Study Guide

CURRICULUM

The "STAR" IMSP starts in the winter semester of each academic year.

During their studies at the "STAR" IMSP, postgraduate students are required to attend and successfully pass 12 postgraduate courses, as well as to undertake the postgraduate diploma thesis. For the acquisition of the Postgraduate Diploma in STAR, a total of one hundred and twenty (120) credits (ECTS) are required. The twelve (12) classes of the IMSP, structured in three semesters, correspond to ninety (90) credits and diploma thesis in thirty (30) credits.

In the first semester there are 4 compulsory introductory courses, which cover basic knowledge in the whole range of space technology and its applications. In the second semester there are also 4 compulsory courses, structured by specialization. In the third semester, courses of choice are structured by specialization, of which the postgraduate student chooses 4 courses. Finally, the fourth semester is dedicated to postgraduate thesis.

The teaching of the postgraduate courses is done in person and by means of distance learning at the premises of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NTUA). Distance learning is carried out in a conference room provided by the Institutions participating in the "STAR" IMSP. In any case, the teaching of distance learning courses will not exceed the twenty percent (20%) of the offered postgraduate courses. Courses are conducted in English. In case all students are Greek, the lessons can be taught in Greek, while the supporting material of the courses (presentations, teacher notes, laboratory exercises) remains in English. If a course is prevented, it will be replenished. Refresh date and time are posted on the course website.

The postgraduate students of the Program will work on the postgraduate diploma thesis with an emphasis on practical specialization in selected high-quality laboratories of the public or private institution, domestic or foreign, that possess excellence and innovation and are active in space technologies, applications and services. Participation, as far as possible, in research and development projects of the National Space Program, ESA and Horizon 2020 programs for space, etc., will be encouraged. Postgraduate students will prepare their diploma thesis at the facilities of the organization they choose. The postgraduate diploma thesis will be written in English.

Within the framework of the IMSP, various actions, workshops and seminars will be organized to promote the activities of the European Space Education Office (ESERO) in primary and secondary education, as well as the activities of the Hellenic Business Incubation Center (BIC) in the development of space applications for the benefit of the citizens. Corresponding actions will support the creation of start-up companies and the two-way transfer of technology (spin-in and spin-out).

In addition, "Career Days" will be organized with the participation of members of the Corallia si-Cluster to directly link the IMCP to the labor market and improve the absorption of its graduates. It is noted that on the basis of the ESA TECHNOLOGY TREE TAXONOMY, completed by all members of the si-Cluster for the years 2015-2017, the "STAR" IMSP covers the 90% of the Greek ecosystem's activities in space technologies, applications and services. In any case, it is possible to extend the Program to provide even greater coverage of the Greek ecosystem.

A. Inserts

In the "STAR" IMSP, holders of a Bachelor's degree provided by greek or foreign university are accepted recognized by DOATAP. The Program is mainly aimed at candidates coming from General Schools of Science and Engineers.

The maximum number of students enrolled in the Postgraduate Program is set at thirty (30). Additionally, they are admitted as supernumerary scholars and members of the categories of EEP, EDIP and ETET according to par.8 of art. 34 of Law 4485/17.

 

B. Duration

The duration of the studies of the IMSP is set in four (4) academic semesters. The maximum permissible time for completing the program is set in six (6) academic semesters, at the request of the student and EDE decision.

A postgraduate student may, on reasoned request and for serious reasons, request the suspension of his / her studies for a period that does not exceed two consecutive semesters. The semesters of student suspension are not counted towards the expected maximum period of normal attendance.

 

C. Domain

The IMSP, entitled "SPACE TECHNOLOGIES, APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES" (Space Technologies, Applications and SeRvices - STAR), grants a Postgraduate Diploma (Master) to the following specializations:

  1. Space Technology – SpaceUpstream
  2. Space Applications and Services – SpaceDownstream

D. The indicative curriculum for each specialization is as follows (course titles are given in English):

Domain 1: Space Technology – Space Upstream

Α΄ SEMESTER – Common Introductory Semester

 

MANDATORY COURSES

ECTS

M801.SP1B

Fundamentals of Space Missions

7,5

M802.SP1B

Fundamentals of Satellite Systems and Subsystems

7,5

M803.SP1B

Physics of the Space Environment

7,5

M804.SP1B

Fundamentals of Space Applications and Services

7,5

 

SUM

30

 

B΄ SEMESTER – Space Upstream

 

MANDATORY COURSES

ECTS

M805.SP1B

Space System Design

7,5

M806.SP1B

Space Data Systems

7,5

M807.SP1B

Satellite Communications

7,5

M808.SP1B

Space System Assembly, Integration and Testing - Ground Support Equipment

7,5

 

SUM

30

 

SEMESTER – Elective Topics on Space Upstream

 

ELECTIVE COURSES (4 TO BE SELECTED)

ECTS

M813.SP1E

Space Software

7,5

M814.SP1E

Management Issues of Space Systems and Missions

7,5

M815.SP1E

Space Automation and Robotics

7,5

M816.SP1E

Space System Avionics

7,5

M817.SP1E

Space Electronics

7,5

M818.SP1E

Space Telecom and Navigation Systems/Subsystems and Technologies

7,5

M819.SP1E

Advanced Optical Communications Systems with Space Applications.

7,5

M820.SP1E

Space System Structures

7,5

M821.SP1E

Space System Dynamics and Control

7,5

M822.SP1E

Space System Propulsion

7,5

M823.SP1E

Selective Topics on Space Upstream

7,5

 

SUM

30

 

SEMESTER – Post Graduate Thesis

 

MANDATORY COURSES

ECTS

M830.SP1Β

Εκπόνηση Μεταπτυχιακής Dιπλωματικής Εργασίας

30

 

SUM

30

 

Domain 2: Space Applications and Services – Space Downstream

Α΄ SEMESTER – Common Introductory Semester

 

MANDATORY COURSES

ECTS

M801.SP2B

Fundamentals of Space Missions

7,5

M802.SP2B

Fundamentals of Satellite Systems and Subsystems

7,5

M803.SP2B

Physics of the Space Environment

7,5

M804.SP2B

Fundamentals of Space Applications and Services

7,5

 

SUM

30

 

B΄ SEMESTER – Space Downstream

 

MANDATORY COURSES

ECTS

M809.SP2B

Earth Observation Applications and Services

7,5

M810.SP2B

Big Data - Earth Observation

7,5

M811.SP2B

Space Image Processing

7,5

M812.SP2B

Space Missions and Operations Design

7,5

 

SUM

30

 

SEMESTER – Elective Topics on Space Downstream

 

ELECTIVE COURSES (4 TO BE SELECTED)

ECTS

M813.SP2E

Space Software

7,5

M814.SP2E

Management Issues of Space Systems and Missions

7,5

M824.SP2E

Semantic Technologies for Earth Observation

7,5

M825.SP2E

 Advanced Telecommunication System Applications and Services

7,5

M826.SP2E

Space Data Processing for Space Exploration

7,5

M827.SP2E

Space and Security

7,5

M828.SP2E

Economics and Policy on Space Technologies, Applications and Services

7,5

M829.SP2E

Selective Topics on Space Downstream

7,5

 

SUM

30

 

SEMESTER – Post Graduate Thesis

 

MANDATORY COURSES

ECTS

M830.SP2Β

Postgraduate Diploma Thesis

30

 

SUM

30

 

 

 

Ε. Indicative course content:

M801.SP1B

Fundamentals of Space Missions

Why Space?, Exploring Space, Space Mission Analysis, Space Environment, Orbital Mechanics, Mission and Operation Design, Communication Link Analysis, Launch Vehicles, The Business of Space

M802.SP1B

Fundamentals of Satellite Systems and Subsystems

Payload and Spacecraft Design, On-Board Data Systems, Attitude and Orbit Control Systems, Communication Systems, Propulsion Systems, Thermal and Electrical Power Systems, Mechanics of Materials

M803.SP1B

Physics of the Space Environment

Charged Particle Motion, Plasma Waves, Geomagnetism, Solar Eruptions, Ring Current and Van Allen Belts, Substorms and Storms, Space Weather Impacts

M804.SP1B

Fundamentals of Space Applications and Services

Satellite Remote Sensing for Earth Observation, Satellite Communications, Navigation, Space Exploration, Land, Air and Naval Operations

M805.SP1B

Space System Design

Electrical, Electronics, Mechanics, Thermal Control, Sensors, Actuators, Cubesat Simulator Laboratory

 

M806.SP1B

Space Data Systems

On-Board Data System Design, VHDL for Space Design, FPGA, ASICS, Dependability and Safety, Radiation Effects Mitigation, FT IP Core Design

 

M807.SP1B

Satellite Communications

On-Board Signal Processing, Signal Propagation, RF Modelling and Design Tools, RF Measurement, Characterization and Calibration Techniques, RF Devices

 

M808.SP1B

Space System Assembly, Integration and Testing - Ground Support Equipment

 

M813.SP1E

Space Software

Requirements Definition, Software Architectures, Methods, Tools, Management, Verification and Validation, Transfer, Operations and Maintenance, and Quality

 

M814.SP1E

Management Issues of Space Systems and Missions

Missions and Operations Design, Launch Vehicles, Project Management, PA/QA, Space Market, Space Policy and Law

 

M815.SP1E

Space Automation and Robotics

Systems, Components, Technologies

 

M816.SP1E

Space System Avionics

Embedded Systems Design, HLS, On-Board Software and RTOS, High Performance – Low Power Computing (multi-cores, GPUs)

 

M817.SP1E

Space Electronics

Digital and Mixed-Signal hardware, ASIC, PCB

 

M818.SP1E

Space Telecom and Navigation Systems/Subsystems and Technologies

Systems, Technologies, Tools, Signal Processing, Networks, Protocols and Security

 

M819.SP1E

Advanced Optical Communications Systems with Space Applications.

 

M820.SP1E

Space System Structures

Materials, Beam Theory, FEM

 

M821.SP1E

Space System Dynamics and Control

AOCS, GNC, Trajectory Design

 

M822.SP1E

Space System Propulsion

 

M823.SP1E

Selective Topics onSpace Upstream

Το περιεχόμενό του προσαρμόζεται ανάλογα με τον διδάσκοντα. Σκοπό έχει να δώσει την ευκαιρία σε διακεκριμένους επισκέπτες της ημεδαπής ή της αλλοδαπής να διδάξουν σχετικά θέματα στο πεδίο ενδιαφερόντων τους.

 

M824.SP2E

Semantic Technologies for Earth Observation [Ontologies for Describing ΕΟ Products, Linked Data Technologies for ΕΟ data]

 

M825.SP2E

 Advanced Telecommunication System Applications and Services

GNSS, Navigation

 

M826.SP2E

Space Data Processing for Space Exploration

 

M827.SP2E

Space and Security

 

M828.SP2E

Economics and Policy on Space Technologies, Applications and Services

 

M829.SP2E

Selective Topics onSpace Downstream

Το περιεχόμενό του προσαρμόζεται ανάλογα με τον διδάσκοντα. Σκοπό έχει να δώσει την ευκαιρία σε διακεκριμένους επισκέπτες της ημεδαπής ή της αλλοδαπής να διδάξουν σχετικά θέματα στο πεδίο ενδιαφερόντων τους.

 



EXAMINATIONS AND EVALUATION OF POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

The academic work of each academic year is structured in two semesters of study, winter and spring, each of which includes at least 13 weeks of teaching and three weeks of exams. There are also exams for the winter and spring semester lessons during the September period.

The attendance of the courses / tutorials / workshops is obligatory. If the student's absentee rate exceeds 50% of the total number of courses, the student may be deleted from the IMSP. This issue is dealt with by the SE, which delivers an opinion to the EDE, while the final decision for deletion belongs to EDE.

The assessment of postgraduate students and their performance in the courses they are required to attend within the framework of the IMSP is carried out at the end of each semester by written or oral examinations or by the completion of projects throughout the semester. The way of assessment is determined by the teacher of each course. Scoring is done on scale 1-10. The course grade is submitted to the Secretariat of the IMSP within thirty (30) days of the end of the examination period. Course and projects examination are not allowed after the end of the examination period.

In order to acquire the Master diploma, each postgraduate student is required to attend and successfully pass all of the offered compulsory courses of the IMSP and a sufficient number of elective courses in accordance with the curriculum, as well as to prepare and successfully present the Master's thesis, assembling a total of 120 ETS.

A postgraduate student who has completed the postgraduate thesis and has failed at least twice in the examination of a course so that, as defined in the Postgraduate Studies Regulation, it is considered to have failed to complete the program and is to be deleted, he/she may to be examined by a three-member committee of DEP members of the Affiliated Institutions whose members have the same or similar subject as the subject under study and are designated by the EDE. The committee excludes the teacher of the course (par.6, article 34, law 4485/2017).

In the 4th semester of the Program, a Postgraduate Diploma Thesis is planned. The Coordinating Committee, at the request of the candidate stating the proposed title of the diploma thesis, the proposed supervisor and an attached summary of the proposed work, appoints the supervisor and establishes the three-member committee for approval of the work, one of its members which is also the supervisor (para 4, article 34, law 4485/2017).

The Supervisor of Postgraduate Diploma Thesis should be a DEP member or a researcher of any rank and participate in the IMSP. The second member of the selection board must be a DEP member or a researcher of any grade participating in the IMSP, while the third member may hold a PhD degree specialized in the subject of thesis.

The subject of postgraduate diploma thesis must have research character and be original.

The postgraduate diploma thesis must be written is English.

The instructions for writing and submitting Postgraduate Diploma Thesis (cover, logo, font, minimum-maximum number of words, etc.) can be found on the website of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications (EKPA): http: //www.di.uoa.gr/Department/thesis.

In order to approve the work, the student has to support her before the selection board in a public presentation, which must be announced on the IMSP website at least one week before the presentation. Grading of diploma thesis (on scale 0-10) is done by the supervisor with the consent of the three-member committee.

Once the Graduate Diploma Thesis has been approved by the Selection Board, its abstract must be posted on the website of the IMSP and the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications. Also, an electronic submission of the Diploma Thesis and any accompanying material of the work to the digital repository "PERGAMOS" is done: https://pergamos.lib.uoa.gr/uoa/, according to the decisions of the Senate of EKPA.