2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
15 creditsClass Size: 100
Module manager: Dr Stuart Lumsden
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsAn understanding of Physics and Mathematics at first year University level or equivalent in basic calculus, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics is essential. Physics 1020 "Stars and Galaxies" is recommended as an introduction to the basic astronomy required, but not essential.
This module is mutually exclusive with
|MATH3532||Relativity and Cosmology|
Module replacesPHYS3010 Cosmology
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module introduces students to modern Cosmology. You will see how the geometry of the Universe affects its evolution, and how the contents of the Universe shape its geometry. You will study how we make measurements of distant stars and galaxies to study the properties of the expansion of the Universe, as well as studying the physics of the early Universe, when the seeds of the objects that turned into the Galaxies around us were first created. The course will cover from the first 10^-43 seconds through to the present day.
ObjectivesThis module provides the fundamental knowledge for understanding the basis for both observational and theoretical cosmology.
On completion of this module you should be able to:
- identify the observational evidence for a Big Bang;
- derive and utilize the equations that describe the evolution of the universe;
- explain methods used to measure fundamental cosmological parameters;
- discuss possible problems of the Big Bang Theory;
- derive how structure forms in the Universe.
Problem modelling and solving.
I) Observational Clues for Big Bang Cosmology
II) Cosmological Model Building: Friedmann Equations
III) Deriving the dependence of the fundamental parameters on the contents and geometry of the Universe;
IV) “Freeze-out” in cosmology: nucleosynthesis: the formation of the elements;
V) Problems with the canonical Big Bang and (the need for) Inflation: Horizon, Flatness, Vacuum energy, GUTs;
VI) Structure Formation: Jeans Mass, CMBR anisotropies;
VII) The Very Early Universe: Planck scales.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||123.00|
|Total Contact hours||27.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyWorking through unmarked problem sheets, reviewing and assessing workshop problems, reading background material provided and in text books.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWorkshops, and follow-ups.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course MCQ||Regular MCQs||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||15.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr 00 mins||85.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||85.00|
Students will have to complete an online assessment at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. Students must submit a reasonable attempt at all assessments for this module to pass this module.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 12/07/2021 13:47:39
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