Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This elective module provides a broad overview, accessible to non-scientists, of the nature of the objects that comprise our Solar System, from our earliest thoughts about the planets to the latest results from space missions. The module starts with an historical review of our changing understanding of the nature of the planets in the night sky. The surfaces, atmospheres and interiors of the Earth, Moon and the other planets and satellites are discussed and the latest results from our continued exploration of the Solar System presented. The module gives the nature of comets, asteroids and meteorites and what they tell us about the early history of the Solar System. The all important Sun is discussed, along with its influence on the Solar System. The module concludes with the formation of the Sun and planets, and the search of extra-solar planetary systems and the search for extraterrestrial life. The coursework assignments and observational project develop an appreciation for the role of astronomical observations in our understanding of the nature of the Solar System.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-10027/lists
To provide a broad overview, accessible to non-scientists, of the nature of the objects that comprise our Solar System, from our earliest thoughts about the planets to the latest results from space missions.To develop an appreciation for role of astronomical observations in our understanding of the nature of the Solar System.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of the properties (surfaces, atmospheres and interiors) of the planets and their satellites, the Sun and other objects in the Solar System, the formation of our Solar System and the search for other solar systems and extraterrestrial life. Will be achieved by assessments.Demonstrate an appreciation for the role of astronomical observations in determining the properties of objects in the Solar System and knowledge of the limitations of observations. Will be achieved by assessments.Collect and manipulate scientific data. Demonstrate the ability to use mathematical calculations and scientific laws to determine other properies of objects from these observations. Will be achieved by assessments.
Lectures: 11 hoursIndependent work on computer-based coursework assignments: 18 hoursIndependent work on observational project: 20 hoursDirected reading of lecture notes and other online material: 33 hoursExamination: 2 hoursExam preparation and private study: 66 hours
1: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Two hour unseen examinationMultiple-choice examination of no more than 100 questions.
2: Coursework weighted 40%
Computer-based assignmentsThree assessed computer-based coursework assignments.3: Project weighted 20%
Observational ProjectAssessment of quality and honesty of observations, interpretation of results and use of internet research resources.