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GL5562: SPACE WEATHER AND RADIATION FOR PLANETARY EXPLORATION (2023-2024)

Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:33


Course Overview

Space weather describes the varying conditions in the space environment between the sun and Earth. Phenomena associated with space weather have the potential to impact systems and technologies in orbit and on Earth. For example, solar energetic particles can penetrate satellite electronics and cause electrical failure. These energetic particles also block radio communications at high latitudes during solar radiation storms. Each phenomenon of space weather impacts a different technology. 

In this course, we will review Space Weather on Earth, and we will use the lessons learned to understand the impact of the space environment on planetary exploration.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Prof Javier Martin-Torres
  • Dr Charles Wang

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Outline of topics:

 

  1. Space weather and radiation
  2. Space weather and solar wind
  3. Space weather and cosmic rays
  4. Space weather and ionosphere and magnetosphere
  5. Space weather phenomena
  6. Space weather impacts 
  7. Space weather and planets
  8. Space weather around other stars
  9. Space weather and planetary exploration 
  10. Space missions 
  11. Mitigation risks and future 

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Field class – cost to be notified once venues etc fixed… but at start of academic year for the L4 cohort. GBP 0.00

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Paper on space weather, radiation and planetary exploration

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Assessment component B

Assessment - week 5 of 1st sub-session

Feedback - week 7 of 1st sub-session

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAnalysis of measurements and comparison with models
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the fundaments of space weather and its impact on planetary exploration
ProceduralApplyUse of space radiation and weather models
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluation of practical space events
ReflectionEvaluateEnhancement of critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Paper on space mission

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Assessment component C

Review of paper as per International Journal.

Assessment - end of course

Feedback - end of course

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateEnhance visual presentation skills.
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluation of practical space events
ReflectionEvaluateEnhancement of critical thinking and reasoning skills.
ReflectionEvaluateChallenging published investigations and interpretations against one’s own observations and deductions.

Presentation about space weather and impacts in our planet

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Assessment component A

Lab book with exercises submitted online. Individual feedback online, general in tutorials.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAnalysis of measurements and comparison with models
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the fundaments of space weather and its impact on planetary exploration
ProceduralApplyUse of space radiation and weather models
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluation of practical space events
ReflectionEvaluateEnhancement of critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements of assessment.

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the fundaments of space weather and its impact on planetary exploration
ProceduralApplyUse of space radiation and weather models
ConceptualAnalyseAnalysis of measurements and comparison with models
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluation of practical space events
ReflectionEvaluateChallenging published investigations and interpretations against one’s own observations and deductions.
ReflectionEvaluateEnhancement of critical thinking and reasoning skills.
ProceduralCreateEnhance visual presentation skills.

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