Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTR) 495
Astronomy and Astrophysics Projects I
Delivery Mode: Individualized study
Area of Study: Science
Prerequisite: At least 15 credits (at least 9 at the senior level) in astronomy, mathematics, geology, chemistry, or physics, and permission of the Course Coordinator.
Faculty: Faculty of Science & TechnologyASTR 495 is not available for challenge.
ASTR 495 is based on contracted study arrangements between each student and an approved supervisor (AU academic or external). Students improve their skills to choose and define problems; obtain information from libraries or experiments; organize facts and ideas; and report ideas and conclusions in written form.
This course is for students who wish to carry out projects in astronomy and/or astrophysics, or to obtain formal recognition, through this course, of related skills and training they have received on the job by applying them to a new project. This course may involve library, observational, field, or lab work as agreed to by the student and the supervisor, with approval from the Course Coordinator. Students are expected to obtain and pay for all materials used in the projects. Permission to register will be given once students have a project proposal accepted and recognized as a Learning Contract by the Course Coordinator, Dr. Martin Connors.
The assessment for these courses is based upon the student's written reports and other work as outlined in his or her Learning Contract. The evaluation is completed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the project supervisor's. ASTR 495 is excluded from the challenge for credit policy. To receive credit, a student must achieve a course composite grade of at least a "D" (50 percent).
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.