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Astrobiology 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, F7005R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2007 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space and Atmospeheric Science
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology

Entry requirements

Minimum two years of education in natural sciences at university level.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After the course the student should have acquired knowledge about:
- the conditions for life in the universe, both within and outside our solar system, from a natural-science perspective
- what is typical for life on earth
- the properties that life outside the earth might have
- methods for searching for life and life-supporting environments outside the earth
- the latest findings within the field
- scientific methods and thinking
- how scientific results and project assignments should be reported in writing in a correct and clear way.

Discussions of topics such as: What is life? In what forms does life appear? Which are the requirements for life, in particular under extreme conditions? How did life evolve on earth and what do we know about its existence in the universe.
Recent and planned experiments will be discussed, as well as laboratory experiments, observational techniques in nature, space missions and astronomical methods for the study of distant objects.

Lecturing and seminar work. Supervision of project work.

A series of short home assignments, with individual answers, as well as a more extensive and detailed project in groups of up to four students. In order to pass the course it is required that both the sum of short home assignments and the project report (oral and in writing) must be approved. The final grade given for the course reflects the sum of results obtained for the various components of the examination. Details will be given at the start of the course.
Grade scale: 3 4 5
Examiner: Sverker Fredriksson – Professor of Physics

Sverker Fredriksson 2113

Transition terms
The course F7005R is equal to RYM023

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Jonathan Lunine, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tuscon
ISBN-10: 0805380426
ISBN-13: 9780805380422

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

0001Home assignments and project work7.5G U 3 4 5

Syllabus established
The course plan was accepted by the Dept of Space Science 2007-02-28 and remains valid as from H07.

Last revised
The course plan was accepted by the Dept of Space Science 2007-02-28 and remains valid as from H07.