Courses

OCAS offers courses through our three schools;

All of our courses are facilitated by lecturers from leading universities, and provided through our online platform, while remaining accredited with major educational bodies.

The School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (TSAA)

TSAA provides courses surrounding advanced physics and mathematics, with a secondary focus on astronomy and astrophysics. TSAA currently operates Senior Astronomy and Senior Astrophysics. Senior Astronomy is targeted at high-capability students with an interest in physics and mathematics, and teaches astronomical concepts at a first-year university level. Senior Astrophysics extends the concepts taught in Senior Astronomy with more advanced mathematics and astrophysical concepts.

Senior Astronomy

Senior Astronomy is designed to be an online, highly flexible and highly challenging subject for students with an interest in Maths and Physics. Begin the course at any time of the year, and study on the holidays, weekends, or fit Senior Astronomy into any subject line. Our students have access to a range of Help and Support technologies that connect you to our facilitators using a Live Text Chat, Video Conferencing, Integrated Checkpoints, Q&A Forums or Email. Along with a certificate of completion, our students are credited with 2 QCE credit points at the time of course completion. Several leading Australian tertiary institutions are recognising our well established courses through their scholarship programs. Students interested in developing their higher order thinking skills can apply now and begin studying.

QLD State and Affiliated* Australian and Non-Affiliated* International
AUD$500 AUD$550 AUD$700

Note that the fee is charged once only per course. The course can be studied across multiple year levels with no additional charges.

* Schools affiliated with The Learning Place

Students will learn how to quantitatively model and apply the laws of physics to a wide range of astronomy related topics which will empower them as rational and creative thinkers, engaging them in the acquisition of knowledge and the development and understanding of the physical aspects of astronomy through active processes of scientific investigation and research.

Units and Assessment
Unit 1 Astronomy and the Universe
Unit 2 Observational Astronomy
Unit 3 Eclipses
​Assessment Item 1 ​Simulation and Online Report - Transit of Venus and Mercury - Units 1-4
​Unit 4 ​Dynamics of the Solar System (Introduction to Kinematics)
​Assessment Item 2 ​Two-part supervised examination
Unit 5 ​Properties of Light
​Assessment Item 3 ​Simulation and Online Exercises - Spectral Analysis
​Unit 6 ​Rotational Mechanics
​Assessment Item 4 ​Two-part Supervised Examination - Units 5-6
​Unit 7 ​Optics and Telescopes
​Unit 8 Planetology
​Assessment Item 5 ​​Research Activity - Comparative Essay
​Unit 9 Solar Astronomy
Assessment Item 6 ​​Simulation and Online Exercises - Solar Rotation & Energy Flow
Recommended Timeline for Completion in 1 Year
70 min/lesson 3 lessons/week 40 weeks/year + Self Directed Study

Students can enrol at any time throughout the year.

A work-rate schedule is issued to students to assist them in keeping on-track to finish in one year.

Yr 10 Yr 11 Yr 12
Highly capable students in mathematics and science Capable students in mathematics and science
-Maths B (or equivalent)
-Physics
-Maths B (or equivalent)
-​Physics​

Senior Astronomy is recommended for Yr 11 students who have achieved high grades in Yr 10 mathematics (advanced) and science. It is desirable for students to be studying Mathematics B (QLD) or equivalent and Senior Physics concurrently with Senior Astronomy. The course can be delivered to talented Yr 10 students as an accelerated curriculum option for mathematics and science.

To apply for this course you will need the following information:

  • Student contact details
  • Parent's contact details
  • Previous school results
  • School contact details
  • Supervisor's contact details
  • Supervisor to agree to the Supervisor's Declaration (in the enrolment form, at time of submission)

Students need to have a supervisor who will read and agree to the supervisor's declaration. A supervisor is someone who we can contact for queries relating to assessment and progress. Your supervisor will have to setup and supervise your supervised assessment items.


Senior Astrophysics

Have you completed Senior Astronomy and are ready to continue extending your higher order thinking skills in Maths and Physics? Senior Astrophysics follows on from Senior Astronomy in the same online, always available, start anytime format. Enjoy the same access to our innovative student support systems which connect you to our facilitators quickly and easily. Along with a Certificate of Completion endorsed by University of Southern Queensland, our students are credited with 2 QCE credit points at the time of course completion. All Senior Astrophysics students with a level of achievement above a C standard have been offered at least one scholarship at a leading Australian University. Content in Senior Astrophysics is also taught in 1st year Physics courses in Australian Universities. Students who have completed Senior Astronomy and meet the prerequisites can enrol now.

QLD State and Affiliated* Australian and Non-Affiliated* International
AUD$500 AUD$550 AUD$700

Note that the fee is charged once only per course. TSAA will issue invoices directly to parents, schools do not need to collect fees on behalf of TSAA. The course can be studied across multiple year levels with no additional charges.

* Schools affiliated with The Learning Place

Students will learn how to quantitatively model and apply the laws of physics to a wide range of astronomy related topics which will empower them as rational and creative thinkers, engaging them in the acquisition of knowledge and the development and understanding of the physical aspects of astronomy through active processes of scientific investigation and research.​​

Units and Assessment
​Unit 10 ​Fundamental Kinematics and Calculus
​Assessment Item 1 ​Two-part supervised examination
Unit 11 The Birth of Stars
​Unit 12 ​The Death of Stars
​Assessment Item 2 ​Simulation and Online Exercises - Pulsars
​Assessment Item 3 ​Assignment Questions - 2 Week Open Book
Unit 13 ​Cosmology
​Assessment Item 4 ​​Simulation and Online Exercises - Hubble Redshift
​Assessment Item 5 ​Project: Estimation of Dark Matter in a Spiral Galaxy
​Assessment Item 6 ​Simulation and Online Excercises - Large Scale Structure of the Universe
​Unit 14 ​Photometry
​Assessment Item 7 Simulation and Online Exercises - Photometry
​Unit 15 ​​Orbital Mechanics
​Unit 16 Advanced Solar Imaging
Recommended Timeline for Completion in 1 Year
70 min/lesson 3 lessons/week 40 weeks/year + Self Directed Study

Students can enrol at any time throughout the year.

A work-rate schedule is issued to students to assist them in keeping on-track to finish in one year.

Yr 11 Yr 12
Highly Capable students in mathematics and science
-Completed Senior Astronomy
-Maths B (or equivalent)
-Maths C (or equivalent)
-Physics
Capable students in mathematics and science
-Completed Senior Astronomy
-Maths B (or equivalent)
-Maths C (or equivalent)
-Physics

Senior Astrophysics is recommended for Yr. 12 or Yr. 11 Accelerated students who have successfully completed the Senior Astronomy course. It is desirable for students to be studying Mathematics B & C (QLD) or equivalent and Senior Physics concurrently with Senior Astrophysics. The concepts covered in this course are primarily mathematically based and can be quite challenging. Please refer to the Unit Content descriptors by clicking on the link on the right.

To apply for this course you will need the following information:

  • Student contact details
  • Parent's contact details
  • Previous school results
  • School contact details
  • Supervisor's contact details
  • Supervisor to agree to the Supervisor's Declaration (in the enrolment form, at time of submission)

Students need to have a supervisor who will read and agree to the supervisor's declaration. A supervisor is someone who we can contact for queries relating to assessment and progress. Your supervisor will have to setup and supervise your supervised assessment items.

The School of Computational Sciences (TSCS)

TSCS provides courses teaching skills relating to computer programming and data processing. The courses currently offered by this school are Senior Coding and Data Science. Senior Coding is a year-long course which teaches fundamental computer programming concepts in Python 3, while Data Science teaches statistical methods which are then applied to data analysis methods.

Senior Coding

Interested in taking your computing and problem-solving skills to the next level? Senior Coding is an online course that can be started and studied at any time. Study over the weekend, school holidays or fit Senior Coding into any subject line around your other school based subjects. Our students have access to a range of Help and Support technologies that connect you to our facilitators using a Live Text Chat, Video Conferencing, Integrated Checkpoints, Q&A Forums or Email. Along with a certificate of completion, our students are credited with 2 QCE credit points at the time of course completion. Several leading Australian tertiary institutions are recognising our well established courses through their scholarship programs. Senior students, and highly capable Yr 10 students developing their computing and problem solving abilities can enquire.

QLD State and Affiliated* Australian and Non-Affiliated* International
AUD$500 AUD$550 AUD$700

Note that the fee is charged once only per course. The course can be studied across multiple year levels with no additional charges.

* Schools affiliated with The Learning Place

Programming is relevant to both computing professionals and individuals who wish to be more than end-users. The topics in the course will allow students to learn programming using Python, but should also develop skills transferrable to other languages, paradigms and contexts. The course is appropriate for students wishing to have only a single exposure to programming, but is also sufficient for students intending to complete further programming instruction.

This course covers foundational programming knowledge (including language syntax and facilities) as well as strategies which allow programmers to apply such knowledge to solve programming problems. Students will learn to analyse and comprehend existing programs and create solutions to programming problems by generating programs which apply programming strategies covered in the course.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of the programming language knowledge covered in the course by comprehending code in existing programs;
  2. apply programming language knowledge covered in the course to generate programs;
  3. comprehend programming strategies covered in the course by analysing programs which demonstrate such strategies;
  4. create solutions to programming problems by generating programs which apply programming strategies covered in the course;
  5. demonstrate problem solving in the context of programming through designing, debugging, implementing and testing
Recommended Timeline for Completion in 1 Year
70 min/lesson 3 lessons/week 40 weeks/year + Self Directed Study

Students can enrol at any time throughout the year.

A work-rate schedule is issued to students to assist them in keeping on-track to finish in one year.

Yr 10 Yr 11 Yr 12
Highly capable students in mathematics with an interest in coding Capable students in mathematics with an interest in coding Students with a profound interest in coding​

To apply for this course you will need the following information:

  • Student contact details
  • Parent's contact details
  • Previous school results
  • School contact details
  • Supervisor's contact details
  • Supervisor to agree to the Supervisor's Declaration (in the enrolment form, at time of submission)

Students need to have a supervisor who will read and agree to the supervisor's declaration. A supervisor is someone who we can contact for queries relating to assessment and progress. Your supervisor will have to setup and supervise your supervised assessment items.


Data Science Applications

Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century! (Harvard Business Review) – interested? Start here with OCAS. Data Science Applications is an online course that can be started and studied at any time. Study over the weekend, school holidays or fit Data Science Applications into any subject line around your other school based subjects. Our students have access to a range of Help and Support technologies that connect you to our facilitators using a Live Text Chat, Video Conferencing, Integrated Checkpoints, Q&A Forums or Email. Along with a certificate of completion, our students are credited with 2 QCE credit points at the time of course completion. Several leading Australian tertiary institutions are recognising our well established courses through their scholarship programs. Senior students, and highly capable Yr. 10 students wishing to develop their statistical analysis and problem solving abilities can enquire.

QLD State and Affiliated* Australian and Non-Affiliated* International
AUD$500 AUD$550 AUD$700

Note that the fee is charged once only per course. The course can be studied across multiple year levels with no additional charges.

* Schools affiliated with The Learning Place

Data science is a "concept to unify statistics, data analysis and their related methods" in order to "understand and analyse actual phenomena" with data. It employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the broad areas of mathematics, statistics, information science, and computer science, in particular from the subdomains of machine learning, classification, cluster analysis, data mining, databases and visualisation.

This course gives you the opportunity to gain skills in the newly emerging field of Data Science (otherwise known as Big Data). A dynamic and increasingly progressive field, Big Data focuses on understanding and overcoming the challenges associated with capturing, storing, transferring, searching, sorting and interpreting large amounts of data.

Successful data scientists possess a strong business sense, coupled with an aptitude for statistics, programming and an ability to communicate findings to corporate leaders in order to influence how their organisation approaches a business challenge.

This course will help you develop the important skills data scientists need, such as:

  • high attention to detail
  • ability to analyse and provide solutions to problems
  • strong written and verbal communication
  • solid foundation in computer science and data analysis.
Recommended Timeline for Completion in 1 Year
70 min/lesson 3 lessons/week 40 weeks/year + Self Directed Study

Students can enrol at any time throughout the year.

A work-rate schedule is issued to students to assist them in keeping on-track to finish in one year.

Yr 10 Yr 11 Yr 12
Highly capable students in mathematics with an interest in statistical analysis Capable students in mathematics with an interest in statistical analysis Students with a profound interest in statistical analysis​

To apply for this course you will need the following information:

  • Student contact details
  • Parent's contact details
  • Previous school results
  • School contact details
  • Supervisor's contact details
  • Supervisor to agree to the Supervisor's Declaration (in the enrolment form, at time of submission)

Students need to have a supervisor who will read and agree to the supervisor's declaration. A supervisor is someone who we can contact for queries relating to assessment and progress. Your supervisor will have to setup and supervise your supervised assessment items.

The School of Earth Sciences (TSES)

TSES provides courses pertaining to the natural processes of the Earth. TSES' first course will be Fisheries Resilience for the Future, a course covering the issues with maintaining the world's fish populations into the future.

Fisheries Resilience for the Future

Fisheries Resilience for the Future introduces students to the biological and management issues, and the emerging technologies critical to maintaining the world’s fish stocks into the future. Most fish use a variety of habitats, and even different parts of the world, over their life-histories. Understanding how they use these habitats, and the connections between them, is the key to maintaining resilient fish stocks into the next century.

QLD State and Affiliated* Australian and Non-Affiliated* International
AUD$500 AUD$550 AUD$700

Note that the fee is charged once only per course. The course can be studied across multiple year levels with no additional charges.

* Schools affiliated with The Learning Place

This course will explore the diverse life-histories of exploited fisheries species, the cutting-edge technologies needed to uncover their details, and the key management strategies employed to ensure resilience at a whole-of-life-history scale.

Modules in this course:

Module 1 Exploited Fisheries – Commercial, artisanal and subsistence fisheries
Module 2 Fish Life-histories – Identifying the target points for effective management
Module 3 Nursery Grounds – Protecting habitats to safeguard critical life-histories
Module 4 Marine Protected Areas – Large-scale management of fish stocks
Module 5 Acoustic Tagging of Fish and Sharks – Core skills for researching life-histories
Module 6 Isotope Chemistry – Using cutting-edge technologies to define food-webs
Module 7 Otoliths – Aging fish and extracting micro-chemical environmental histories
Module 8 eDNA and Metabarcoding – Cutting edge of aquatic biodiversity assessment

Students studying Fisheries Resilience for the Future will explore technologies associated to:

  • Acoustic tracking to detail movements and migrations;
  • Aging of fish from their otoliths;
  • Extraction of environmental histories from otolith microchemistry;
  • Stable isotope analysis to define food webs;
  • eDNA and metabarcoding used to assess aquatic biodiversity.
Recommended Timeline for Completion in 1 Year
70 min/lesson 3 lessons/week 40 weeks/year + Self Directed Study

Students can enrol at any time throughout the year.

A work-rate schedule is issued to students to assist them in keeping on-track to finish in one year.

Yr 10 Yr 11 Yr 12
Highly capable students with an interest in technology & biological science Capable students with an interest in technology & biological science Students with a profound interest in technology & biological science​

To apply for this course you will need the following information:

  • Student contact details
  • Parent's contact details
  • Previous school results
  • School contact details
  • Supervisor's contact details
  • Supervisor to agree to the Supervisor's Declaration (in the enrolment form, at time of submission)

Students need to have a supervisor who will read and agree to the supervisor's declaration. A supervisor is someone who we can contact for queries relating to assessment and progress. Your supervisor will have to setup and supervise your supervised assessment items.

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