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Course Details

Course Code: SPST200 Course ID: 4955 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to introduce the student to a variety of subjects, which together comprise the overall field of space studies. This includes the space environment, astrodynamics, launch vehicles, spacecraft, space operations, commerce, space law, policy, telecommunications, space navigations, remote sensing, space resources, astronomy, and space life sciences. All of these topics will be addressed with a very broad brush, as the student will study them more in-depth during later courses in the aerospace studies degree program. Instruction is primarily through readings (both textbook and online), along with weekly classroom discussions. As the first space studies course in the AS and BS degree in Space Studies program, this course also focuses on research and writing methods appropriate to space studies. The web readings listed under "Web Resources" will discuss critical elements of research, writing, style and formatting. The Turabian style (also known as the Chicago style) is required for all courses in this program. The course will introduce the student to a variety of research sources that will be useful in future space studies courses. (Prerequisite: MATH111)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/2022 - 12/30/2022 01/02/2023 - 02/26/2023 January Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • LO-1: Become familiar with the APUS Space Studies Program
  • LO-2: Explain why learning about space is important
  • LO-3: List the elements of a space mission
  • LO-4: Analyze the contributions of early space pioneers
  • LO-5: Understand the Earth’s atmosphere and where space begins
  • LO-6: Evaluate the challenges posed by micrometeoroids, orbital debris, the radiation environment, charged particles, and galactic cosmic rays to successful space operations
  • LO-7: Discuss the concept of gravity
  • LO-8: Explain properties of the Sun and its role in our Solar System
  • LO-9: Describe our place in the Universe
  • LO-10: List the six classical orbital elements (COEs)
  • LO-11: Explain basic orbital maneuvers such as the Hohmann Transfer
  • LO-12: Discuss why governments pursue space activities
  • LO-13: List the seven main principles that guide the daily use of space
  • LO-14: Analyze the impact of current changes in the Space Studies Field.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • LO-1: Become familiar with the APUS Space Studies Program
  • LO-2: Explain why learning about space is important
  • LO-3: List the elements of a space mission
  • LO-4: Analyze the contributions of early space pioneers
  • LO-5: Understand the Earth’s atmosphere and where space begins
  • LO-6: Evaluate the challenges posed by micrometeoroids, orbital debris, the radiation environment, charged particles, and galactic cosmic rays to successful space operations
  • LO-7: Discuss the concept of gravity
  • LO-8: Explain properties of the Sun and its role in our Solar System
  • LO-9: Describe our place in the Universe
  • LO-10: List the six classical orbital elements (COEs)
  • LO-11: Explain basic orbital maneuvers such as the Hohmann Transfer
  • LO-12: Discuss why governments pursue space activities
  • LO-13: List the seven main principles that guide the daily use of space
  • LO-14: Analyze the impact of current changes in the Space Studies Field.
Book Title:Something New Under the Sun: Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age - eBook available through the APUS Online Library; Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780387949147
Publication Info:Lib
Author:Gavaghan, Helen
Unit Cost:$24.29
 
Book Title:Frontiers of Space Exploration, 2nd Ed-E-book provided inside the APUS Online Library; Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780313325243
Publication Info:ABC-CLIO Lib
Author:Launius, Roger
Unit Cost:$51.78
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.