MTMA33-Introduction to Computing

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: MTMG01 Introduction to Weather Systems
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Emily Black

Email: e.c.l.black@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module introduces student to scientific computing for meteorological applications using the python programming language.

Aims:
This module aims to give students the programming skills they need for simple data analysis, at the level they require for carrying out independent dissertation research.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module, students should be able to :



• Carry out a simple statistical analysis of time series data using the Python programming language;



• Use functions and scripts to design re-useable programmes;



• Display meteorological data using informative plots.


Additional outcomes:
Students will consolidate the knowledge they have gained in other modules, especially the statsitical components of Professional Skills.

Outline content:

• Introduction to pyhton syntax (weeks 1 - 4);



• Python for meteorological applications (weeks 5 - 8).


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The first half of the module combines group activites and lectures with practical sessions. The second half is a series of practical activities with a short introduction of the meteorological context.



Reading lists for meteorology modules are available here https://reading.rl.talis.com/departments/mps_met.html.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 24
Guided independent study: 76
       
Total hours by term 27
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Two assessed reports, each worth 50%.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
For candidates who have failed, an opportunity to take a resit examination and/or to resubmit coursework will be provided within the lifetime of the course.

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: 10 April 2019

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