Major Project - History of Astronomy - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Electronic logbook , Project Report 1 - Project report (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,485.00
Domestic continuing 2,209.00
International 2,735.00
International continuing 2,459.00

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This unit aims to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect or period of the history of astronomy, and their practical literature and internet research skills, plus synthesis and communication skills.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a particular aspect of astronomical history
  2. Write a literature review for a project, providing a description of background reading and the plan of research to give a broad understanding of the topic
  3. Undertake independent research
  4. Keep a comprehensive record of research methodologies and references/resources utilised
  5. Write a detailed and clear report of techniques used, investigations undertaken and conclusions reached in the project
  6. Have analysis skills
  7. Have communication skills
  8. Ability to work independently.
  • Assignment — Electronic logbook
  • Project Report 1 — Project report (50%)
  • Proposal — Project proposal (20%)
  • Review — Literature review (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HET612 — Major Project - History of Astronomy

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Students will undertake a substantial literature and/or internet research project on a particular aspect or period of the history of astronomy
2Each student will work closely with a supervisor assigned to his or her project, communicating and exchanging drafts via email

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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