PHYSICS 7002 - Advanced Astrophysics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 7002 Course Advanced Astrophysics Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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 Coordinator: Associate Professor Gary Hill
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- demonstrate a detailed physical and mathematical understanding of a variety of systems and processes in a range of advanced topics in physics;
- apply the concepts and theories of a range of advanced topics in physics;
- demonstrate specialised analytical skills and techniques necessary to carry out advanced calculations in a range of advanced topics in physics;
- approach and solve new problems in a range of advanced topics in physics;
- 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be delivered by the following means:
- 2 hours of lectures or 3 hours of practical sessions per module per week* The method of delivery depends on modules selected by students.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
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
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
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
0% - 70% *
1 – 5
University Exam Period
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.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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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