Planetary Science

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

An online unit provided by Swinburne University and Open Universities Australia, Planetary Science explores topics such as the evolution of our solar system, planetary atmospheres, giant and terrestrial planets and surface phenomena. The unit aims to provide a rich understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of planetary science, through a combination of chemistry, geology, astronomy and atmospheric sciences.

On this unit you will learn to appreciate the various disciplines involved in planetary science and how they interact with one another. You will also explore planet formation, atmospheres, orbits and the nature of gravity in shaping the solar system. Using reliable sources of information, you will be expected to research a relevant astronomy topic in depth, with reference to refereed and accredited journal articles and academic websites.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit, if you have successfully completed a unit deemed academically equivalent. To be eligible for this unit, you must have completed the following:

  • Exploring the Solar System

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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

Areas of study

In this Planetary Science unit, the topics you will study include:

  • An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of planetary science
  • Orbital dynamics: 2, 3 and N-body problems; perturbations and resonances; tides; dissipative forces
  • Solar heating and radiative equilibrium
  • Planetary atmospheres: thermal structure, composition, meteorology, photochemistry, escape
  • Planetary surfaces: morphology, mineralogy, cratering
  • Planetary interiors: modelling internal structure, terrestrials and giants
  • Magnetospheres: dipole magnetic fields, plasma, planetary magnetospheres
  • Debris: meteorites, asteroids, comets and planetary rings
  • Planet formation and the origin of the solar system

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Science (Astronomy), Swinburne University of Technology

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 Planetary Science unit offers an opportunity to address some of the fundamental questions about the universe we live in – namely what our solar system is made of, how it evolved and why it works in the way that it does. Through learning about our own surroundings we can also hope to gain some understanding of the mechanics of the wider universe.

This unit is a core requirement for two postgraduate study paths - the Graduate Diploma in Science (Astronomy) and the Master of Science (Astronomy). These units give you an opportunity to develop your academic knowledge and scientific communication skills across a wide range of fields related to astronomy and planetary science.

The skills you develop can be applied across a wide range of fields, including teaching and research-based roles, communications and public outreach and a variety of roles in observatories, science centres and museums. They can also provide a pathway for further learning in this rich and challenging field of study.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Planetary Science 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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