MT4XB-General Studies

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Bill Collins


Summary module description:
A seminar based module looking at weather and climate issues of local and global importance.

This module aims to develop the student's awareness of environmental issues and ability to address problems not directly related to coursework. Another major aim is to equip students for the type of questions they may encounter in job interviews for weather and climate related positions.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student is expected to:

  • demonstrate their general knowledge of weather and climate issues;
  • be able to work in a team to produce a short presentation on a weather or climate related topic;
  • be able to present scientific information to a non-specialist audience.

Additional outcomes:
Students will enhance their presentational skills, team-working and IT skills.

Outline content:
Students attend weekly Weather and Climate Discussions, which include presentations on a wide variety of environmental issues. The student will also contribute, as part of a team, to at least one discussion. The student is encouraged to carry out general reading, especially from 'popular' journals such as ‘Weather’ and ‘New Scientist’, and to participate regularly in an online discussion forum. Reading weather and climate related stories in the media with a critical eye is encouraged.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students attend 20 fifty-minute discussions during Autumn and Spring terms of Part 4. Students receive advice and feedback on group presentations. An on line discussion forum, with threads started and moderated by the module convenor, will be available throughout Autumn and Spring terms. Students are encouraged to develop their own opinions on issues such as climate change and the accuracy of weather forecasts and are expected to start applying their scientific knowledge to critically question weather and climate stories presented in the media.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 1
Seminars 10 10
Guided independent study 39 40
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:
    2 hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 50% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September only.

    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: 21 December 2016

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