Nagoya University, School of Engineering Lecture information system (SYLLABUS)

Earth and Planetary Science(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Chemistry Fundamental and Applied Physics
Starts 1 : 3 Autumn Semester 3 Autumn Semester
Elective/Compulsory : Elective Elective
Lecturer : Marc HUMBLET A. Designated Associate Professor 

•Course Purpose
In this course students will learn about the characteristics of the planets and other components of our solar system (orbital parameters, atmospheric conditions, internal structure and composition, geomorphology, geological activity).
We will use the knowledge of our own planet Earth as a reference to understand processes occurring elsewhere.
During the past fifty years, various spacecrafts and exploration vehicles have been used to considerably expand our knowledge of the solar system and send back to Earth ever more detailed pictures of distant worlds. The course will review the different means of space exploration and use abundant data acquired by past and ongoing missions to illustrate the characteristics of the planets. A recurrent topic throughout the course will be the fascinating question of the existence of extraterrestrial life and its detection. We will also discuss the future of space exploration.
By the end of the course, students should be able to understand and explain the subjects covered in class. Students will also be required to search information on topics of their choice and relevant to the course content, analyze the information they have found, and present and discuss their findings in class.

•Prerequisite Subjects
There is no prerequisite for this course.

•Course Topics
1. A brief history of astronomy
2. Introduction to the Solar System
3. Space exploration
4. The Earth-Moon system
5. Mercury
6. Venus
7. Mars
8. Jupiter
9. Saturn
10. Uranus, Neptune, and TNOs
Two quizzes aim to evaluate students' understanding of the course content. In addition, students should fulfill the following assignments: (1) two short presentations on current news related to planetary sciences, (2) an essay/review paper, and (3) an oral presentation

There is no required textbook for this course. Please refer to the recommended reading list below for interesting books related to the course content.

•Additional Reading
Faure, G. & Mensing, T.M., 2007. Introduction to Planetary Science: The geological perspective. Springer, 526 pages.
NB: It is not necessary to purchase this reference to succeed the quizzes and complete the course assignments.

•Grade Assessment
Students will be graded following the five-step S-A-B-C-F grade evaluation system.
S: 90-100%, A: 80-89%, B: 70-79%, C:60-69%, F: 59-0%
Two quizzes: 20% (10% each)
Two short reports: 20% (10% each)
Oral presentation: 20%

Written essay: 40%

An "Absent (W)" grade is given to students who officially withdraw from the class by the end of November and to students who have withdrawn from the class or an exceptional reason (e.g., illness, accident...). A "Fail (F)" grade is given to students who have not withdrawn from the course and whose final grade is less than 60%.
NB: NUPACE students should check the deadline set by the NUPACE program for course withdrawal.

Live lectures will be organized (in class or online or both). Online lectures will be recorder and video files will be uploaded on NUSS. PPT slides of the lectures are uploaded every week on NUCT.

•Contacting Faculty
Live lectures will be organized (in class or online or both), and students are strongly encouraged to ask questions during the lectures. Students can also contact me by e-mail or meet me in person in my office. NUCT will be used as another way of communication, to share files and send messages.
Phone: 052-789-3037 / E-mail:


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