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Exploring the Solar System

Postgraduate | SWI-AST80005 | 2024

Revolve around the solar system. Survey the stellar suburbs of stars, terrestrial and giant planets and the Moon and Sun. Understand Earth’s position.  Study celestial activities of the night sky. Probe the solid surfaces of Mercury, Venus and Mars. 

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Enrol by
18 Aug 2024
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
26 Aug 2024

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Exploring the Solar System

About this subject

  • Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

    1. Explain the basic principles of both celestial motion and planetary astronomy, and summarise these concepts in a non-technical manner understandable to the general public
    2. Describe night sky observing and compare and contrast celestial phenomena
    3. Distinguish our place in the solar neighbourhood, and differentiate between our present environment on Earth and that of our companions in the Solar System
    4. Recognise and discuss the social implications of planetary research
    5. Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in solar system astronomy
    6. Design and create an essay on an astronomy topic, assessing and critiquing current knowledge, using credible sources of astronomical information and research articles

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • SWI-AST-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy)


  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2024 - Postgraduate Single Subjects

Equivalent subjects

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

  • SWI-HET602 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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