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Science - Galaxies, Stars and Planets, Short Course

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 6 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
Science - Galaxies, Stars and Planets module at The Open University UK is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It covers the exploration of our Solar System; the discovery of planets orbiting other stars; the birth, life and violent death of stars; and the creation of the Universe itself. 

About

Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of the Universe.

Have you ever gazed up into the sky and wondered what lies in the distant reaches of space? This Science - Galaxies, Stars and Planets module at The Open University UK explores the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of the Universe. It will develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy, with sections on the Sun, planets, stars, extraterrestrial life, galaxies and the origin and evolution of the Universe.

You will also meet ideas about the expanding Universe, dark matter, dark energy, the large-scale structure of the Universe and what we know about the very early Universe, shortly after the 'Big Bang'. Many of these topics are at the cutting edge of our understanding but are dealt with in an approachable and (largely) non-mathematical way.

Finally, life beyond the Earth is considered, including its requirements and possible habitats, and the likelihood of alien life – including intelligent life.

Through a series of structured activities you will learn to use the Aladin Sky Atlas (Aladin) program on a PC for interpreting and manipulating astronomical images from space telescopes and ground-based telescopes. Aladin is a leading astronomical software package that is used by professional astronomers and will help you make the transition from just appreciating beautiful astronomical images to also doing quantitative science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

  • This course explains how the Sun gets its energy and how astronomers are able to observe the Sun, even into its interior. 
  • You will be introduced to the planets, their satellites and the minor bodies of the Solar System. You will also meet exoplanets, i.e. planets around other stars. 
  • The latest ideas about the life cycle of stars, from birth to death, and the cosmic re-cycling of their components are also explored.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Mathematically, you need only to be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide simple numbers. The structured teaching will take you to a level at which you are happy to use maths as a tool in a range of scientific contexts.
  • A maths skills ebook is provided to help you with, for example, fractions, percentages, reading graphs and tables, and scientific units as required by the course.
  • To cope with the written material you should be able to read and understand written English of a style and complexity characteristic of a professional magazine or quality newspaper.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    165 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 165 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    165 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 165 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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