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Space Environment

Postgraduate | CUR-SPC505 | 2024

Explore weather events in space and how they can disrupt technology and celestial objects. You’ll use your background in STEM to unpack solar winds and radiation. Topics include CMEs and solar flares. Think about ways to minimise space weather impacts.

Study method
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Enrol by
19 May 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
27 May 2024,
25 Nov 2024

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Space Environment

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. define the parts of the sun and describe how it creates the solar wind
    2. explain and classify solar flares, coronal mass ejections, sunspots
    3. analyse and compare the range of effects each type of radiation causes on unshielded instruments, spacecraft and planetary bodies
    4. compare space weather effects on two planetary bodies at different distances from the Sun to infer best practice in spacecraft design

Entry requirements


Students must have a Bachelor Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) discipline with a minimum completion of high school mathematics.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Audio video equipment required. Provide communication method.
  • Other requirements - Access to the Internet.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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