Course Title: Space Exploration
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Space Exploration
Credit Points: 12.00
171H School of Science
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023
Course Coordinator: Brett Carter
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925
Course Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
No enforced requisites.
To successfully complete this course, you are expected to have capabilities consistent with the completion of VCE Mathematics (Specialist or Methods) at a Year 12 level.
Building on basic knowledge of the solar system, this course will take a closer look at the terrestrial planets and how they differ from the giant planets that orbit our Sun. We will introduce the different spacecraft that have explored a wide range of astronomical bodies and the science behind their missions. The course will include a large component based on human spaceflight missions including the effects of space on the human body, the documentation and planning required to conduct a mission in space and some of the spacecraft used for crewed missions.
This course will enable you to better understand the role of science and technology in exploring space, gain an understanding of the scientific process and recognise the importance of multidisciplinary teams for solving largescale technological challenges
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BP330 Bachelor of Space Science:
PLO1: Apply a broad and coherent knowledge of scientific theories, principles, concepts and practices, relevant to the field of space science and technology with multi-disciplinary collaboration
PLO2: Analyse and critically examine scientific evidence using methods, technical skills, tools and emerging technologies in a range of scientific activities.
PLO4: Communicate, report and reflect on scientific findings, to diverse audiences utilising a variety of formats, employing integrity and culturally safe practices.
This course is a university elective.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Discriminate the correct terminology for human spaceflight and crewed exploration of space.
- Select and critique appropriate spaceflight mission documents for specific scenarios.
- Effectively communicate using spaceflight voice protocols.
- Dispute popular urban myths about human spaceflight with scientific evidence.
Overview of Learning Activities
The learning activities in this course will include:
- Recorded lectures where material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples.
- group exercises and interactive activities that reinforce the importance of clear scientific communication.
- private study, working through the theory as presented in course material, available texts and notes.
- online assignments designed to probe an understanding of presented concepts, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding.
Overview of Learning Resources
By participating in this course, you will be expected to download a copy of the course material from Canvas and have access to the library and internet for research and/or video resources. A list of useful website links and library resources will be provided.
Overview of Assessment
This course has no hurdle requirements.
Assessment 1: Online Tests
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1-4
Assessment 2: Group work
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1-3
Assessment 3: Skills and Capabilities assignment
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4