|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||18 lectures and 4 workshops|
|Workload Breakdown||Every 10 credits carries a notional student workload of 100 hours: 22 hours of lectures and workshops, 30 hours coursework, 48 hours independent study.|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Written Examination||70%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Written Examination||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe planetary orbits, rotations and the evolution of these through time;
2. Describe the physical processes that underlie the formation and evolution of the solid and gaseous planets;
3. Discuss current observations and models of exoplanets, especially close in Jupiter sized objects (or Jupiters);
4. Explain the processes responsible for internal magnetic fields in terrestrial planets, gas giants and ice giants;
5. Discuss the methods used to determine the internal structure of planets;
6. Explain how tides arise and how they influence the evolution of planet/moon/ring systems;
7. Explain the development of surface geology on different solid planets in terms of the underlying physical processes;
8. Critically discuss the techniques available for determining surface and internal composition of planets;
9. Discuss planetary geodesy how the shape of planetary objects is determined and described;
10. Discuss the available techniques/software for planetary mapping.
IMPACS has developed a strong research area covering planetary science, remote-sensing of planetary surfaces and planetary cartography. These research areas are of direct relevance to this module and allow us to provide research-informed teaching throughout the module scheme. PH18010 is desirable.
- Defining planets; what do we mean? Terrestrial planets, gas giants, ice giants, Kuiper belt objects, Oort cloud objects. Asteroids, Meteoroids, Dust and Rings. The exoplanetary 'zoo'. Interstellar 'planets'?
- Planetary formation; accretion in the protostellar nebula.
- Planetary formation; gravitational accretion, differences in composition with distance from the parent star.
- Planetary structure and generation of magnetic fields.
- Planetary dynamics; orbits, tides, moons and rings.
- Planetary surface processes; cratering, erosion, tectonics.
- Planetary geodesy and planetary mapping.
- Comparative planetology.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||All questions set in the coursework and formal examination will include numerical problems.|
|Communication||Written communication is developed in the coursework.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Marking and feedback of coursework will provide a means for the student to improve learning and performance.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to research topics within the module via the internet. Word processing (or equivalent) skills will be required for the research essay.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The module will highlight the latest developments in this field and hence will assist with career development.|
|Problem solving||Problem solving is a key skill in physics and will be tested by the coursework and a formal examination at the end of the module.|
|Research skills||Students are required to research topics relevant to the module.|
Reading ListGeneral Text
(2004 (various p) An introduction to the solar system /edited by Neil McBride and Iain Gilmour. Cambridge University Press in association with the Open University Primo search
Hartmann, William K. (1999.) Moons &amp; planets /William K. Hartmann. 4th ed. Wadsworth Pub. Co Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 5