MT24E-Forecasting: practice and presentation

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Peter Inness


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module covers basic forecasting techniques.

This module aims first to provide an understanding of the basic 'bench' forecasting techniques followed by the production of a filmed TV -style forecast in collaboration with the Department of Film, Television and Drama in their modern studio.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module the student will be able to:

- Use a variety of basic forecasting methods using live data and to produce an effective forecast;

- Produce a TV-style forecast in a professional environment.

Additional outcomes:
Students will enhance their presentation skills through the professionally produced TV-style forecast.

Outline content:
The early sessions will involve lectures and practicals on the production of 'bench' forecasts using 'live' data. The second half of the module is built around working towards a ''live'' Tv Weather Forecast.

Global context:
The forecast methods used are applicable in differing geographical areas.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be brief discussions to introduce the phenomena and techniques that will be studied in the practical sessions. During these sessions, the current weather will be routinely discussed in a "live" context to exemplify the concepts covered in lectures. Students will also learn how to produce and present a TV weather forecast in a time-limited fashion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 60
Set exercise 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The forecasting exercises consist of two 'real-time' weather forecasts.

Formative assessment methods:
One 'real -time' forecast exercise.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Resubmit selected coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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