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CLI1110 Weather and Climate

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 24 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Joachim Ribbe
Moderator: Andy Le Brocque

Rationale

The study of weather and climate is recognised as an important inclusion for any student intent on understanding impacts of climate change and climate variability. Weather and climate have large effects in many world regions and influence many societal activities. A better understanding of the global weather and climate systems and their impacts aids the sustainable development of our society and utilisation of natural resources. Knowledge of the concepts of weather and climate is fundamental to any broad appreciation of applied meteorology and climatology and their contribution to sustainable environmental management and resource utilisation.

Synopsis

This course is an introductory descriptive level course that introduces participants to the weather and climate systems of the world, outlining the global and regional processes down to the synoptic scale weather systems, and describes the structure of the global climate system. Weather and climate drive the composition of our natural environment and impact upon many aspects of human endeavour. After completing the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the complexity of the world's and Australia's climate and weather systems and will be able to use their knowledge in order to comprehend and debate future climate change and variability. Access to the internet is required.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe general atmospheric and oceanic circulation systems, regional and local climate mechanisms;
  2. apply simple concepts to the areas of the atmospheric structure, local ocean and atmosphere circulation systems, and the basic principles of atmosphere and ocean motion;
  3. describe the major non-seasonal climate mechanisms that lead to departures from anticipated weather and climate pattern;
  4. describe the practical benefits of weather and climate studies in areas as agricultural climatology and applications;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of weather and climate forecasting.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The global setting 10.00
2. Structure of the atmosphere and ocean 20.00
3. Horizontal motion of the atmosphere and ocean 15.00
4. Synoptic circulations 15.00
5. Weather and climate of Australia 10.00
6. Seasonal and non-seasonal variations in climate 20.00
7. Introduction to applied climatology and meteorology 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=CLI1110)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Sturman, A P and Tapper, N J 2005, The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • American Meteorological Society, Abstracts and Table of Contents, Journal of Physical Oceanography.
    (available through USQ Library's e-journal library.)
  • American Meteorological Society, Journal of Climate.
    (available through USQ Library's e-journal library.)
  • Royal Meteorogical Society, International Journal of Climatology.
    (available through USQ Library's e-journal library.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 115.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
EXERCISES 1-5 100 20 29 Mar 2013
EXERCISES 6-10 100 20 17 May 2013
2 HR RESTRICTED EXAM 100 60 End S1 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for assessments is the date by which a student must despatch an assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item of assessment. This must be produced within 48 hours if required by the Examiner.

  2. Students who obtain an overall passing mark, but who do not perform satisfactorily in an examination, may, at the discretion of the examiner, be granted a supplementary examination.

  3. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing