School of Chemical and Physical Sciences  
 
 
PHY-10027 The Solar System  
Co-ordinator: Dr Barry Smalley    Room: LJ2.05, Tel:+44 1782 7 34229  
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Level: Level 4 Credits: 15 Study Hours: 150  
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Programme/Approved Electives for

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

Yes

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2017/18

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 List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-10027/lists

Aims

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.

Study hours

Lectures: 11 hours
Independent work on computer-based coursework assignments: 18 hours
Independent work on observational project: 20 hours
Directed reading of lecture notes and other online material: 33 hours
Examination: 2 hours
Exam preparation and private study: 66 hours




Description of Module Assessment

01: 2 Hour Unseen Exam weighted 40% (minimum mark of 35 required on this assessment)
Two hour unseen examination
Multiple-choice examination of no more than 100 questions.

02: Coursework weighted 40% (minimum mark of 35 required on this assessment)
Computer-based assignments
Three assessed computer-based coursework assignments.

03: Project weighted 20% (minimum mark of 35 required on this assessment)
Observational Project
Assessment of quality and honesty of observations, interpretation of results and use of internet research resources.


Version: (1.07) Updated: 25/Sep/2017

This document is the definitive current source of information about this module and supersedes any other information.