SRJC Course Outlines

9/28/2020 9:47:17 PMMETRO 10L Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  METRO 10LTitle:  WEATHER AND CLIMATE LAB  
Full Title:  Weather and Climate Lab
Last Reviewed:9/24/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Hands-on lab activities exploring weather and climate phenomena. This class is the lab component for Introduction to Weather and Climate (METRO 10). Emphasis is placed on analysis and interpretation of weather reports, forecasts, surface weather maps, upper level air charts, satellite and radar imagery, and other remotely sensed data. Climate classification and climate data will also be included.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion or Current Enrollment in METRO 10


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Hands-on lab activities exploring weather and climate phenomena. This class is the lab component for Introduction to Weather and Climate (METRO 10). Emphasis is placed on analysis and interpretation of weather reports, forecasts, surface weather maps, upper level air charts, satellite and radar imagery, and other remotely sensed data. Climate classification and climate data will also be included.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion or Current Enrollment in METRO 10
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B3Laboratory ActivityFall 1981
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5CFulfills Lab RequirementFall 1981
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Apply scientific techniques to meteorology and climatology.   
2.  Locate, analyze and interpret weather data and maps.   
3.  Compare and contrast weather forecasting methods.  
4.  Explain how geography affects weather and climate patterns.
 

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During this course, the student will:
1. Conduct experiments and analyze data related to temperature, density, humidity, and other
    weather elements.  
2. Examine, construct, and decode station data.  
3. Interpret satellite imagery and radar returns.  
4. Analyze and decipher weather maps.
5. Differentiate and critique forecasting methods.
6. Describe how geographical features influence weather.
7. Classify and differentiate climates.

Topics and Scope
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I. Geography of North America
    A. Place names
     B. Geographical features
II. Meteorological Data
     A. Weather elements
          1. Air temperature
         2. Air pressure
         3. Air density   
          4. Wind
          5. Humidity
         6. Clouds
         7. Precipitation
         8. Visibility
     B. Measurement scales  
     C. Data analysis
III. Earth-Sun Relationships and Seasonality
IV. Atmosphere
     A. Composition
    B. Vertical structure
V. Surface Weather Maps
    A. Station models
    B. Isopleths
     C. Fronts       
VI. Upper Air Charts
VII. Atmospheric Data Collection
    A. Satellite imagery
    B. Surface radar
    C. Weather balloons
     D. Other remote sensing devices
VIII. Forecasting
    A. Methods
     B. Accuracy and reliability
     C. Common uses and applications
IX. Weather Services
    A. Sources
         1. National Weather Service and other governmental agencies
          2. Private services
    B. Source reliability
X. Climate
    A. Classification
    B. Climate change

Assignments:
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1. Assigned readings (5-20 pages per week)
2. Written assignments (1 - 2)
3. Lab exercises (10-17)
4. Quizzes (5-17)
5. Exams (1-4)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 10%
Written assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 60%
Lab exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 60%
Quizzes, exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Participation and attendance


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Weather Studies Investigations Manual. American Meteorological Society. Current edition
Laboratory Exercises for Elements of Weather. 3rd ed. Stampone, Mary. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. 2017
Exercises for Weather and Climate. 9th ed. Carbone, Greg. Pearson. 2016
 
Instructor prepared materials

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