How SAO Works
Custom-made course material is delivered via a fully online system with accompanying downloadable PDF files. Each of
our units contains over 1500 slides written by a variety of professional astronomers. There are
to choose from, 14 of which are accompanied by course material,
as well as 4 major project units. SAO also incorporates animations, websites and guest contributions on the
latest astronomy headlines.
Students interact with instructors (all of whom are professional astronomers) and fellow classmates via asynchronous
newsgroups and email, allowing you to study at a time that suits you.
Assessment is via a mix of computer-managed tests, an essay, a project and newsgroup contributions. There are no final
exams in SAO, which instead offers continual assessment throughout the semester. Due dates for
each assessment item
is clearly stated at the start of the semester and
reminders are provided in the study guides
in the online classrooms.