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1. Course title

Massaspektrometria ilmakehätieteissä ja ympäristöanalytiikassa
Mass Spectrometry in Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental analysis
Mass Spectrometry in Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental analysis


2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 530264 Massaspektrometria ilmakehätieteissä ja ympäristöanalytiikassa, 3-5 op ja 55244 Massaspektrometria ilmakehätieteissä ja ympäristöanalytiikassa, 3-5 op.

3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
optional for

  • Study Track in Aerosol Physics
  • Study Track in Atmospheric Chemistry and Analysis

-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

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

Can be chosen whenever during Master's studies

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


Lectures in period III (lecture part) Monday and Wednesday 8-10 and independent work (research plan/essay and presentation) part during period IV.

Every other year (odd years, next time spring 2019)

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Tuukka Petäjä and Tapio Kotiaho

Teachers: responsible persons and visitors

9. Course learning outcomes


After the course a student:

    Has knowledge about mass spectrometric methods used in atmospheric sciences and environmental analysis

    Understands principles of different techniques presented, is able to compare different techniques and knows advantages and disadvantages of various techniques presented

    Knows how to utilize mass spectrometry in research

10. Course completion methods

Lectures, a presentation (presence required) of a written research plan/essay and exam

11. Prerequisites


Mass spectrometry (KEM334) or corresponding knowledge

12. Recommended optional studies


13. Course content


The aim of the course is to teach principles of the latest mass spectrometric techniques, especially techniques that are used or developed for atmospheric sciences and environmental analysis. The emphasis is in atmospheric pressure ionisation techniques. Chemical ionization is an important topic. Different desorption/ionisation methods and miniaturisation of mass spectrometric methods are also included to the course topics. Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry and its applications is also a topic. Development of mass spectrometric instrumentation for measurements needed in atmospheric sciences is presented including their recent application.

14. Recommended and required literature


Material in Moodle and other possible material given during lectures.

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning


Lectures and exercise. Exercise (2 credits out of 5) include preparing a research plan/essay, how to use mass spectrometry in the study field of the student and an oral presentation of the research plan/essay. Students attending the course are evaluating each other’s presentations. Teachers act as journal editors and students as journal reviewers.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale


General scale 0-5. Accepted exam and accepted written research plan/essay including presentation. Grade is weighted (exam 3/5 and report/presentation 2/5) average of the grades of the two parts.

17. Teaching language



Additional information:

More information about the course (program and requirements) is told during the first lecture.

Updates and changes possible.