PHYC40730 Applications of Space Science

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module presents an overview of applications of space science and technology, including: astronomy, cosmology and planetary science; Earth observation and remote sensing; satellite services such as telecommunications and satellite navigation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- identify current open scientific questions in the fields of astronomy, cosmology and Earth science;
- relate these scientific drivers to the necessary space technology;
- summarise the data handling and communications systems needed for spacecraft operation;
- describe the operation of satellite navigation systems, such as GPS and Galileo.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module consists of lectures, case-based learning and assignments 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The students will be able to consult the results of their assignments before the exam.

Name Role
Dr Barry Cardiff Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Lorraine Hanlon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Nam Tran Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50