MAMCKC-Kick-Off Camp

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 6 [3 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Tristan Pryer


Summary module description:

Two weeks before Term 1, a Kick-Off residential camp is held at the University of Reading.

Two weeks before Term 1, a Kick-Off residential camp is held at the University of Reading. As well as an induction programme describing the course and starting the project selection process, there are group activities, including an intensive background course on the key processes in the climate system, and a series of computer labs introducing Python programming in the context of manipulating large climate datasets, leading to student presentations.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:

• Understand some fundamental notions of mathematical modelling of phenomena arising in weather, climate and oceans;

• Have an understanding of basic computational programming in Python;

• Develop communication and presentation skills through group work.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

• Climate change;

• Geophysical fluid dynamics;

• Hierarchies of models;

• Atmospheric circulation;

• Statistics and extreme weather.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars, lectures and tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Tutorials 12
Guided independent study 36
Total hours by term 60.00
Total hours for module 60.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Peer marked tutorial questions.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission:
Where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadine. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
An average of 50% across the whole module.

Reassessment arrangements:

Via attending the following year's Kick Off Camp.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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