PHY301 Astrophysics (8)

This subject provides an introduction to astrophysics, extending topics from PHY299 Introduction to Astronomy and is suitable as a basis for further astrophysics research, it will also be suitable for students in other areas of science teaching, and for students who wish to take the subject for general interest. The subject covers most areas of astrophysics including solar system astronomy, stellar astronomy (formation,evolution and the fate of stars and stellar systems). The subject will also cover galactic evolution and kinematics of galaxies, extra galactic astronomy and cosmology. Students will be able to complete this subject by distance with no residential school.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHY301. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

PHY101, PHY102, PHY299

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify, describe and relate the various components of the universe over a range of astrophysical scales.
  • be able to identify and explain the various physics processes associated with astrophysics.
  • be able to classify the various components of the universe.
  • be able to describe and explain stellar formation and evolution.
  • be able to describe and explain the structure, formation and evolution of galaxies.
  • be able to identify the areas of physics involved in precision astrophysics.
  • be able to combine the various astronomical observations of the universe to compose a coherent picture of universal structure and evolution.
  • be able to solve conceptual and mathematical problems associated with the topics covered in Astrophysics.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the Tools of Astrophysics
  • The Formation, Evolution and Fate of Stars and Stellar Systems
  • General Relativity and Black Holes
  • Morphology and Kinematics of Galaxies
  • Galactic Evolution
  • Structure of the Universe
  • Active Galaxies
  • Cosmology

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHY301 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Problem set 1
Problem set 2
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.