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GEO 1240-01 Spring 2016
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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: Boebel 221
Labs 1 & 2: Boebel 227
Copies of Schedule
: 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
but you will have earned "0" points.
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
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 11,
10:00 AM- 11:52 AM - Final Exam Schedule
To define the various elements
that make up weather and climate.
To demonstrate the various processes
involved in weather and climate.
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
From the manual:
"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
||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 and methods!
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 over past class and lab material.
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 understood. 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. Quiz rules are also given on D2L.
The chapter quizzes are under "Quizzes"
in D2L. Each quiz is worth 10 points.
You get two attempts on each quiz. However, you must
score at least a 60% on the first attempt to earn a second attempt.
The highest score of the 2 attempts is your assigned grade. If you
get less than 60% on the first attempt that is your grade, so be
sure to review the text before you start. If you leave a question
unanswered in the hopes of an easier one on the next attempt but
don't make the 60%, the grade you submit will be final.
Read the chapter first! It makes getting 60% or better
easier. For all quizzes, you have to get a 60 or better to get a
You have 12 minutes to complete each quiz attempt.
The quiz will not be graded after 5 PM on the day
that it's due. Putting the quiz off until just before it's due and
then having computer problems is NOT an excuse to continue after
5 PM so don't ask. Answers submitted before the 5 PM deadline will
be counted, so if you're close, don't wait until you finish to submit
them all at once.
Two quizzes are open at any given time. If you plan
you can get ahead if needed. There is therefore no excuse to have
a quiz reopened for you if you miss a deadline after you've had
up to 2 weeks to complete it..
Answers submitted after 5 PM or your 12 minute time
limit are not graded.
Homework assignments are found under "Quizzes"
on D2L Their availability and due dates are listed there as well
as on the syllabus.
Homework has a 45 minute time limit once begun. However,
if you start 20 minutes before 5 PM of the day that it's due, it
will stop at 5 PM.
- 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
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
- 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
- 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 in this case no extra penalty is
applied ("0" is as low as you can get).
To pass the course you will need a total average
of more than 60%.
Graduating seniors who wish to have the final exam waived would
need to have a 90% or greater average after taking an early
Lab 4 exam, either after the last lab or on the Friday before finals
week. (The Lab 4 exam is not waived).
* Note: I do not curve final grades. I also do not
give grades. Your final grade in this class will be based
on what you have earned.
I am more than happy to discuss your overall grade
or a grade you earned on a specific assignment. However, I will
not do so via email. If you would like to discuss your grade,
please come and see me in person during office hours or make an
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
including ipads and notebooks (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).
Meteorology Society Glossary pages
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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