Galaxies and their Place in the Universe

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

In Galaxies and their Place in the Universe, you will begin to appreciate the ‘big questions’ in galactic science, something that could lead to an interesting career path and ignite a life-long interest in the subject.

This unit provided by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Swinburne University, will allow you to explore the complex concepts of galaxy formation and evolution, as you learn about the limits of our current knowledge. The unit will communicate these principles in an easily digestible way to enhance your understanding of the topic, irrespective of your academic background.

In this unit, you will also have the chance to undertake in-depth research into an astronomy topic of your choice, giving you the chance to develop your understanding of effective research methodologies.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants must not have already completed this unit, or an academic equivalent, and must also be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy)
  • Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy)
  • Master of Science (Astronomy)

Areas of study

In this Galaxies and their Place in the Universe unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The Milky Way: structure, rotation curves and dark matter, spiral arms and density wave theory, galactic centre, modelling the origin of the Milky Way
  • The structure and classification of normal galaxies: spiral, elliptical and irregular galaxies, Hubble's classification
  • Estimating galactic distances: standard candles, sizes and masses, redshifts and Hubble's Law
  • Galactic structures: the Local Group, dwarf galaxies, dark matter in clusters, superclusters and voids
  • Star formation: measuring rates and evolution, techniques and relationships
  • Quasars and active galaxies: host galaxies, radio and Seyfert galaxies, unified active galactic nuclei model, black holes, gravitational lensing
  • Interacting galaxies, galactic cannibalism and mergers, starburst galaxies, modelling galaxy interactions
  • Galaxy formation and evolution, fluctuations and galaxy seeds, Jeans mass, N-body simulations, Cold Dark Matter
  • The first stars and galaxies: the dark ages, Population III stars, galaxies and quasars at high redshift, the evolution of clusters, faint blue galaxies
  • Quasar absorbers, evolution of gas in the Universe, the intergalactic medium

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?

Whether you are pursuing a career in scientific research, or want to move into a career in science communication, this unit will give you an excellent understanding of the basic principles of astronomy and galactic science.

The unit covers aspects such as the scientific modelling of galaxy movements and interactions, dark matter science as well as the formation of stars. You will also cover issues around the advances in scientific understanding of galaxy science, and the classification of different types of galaxy. The research component of this unit will enhance your understanding of practical research methodology, including the use of peer-reviewed papers and referencing.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Galaxies and their Place in the Universe 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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