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SPST304 - National Space Organization

Course Details

Course Code: SPST304 Course ID: 3158 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course addresses the United States organization for space operations, to include exploration, satellite operations, military purposes, and research and development. Included in the organization will be the linkages between governmental and non-governmental enterprises in or dealing with space. The course will also briefly address comparative organizations for space as witnessed in other industrialized nations. (Prerequisites: SPST200 or SPST300)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Comprehension
    • Explain how NASA and the supporting agencies intend to meet future space endeavors.
    • Explain the importance of military use in space and how it supports the goals of the National Security.
    • Describe the launch vehicles, satellites, and ground systems utilized by NASA and the U.S. space program.
  • Application
    • Based on NASAs Research, describe in detail potential space related research and development innovations.
  • Analysis
    • Analyze how non-governmental support and competition contribute to the success of the U.S. space organization.
    • Examine the events surrounding the transformation from NACA to NASA.
  • Evaluation
    • Critique the effectiveness of the military and political catalyst served for the space race and the formation of NASA.

Discussion Board/Class Participation

25 percent of your course grade is earned through participation with other students in the Discussion Board area of the classroom. Your knowledge of readings will be reflected in your ability to actively participate and discuss key course concepts. Your initial response must be at least 250 words, well written and grammatically correct to receive full credit. Student responses should be at least 100 words. Note: You must also comment on at least 2 other student’s posting.

Test

The quizzes make up 25 percent of your overall course grade. Questions are created from your readings and will require you to have previously read the reading assignments in order to comprehend and correctly respond. Quizzes must be taken in order and must be done within one week of the assigned week in the syllabus. Grades on quizzes turned in late will be reduced by 50-percent per week.

Final Exam

The final exam covers the entire course (worth 25% of your course grade). Note: This will be due at the end of Week 8.

Research Paper

You must choose a foreign space organization/agency for your research paper. Your paper must be at least 15 pages long (not including cover and works cited pages) and include, but is not limited to your chosen country’s exploration programs, satellite programs, military programs, and research and development facilities. Note: This will be due at the end of Week 7.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum 1 3.13 %
Forum 2 3.13 %
Forum 3 3.13 %
Forum 4 3.13 %
Forum 5 3.13 %
Forum 6 3.13 %
Forum 7 3.13 %
Forum 8 3.13 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Test 25.00 %
Quiz #4 5.00 %
Quiz #5 5.00 %
Quiz #3 5.00 %
Quiz #2 5.00 %
Quiz #1 5.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %

Course Resources

Behrens, Carl E. 2006. Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports. Washington: CRS Issue Brief, Resources, Science, and Industry Division. IB93062.

Figliola, Patricia M. 2006. U.S. Military Space Programs: An Overview of Appropriations and Current Issues. Washington: CRS Issue Brief, Resources, Science, and Industry Division. RL33608.

Figliola, Patricia M., Behrens, C. E., and Morgan, D. 2006. U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial. Washington: CRS Issue Brief, Resources, Science, and Industry Division. IB92011.

Graham, John F. 1995. Space Exploration: From Talisman of the Past to Gateway for the Future.

NASA. 2004. Exploration Systems Interim Strategy.

NASA. 2004. The Vision for Space Exploration.

Smith, Marcia S. 2005. China’s Space Program: An Overview. Washington: CRS Issue Brief, Resources, Science, and Industry Division. RS21641.

Smith, Marcia S. 2006. Military Space Programs: Issues Concerning DOD’s SBIRS and STSS Programs. Washington: CRS Issue Brief, Resources, Science, and Industry Division. RS21148.

Smith, Marcia S. 2006. NASA’s Space Shuttle Program: The Columbia Tragedy, the Discovery Mission, and the Future of the Shuttle. Washington: CRS Issue Brief, Resources, Science, and Industry Division. RS21408.

Smith, Marcia S. 2006. Space Exploration: Issues Concerning the Vision for Space Exploration. Washington: CRS Issue Brief, Resources, Science, and Industry Division. RS21720.

U.S. President. 2002. The National Security Strategy of the United States.

Web-based Readings

Air University. 2007. Air University National Space Studies Center, Air University online. Home page on-line. Available from http://space.au.af.mil/orgs.htm, Internet.

FAS. 2004. Military Space, FAS online. Home page on-line. Available from http://www.fas.org/spp/military/index.html, Internet.

FAS. 2007. World Space Guide, FAS online. Home page on-line. Available from http://www.fas.org/spp/guide/index.html, Internet.

Global Security. 2007. Military Space Programs, Global Security online. Home page on-line. Available from http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/systems/index.html, Internet.

Global Security. 2006. Space Launch Vehicles, Global Security online. Home page on-line. Available from http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/systems/launch.htm, Internet.

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

NASA. 2005. A Brief History of NASA, NASA online. Home page on-line. Available from http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/factsheet.htm, Internet.

NASA. 2007. NASA Exploration Systems, NASA online. Home page on-line. Available from http://www.exploration.nasa.gov, Internet.

NASA. 2007. NASA History Office, NASA online. Home page on-line. Available from http://history.nasa.gov, Internet.

NASA. 2007. NASA Organizational Index, NASA online. Home page on-line. Available from http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/OrganizationIndex.html, Internet.

Space.com, 2007. Space Tourism, Space.com online. Home page on-one. Available from http://www.space.com/space-tourism/, Internet.

Spaceline. 2000. History of Rocketry, Spaceline online. Home page on-line. Available from http://www.spaceline.org/rockethistory.html, Internet.

Book Title:Defining NASA : Historical Debate over the Agency's Mission-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780791463826
Author:Kay, W.D.
Unit Cost:$30.67
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.