Course Title: Space Exploration

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Space Exploration

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Gail Iles

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2610

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.6.15

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.

Course Description

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:


PLO 1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and engineering fundamentals and an ability to apply them  in practice.

PLO 1.2 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science and engineering in the field of space science and technology.

PLO 1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.

PLO 2.1 You will have broad knowledge in space science and technology with deep knowledge in its core concepts.

PLO 4.1 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills.

PLO 5.1 You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work.

PLO 5.2 You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically.

PLO 5.3 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively.

This course is a university elective.

Course Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course you will be:

  1. Discriminate the correct terminology for human spaceflight and crewed exploration of space.
  2. Select and critique appropriate spaceflight mission documents for specific scenarios.
  3. Effectively communicate using spaceflight voice protocols.
  4. 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

Note that:

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Online Tests
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1-4

Assessment 2: Groupwork
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1-3

Assessment 3: Skills and Capabilities assignment
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4