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CEG8112 : Air Pollution

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor David Werner
  • Lecturer: Professor Thomas Curtis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 effects (environmental and health);
3. To introduce the methods to estimate air pollution emission with an emphasis on industrial sources, especially power generation;
4. To introduce the theory of dispersion of air pollution in the atmosphere;
5. To introduce air pollution control technologies;
6. To introduce the issues of indoor air pollution and personal exposure to air pollution; and
7. To discuss the impacts of air pollutants on the planet.

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
7. Impacts on the planet
8. Indoor air pollution and personal exposure
9. Air pollution from power generation as a case study, impact of transition to renewable power generation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00Assessed reports on air pollution from power generation and impact of the transition to renewables
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Lecture notes and online resources, e.g. pCaPs/ podcasts and/or articles.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:0013 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:002x3hr modelling practical.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:009 x 1hr calculation tutorials
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.

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 pollution from national power generation for a case study country, feasibility and impacts of transitioning to renewable power generation (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