Major Project - Observational Astronomy

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 online unit from Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University is ideally suited to students who have developed a particular interest in astrophotography and charge-coupled device (CCD) imaging.

The Major Project – Observational Astronomy will develop your ability to undertake research independently, and help you develop a practical understanding of image capturing techniques used within the field of astronomy. Throughout the duration of the unit you will also develop a greater understanding of the various research techniques and experimental investigations used by astronomers of today.

Completion of this unit will also deepen your academic prowess, as you'll be expected to produce a research proposal including a plan, research aims and objectives, as well as details of your expected outcomes.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Accepted into the Master of Science (Astronomy)

AND

  • It is recommended that you complete the unit, Astrophotography and CCD Imaging, prior to starting this unit

Areas of study

In this astronomy unit, you will:

  • Undertake a substantial amateur observing project using astrophotography and/or CCD imaging techniques
  • Work closely with a supervisor assigned to their project, communicating and exchanging drafts via email

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Master of Science (Astronomy) at 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 offers you an excellent opportunity to hone your individual research skills, while having access to a supervisor to guide your research. Completion of this unit also gives you a project which can be used to demonstrate to potential employers that you are capable of working effectively in an independent manner. Your report writing skills will be challenged, and as such, your written communication skills will improve. Through regular email contact with your designated supervisor, you will develop your ability to communicate in a professional manner.

You will also develop specialised knowledge, and deepen your understanding of the usage and potential of astrophotography and CCD imaging.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Major Project – Observational Astronomy 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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