SCQF level 10
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF level 10
Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students
This module introduces the basic elements of extragalactic astronomy. This includes the morphological, structural and spectral properties of elliptical, spiral, quiescent and star-forming galaxies. We study how galaxy populations change from the distant galaxies in the early Universe into those observed in our local neighbourhood, including the coincident growth of super massive black holes at the centres of massive galaxies. Galaxy formation theory is introduced in relation to the growth of structure in a cold-dark matter Universe, and galaxy evolution in regions of high and low density is investigated. The module includes a look at modern instrumentation used in extragalactic astrophysics. Specialist lecturers from within the galaxy evolution research group will provide a direct link between material learnt in lectures and research currently being undertaken at the University of St Andrews.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass AS2001 or pass AS2101 ) and pass PH2011 and pass PH2012 and pass MT2501 and pass MT2503
Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AS3011 or take AS4022
Weekly contact: 3 lectures occasionally replaced by tutorials
Scheduled learning hours: 32
Guided independent study hours: 118
As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework (10% Class Test, 10% Computer Based Assignment) = 20%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 90%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7
Module coordinator: Dr R M Fernandes Tojeiro Reynolds
Module teaching staff: Dr R Tojeiro
To be able to appreciate the various aspects of galaxy formation and evolution, and apply them to outcomes of modern extragalactic research activities.
Galaxy Observations: Spectral Energy Distributions and Star Formation Histories
Galaxy Observations: Scaling Laws and Dynamics
Galaxy Formation and Evolution
Supermassive Black Holes and Active Galactic Nuclei
Additional information on continuous assessment etc.
Coursework involves a Class Test (10%) and a computational exercise (10%).
This module may not contain material that is part of the IOP “Core of Physics”, but does contribute to the wider and deeper learning expected in an accredited degree programme. The skills developed in this module, and others, contribute towards the requirements of the IOP “Graduate Skill Base”.
Please view University online record: http://resourcelists.st-andrews.ac.uk/modules/as4010.html
Please also read the general information in the School's honours handbook that is available via st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php.