Course Syllabus for

Methods for Environmental Monitoring

FKF100F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2016
Decided by: FN1/AndersGustafsson
Date of establishment: 2016-04-25

General Information

Division: Nuclear Physics
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course codes: FKF100, FYST18
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


The course aims at providing an understanding of advanced environmental measurement techniques for air quality applications, and how these techniques can be used to provide a basis for estimates of the impact of various human activities on the environment and human health. The course also aims at stimulating the doctoral students to reflect on how our every day human activities may affect the environment and human health, and at acquiring a capability to assess and discuss environmental issues within the working life and societal debate from a natural science perspective.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must have been stimulated to reflect further on how our common-day human activities may affect the environment and human health.

Course Contents

Presentation of different air quality issues and their effects on the environment and health. Going through various measurement scenarios. Multiphase processes in air pollution studies. Physical and chemical processes associated with air pollution. Measurement and analytical methods based on physical and chemical characterization of air pollutants. The course contains lectures, laboratory work, and a project work (group size 2-4 students). The teachers are picked from various scientific disciplines and they have a strong scientific base. The project work includes an evaluation of environmental data presented orally and with a written report. It aims at answering the state of the environment of an authentic issue that the teachers are faced with. The laboratory work and demonstration part is an opportunity for the doctoral students to work with high-tech research instruments, or have it demonstrated.

Course Literature

Copied material from the participating divisions and departments compiled.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, project, study visit

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, seminars given by participants. The examination consists of two parts, one written exam in which the student individually answers questions, mostly of a descriptive character, and a project work in a small group. To pass, the student must also take active part in the compulsory laboratory exercises, and have the written laboratory reports approved.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Basic physics

Further Information

The course is a collaboration between the divisions of Nuclear physics, Atomic physics, and Ergonomics and aerosol technology at LTH and departments of Occupational and environmental medicine and Physical geography and ecosystems analysis. The course is on request given in English.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Adam Kristensson <>
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