Course Title: Astrophysics and Cosmology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Astrophysics and Cosmology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Professor Salvy Russo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2601

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of MATH 1142 Calculus and Analysis 1, MATH 1144 Calculus and Analysis 2, PHYS 2123 Modern Physics, PHYS2127 Thermodynamics & Electromagnetism (or their equivalent) is required, before you commence this course. Contact your program manager and/or course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology using mathematical principles and is aimed at students with strong physics and maths background. The course will provide an introduction to stellar astrophysics (the properties, lifecycle and evolution of stars) and cosmology (the structure and evolution of the universe). You will be exposed to current theories, and how to apply these theories to solve problems relating to astrophysics and cosmology. This course will make you well prepared to pursue further studies in astrophysics, cosmology and space science.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:

BP330 - Bachelor of Space Science

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain how stars evolve, and be able to relate physical properties to each stage of the stellar lifecycle.
  2. Apply basic mathematical models to explain how and why stars evolve.
  3. Explain current cosmological models of the universe with the aid of mathematical models.
  4. Explain basic cosmological models to predict the age and structure of the universe for various geometries.
  5. Communicate the results through written reports.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities including viewing pre-recorded lecture materials, completing formative quizzes, participating in face-to-face lectorials, and conducting individual and group activities during tutorials.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of the teaching staff and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through the Canvas course site.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through the Canvas course site.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the current students website.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment item 1: Formative quizzes
Weighting 30%
This assessment item supports CLO 1, 4

Assessment item 2: Written Assignments
Weighting 20%
This assessment item supports CLO 1-5

Assessment item 3: In-class tests
Weighting 50%
This assessment item supports CLO 1-5

If you have a medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.