Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

How to Survive on Mars: the Science Behind the Human Exploration of Mars

Monash University

This online course explored the key scientific concepts needed for humans to survive on Mars. The course presented the science learners would need to produce the essentials for human life: water, energy, oxygen and food. Emphasising the interdisciplinary and interconnected nature of science, the course encouraged learners to create a concept map to synthesise key information from the course, helping them plan how they might survive in an environment as hostile as Mars.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week


Tina Overton

Professor of Chemistry

Monash University

Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway

Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy

Monash University


Learning outcomes

  • Apply basic science to explore possible ways of producing water, oxygen, food and energy on Mars.
  • Describe possible solutions and outcomes to problem-based scenarios.
  • Synthesise key information from across the course to produce a plan for how to survive on Mars.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of different survival strategies on Mars.


  • Water: the properties of water, and how to extract water on Mars
  • Energy: solar energy, wind energy and energy from other sources
  • Oxygen: the Martian atmosphere, oxygen on Mars, and how to recycle oxygen
  • Food: nutrients for life, the challenge of growing food on Mars
  • Concept Maps: how to create them to synthesise and organise knowledge

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

How to Survive on Mars: the Science Behind the Human Exploration of Mars

Monash University