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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Barbie Panther


This unit emphasises the function of the atmosphere as a major environmental system and extends the student's knowledge of the basic chemical and physical processes. The structure of the atmosphere, the mass/energy balances, the predominant atmospheric species, relevant biogeochemical cycles, photochemical reactions and environmental chemical models are studied. This provides students with the background to understand current issues such as atmospheric pollution, the enhanced greenhouse effect and stratospheric ozone depletion. Regional atmospheric issues are examined to explore the causes, effects and control of air particulate levels, urban smog and acid deposition.


On completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. an awareness of
    1. the ways in which the atmosphere interacts with the lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere to regulate the overall condition of the environment,
    2. the role of atmospheric processes in regulating global climatic conditions; and
    3. the effects which atmospheric pollution, both biogenic and anthropogenic, may have on the global environment;
  2. a knowledge of
    1. the basic composition and structure of the atmosphere and the energy and mass transfer processes, and
    2. of the changes in the atmosphere through time and related causes and effects, including the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion; and
  3. the skills to
    1. detect, quantify and interpret the presence of a range of major atmospheric chemical species,
    2. apply concepts to develop environmental models of the atmosphere, which may be of value in the process of responsible environmental management, and
    3. deal with current atmospheric issues and recommend suitable management practices.


Fieldwork/practical reports and one assignment (3,000 words): 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Barbie Panther

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of laboratory per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

OCL students undertake a 3-day residential school program


CHM1022 and ENV1711 and 24 points of second level studies