Matt Darnley's Web Site: Teaching
PHYS100 - Physics Icebreaker Project
2012 - Mission to Mars!
2013 - Mission to Mars!
2014 - Rescue Mission to Mars!
2015 - Race to Mars!
2016 - Colonize Mars!
2017 - Mission to Mars - The Legacy!
2018 - Mission to Mars - To The Poles!
2019 - Mission to Mars - From The Moon!
PHYS394 - Observational Astronomy
Our annual Astrophysics Field Trip to the Observatorio del Teide on the Canary
Island of Tenerife. I was involved with the trips from the 2005/6
academic year until 2013/14, and served as the module leader since
the stand alone module's inception in 2007/8 until 2013/14. I also
led one of the field trip weeks in the 2016/17 academic year. From
the 2019/20 academic year I again assumed the role of module leader.
PHYS453 - Time Domain Astrophysics (undergraduate)
A new level 7 module from 2019/20 onward, based on the successful
7006ASTPHY postgraduate taught module by the same name. I teach
the nova part of this course.
7006ASTPHY - Time Domain Astrophysics (postgraduate)
I led the development of the brand new MSc Time Domain
Astrophysics module and have been the module leader since the
2015/16 academic year. The module contains diverse topics
such as variable stars, novae, supernovae, and gamma ray bursts,
and is delivered by an ensemble of Astrophysics staff.
Undergraduate / Postgraduate (Taught) Projects
Most academic years I supervise one or more of our undergraduate
students for their BSc of MPhys projects, and also our distance
learning students as part of the MSc projects. These
projects are typically closely connected with my Classical Nova
research and a number of these have resulted in publications:
- AT 2016dah and AT2017fyp: a pair of classical novae within the
Andromeda Giant Stellar Stream - Darnley, Newsam, Chinetti, Hawkins,
Jannetta, McGarry, Shara, Sitaram, Williams,
MNRAS, in preparation
the Progenitors of Local Group Novae. I. The M31 Catalog -
Williams, Darnley, Bode, Keen, Shafter, 2014, ApJS, 213,
the Progenitors of Galactic Novae - Darnley, Ribeiro,
Bode, Hounsell, Williams,
2012, ApJ, 746, 61
Telescope Optical Photometry Following the 2006 Outburst of RS
Ophiuchi - Darnley, Hounsell, Bode, 2008, ASPC, 401, 203
Astronomy by Distance Learning
From time to time, I act as either a module leader or a tutor for
the LJMU Astronomy
by Distance Learning course. I have been involved with
both the Stars
PHYS251 - Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics
I was the module leader for the second year undergraduate course
"Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics" from the 2006/7 academic year
until 2011/12 when this course was taught for the last time before
being replaced by a third year module "Stellar Astrophysics"
(PHYS351) from 2013/14.
PHYS255/PHYS216 - Practical Astrophysics
PHYS252 - Astophysics Labs - was the first module I taught in the
2005/6 academic year and I was the module leader for this course
from 2006/7. This course was taught for the final time in 2011/12,
having now been replaced with the similar but new module PHYS216
PHYS216 is a year long second year module that I led from 2012/13
until 2016.17. This module encompasses four complementary parts, all
delivered differently. A short lecture course on practical optical
astronomy was also delivered first by Dr Sue Percival, then Dr Chris
Davis, and finally Dr Chris Copperwheat. The problems classes
supporting these lectures were hosted by Davis, Copperwheat and me.
Revision sessions and an assessed exercise are also presided over by
me and Davis or Copperwheat. The bulk of this module is the
Astrophysics Labs which was taught jointly by me and Prof. Iain