Planetary Science

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Doel vak

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.

Inhoud vak

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).


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


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.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

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

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AM_450273
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. W. van Westrenen
Examinator prof. dr. W. van Westrenen
Docenten prof. dr. W. van Westrenen
dr. P.Z. Vroon
prof. dr. G.R. Davies
prof. dr. B.H. Foing

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