Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Atmospheric Science (ENV242)
|Organisational Unit||Environmental and Conservation Sciences|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||A general unit designed to introduce the scientific study of the atmosphere and its impact on human endeavours. This unit explores meteorological phenomena with particular relevance to the Australian region and introduces satellite remote sensing, climate modelling and biosphere/atmosphere interactions. Laboratory sessions as well as computer and online activities develop generic skills appropriate to environmental research.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Observe and interpret atmospheric processes.
2. Gain a deeper appreciation of the linkage between atmospheric processes and climate.
3. Apply meteorological data to environmental problems.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 3 hours per week; practical work: 3 hours per week for the first 8 weeks of semester.
External students should note that this unit has a compulsory week-long on-campus component run in the first non-teaching week of the Murdoch semester. Due to the nature of offering this unit, students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates from the Academic Chair closer to the commencement date of the teaching semester.
|Unit Learning Experiences||This unit provides an introduction to atmospheric science and the foundations on which it rests. The core of the unit addresses the physical workings of Earth's fluid envelop. The first half of the unit covers basic concepts such as: solar radiation, thermodynamics, energy balance, pressure, wind, and humidity, whereas the second half looks at the complex systems that govern the earth's climate and weather, and considers some problems in applied atmospheric science. The approach to learning in this unit links the observed weather directly to atmospheric processes through observations and analysis of daily weather charts and associated meteorological observations. Each laboratory class starts with an analysis of the prevailing weather through surface and satellite observations, Bureau analysis and model predictions and relates that to atmospheric processes covered in the unit. The unit LMS provides links to global meteorological data and analysis sources that complement the in class discussions.|
|Other Learning Experiences||External students should note that this unit has a compulsory week-long on-campus component run in the first non-teaching week of the Murdoch semester. Due to the nature of offering this unit, students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates from the Academic Chair closer to the commencement date of the teaching semester.|
(i) Online review quizzes (3) (20%) - multiple choice questions based on material covered in both lectures and laboratories. Automatic electronic feedback.
(ii) Research Essay (30%) report on a contemporary topic in weather or climate that incorporates analysis of meteorological data. Assists students linking observations directly to the underlying atmospheric processes. Feedback provided electronically.
(iii) Laboratory: Students conduct a series of guided experiments and the efficacy of their observations is assessed in final examination. Laboratory sessions make extensive use of the online discussion board.
(iv) Final Examination (50%); Final open book examination combining multiple choice, short answer and essay questions focused on understanding concepts develop during unit and relating those to examples of past weather and climate.
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed ENV213 Atmospheric Science may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
|Appears in these Co-Majors||Earth and Environmental Science Minor Teaching Area
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|