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Course Code: SCIN137 Course ID: 3824 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

Introduction to Meteorology covers the fundamental principles governing the behavior of our atmosphere and the duties and methods of the professional meteorologist. Students will gain insight into the exciting discipline of meteorology, discussing topics such as cloud formation, movement in the atmosphere, thunderstorms, tornadoes, meteorological satellites, and climate change. The Meteorology laboratory will take the student deeper into the aspects of our weather through the study and exploration of our atmosphere via online interactive modules prepared by professional meteorologists. Topics to be discussed range from hurricane formation and the impacts of extreme weather to forecasting local weather and toxic pollution. The online laboratory modules increase the student’s awareness of our planet through hands-on activities. (Prerequisite: MATH225)

Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

CO-1 Describe how the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs and reflects incoming solar radiation and maintains Earth’s energy balance, and describe the vertical and horizontal structures of the Earth’s atmosphere.
CO-2 Describe how temperature data are gathered and used; explain how moisture is observed and measured in the atmosphere.
CO-3 Examine how clouds develop, describe what causes precipitation, what is meant by air pressure, pressure gradient force, and Coriolis force, and discuss wind characteristics at the surface and aloft.
CO-4 Compare the technologies involved with meteorology and how they are applied to monitor conditions, create forecasts and disseminate warnings.
CO-5 Explain what factors produce the climate of a location on Earth, compare and classify the various climates of the world.
CO-6 Apply the laws of physics to hands-on weather observation and forecasting.
CO-7 Identify atmospheric forces creating weather systems, to include fronts, high and low pressure and severe weather systems.
CO-8 Demonstrate knowledge atmospheric optics characteristics.

Grades for this course will be based upon graded forum assignments, forums, labs, and quizzes.

Forums
Weekly forum questions are provided in the Forum section of the E-classroom. Participation is mandatory and will count towards the course grade. All forum original comments are due at 11:55 pm, ET on the Wednesday of the assignment week. You are expected to provide an original, substantial comment of several well-written paragraphs in each session and participate in the ensuing discussion about your post. This is your discussion. You must also post a similar comment or reflection in reply to at least two other students’ contribution. Statements such as “I agree” or “good post” will not count as a reply. Forums will require research and proper citation of sources.

Weekly Quizzes
Each week there will be a quiz that consists of 33 multiple-choice questions testing material from the reading, lesson, scientific process lesson, and lab assignment. Each question is worth 3 points, except for one 4 point question that will require you to perform a calculation or interpret a map. You have 1 hour to complete the quiz. Please make sure that when you open the quiz, you are prepared to complete it as there will be no opportunities to restart the quiz once it's opened. It is recommended that you complete all reading, lessons, and lab assignment prior to attempting the quiz. There may not be enough time for you to complete the lab assignment while taking the quiz. There are a total of 8 weekly quizzes; however the lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

Labs
Each week you can find the lab under the Lessons tab along the left portion of your screen. Here you will find the lab under the section titled Deliverables. Download and complete the lab assignment prior to attempting the weekly quiz.

Assignments
There are 3 graded assignments, all of which pertaining to the research presentation due at the end of Week 7. These assignments include 1) writing annotated bibliographies for 3 credible meteorological resources, 2) constructing an outline for the research presentation, and 3) an audio-narrated research presentation on a topic of interest that relates to meteorology. More information for the assignments can be found under the "Assignments" tab.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Discussions 16.00 %
Week 1: Virtual Introductions and Research Topic Choice 2.00 %
Week 2: Evaluating Resources 2.00 %
Week 3: Clouds Precipitation and Wind 2.00 %
Week 4: Global Circulation 2.00 %
Week 5: Weather Forecasts and Thunderstorms 2.00 %
Week 6: Tropical Cyclones 2.00 %
Week 7: Climate Change 2.00 %
Week 8: Reflect on Research Project and the Course 2.00 %
Weekly Quizzes 56.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 7.00 %
Week 2 Quiz 7.00 %
Week 3 Quiz 7.00 %
Week 4 Quiz 7.00 %
Week 5 Quiz 7.00 %
Week 6 Quiz 7.00 %
Week 7 Quiz 7.00 %
Week 8 Quiz 7.00 %
Assignments 28.00 %
Week 2 Assignment: Research Topic 2.80 %
Week 3 Assignment: Annotated Bibliography 5.60 %
Week 5 Assignment: Presentation Outline 5.60 %
Week 7 Assignment: Research Presentation 14.00 %

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

CO-1 Describe how the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs and reflects incoming solar radiation and maintains Earth’s energy balance, and describe the vertical and horizontal structures of the Earth’s atmosphere.
CO-2 Describe how temperature data are gathered and used; explain how moisture is observed and measured in the atmosphere.
CO-3 Examine how clouds develop, describe what causes precipitation, what is meant by air pressure, pressure gradient force, and Coriolis force, and discuss wind characteristics at the surface and aloft.
CO-4 Compare the technologies involved with meteorology and how they are applied to monitor conditions, create forecasts and disseminate warnings.
CO-5 Explain what factors produce the climate of a location on Earth, compare and classify the various climates of the world.
CO-6 Apply the laws of physics to hands-on weather observation and forecasting.
CO-7 Identify atmospheric forces creating weather systems, to include fronts, high and low pressure and severe weather systems.
CO-8 Demonstrate knowledge atmospheric optics characteristics.

Book Title:MetEd Modules-Links provided in syllabus. Free registration is required.
ISBN:METEDMOD
Publication Info:University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Author:University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
 
Book Title:Weather, Climate and Climate Change: Human Perspectives - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780130283191
Publication Info:Routledge Lib
Author:O'Hare, Greg
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.