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PHY8053 : Galaxies

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Rosario
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Galaxies are a fundamental building block of the universe. This module will give students a comprehensive physical understanding of the different types of galaxies: their properties, how these are deduced from observations, and the astrophysical models that explain them.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Milky Way, the solar neighbourhood, stars and gas, galactic rotation and stellar orbits. Spiral galaxies, distribution and orbits of stars and gas, masses, spiral arms. Elliptical galaxies, dwarf galaxies, galaxy groups and clusters, active galactic nuclei.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Formal lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion371:0037:00Completion of in course assignments/ examination revision
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study411:0041:00Preparation time for lectures, background reading, coursework review
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used for the delivery of theory and explanation of methods, illustrated with examples, and for giving general feedback on marked work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M20Problem solving exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A substantial formal unseen examination is appropriate for the assessment of the material in this module. The coursework assignment allow the students to develop their problem solving techniques, to practise the methods learnt in the module, to assess their progress and to receive feedback; this assessment has a secondary formative purpose as well as their primary summative purpose.

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