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CEG8112 : Air Pollution

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor David Werner
  • Lecturer: Professor Thomas Curtis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1.       To introduce the fundamentals of air pollution with a background on historical perspective on air pollution and a commentary on current air quality policies and standards;
2.       To discuss major pollutants, their sources and their effects (environmental, economic and health); 3.To introduce the methods to estimate air pollution emission from road transport and industrial sources;
4.       To introduce the theory of dispersion of air pollution in the atmosphere. To discuss the major approaches for air pollution modelling;
5.       To demonstrate the features of air quality models;
6.       To introduce the issues of indoor air pollution and personal exposure to air pollution; and 7.To demonstrate the methods of estimating disease burden or health impacts of air pollution.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       History of air pollution
2.       Current policies, standards and objectives
3.       Sources of air pollution
4.       Effects of major air pollutants
5.       Monitoring of emissions and air pollutants in ambient air
6.       Modelling and control of emission from road transport
7.       Modelling and control of emission from industrial sources
8.       Chemistry and dispersion of air pollution in atmosphere
9.       Air pollution modelling approaches
10.       Indoor air pollution
11.       Personal exposure to air pollution

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:008 x 1 hour lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion127:0027:00Assessed reports on environmental monitoring
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Lecture notes and online resources, e.g. pCaPs/ podcasts and/or articles.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:002x3hr modelling practical.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:002 x 2 hour GIS and Data analysis tutorials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:005 x 2hr tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Fieldwork practical.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Includes background reading for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Learning outcomes will be achieved by introducing knowledge and theory in lectures and by exercising the relevant skills in practical exercises. Practicals will simultaneously review the taught content of the lectures and develop the key intellectual, practical or communication skills.
*Alternatives will be offered for students who are unable to attend the practicals and fieldwork in person. **Timetabled activities, alternatives will be offered for students who are unable to attend at the specified time.

Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Individual report on air quality in a city (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The individual report will also assess computer and literature literacy, data analysis, writing, presentation, time planning and communication skills.

Reading Lists