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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM3185 Atmospheric Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Prof Paul Seakins
Email: p.w.seakins@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

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

Objectives

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.

Syllabus

- 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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop71.007.00
e-Lecture11.001.00
Private study hours92.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Working though online material, making notes and background reading (47h), poster preparation (20h), preparation for exam (25h)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative exercises for workshops, and regularly-spaced online quizzes.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationRecorded presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 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: 09/11/2021

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