PHYSICS 7002 - Advanced Astrophysics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

A survey of the Universe at all scales and wave lengths/energies. Studies of the interstellar medium and magnetic fields. Cosmic ray acceleration and propagation; pulsars, gamma-ray astrophysics; radio and x-ray astronomy.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSICS 7002
    Course Advanced Astrophysics
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemistry & Physics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Course Description A survey of the Universe at all scales and wave lengths/energies. Studies of the interstellar medium and magnetic fields. Cosmic ray acceleration and propagation; pulsars, gamma-ray astrophysics; radio and x-ray astronomy.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rodney Crewther

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. demonstrate a detailed physical and mathematical understanding of a variety of systems and processes in a range of advanced topics in physics;
    2. apply the concepts and theories of a range of advanced topics in physics;
    3. demonstrate specialised analytical skills and techniques necessary to carry out advanced calculations in a range of advanced topics in physics;
    4. approach and solve new problems in a range of advanced topics in physics;
    5. demonstrate an understanding of the close relationship between scientific research and the development of new knowledge in a global context;
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 4, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be delivered by the following means:

    Internal *

    -        2 hours of lectures or 3 hours of practical sessions per module per week

    * The method of delivery depends on modules selected by students.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    The course content will include the following:

    • Advanced Astrophysics

    -        Fundamentals of Radiative Transfer and scattering

    -        Interstellar Hydrogen, the Violent ISM and Star Formation

    -        Cosmic Ray and Gamma-ray Observations and Techniques

    -        Astrophysical Neutrinos

    -        Radiation by Accelerated Charge and Relativistic Bremsstrahlung

    -        Synchrotron and Inverse Compton Radiation

    -        Cosmic Ray Diffusion and Acceleration

    -        Relativistic Doppler Factor and Active Galactic Nuclei

    -        Thermal Bremsstrahlung

    -        Attenuation of photons in the Universe

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment   task

    Type   of assessment

    % of   total assessment for grading purposes




    part   of a combined hurdle

    Outcomes   being assessed / achieved

    Approximate   Timing of Assessment


    Formative & Summative

    30% - 100% *


    1 – 5


    Weeks 2-12


    Written Exams


    0% - 70% *


    1 – 5


    University Exam Period

    Assessment Detail

    Assignments: (30%-100% of total course grade) *

    Depending on the modules selected, assignments constitute 30% to 100% of the total course grade.

    The standard assessment consists of 2 assignments per module or 3 assignments if there is no written exam (6 to 9 assignments in total). This may be varied by negotiation with students at the start of the semester.

    Assignments are used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the course material and to provide students with a benchmark for their progress in the course.

    Written Examination: (0%-70% of total course grade) *

    Depending on the modules selected, written exams constitute 0% to 70% of the total course grade (1 exam per module, up to 3 exams in total). Written exams are used to assess the understanding of and ability to use the material covered in modules during the semester.

    * Assignment and examination weighting depends on modules selected by students.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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