This course provides you with a practical introduction and overview of meteorology and climate. The nature of the physical processes responsible for changes in daily weather will be discussed, including links between oceans, atmosphere and land. You will gain a better understanding of the nightly television weather charts and reports, and an improved understanding of important issues including climate change and the impacts of severe weather. The course will focus on Australian and regional Queensland conditions.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning materials||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Laboratory 1 – on-campus computer lab||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Meteorology; climate change; global warming; greenhouse gases; marine and coastal weather and forecasts; severe weather; rainfall, floods and droughts, waves, currents and surf; weather forecasts.
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Recognise, understand and explain key concepts in weather and climate, and the links to Earth System Science||Knowledgeable|
|2||Identify and collect weather/climate data from different sources including the Internet||Empowered|
|3||Critically assess sources and types of weather/climate data and trends||Creative and critical thinker|
|4||Understand, describe and present weather/climate data and information to a non-professional audience||Empowered|
|5||Evaluate climate data in relation to possible impacts on the Earth and on humanity||Sustainability-focussed|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Computer and internet literate; access to television and internet; access to, and use of, MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Several of the tutorials include group tasks that are reviewed to provide formative feedback to the students.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Written Piece||Individual and Group||20%||
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
~20 min group presentation plus accompanying presentation notes (<2000 words)
|Week 12||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||50%||
2 hr + 10 mins perusal
|Exam Period||Exam Venue|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Tutorial lab exercise report(s)|
You will understand weather and climate terms and develop proficiency of using weather observations to forecast weather.You will find, access and use weather data and other information to create weather forecast(s) and/or answer short answers quizzes.
Two components: One: Create a brief (<600 words), written forecast (report) of the weather using weather data either supplied and/or accessed via the Internet, and Two: answer a content knowledge quiz about weather. Submission dates will be confirmed upon course commencement. Part One: probably undertaken in Week 9. Part Two: probably undertaken in Week 10.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Weather/climate project presentation|
Working as a group, report some aspect of weather and/or climate studies (students' choice to topic), either by data gathering, literature research or a field project.
Attractive, professional oral presentation to class, summarising the project and findings.Includes presentation notes and references.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Final Examination|
This exam will allow you to consolidate and demonstrate your learning of the key concepts, theories and practices in weather and climate science covered in this course.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
Two-hour examination held during formal end-of-semester, examination period, and comprised of a mixture of short, medium and essay length questions.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Recommended||Edward Aguado,James E. Burt||2014||Understanding Weather and Climate||7th Ed||Prentice Hall|
|Recommended||C. Donald Ahrens,Robert Henson||2015||Meteorology Today||11th Ed||Cengage Learning|
|Recommended||Keith Colls,Dick Whitaker,Richard Whitaker||2012||The Australian Weather Book||3nd Ed. (or older editions)||Reed New Holland|
|Recommended||Andrew P. Sturman,Nigel J. Tapper||2006||The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand||2nd Ed. (or older edition)||Oxford University Press, USA|
Links to relevant web pages including the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) will be provided also during tutorials. Students expected to view daily weather forecasts (TV, newspaper or internet).
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