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ENVS3102 – Urban Climate and Air Quality

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Paul Beggs
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Vladimir Strezov
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(130cp at 1000 level or above) including (GEOS216 or ENVE216 or ENVS216 or ENVS2116 or EESC2160)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

More than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and virtually all countries are becoming increasingly urbanised. Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with about 90% of our pollution living in urban areas. For these reasons, urban climate and air quality are extremely important, directly influencing the health and wellbeing of billions of people around the world. This unit explores urban climate and air quality through detailed study of interactions between the atmosphere and the Earth's surface in the relatively thin veneer of air that we live in known as the planetary boundary layer. The unit will be of interest to all students in science and engineering and more generally any student with an interest in the environment, and provides knowledge and skills that will be of value for a range of careers and employers, ranging from environmental consultancy and local and state government, to private industry.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: describe urban climate and air quality, including the physical, chemical and biological processes operating to produce or change the state of the urban atmosphere.
  • ULO2: demonstrate knowledge and conceptual understanding of the dispersive capabilities of the atmospheric environment near the surface of the earth, how pollutants emitted into the atmospheric environment move and interact with the surface.
  • ULO3: examine and integrate scientific information from various primary and secondary sources.
  • ULO4: apply practical knowledge to undertake analysis of climate and air quality data.
  • ULO5: demonstrate practical laboratory and field based skills associated with typical measurement problems in the field of climate science.

General Assessment Information

Details of the Literature Review and Scientific Report assessments will be provided in Weeks 1 and 8 respectively.

The Literature Review and Scientific Report assessments must be submitted via Turnitin (a link will be provided on the iLearn web site for the unit).

Quizzes 1-4 will be completed in iLearn.

Late assessment submissions are permitted and the penalty to be applied to late submissions will be 10% of the assessment value per day (e.g., an assessment weighted at 20% will be penalised at 2% per day).

Extension requests should be directed to the Unit Convenor.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Scientific report 20% No Friday 28 May 2021
Literature review 20% No Thursday 1 April 2021
Quizzes 60% No Quiz1: Week 4; Quiz2: Week 8; Quiz3: Week 10; Quiz4: Week 13

Scientific report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Friday 28 May 2021
Weighting: 20%

Scientific report of urban climate and air quality topic.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • describe urban climate and air quality, including the physical, chemical and biological processes operating to produce or change the state of the urban atmosphere.
  • apply practical knowledge to undertake analysis of climate and air quality data.

Literature review

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 19 hours
Due: Thursday 1 April 2021
Weighting: 20%

Literature review of urban climate and air quality topic.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • describe urban climate and air quality, including the physical, chemical and biological processes operating to produce or change the state of the urban atmosphere.
  • examine and integrate scientific information from various primary and secondary sources.

Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Quiz1: Week 4; Quiz2: Week 8; Quiz3: Week 10; Quiz4: Week 13
Weighting: 60%

Four quizzes throughout the session.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • describe urban climate and air quality, including the physical, chemical and biological processes operating to produce or change the state of the urban atmosphere.
  • demonstrate knowledge and conceptual understanding of the dispersive capabilities of the atmospheric environment near the surface of the earth, how pollutants emitted into the atmospheric environment move and interact with the surface.
  • examine and integrate scientific information from various primary and secondary sources.
  • apply practical knowledge to undertake analysis of climate and air quality data.
  • demonstrate practical laboratory and field based skills associated with typical measurement problems in the field of climate science.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes

There is a two hour Workshop and a three hour Practical for this unit that you are expected to attend each week. See the University Class Timetable for details (https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2021/).

Required Text

The required text for this unit is:

Oke TR, Mills G, Christen A, Voogt JA (2017) Urban climates. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

The Library provides online access [QC981.7.U7 O34 2017].

Also highly recommended:

Oke TR (1987) Boundary layer climates (2nd ed). Routledge, London. [QC981.7.M5.O34/1987]

Unit Schedule

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