Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in ALL
Major/Minor ALL
Course Type
Offer in 2018 - 2019 Y N
Course Code EASC2408
Date2019/05/26 03:42
Enquiry for Course Details
EASC2408 Planetary geology (6 credits) Academic Year 2018
Offering Department Earth Sciences Quota ---
Course Co-ordinator Dr M H Lee, Earth Sciences < mhlee@hku.hk >
Teachers Involved (Dr J Michalski,Earth Sciences)
(Dr M H Lee,Earth Sciences)
Course Objectives This course provides students with an introduction to the origin, evolution, structure, composition and distribution of matter in the Solar System condensed in the form of planets, satellites, comets, asteroids and rings, with particular emphasis on surface features, internal structures and histories from a geological point of view.  The course incorporates the findings from recent space investigations, planetary imagery, remote sensing and Earth analogues to extraterrestrial features into a fascinating portrayal of the geological activities and histories in our Solar System.
Course Contents & Topics Formation, evolution, internal structure and surface processes of planetary bodies; the terrestrial planets Mercury, Venus, the Earth-Moon system, and Mars; the giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and their moons; Pluto, Charon and the Kuiper Belt; asteroids, meteorites, comets and the Oort cloud; Origin of our Solar System.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

CLO 1 describe the basic features of our Solar System and its constituents
CLO 2 explain how this knowledge is acquired through observations and experiments
CLO 3 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key geological, physical and chemical processes governing the structure, formation and evolution of planetary bodies
CLO 4 compare and contrast our own planet Earth with other planetary bodies
Pre-requisites
(and Co-requisites and
Impermissible combinations)
Pass in EASC1401 or EASC1402 or PHYS1650
Course Status with Related Major/Minor /Professional Core 2018 Major in Geology (Intensive) ( Disciplinary Elective )
2018 Minor in Astronomy ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Major in Astronomy ( Core/Compulsory )
2016 Major in Astronomy ( Core/Compulsory )
2015 Major in Astronomy ( Core/Compulsory )
2014 Major in Astronomy ( Core/Compulsory )
Course to PLO Mapping 2018 Major in Geology (Intensive) < PLO 1,3,5 >
2017 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2016 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2015 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2014 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
Offer in 2018 - 2019 Y        2nd sem    Examination May     
Offer in 2019 - 2020 Y
Course Grade A+ to F
Grade Descriptors
A Demonstrate thorough mastery of extensive knowledge and skills required for attaining all the course learning outcomes. Show strong analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, with evidence of original thought, and ability to apply knowledge to a wide range of complex, familiar and unfamiliar situations. Apply highly effective organizational and presentational skills.
B Demonstrate substantial command of a broad range of knowledge and skills required for attaining at least most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to familiar and some unfamiliar situations. Apply effective organizational and presentational skills.
C Demonstrate general but incomplete command of knowledge and skills required for attaining most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to most familiar situations. Apply moderately effective organizational and presentational skills.
D Demonstrate partial but limited command of knowledge and skills required for attaining some of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some coherent and logical thinking, but with limited analytical and critical abilities. Show limited ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Apply limited or barely effective organizational and presentational skills.
Fail Demonstrate little or no evidence of command of knowledge and skills required for attaining the course learning outcomes. Lack of analytical and critical abilities, logical and coherent thinking. Show very little or no ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Organization and presentational skills are minimally effective or ineffective.
Course Type Lecture with laboratory component course
Course Teaching
& Learning Activities
Activities Details No. of Hours
Laboratory 12 sessions x 2 hours 24
Lectures 12 sessions x 2 hours 24
Reading / Self study 100
Assessment Methods
and Weighting
Methods Details Weighting in final
course grade (%)
Assessment Methods
to CLO Mapping
Assignments 20 CLO 1,2,3,4
Examination 50 CLO 1,2,3,4
Presentation 15 CLO 1,2,3,4
Test 15 CLO 1,2,3,4
Required/recommended reading
and online materials
N. McBride and I. Gilmour: An Introduction to the Solar System (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
Course Website NIL
Additional Course Information NIL
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