Tools of Modern 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
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Through Tools of Modern Astronomy, you will gain a functional understanding of electromagnetic radiation and its application in astronomy. This online unit focuses on telescopes and the observational data they produce through the emission and detection of signals.

Delivered by Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University, this unit covers the complete array of modern telescopes, from optical telescopes and radio interferometers through to gamma- and X-ray detectors.

You will come to understand the nature of electromagnetic radiation and the different types of detectors required to interpret information across the spectrum. Principles of telescope design and operation across the range of different techniques employed in astronomy will add to your appreciation of the varied approaches used to collect data.

Eligibility

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

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

It is also recommended that you have completed the following unit, or have equivalent knowledge, before starting this unit:

  • Exploring Stars and the Milky Way

Applicants must also ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.

Areas of study

In this Astronomy unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Celestial co-ordinates and time systems
  • The nature and production of light: gamma-rays to radio waves; thermal and non-thermal sources; emission lines; earthly and heavenly examples
  • The electromagnetic spectrum; the sky at different wavelengths; atmospheric windows
  • Photometry, filters, colour magnitudes and colour indices
  • Photomultipliers, CCD imaging
  • Optical spectroscopy, prism and grating spectroscopy; the detection of extrasolar planets via spectroscopic means
  • The eye as an optical instrument, lens systems, refracting & reflecting telescopes; magnification, light-gathering power, angular resolution
  • Principles of telescope mount and housing design, control systems
  • Optical seeing, active and adaptive optics, laser guide stars, astronomical site selection and light pollution issues
  • Infrared astronomy: detectors, South Pole infrared astronomy and space missions
  • Construction and resolving power of single-dish radio telescopes, principles of radio and microwave receivers
  • Radio interferometry, interferometer arrays and aperture synthesis, VLBI, data analysis
  • High-energy astronomy: design of UV, X-ray and gamma-ray telescopes and detectors
  • Neutrino astronomy, gravity wave detectors

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • 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 equip you with the necessary knowledge required for further study or a career in the field of astronomy. This knowledge is essential should you wish to complete further training, including a master or doctorate, in the field. Job opportunities in the astronomical community include placements with recognised organisations including CSIRO, SETI and NASA.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Tools of Modern 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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