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Discovering Science: Atmospheric Chemistry

What can we learn about Earth, and other planets in and beyond our solar system, by studying their atmospheres?

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Discovering Science: Atmospheric Chemistry

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This course is part of the Discovering Science program, which will enable you to learn about the extraordinary world of everyday chemistry, and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

Why join the course?

Learn about the role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increase, you will discover the solutions scientists are exploring to reduce levels. And, discover how missions to other planets and moons in our solar system are revealing extraordinarily diverse atmospheres. Explore how an exponential increase in the discovery of new exoplanets is helping us learn about the evolution of our own atmosphere.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsLearn about the atmospheres of the planets in our solar system, and develop your understanding of their extraordinary chemistry. In week one, Professor Dwayne Heard introduces you to the topical issue of climate and pollution. Discover what chemistry can tell us about the future health of our atmosphere, and begin to understand the complexity of climate change. In week two, discover how missions to other planets and moons in our solar system are revealing extraordinarily diverse atmospheres. Learn how the evolution of our own atmosphere is being understood through the recent discovery of more than 1,000 exoplanets around the stars in our galaxy.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds As part of the Discovering Science Programme, this course will demonstrate how science is communicated and will further develop your science writing skills, helping you reach a wider audience.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsSign up now for Discovering Science: Atmospheric Chemistry.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Assess how chemistry contributes to the future health of the atmosphere, and the effects of climate change.
  • Engage in a case study of a PhD student’s research using the ‘FAGE’ container.
  • Debate the future of living with climate change, and the contributing impact humans are making.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in chemistry; no previous knowledge or experience is required.

If you are working in the field of science and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

If you intend to complete the Discovering Science program, it is recommended that you complete Discovering Science: Science Writing before starting this course, however this course can still be studied independently.

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Who will you learn with?

Paul Taylor

I'm from Holmfirth in Yorkshire. I'm a Professor at the University of Leeds. I'm Director of Student Education for Chemistry and research on cancer & evolution www.chem.leeds.ac.uk/People/Taylor.html

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.