Course Title: The Atmosphere

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Atmosphere

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Jeff Hughes

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253370

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 3, level 2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course forms an integral part of a multidisciplinary approach to understanding earth system processes and the connections that exist between the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. In this course you will study the structure and modelling of the atmosphere, the major chemical reactions within it, pollution (indoor and outdoor air), measurement, and aspects of meteorology and climate modelling.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course also contributes to the following AQF 9 Program Learning Outcomes:

PLO 1.1: a body knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in both the understanding of environmental processes and the technological advances in measurement techniques, remediation processes and pollution control
PLO 1.3 knowledge of the regulatory frameworks and ethical principles relevant to the practice of environmental science and associated technologies
PLO 2.2: cognitive, technical and creative skills enabling you to investigate analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories about the environment, and to apply established theories to different areas of knowledge or practice concerning the environment
PLO 2.4: communication and technical research skills to enable you to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
PLO 3.1: creativity and initiative to new situations in your role as an environmental professional practitioner and/or in your further studies


After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

 CLO 1:             demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the structure of the atmosphere , the processes which occur within it and the influence they have on the climate and the weather;

CLO 2:             demonstrate knowledge of the causes and effects of human impacts on the composition and behaviour of the atmosphere;

CLO 3:             gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources;

CLO 4:             be an independent and self-directed learner;


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities may include any or all of the following:

attendance at lectures and seminars, participation in discussion groups, making use of self-help review questions, preparation of written assignments, online quizzes and reading the literature in order to prepare a literature review.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours (lectures, tutorials) 48 hrs/semester

Learner directed hours: (revision of class material, assignment exercises, preparation for examination and online assessment , study of published environmental data) 52 hours/semester



Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to on-line material which will include the lecture presentations, support documents and videos, references and other relevant resources. These can be accessed through the Canvas site for this course.


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

The following are the assessment tasks for this course 

(a)  One 2 hour exam covering the whole course (50%)

(b)  Two online quizzes (20%)

 (c)Two assignments (30%)

Assessment task (a) supports CLOs 1,2,3,4

Assessment task (b) supports CLOs 2,3,4

Assessment task (c) supports CLOs 1,2,3,4