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1. Course title

Aerosol Optics


2. Course code

ATM368


3. Course status: compulsory or optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?

MAster's programme in Atmospheric sciences.


-Which module does the course belong to?

ATM3001 Advanced studies in Aerosols Physics.
-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?


4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)


-Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
-Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8


5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion


Aerosol optics -course is targeted for master and doctoral students in atmospheric sciences, however, the course is available to students from others programs as well.


6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered



7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course


9. Course learning outcomes


At the end of the course student is able to:

· explain how the atmospheric small particles interact with radiation and how that affects the climate

· explain the terms and variables relevant to aerosol optics

· recognize the factors that affect the aerosol optical properties (such as the ambient relative humidity and aerosol size distribution, chemical composition, and morphology) and can analyze why aerosol optical properties vary

· explain the basic principles of different instruments that measure aerosol optical properties

· explain how black carbon concentration is derived from optical measurements

· apply Mie theory in simple calculations

· derive the so-called intensive properties from measured aerosol optical data


10. Course completion methods


The course consists of lectures and weekly exercises. One of the weekly exercises is to present a scientific paper about aerosol optics to others.


11. Prerequisites


Ideally the student should know basic physics (for example basics in electromagnetism), the basic concepts in aerosol physics (such as size distribution), and know some basics in programming (run simple model calculations).


12. Recommended optional studies




13. Course content




14. Recommended and required literature


The main course material is lecture notes and other material shared in Moodle. Additional reading can be found, for example, from Chapters 15 and 24 in J. H. Seinfeld & S.N. Pandis: Atmospheric chemistry and physics, 3rd ed., Wiley, 2016.


15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning




16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale


The course is graded in general scale (0-5) and the grade is based on exam (50 %), exercises (40 %) and presentation (10 %).

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