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Studies in Space Exploration

Postgraduate | SWI-AST80017 | 2024

Launch through the cosmos and trace the history and progress of space exploration. Navigate the risks and benefits. Observe and explore crewed versus robotic galactic missions. Unearth ethical and legal debates. Probe public perceptions. 

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

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Studies in Space Exploration

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. Identify and describe the basic principles, issues and science goals in space exploration
    2. Discuss and explain the history and development of space exploration, especially issues such as manned versus unmanned space exploration, spacecraft design, launch and navigation, imaging and remote sensing, and the biomechanics of space flight, in a non-technical way understandable to the wider public
    3. Recognise how the social implications of space science and an analysis of the costs, risks & benefits of space exploration, including the ethical and legal implications of topics such as the use of radioisotope fuel sources, 'space junk' and mining rights in space
    4. Use problem solving skills to explain solutions to problems in space exploration
    5. Design and create a research project using credible sources of astronomical information and research articles and/or observational means.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

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


  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • SWI-AST-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy)
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2024 - Postgraduate Single Subjects

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

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-HET610 (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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