physical processes governing astrophysical phenomena.
  • Critically assess observational evidence to test hypotheses and make predictions in astrophysics and cosmology.
  • Synthesize complex astrophysical information and communicate conclusions in clear language to a variety of audiences.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010301 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,701.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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students must be enrolled in Honours, Masters, or PhD course in physics or a closely-related discipline.


AssessmentResearch Project Report (33.3%)|Research Project Oral Report (16.7%)|Presentation of Experimental Results (16.7%)|Problem Set Assignments (33.3%)
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