|Weather & Climate 1240
Class - MWF - 9:00 - 9:52
Lab 1 - Th- 11:00 - 12:52
Lab 2 - Th- 1:00 - 2:52
Geog 1240, Section 01, 4 Credit Hours,
Class: Doudna 136
Labs 1 & 2: Boebel 227
||Aguado, Edward, and James E. Burt. Understanding
Weather & Climate, 4th edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey,
This is a lecture science course designed to investigate the processes
that take place in the atmosphere. Students develop a knowledge base
about their physical environment in this area. This information leads
to exploration of human dependence on, technological control over, and
interactions with the environment.
NOTE: To start GEOG 1240, you MUST complete the following
task (10 points) within the first 2 weeks. It is designed to make you
familiar with the procedures you need to use D2L & the syllabus
in this course.
into D2L using your campus username and password.
2) Find the syllabus which shows up as a link on the course page or
under "content." Open the syllabus.
3) Open a new tab in your browser and open D2L again. Find "Quizzes"
and the "Intro Quiz." Start the quiz. Leave the tab with the
quiz open and use the tab with the syllabus to find the answers.
4) Complete the Intro Quiz and submit the answers.
5) Your grade should be posted under "grades." If you don't
take and submit the quiz, your grade with not be posted.
RECOMMENDED PREPARATION AND BASIC SKILLS
This course assumes that students admitted to a university have the
ability to read and write at a college level. Knowledge of high school
level algebra and geometry is also helpful to understand course material.
Number problems do not go beyond solving for single variables (find "x"),
rates, and proportions. There are number problems to illustrate concepts.
Lab supplies: ruler,
& blue colored pencils.
BRING TO EVERY LAB
Failure to have lab equipment for lab will bring about a 2
point deduction from your grade. Phone calculators are not
permitted on exams!!
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 16, 10:00 AM- 11:52
AM - Final Exam Schedule
From the manual:
- To define the various elements that make up weather
- To demonstrate the various processes involved in weather
- To gain a familiarity with and appreciation for different
areas of the world with respect to varieties of weather and climate.
- To integrate these geographic concepts and facts to
appreciate the impact that they have on humans.
- "The purpose of studying the natural sciences
is to help students understand nature and how the processes of scientific
investigation lead to new discoveries. A course meeting liberal arts
requirements in natural sciences is designed to enable students to:
discover the patterns, principles, and dynamics of natural phenomena
and relate them to issues in their lives as citizens; comprehend scientific
methodology and its limitations; engage in the analysis of natural phenomena."
Assessment & Evaluation:
|4 Lab Tests
||50 points each
|15 D2L Reading quizzes
||10 points each
|5 D2L Homework
||10 points each
||A- to A
|| >765 points
||B- to B+
||80 to 89%
||C- to C+
||70 to 79%
||D to D+
||60 to 69%
The examinations will cover
1) mainly material from class (your notes)
2) but also textbook material, whether covered in class or not.
Exams may have multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short definitions,
essays, calculations, or sketching diagrams.
The labs themselves will not be graded. However, all material on labs
is tested after every 3 labs. This would include, the problems
you did on the lab, the vocabulary on the lab, and the explanations
on the lab. Simply writing the answer down on the lab in a group effort
doesn't mean that you know it. Make sure you know it and not just
your lab neighbor! Lab tests are NOT multiple choice, so know the terms
Anyone who has a VISA and needs extra time or facilities will take
examinations in the C.A.T. and must bring in the appropriate paperwork
at least 2 days prior to each exam (as per the instructions for the VISA
and C.A.T.). Failure to do so will result in taking
the examination in class with everyone else.
The Final Examination will have 100 points on the material since
the 3rd examination and 50 points of comprehensive questions.
If you learn as you go, the comprehensive section will be easy. If you
don't learn the material either before each examination (poor grade),
or after the examination (using the exam to see what you didn't know),
then the entire last section will be difficult, not just the comprehensive.
The course is cumulative in nature which means that to move to a new topic,
the past topic(s) must be known. The cumulative section is over ALL material:
labs & class.
You have several days to several weeks to complete the online quizzes.
Therefore, there is no makeup or extension.
As soon as 5 PM of the day it's due is reached, D2L will turn the quiz
off. If you put it off until the last minute and make mistakes or your
computer dies, that is your decision.
Homework assignments are found under "Quizzes" on D2L Their
availability and due dates are listed there..
- There will be NO makeup examinations .
- There are No quiz makeups.
- Late homework will NOT be accepted.
- If you have to miss an exam or a map test with a valid reason, you
must let me know before
- I also must have a written
verification of your reason for missing from the appropriate person
before I can consider a make-up exam or test.
- All make-up exams will be essay in format. There will be no
makeups for a reading assignment quiz.
- Makeup examinations must be completed within 1 week of the scheduled
The reading assignment is given on the syllabus. The day that the assignment
is listed is the day BY which it should be read.
- You are expected to attend class and are responsible for material
that is presented in class. Examinations will
emphasize what is covered in class. The D2L quizzes are over
the text readings. The Homework on D2L is just skills review.
- Although there are no points assigned for attendance, it will be taken
daily by a seating chart. Faculty are now required to report to a student's
advisor anyone with frequent absenses or who is not completing assignments.
Attendance is therefore taken sporadically.
- Anyone who leaves early from a lab without finishing the lab and/or
consulting the instructor will forfeit 10 points on the next lab exam
(You will start with 40 out of 50 points). People who skip entire labs
have been known to get 0 on the lab test so no extra penalty is applied.
To pass the course you will need a total average of more than 60%.
Cell phones should be silent in class. If your "vibration mode"
is louder than your ringer, just turn the phone off. If a phone is SEEN
being used after 9 AM, the following paragraph is in effect:
Any phone or communication device that is heard
or seen being used (texting/email) in class will require the
owner to bring treats for the entire class
to the next class. .Failure to do so will forfeit
10 homework points from whatever the total (0 > -10).
Tentative Outline and Reading Assignments:
(NOTE: Schedule/subjects may change)
Modules - Earth-Sun Geometry, Radiation, Climate Controls, Moisture,
& Hurricanes. (These may not run on university machines, but should
run on your own PC or Mac).
"Students have the right to miss class for religious observances.
Students wishing time off for this reason should let the instructor know
within the first two days of class."
"If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please make an
appointment to see me during my office hours. A VISA from Services for
Students with Disabilities authorizing your accommodations will be needed.
Contact 608-342-1818 for more information about SSWD."
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