• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Penelope King
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course provides an introduction to planetary science with a view to understanding how the Earth compares to other planets in the universe. We will explore the solar system and humans' place in it. We will examine the essential ingredients for life on planets and how the planets come by them. We will step back in time to examine the earliest solar system, going back to the origin of the elements themselves and the processes that have occurred in carrying matter from where it formed to where it can build new solar systems. The conditions on individual planets appears to be the result of many stochastic processes and it can be concluded that our solar system is the end-product of many accidental and chance events, leading to a philosophical discussion of whether planets similar to Earth will be discovered elsewhere in the universe.

NOTE: Graduate students will attend joint classes with undergraduates, but will be assessed under a different scheme, which will require a greater level of conceptual understanding.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critique, in scientific terms, the astronomical context of planet formation in general and the formation of our solar system in particular, recent exoplanet detections, our planetary system, meteoritics and cosmochemistry, chronology of the early Earth, composition of the Earth, the Moon-forming impact.
  2. Formulate and present a scientific critique of planetary science topics in both written and oral form.
  3. Apply laboratory skills to a range of modules requiring, for example, experimental analysis of radioactive decay, petrographic description of rocks from the solar system, and crater counting methodology for Mars and Moon.
  4. Appraise key visual aspects of planetary science through observations of Sun, planets, and star forming regions.

Indicative Assessment

  • 15% Topical Essay (LO 1,2)
  • 15% Research Essay (LO 1,2)
  • 15% Oral Presentation of Research Essay (LO 1,2)
  • 15% Laboratory Exercises (LO 3)
  • 40% Final Exam (LO 1, 2, 4)

Graduate students will be assessed at a higher level that will require greater conceptual insights and more advanced scientific understanding.

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Workload

Three lectures per week plus 4-6 labs/seminars.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of EMSC or PHYS or CHEM courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC3022.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8748 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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