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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM3185 Atmospheric Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Professor P W Seakins

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Year 1 in Chemistry or Year 1 in Joint Honours (Science) with Chemistry, or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate an insight into and knowledge of the chemical processes in the Earth's (and other planetary) atmospheres, based on applications of physical chemical principles.

In addition, on completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate improved levels of skills in problem solving, analytical/critical thinking, communication and presentation.

These skills will be developed through a variety of exercises involving both individual and group work.


- Objectives and outline of the course
- Introduction to the structure of the Earth's present atmosphere including the distribution of trace gases
- Importance of chemical kinetics and photochemistry
- Ozone chemistry in the stratosphere, the importance of chain reaction
- Photochemical smog formation
- Acid rain including the production and removal of nitrogen and sulphur oxides
- The importance of heterogeneous processes
- The Greenhouse Effect.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class31.003.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

25.5 hours - reading/lecture (17 x 1.5 hours)
8 hours - poster preperation
20 hours - assessed work
26.5 horus - preparation for examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- 1 x poster presentation
- 1 x assessed essay
- 3 x examples classes.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentMid-term test10.00
Poster PresentationAssessed poster presentation10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/11/2019 08:50:03


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