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COURSE SYLLABUS

Atmospheric Physics 7.5 credits

Atmosfärfysik
Second cycle, F7004R
Version
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject
Space and Atmospeheric Science
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology
Main field of study
Space Technology

Entry requirements

General entry requirements, second cycle: Bachelor´s degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from the internationally recognized university.


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 20-285 credits



Course Aim

  After completing the course, the student shall be able to explain and critically evaluate physical and chemical fundamentals of the Earth's atmosphere in order to be able independently propose relevant research and development projects as well as to support the ongoing technological development and community planning from a climate perspective.

Knowledge and understanding
The student shall acquire knowledge about the Earth atmosphere particularly about its physical and chemical aspects. The student shall be able to explain atmospheric phenomena and processes, qualitative and quantitative evaluate them, as well as to determine their significance from the holistic perspective.

Competence and skills
The student shall show capability to critically and independently formulate the problems as well as perform calculations for the physical processes within the given time frame. This is done by   problem solving and work during the seminars. The student shall be able to motivate and plan scientific experiments during the project work. The student shall be able to critically select and evaluate relevant scientific and technical information within the subject via the literature survey. Ability and skills to present own results and arguments during international events are evaluated via the oral presentation in English. The student shall demonstrate social skills and be able to effectively work in a group during the seminars.

Judgement and approach
The student shall have insight about atmosphere significance for live existence on Earth and human responsibility for that. This is shown via evaluation of the relevant technological and ethic aspects with a focus on sustainable development and the Swedish national equality goals.
 
During the seminar work, the student shall be able to identify her / his needs for additional knowledge and take responsibility for its development. 


Contents

The course contains and deals with fundamentals of Earth atmosphere in respect to other planets: atmospheric composition and structure; t hermodynamic processes; radiation processes and greenhouse effect; dynamical processes, winds and waves; chemical processes and pollution effects; climate change; introduction to atmospheric measurement techniques.

The course covers current research and development in atmospheric science and climate with a focus on sustainable development as well as concept like equality and gender mainstreaming. 


Realization
Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

The course includes teaching and learning activities such as lectures, seminars, project work and written assignments that apart from the ability to explain the natural phenomena and critical evaluate their scientific aspects are intended to found good experimental skills, technical report writing and oral presentation in English. 


Examination
If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

The course is assessed through written tests, written assignments and a project work. In order to pass the course it is required that all compulsory tasks are completed satisfactory with a grade "Pass".
 
The final grade for the course reflects the results obtained for all compulsory tasks and is given after all compulsory tasks are approved. The grading scale for the course is 3, 4, 5. 



Examiner
Victoria Barabash

Transition terms
The course F7004R is equal to RYM013

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1
Wallace, John M., Hobbs Peter V., Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, ELSEVIER, 2006, ISBN 13:978-0-12-732951-2, ISBN 10:0-12-732951-X.

Additional:
Murry L. Salby, Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate, Cambridge University Press,2nd edition, 2012, ISBN 978-0-521-76718

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Project workU G#1.50MandatoryA07
0005AssignmentsU G#1.50MandatoryA16
0006Written testsG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Dept of Space Science 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Jun 2021