SAO Accreditation


Accreditation Letters

The two following statements, taken from letters by Mr. T. Reed, the Registrar, Student Administration of Swinburne University of Technology, are available for applicants wishing to obtain a faxed or (air)mailed copy of the original letters for certification purposes (for example, for credit for professional development). Please contact astro@swin.edu.au for a copy of either document.

The first letter details the establishment of Swinburne University of Technology by Act of Parliament in 2010 and summarises the dates of the accreditation and re-accreditation of our online astronomy courses. The second letter outlines the number of credit points and equivalent contact hours for the various graduate courses in Astronomy at Swinburne University of Technology.


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

This is to verify that Swinburne University of Technology is a tertiary institution established pursuant to the Swinburne University of Technology Act 2010 (Act No. 4/2010), an Act of the Parliament of Victoria, a State Parliament within the Commonwealth of Australia.

As a university established by legislation of the Parliament of the State of Victoria within the Commonwealth of Australia, Swinburne University of Technology is a recognised university by the Australian Federal Government and is partially funded by both the Victorian State and Australian Federal Governments.

Swinburne University of Technology is a body corporate capable of being sued and suing.

The objects of the University are set out in the Swinburne University of Technology Act.

The Swinburne University of Technology Act empowers the University to do all things necessary for the attainment of these objects within Victoria and elsewhere. This includes the power to accredit its programs and grant awards. The Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate (Astronomy) courses were first accredited by the University Council on 13 December 1999 for a period of five years, concluding 31 December 2004. The courses were re-accredited by the University Council on the 21 June 2004 for 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2009, and again on 8 July 2009 for 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2014, and by the University Senate on the 26 November 2014 for 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2019.

T Reed
Registrar, Student Administration
Swinburne University of Technology
23 December 2014



TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Please be advised that the academic award courses Graduate Certificate of Science in Astronomy (code GC-SASTRO), Graduate Diploma of Science in Astronomy (code GD-SASTRO) and Master of Science in Astronomy (code MA-SASTRO) comprise 4, 8 and 12 subjects (units) respectively. In accordance with Swinburne University of Technology policy each subject (unit) is worth 12.5 credit points, or a total of 50 credit points for the Graduate Certificate, 100 credit points for the Graduate Diploma and 150 credit points for the Master degree. Each subject (unit) requires 5 contact hours per week for a minimum 12 week teaching semester, or a total of 60 contact hours per subject per semester. Up to 4 subjects (units), or 240 contact hours, may be taken in any one semester.

All three courses are accredited for offering and award until 31 December 2019.

T Reed
Registrar, Student Administration
Swinburne University of Technology
23 December 2014


Program Re-Accreditation: Changes for 2015

In November 2014, the three SAO degree programs were re-accredited by the Swinburne Senate, and the following changes will effect the program (for new program applicants) from 2015:

  1. New applicants to the program will need a recognised tertiary qualification in a cognate discipline aligned to astronomy and/or astronomy-related fields. For details http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/sao/prospective/entryreq.xml
  2. Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) students must complete four (3 core, 1 elective) SAO units (core and elective units are listed at http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/sao/prospective/units_of_study.xml), subject to prerequisites.
  3. Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) students must complete eight (6 core, 2 elective) SAO units (core and elective units are listed at http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/sao/prospective/units_of_study.xml), subject to prerequisites.
  4. Master of Science (Astronomy) students must complete twelve (9 core, 1 or 2 Major Project units, and 2 or 1 elective) (core and elective units are listed at http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/sao/prospective/units_of_study.xml), subject to prerequisites.
  5. Unit descriptions and a proposed scheduling timeline for 2015 - can be found here.
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