This Exploring the Solar System unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University, focuses on our Solar System and will allow you to learn about the various elements of the subject as a whole. Explaining complex ideas such as celestial motion and planetary astronomy in a jargon-free manner, makes this unit ideally suited to the general public.
You will also learn about the relationship of Earth to the rest of its solar neighbourhood, and learn the principles of astronomy, the study of the night sky, and the social implications of studying astronomy.
As well as planetary study, other astrological phenomena such as asteroid belts and lunar orbits will also be covered in detail.
To enrol on this unit, applicants must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy)
Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy)
Master of Science (Astronomy)
Must not have already completed this unit, or an academic equivalent
Areas of study
In this Exploring the Solar System unit, the topics you will study include:
Observing the night sky, star trails, the planets as wanderers
Lunar orbit and phases, tidal forces, synchronous rotation
Modelling the formation of the Solar System
The Earth: structure, surface geology, atmosphere and magnetic field
The Moon: interior, lunar surface characteristics and theory of formation
The terrestrials: Mercury, Venus and Mars; comparative planetary geology
Planets as habitats and signs of life
The asteroid belt: properties and evolution
The giant planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
Satellites and planetary rings
Dwarf planets, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, Comets and the dirty snowball model
The Sun: structure, nuclear power, solar activity and its effects on Earth
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy), Swinburne University
Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy), Swinburne University
Master of Science (Astronomy), Swinburne University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will help students continue their study in the field of astronomy, and provides students with a working knowledge of complex phenomena and ideas. For anyone looking for employment in the field of astronomy, this unit acts as vital introduction to this scientific line of enquiry. As the field is largely focused on academic research, a professional role in the field would usually involve further study for more advanced qualifications.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Exploring the Solar System from Swinburne University.
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