Exploring the Solar System

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this Unit

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.

Eligibility

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)

AND

  • 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

Course pathways

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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How will this unit advance my career?

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.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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