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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM3185 Atmospheric Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Prof Paul Seakins

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

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
On-line Learning111.0011.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours58.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

68h including 10h online study - quizzes, making notes and additional reading

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup presentation20.00
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
Open Book exam2 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: 29/04/2024 16:12:08


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