Microgravity: living on the International Space Station
Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

Week 4 Researching online sources


You are nearly halfway through this course and should be proud of what you have achieved. This week is mostly dedicated to the mid-course quiz which covers what you have learned so far. There are 15 questions to complete.

Before completing the quiz you will first consider the question: how reliable online sources are. How can you check them? This week you will use the PROMPT approach to ascertain how much you can trust online sources.

Before you start this though, you will continue on from last week’s focus on the quantum world by looking at how quantum effects occur in nature given the thought-provoking title of ‘do weird physics effects also occur in Nature? Then PROMPT activity above, followed by ‘you will look at how viable future travels to our nearest neighbour Mars are’.

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • enhance your digital literacy skills, by locating information and studying online
  • read a published article on quantum effects and consider how nature uses quantum mechanics
  • apply the PROMPT approach to assessing the reliability of online sources
  • successfully complete the Week 4 compulsory badge quiz.

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