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Weather and Climate Systems (ATOC20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeATOC20001
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject deals with weather systems ranging from global to human scales; the general circulation of the ocean and atmosphere; mesoscale systems and severe local weather; mid-latitude systems: extra-tropical cyclones and anti-cyclones; and low latitude systems: subtropical and tropical cyclones, heat lows and monsoons.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will have learnt to:

  • describe the drivers of the Earth’s weather systems over spatial scales ranging from local to global
  • analyse the interactions of atmospheric phenomena at various scales
  • interpret standard Bureau of Meteorology products
  • describe and implement observational techniques for measuring weather

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • demonstrate a high level of achievement in writing and problem-solving
  • apply analytical, quantitative and technical skills to problem solving
  • reflect and critique information as life-long learners
  • demonstrate excellent organisational, planning and time management skills
  • apply knowledge, skills and attitude to adapt to scientific, technological and social changes
  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Students are required to have a knowledge of single variable calculus:

  • >=25 in VCE Unit 3/4 Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent); or
  • 12.5 points in level 1 tertiary level mathematics (or equivalent)

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
EVSC10001 The Global Environment
Semester 1
12.5

Some knowledge of physics would be an advantage

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

Practical work/problem sheets, including a field trip report, totalling not more than 3500 words due during the semester (50%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (50%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorLinden Ashcroft
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x one hour lectures per week; 1 x two hour practical class per week; 1 day of field work on one weekend. Some practical work may take place at times decided by the students
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    None

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019