FYS3600 – Space Physics and Technology

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

Space physics and technology provides an overview of the plasma environment around the Earth, its dynamical processes, and describes how we can use satellites and sounding rockets to study phenomena and processes. The course introduces fundamental concepts like the solar wind, coupling of magnetic flux, the Dungey cycle, and explains the coupling between the Sun and the magnetosphere, the ionosphere, and the upper atmosphere. In addition, the course gives an insight into the interaction between plasmas and satellites/sounding rockets, and shed light on the challenges associated with measurements made on-board spacecrafts.

Learning outcome

After having completed this course you will:

  • Possess a theoretical background allowing you to describe basic plasma parameters, principles of plasma dynamics, and selected types of waves.
  • Know the physical processes controlling the coupling between the solar wind and the Earth’s magnetosphere/ionosphere, as well as the global dynamics of the upper polar atmosphere.
  • Be able to explain how space weather phenomena impact infrastructures on Earth and in Space, in particular for communication and navigation systems.
  • Know how to analyze data from satellites and sounding rockets, and how to use coordinate transformation in this context.
  • Have the knowledge necessary for advanced studies within space and plasma physics, including the use of ground-based and spacecraft data.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Overlapping courses


The course is given over an entire semester with 6 hours of lecture per week (4 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercises).

The course comprises 10 mandatory assignments and a project assignment equivalent to one full week of work.

In order to take the final oral examination, a minimum of 6 out of 10 mandatory assignments must be approved. Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.


In order to take the final oral examination, a minimum of 6 out of 10 mandatory assignments must be approved.

  • A project assignment counts 30% of the final grade.
  • A final oral examination counts 70% of the final grade.

Both the project assignment and the final oral examination must be passed in order to get a final grade in the course.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS4600 – Space Physics and Technology

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 3, 2020 12:11:44 PM

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