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5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The Course is recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.late masters for students during their late Masters studies or PhD studies. Basics Ideally, the students should have basic knowledge of aerosol physics and Aerosol measurements techniques (ATM318) (or similar) must be passed before participatingaerosol measurement techniques. Knowledge of at least one data analysis software, such as MATLAB, Python, R or similar is necessary for the completion of the course.

Check course prerequisites below!

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

-The course may be offered in the autumn or spring term or both.
-If the course is not offered every year, this must be indicated here.
-Specification of the teaching period when the course will be offered

Currently offered in third period every year

will be lectured every year in the III period.

7. Scope of the course in credits

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8. Teacher coordinating the course


 Juha KangasluomaRima Baalbaki

9. Course learning outcomes

-Description of the learning outcomes provided to students by the course
- See the competence map (https://flamma.helsinki.fi/content/res/pri/HY350274).Student knows how to perform simple measurements in the laboratory related to aerosol physics, analyze the data from the measurements, and report the observed data in meaningful way. The specific topics of the course may vary yearly, but will cover basic aerosol particle size distribution measurements, instrument calibrations, aerosol mass spectrometry, instrument simulations, data inversion etc.At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Construct experimental setups and carry out calibrations/characterizations for selected instruments.
  • Perform reliable measurements with selected aerosol instruments
  • Apply theoretical knowledge in aerosol science and in programming to analyze gathered data during the laboratory works
  • Interpret the results in a scientifically meaningful and proficient manner


10. Course completion methods

-Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
learning course?
-Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
during parts of it)
-Methods of completionParticipation to all laboratory work is necessary. On each laboratory work, a brief report is written. Each of the reports has to The course consists of three lab works each spanning a period of two weeks. Each lab work consists of a lecture, a lab session (or more), a data analysis support session, an exercise set and a final report.

The student must:

  • Attend three compulsory biweekly (one every two weeks) laboratory sessions
  • Submit three biweekly exercise sets
  • Submit three lab reports at the end of the course

All lab works must be passed to pass the course. Lectures on the laboratory work topics are given.!

11. Prerequisites

-Description of the courses or modules that must be completed before taking this course or
what other prior learning is requiredBasics aerosol physics and Aerosol measurements techniques Aerosol Physics I (FYS2071) and Aerosol Measurement Techniques (ATM318) ( or similar ) courses must be passed before participating in this course.

12. Recommended optional studies

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13. Course content

-Description of the course contentThe topics of the course or more specifically the instruments used in the laboratory sessions may vary yearly, but will cover basic aerosol particle size distribution measurements, instrument calibrations, aerosol mass spectrometry, instrument simulations, data inversion etc. For the past years, the course content has covered:

  • Aerosol particle number and size distribution measurements (DMPS and OPS).
  • Sub 3 nm aerosol particle number and size distribution measurements (nCNC).
  • Aerosol composition using aerosol mass spectrometry techniques (AMS).
  • Designated calibrations and instrument characterizations.
  • Respective data handling, analysis, and reporting.

14. Recommended and required literature

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Basic knowledge on aerosol measurement techniques can be read from books such as:-

  • Hinds, Aerosol Technology

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  • : Properties, Behavior, and Measurement of Airborne Particles.
  • Baron & Willeke, Aerosol Measurement: Principles, Techniques, and Applications.


15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

-See the competence map (https://flamma.helsinki.fi/content/res/pri/HY350274).
-Student activities
-Description of how the teacher’s activities are documentedStudents work in groupsThe course is all about practical work where the students learn by doing in a project-based setting complemented with effective questioning.  The course activities include attending lectures, performing group lab work, participating in group discussions and support sessions, solving exercises, and writing reports.  


16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

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-The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
methods of the course.Each laboratory work report is graded in scale 1-5. Exercises count as one laboratory work. Course grade as average grade from laboratory works and exercises. Grading matrices given for each laboratory work in the beginning of The course grade is the average grade from the three lab works. Each lab work is graded on a scale from 1 to 5. The grade is divided between the actual lab work, the exercises, and the final report. Grading matrices in the beginning of the course. The student must pass all three labs to pass the course.

17. Teaching Language

English