GO 205 Introduction to Meteorology
FA 2010 HO
Associate Professor of Geology
MWF 8-10; TR 9-10 Many other times can be arranged
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MW 1:30-2:45 Lab T 2:25-5:15
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: Core Assessment Description & Instructions: Paper worth 20% of total course grade The Core Assessment for this course will challenge the student to become familiar with the basics of weather and climate analysis for a specific location. The student must write a 6 page research paper (NOT including figures and graphs), using a minimum of 8 sources, in which the student conducts an analysis of specific location. The location should be small, such as a city or small state or country. The paper must include the following parts: 1) Introduction: Must include a clear thesis statement about weather and climate analysis of the location the student intends to study. (Content of Communication) 2) Weather Forecasting: Collect and analyze the weather data for a specific location. [CLO#1; Application] Include the following: • Data table of results • Graphs showing key weather features needed for forecasting • Methods of Data Collection • Forecast 3) Atmosphere: Describe the normal physical and chemical properties that should be present in the selected location. Then analyze what the actual physical and chemical properties are due to pollutants. [CLO#4; Analysis] Include the following: • Source of pollutants • Assess the impact of the pollutants 4) Earth-Sun Relationship: Explain the normal Earth-Sun relationship and how it controls weather, seasons, and climate. Then explain where the selected location falls in the Earth-Sun relationship. [CLO#3; Evaluation] Include the following: • How much variation is there in solar radiation during a typical day, month, and year. • How much are factors like angle of tilt and location of latitude on the weather and climate. • Include diagrams to illustrate your explanations. 5) Conclusion: • Summarize how this paper demonstrates the impact of climate on humans for this selected location. • Then summary what impact humans have had on the climate. • Then Propose an action plan that you think could be implemented in order to help diminish the problems found in your selected country regarding climate change. [CLO#3; Synthesis] 6) Works Cited: List, alphabetically, any sources you cited within the paper (Note: You must have at least 8 different sources) using either APA or MLA documentation style. [Technical Skill in Communication] The Rubric or Scoring Guide that will be used for this paper can be viewed at
Grading: Your grade will be based on your score out of total points, approximately 1000.
For example, 720/1000 = .72 *100 = 72% C. The course will use the traditional scale of 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, and below 60%=F.
EXAM 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, and Final = 100 pts each; 400 total.
Lab exercieses (approx 15 assignments worth 10-20pts each) approx. 250 total
Homework 1 and 2 = 100 pts each; 200total.
Paper (core assessment) = 200 pts 200 total
COURSE TOTAL APPROX. 1050 pts
Late Submission of Course Materials: Homework turned in late will be counted off 10% per day, so you have 10 days to submit it before it becomes worth 0 Points. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events will need to make arrangements prior to their absence.
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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