Stardust to Planets: Building a Habitable Solar System
The Solar System’s formation, from first solids to planetary accretion and differentiation, will be explored using radiogenic isotopes as chronometers and isotope tracers. We will examine the radiogenic isotope records of Earth, the Moon and Mars as well as our diverse collection of meteorites to understand the temporal and spatial events that resulted in a habitable planet.
MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience - restricted elective
The course will provide students with the theoretical and
practical knowledge about radiogenic isotopes and their use in
terrestrial and planetary geology in the context of early Solar
Acquisition and Manipulation of radiogenic isotope data
including the calculation of ages and their use as tracers of
geological and planetary processes and reservoirs.
Recognize the potential use of radiogenic isotopes to address questions in Earth and planetary geology. Design scientific projects that use radiogenic isotopes as a primary tool. Read and critically assess scientific papers that include radiogenic isotope data.
Two weekly three-hour lecture/tutorial/discussions with one weekly three-hour practical session. Formal lectures will be combined with practical exercises that will be worked on during the practical segments. Tutorials will also include discussion of assigned papers from peer-reviewed literature. Throughout the course, students will work on a literature review paper on a topic of their choice that will result in a paper submitted at the end of the course.
Knowledge of basic concepts of geology is recommended.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Open for credit transfer students and other external students. Apply here:
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Continuous assessmentOral examination, 30 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- Oral examination worth 50% of the total grade. There is no preparation time for the oral exam. Weekly assignments worth 50% of the total grade.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal censor
Criteria for exam assessment
See Learning Outcome
Single subject courses (day)
- Practical exercises
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 2
- Max 20 participants
- Study Board of Geosciences and Management
- Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- James Connelly (8-6c7877776e757582497c7e776d37747e376d74)
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