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PHY2208 Planetary and Exoplanetary Science

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Jonti Horner


Pre-requisite: PHY1101


This course forms a mandatory coursework component for the Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences). The course provides an in-depth introduction to planetary and space sciences, including the results of space exploration of the Solar system and the discovery and characterisation of planets and planetary systems orbiting stars other than the Sun.

This course introduces planetary science, the study of our planetary system and others. Topics covered in this course include Physical Processes in the Solar System, The Terrestrial Planets, The Jovian Worlds, Minor Bodies of the Solar System, and The Formation of Planetary Systems. Additional topics develop scientific skills through the use of assignments.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain key concepts in planetary and exoplanetary science.
  2. Apply modern methods to evaluate relevant quantitative problems in planetary and exoplanetary science
  3. Analyse qualitative and quantitative data in planetary and exoplanetary science
  4. Evaluate links between relevant observations & experiments and physical theory
  5. Review and report scientific work relevant to research in planetary science and exoplanetary science


Description Weighting(%)
1. History of Planetary Science 10.00
2. Gravity and the Planets 10.00
3. The Inner Solar System 10.00
4. The Giant Planets 10.00
5. The Solar System's small bodies - Stable Objects 10.00
6. The Solar System's small bodies - Unstable Objects 10.00
7. Planet Formation 10.00
8. Finding Planets around Other Stars 10.00
9. The Exoplanet Era 10.00
10. The Future: The Search for Life 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%)
Assignments Written Report No 40
Assignments Written Online forums No 10
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50
Date printed 27 June 2022