Planetary Science


Course Objective

The main aim of this course is to discuss in depth recent advances in
planetary science in general, and geological/geochemical aspects of
planetary science research in particular.

Course Content

A series of lectures will examine in detail some of the key problems and
active areas of research in planetary and exoplanetary science linked to
specific space missions, specific rocky bodies in the solar system, and
specific techniques (analytical, experimental or theoretical).

Teaching Methods

The course will consist of several blocks of sessions concerning
particular topics, partially chosen in collaboration with the students
during the first session of the course. Students will participate in
flip the classroom sessions on specific subtopics, and in depth
discussion of recent literature will form an integral part of the
course. The course schedule will consist of lecture-based sessions,
discussion sessions, and an optional day long visit to ESTEC (for
students who did not participate in a similar visit during the
Introduction to Planetary Science course). The course
counts for 6 EC = 160 SBU, which are divided between the different
components of this course in the following way (1) 14 * 3 hour lectures
/ discussion sessions = 115 SBU, (2) Background reading and preparation
of lecture = 36 SBU

Method of Assessment

The final mark for this course consists of the following components:
Written exam (40%), flip the classroom performance (40%), exercises to
be done during the course (20%).


Recent literature references will be provided during the course.

Recommended background knowledge

Background in, or at least deep interest in, geology / geochemistry is
required. The course builds upon the Introduction to Planetary Science
course in the VU BSc Earth Sciences programme but it is possible to take
the course without having done the Introduction to Planetary Science

General Information

Course Code AM_450273
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. W. van Westrenen
Examiner prof. dr. W. van Westrenen
Teaching Staff prof. dr. W. van Westrenen
dr. P.Z. Vroon
prof. dr. G.R. Davies
prof. dr. B.H. Foing

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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