Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 05.12.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teachers: Anne Lähteenmäki and Esa Kallio

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II 2018 - 2019 (autumn)
I-II 2019 - 2020 (autumn)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • After this course the student knows why and how information about astronomical and solar system phenomena is collected.
  • She/he can describe the physical principles on which the scientific instruments onboard satellites and probes are based.
  • The student is able to differentiate between various types of instruments and observing techniques and what they are used for, and evaluate which kind of systems are suitable for measuring certain astronomical and solar system phenomena.
  • She/he identifies what kinds of effects space environment has on instrumentation and observations.
  • The student is able to review the state-of-the-art space instrumentation and its immediate possibilities and challenges.
  • She/he can explain the life cycle of a space mission from a researcher's point of view (from long-term planning, such as ESA's Cosmic Vision, to implementation and operation of a space mission, all the way to analysis of the scientific data), and give examples of scientific space missions.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Observational techniques in astronomy and space physics.
  • Scientific payloads of satellites and probes.
  • Effect of space environment on instrumentation.
  • Life cycle of a space mission: researcher's view.
  • Examples of science missions.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Exercises, learning assignments, examinations.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

See MyCourses for evaluation and grades details.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours 48 h (2 x 2 h per week). Independent work 87 h.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be specified.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

language class 3: English

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

See MyCourses for the schedule in 2019.


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