GEOG12020 - Australian Weather and Climate
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The saying; “climate is what you expect, weather is what you get”, sums up why you will study atmospheric processes from two time perspectives in this unit. You will examine how the atmosphere, the oceans and the land exchange radiation, heat and water to create the physical structure and circulation characteristics of the troposphere. You will explore the forces that create the life-cycle of weather features with particular attention to Australian examples. Your study will examine how these features are depicted in weather maps. The importance of time and spatial scales with respect to weather systems will be emphasised. In recent years, atmospheric research has unmasked a range of longer term climate features that have a profound influence on Australian weather. You will learn how the fluctuations of these climate structures affect our region. You will gain introductory experience in using weather data from instruments, radar, satellites and weather models. This will lead to an examination of climate data – where to find it and how to use it. You will examine case studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' weather knowledge.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

18 Units of Credit

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Presentation 20%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the role of energy balance and physical forcing in atmospheric structure, circulation and air-mass characteristics
  2. Apply synoptic, regional and local scale weather system concepts and data to Australian environment case studies
  3. Analyse climate concepts that affect Australian weather and environment
  4. Recognise and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s weather knowledge.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)  
2 - Presentation      
3 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)          
2 - Presentation    
3 - Written Assessment      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

Students will be directed to required readings and a recommended text book in the unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMichael Hewson (m.hewson@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

The atmospheric environment.

All weekly learning activity resources are available in the unit Moodle website.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Atmospheric motion - radiation budget and energy balance.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Atmospheric motion - stability.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Atmospheric motion – features.

Quiz 1 due 27th March 2017 9 am – weeks 2 and 3 material.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Weather and climate data and models.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Synoptic scale weather systems of the Australian region.

Quiz 2 due 20th April 2017 9 am – weeks 4 and 5 material.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Mesoscale, regional and local scale weather systems of the Australian region.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Climate indices of the Australian region.

Quiz 3 due 1st May 2017 9 am – weeks 6 and 7 material.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Atmospheric constituents and particulates.

Written Assessment - Weather Report Due Monday (08 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Indigenous Australian climate knowledge.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Climate change – the theoretical basis.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Weather and climate – some emerging issues.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Academic Poster - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community weather knowledges Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

CQUniversity is committed to Indigenising the curriculum. This involves recognising and introducing, where relevant, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander content into courses. Students will be provided with opportunities to explore how the major paradigms of their discipline affect or influence Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. Students will also be able to assess their own understandings and values in the context of the cultural values of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

The three assessable quizzes consist of 20 multiple choice or true/false type questions – each worth 0.5 of a mark. The quizzes examine the weekly learning as follows:

Quiz 1 : weeks 2 and 3;

Quiz 2 : weeks 4 and 5; and

Quiz 3 : weeks 6 and 7.

This quiz is available via a link in the Moodle learning management system site for the unit. You should answer all the questions. You have only 1 attempt at each assessable quiz so review your answers before you submit the quiz.

Number of Quizzes 3
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Quiz 1 due 27th March 2017; Quiz 2 due 20th April 2017; Quiz 3 due 1st May 2017 - al at 9 am AEST
Return Date to Students Scores returned electronically as the quizzes are completed.
Weighting 30%
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the role of energy balance and physical forcing in atmospheric structure, circulation and air-mass characteristics

2. Apply synoptic, regional and local scale weather system concepts and data to Australian environment case studies

3. Analyse climate concepts that affect Australian weather and environment

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Presentation

Assessment Title Academic Poster - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community weather knowledges
Task Description

An academic poster has become one of the primary means by which researchers communicate their research. At the week-long American Geophysical Union conferences held in San Francisco at the beginning of each year for example – some 30,000 posters are presented. The idea is that the author stands by their poster and discusses the content with interested readers for a defined time period. It is an engaging way to communicate knowledge – and the poster must be prepared and presented in such a way to best garner that engagement. As with any research communication medium – a poorly prepared poster will fail to communicate effectively.

You are not presenting research work with this assessed poster per se. The intention is that you gain ab-initio poster production skills useful for your later studies.

Your task is to craft an A1 size academic poster that shares and extends an aspect of your GEOG12020 learning on Indigenous Australian weather and climate knowledges (note: the plural is deliberately used – you will select one knowledge to present most likely). You have freedom concerning the poster content – you may choose to:

- compare such knowledge to climate information supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology (or other sources);

- document a specifically located Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community knowledge or a wider knowledge perspective of an Aboriginal Nation;

- showcase Indigenous Australian weather related artwork;

- include how such knowledges are related to the ecology of selected species of fauna or flora; and/or

- document a specific weather related story.

For this assessment you must ensure that you acknowledge the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island group or nation this knowledge belongs to and include the copyright acknowledgement by including the source of the information below the artwork and in your reference list. This permission is often provided if the story is currently in an approved source. If you have access to a currently undocumented story - you must ensure you have custodian permission.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Wednesday (14-Jun-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment marking criteria is located in the Moodle site for GEOG12020.

That document describes the two marking criteria - poster content and poster structure.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit the poster via the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Recognise and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s weather knowledge.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Weather Report
Task Description

Your task is to:

1. Collect daily local weather data (websites and other places) for an area of your choice for 5 days from 17th to 21st April 2017 and report on its association with the changing synoptic scale weather pattern.

2. Present the tabulated/graphed data into a report of no more than 2500 words.

You will explain the connections between synoptic weather features and local scale weather measurements informed by the unit learning material. Highlight any notable meteorological events which result in severe or unusual weather such as storms, flooding or damaging winds, or unusually high levels of air pollution.

Clearly it is best to document the weather in your local area so that you can directly observe and feel the weather situation. But your observation location should be near a current Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) weather data collection site. If the area in which you live and study does not have sufficient meteorological data – then advise the lecturer – and negotiate to select a nearby regional centre or use Rockhampton.

A fully detailed assessment task description describes the report format and weather data sources - it is lodged in the GEOG12020 Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The GEOG12020 Moodle site contains the assessment marking criteria.

This document describes in detail the criteria related to:

- report structure and engagement;

- local weather data presentation;

- synoptic scale weather data presentation;

- links drawn between synoptic and local data for the observation period; and

- scholarly resources utilized.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit the report via Turnitin from the unit Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the role of energy balance and physical forcing in atmospheric structure, circulation and air-mass characteristics

2. Apply synoptic, regional and local scale weather system concepts and data to Australian environment case studies

3. Analyse climate concepts that affect Australian weather and environment

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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