Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student is aware of the basics of magnetism in different parts of the heliosphere including geomagnetism, solar magnetism, interplanetary magnetic field and magnetic disturbances carried by the solar wind.

The student is able to use magnetometer for measuring the strength of the Earth´s magnetic field, understand the basics of the data calibration and homogenization.

The student understands the basics of the magnetometer and how they are used for orienting CubeSats and larger satellites as well as used for navigation and scientific analysis.

The student is able to handle the time series on magnetic field for over days, months and decades by the basic programming tools, and is able to proceed basic statistical analysis.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.06.2021 - 29.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jaan Praks, Eija Tanskanen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jaan Praks, Eija Tanskanen

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basics of geomagnetism
    Basics of solar and solar wind magnetism
    Field-work on magnetic field measurements
    Basics of magnetometers on ground, on-board small and large satellites
    Hands-on-data exercises on time series data analysis

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    30% oral exam, 20% exercises, 50% field-work & report

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and hands-on-data practices 12 h
    Field work at observatories 30 h
    Project report writing & exercises 95 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Geomagnetismin ABC-kirja by H. Nevanlinna & English translations on that.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic knowledge on physics and mathematical methods. Not any prerequisites required.

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