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 Professor Andrew Cole
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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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. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010301 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr lectures per week, 1 x 1-hr tutorial

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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