Hours of operation will be announced in class and posted on the course BlackBoard Learn page. Lecture Grading in this class has been weighted to reflect my perceptions of the most important outcomes for you in this course. Although you are expected to read the text, the total course grade is heavily based on activities. You are encouraged to interact with others as you figure out the most appropriate responses, but the work that is submitted must be your own. Materials on the hour examinations will be based on class lectures, class discussions, and class assignments.
For my lectures will use traditional lecture presentations and written notes using Powering projected on a screen, slides, and computer simulations. My notes will be posted on the course Blackboard Learn page fore or shortly after lecture. The details of a forecast exercise will be covered in class, but some general comments may help reassure you that this is something that each of you can do. You will be able to start with predicting only a few parameters. We will begin this part on Wednesday 14 January 2015. You may try your hand at forecasting current weather using the “regular” forecast exercise from day 1 if you wish.
Because we will only count your 25 best forecasts, there is no penalty for trying. The undergraduate assistant will often give you their best judgment concerning many of the answers so if you listen during class, you should do very well. You will get 3 points for a Correct answer, One point for trying, and no points if you don’t participate. There will be 100+ forecast opportunities relating to current weather, one for each day of the semester. Encourage you to submit as many forecasts as possible. 2 Interactive learning tools that are unique to this course and that involve computer-based simulation activities integrate the lectures.
These involve responding to questions within Blackboard Learn (outside of class). In addition, in-class quizzes and exercises integrate the simulations. Some of these exercises will be based on the computer-based simulations and some will use the Weather Cycles. This means you must come to class. The simulations will involve activities such as making clouds, measuring temperature from a balloon, and forecasting daily weather. There will be four one-hour examinations given, but only your best three will be counted. On the other hand, there will be no make-up exams.
All assignments are managed and graded by Blackboard Learn. Specific assignments will be announced in class and on Blackboards Calendar. Because this part of the course will contribute to 55% of your course grade, it is essential that you allocate time to regularly use a computer to complete these assignments. Several days are always allocated for doing assignments; however, because technology is undependable, you are strongly encouraged to begin your assignments at the earliest opportunity. Late assignments are locked out by Blackboard.
It is the responsibility of the student to meet assignment deadlines. There are no make-ups. Am really interested in your feedback and I encourage you in letting me know how I can improve the class. Ill try to accommodate your wishes as much as possible. In order for us to be able to interact with more than 200 students and to provide timely and accurate feedback, communicate with you using several different electronic means. The syllabus, schedule of classes and assignments, and the lecture notes will be available through the course Blackboard Learn page.
Many of the course materials are only available from the Internet. To facilitate the management of web-based course material, we will use Blackboard Learn. Therefore, you must use Blackboard Learn for this class. We will have a help room (3008 Agronomy) staffed by students from approximately 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday to provide assistance on any computer issue related to this course. This room also has several computers that you are welcome to use during any of the open hours.
There are also many public computer facilities at ISIS. These may be located using http://www. It. Satiates. Du/labs/ Requirements In order to pass the course you must: C] Complete at least 25 forecasts of current weather; CLC Complete the interactive simulation exercises on Blackboard Learn; D Actively participate in class discussions and Attend the lectures. Unless stated otherwise, all homework must be submitted electronically. Also please note that homework assignments are always due by 12:pm – noon.
Makeup exams will not be given since only the best three of four hour-exams will be counted. 3 You should all be aware of the University’s policy on Academic Dishonesty. I will not tolerate any form of cheating or plagiarism. If caught, you will immediately receive a zero in the assignment/midterm/final and be reported to the Dean of Students. Grading The forecasting activities, simulation exercises, in-class activities and exams re weighed according to this scheme. Please note that the total is at least 104%, I. E. % (or more) is extra credit: Assignments Weight Forecasting (current weather) Problem sets/Simulation activities Class Participation (clicker response) Extra credits Total assignments In class Quizzes and in-class exercises Three exams @ 10% each (only best 3 of 4 hour exam will be counted) Total in-class 50% 25% 5% -4% 54% 30% Please note that I will not grade on the curve, so all of you can get an “A”. In fact, for the past several years about 2/3 of the students worked hard enough o get Bi’s or better. There is less emphasis on exams and more on showing me (and yourself) that you can “do” meteorology.
I have established a grading scale that is largely based on the experience of professors who have been teaching this class for several years. If I have misjudged, I reserve the right to “ease up” on the grading but it will not be made more rigorous. A- 84. 9-80% 79. 9-77% B- = 72. 9-69% C+ = 68. 9-65% Attendance c CD+ D = 64. 9-61% = 60. 9-58% = 57. 9-55% 54. 9-52% = 51 . 9-50% < 49. 9% In order to pass this class, you must complete the assignments and come to lass. I guarantee that you will get a better grade in this course if you attend all the lectures. onsider the forecasting activities and in-class activities to be most important, and this is reflected in the grading scheme. In case of inclement weather, use your best judgment about attending class. I will be very lenient if weather presents a hazard. In addition, 5% of the class grade will be determined by your degree of in class participation. This will be measured through use of your clicker in class. If you answer (any answer, not just the "correct" answer) the majority (greater han 50%) of clicker questions in class, you will be given all of the 5%.
There will be no partial credit given for class participation. If you answer 50% or less of the clicker questions, you receive no points. You will be able to keep track of all your assignment grades, including clicker responses on Blackboard Learn. Philosophy 4 am very interested in encouraging your active involvement in the class and my focus is on your learning. I want you to learn to think like a meteorologist (and this is not just making wild guesses no matter what comedians say! ). You will have the opportunity to do what meteorologists do.
This will include collecting and interpreting data and also forecasting. Professors who taught this class before me have done forecasting in class for many years and this has always been the most popular part of the course according to student course evaluation. Next, I wanton to learn to think like scientists. To help accomplish this, you will be given opportunities to learn how to solve problems. The problems we will use are realistic and you will find out that they may have more than one right answer. This approach is intended to serve you in many life situations.