Earth's Atmospheric Composition (2017/2018)

Welcome to the course website for EASC10102, Earth's Atmospheric Composition. It contains all the material you need to complete the course. 
  • We will explore the chemical composition of the atmosphere, with an emphasis on the troposphere that includes the air in which we live and breath, and the surface processes and atmospheric chemistry and transport that determine its variability. 
  • We will cover the fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry (kinetics, photolysis, spectroscopy) so there is no chemistry pre-requisite to this course. The course is focused on delivering content using online material, in-class interaction and problem sets. 
  • We will make use of current news, as  appropriate.
Times and locations of classes and practicals

Lecture times: Mondays 1210-1300; Tuesdays 1510-1600.
Revision classes: Weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9 on Tuesdays 1610-1700.
Computer practicals: Weeks 3, 5, and 7 on Tuesdays 1510-1600.
  • Monday and Tuesday lectures are in Classroom 8, Hudson Beare Building; 
  • Revision classes are in Room 7.20, Swann Building, King's Buildings
  • Computer practicals are in KB Centre Computer Lab - Level 3 Room 3.1, using Jupyter notebooks
A summary of the 17/18 teaching semester 2 for this course is shown below.

 Week     1  2   3   4   5   FCL






 Lecture 1   X  X  X  X  X  FCL  X X  X   X  Office hours
 Lecture 2   X  X    X    FCL  X   X   X  
 Computer lab       X    X  FCL    X      
 Revision class      X    X  FCL
 Research article assignment         Start            Finish

**Due 12pm on Wed 28st March 2018**

Submit via the Learn course page

Course Delivery

I use an inverted lecture model in which core (book-work) material is delivered on-line before the physical lecture that can then focus on understanding material, current science and problem solving (including computer practicals that do not require knowledge of coding). 

We will make use of Tophat, which you may have used in previous classes. It will be used in lectures times and revision classes. Below are the relevant codes.


Course Assessment
  • The course will be assessed by a take-home 500-word research article (25%) and a final exam (75%). Guidance is provided online (and in week 5) for the article. 
  • Online pop quizzes (weeks 3, 6, 7, and 9) will supplement the formal teaching. These will be used as teaching aids and supported by compulsory revision classes led by a teaching assistant.