Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 06.06.2022 - 28.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Substitutes for Courses
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    4 Quality Education

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Summer
    2023-2024 Summer

    Enrollment :

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