Assessment for Swinburne Astronomy Online units do not include examinations:
it is usually made up of a balanced mix of essays, projects, computer-managed tests
and newsgroup contributions. In most (non-Major Project) units, the final
grade breakdown is as follows:
- essay (in HET602, HET603, HET607, HET624): contributes up to 50%
- two online tests (Computer Managed Test; CMT): contribute up to 20%
- project (in HET609, HET610, HET611, HET614, HET618, HET620, HET625): contributes up to 50%
- newsgroups: contribute up to 30%
Students are given a wide range of project topics to choose from,
including a number of projects specifically focussed on curriculum development, data analysis,
amateur observing, astronomy & society, and some even use the Centre's supercomputer.
Students also have the opportunity to design their own project topics.
To see the result of one of our more unusual 'own project' choices, visit
the Sagan Memorial Planet Walk Website at
designed and put together by SAO participant Richard 'Doc' Kinne.
Newsgroup participation involves regular postings of queries and
responses about the course content and textbook reading. A lively and informative dialogue is built up between
participants, as well as with the unit instructors.
Final grades in all SAO units are awarded on the scale:
|High Distinction ||HD
||85% - 100% |
|Distinction ||D ||75% - 84% |
|Credit ||C ||65% - 74% |
|Pass ||P ||50% - 64% |
|Not Pass ||N ||0% - 49% |