# ATSC 113    Applied Meteorology Weather for Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports

Overview:

## Point Diagrams

Point diagrams show the max points that you can earn from each assignment.  At the end of term, we add all of your points to get your raw point total.  If your raw point total is more than 1000 points, we truncate it to 1000 points.   Your points are then scaled (divided by 10) to get a preliminary percentage score for the course.  For example, 1000 points yields 100%, and 800 points yields 80%.

To pass this online course, you must earn a course percentage grade of 50% or higher AND pass the "individual" portion of the final exam with a percentage grade of 50% or higher.  See details of "Requirements to Pass the Course" at the end of this web page.

Be sure to use the point diagram that applies to your term. In any one term, both the "normal" and the "distance education" sections share the same point diagram.

Future terms:
Current term:
Past terms:

All required readings, assignments, quizzes, and midterm exams are online , except the Final Exam.  See more info about exams below.  Here are links to Quiz Tips and  Exam Tips.

Note: for Summer Term 2020 and likely Fall Term 2020 the Final Exam is online using Proctorio. The final exam will contain an Individual portion only, with no group portion.

Details of Max Possible Points:

a. Orientation
(max possible raw marks) =  (2 marks in Step3) + (roughly 42 marks in 4 quizes) + (10 marks in Step6) + (5 marks Step10).
All your marks in the orientation are summed, and divided by (the max possible marks) to give a percentage.  This percentage is multipled by 25 (the orientation weight) to give the raw points that you earned for the orientation activities.

b. Raw Point Table for Modules A-C in Flying Weather and Snow-Sports Weather:
Step
Max Points
2
4 (quizzes on weather)
28*
6 (Reasoning 5 points + Decision 5 points)
10
10 (reflection & application)
5
Sum
45
* Different modules have different numbers of quiz questions in Step 4.  Your raw points for Step 4 equals the number shown in the table above times the percentage correct of all your Step-4 quiz questions combined.

c. Raw Point Info for Module D in Flying and Snow Sports Weather:
Your points for Step 4 equals (29 points) times the percentage correct of all your Step-4 quiz questions combined.  The midterm exam is worth 66 points.

d. Raw Point Table for Modules A-C in Sailing Weather
Step
Max Points
4 (quizzes on weather) 48*
6 (Reasoning 5 points + Decision 5 points) 10
10 (reflection & application) 5
Sum
65
* Different modules have different numbers of quiz questions in Step 4.  Your points for Step 4 equals the number shown in the table above times the percentage correct of all your Step-4 quiz questions combined.  Because there is no midterm exam for Sailing Weather, the quiz questions in Step 4 are worth more marks than for Flying and Snow Sports.

e. Raw Point Info for Module D in Sailing Weather:
Your points for Step 4 equals (35 points) times the percentage correct of all your Step-4 quiz questions combined. No midterm exam.

f. Raw Point Info for Applied Weather:
Step 3 is worth 2 marks.  Your points for Step 4 equals 38 points times the percentage correct of all your Step-4 quiz questions combined. An end-of-term survey is worth 5 raw points.

g. Raw Point Info for the ePortfolio:
The ePortfolio is optional, worth 40 bonus raw points.  Thus, if you miss some other assignments because you are on holiday, or joined the course late, or missed a few assignments here or there, you can recover up to a max of 40 marks with the ePortfolio.  CAUTION: Although this allows you to fill in for missed marks, the final exam will still test you on ALL the material in the course learning goals, including any weeks that you missed.  See more info below in the "Bonus Marks" section.

h. Raw Points for the Final Exam:
200 points for the individual portion of the exam, plus 40 points for the group portion of the exam.

Note: for Summer Term 2020 and likely Fall Term 2020 the Final Exam has an Individual component only, worth 240 points.

As indicated in the point diagram, all the raw points are summed.  If the sum is 1000 or less, then the sum is divided by 10 to give your overall course average.  If the sum is more than 1000, then that sum is truncated to be 1000, which is then divided by 10 to give your overall course average.  CAUTION, your course grade depends on both the course average and your score on the individual final exam.  See details in the Requirements to Pass the Course section near the end of this web page.

## Rubrics for Grading Steps 3, 6 & 10.

• Step 3

• Step 6 - See info about "quizzes and quiz.next" below.

• Step 10 - See info about "quizzes and quiz.next" below.

## "Quiz" and "Quiz.Next" in Canvas

Canvas has two different quiz tools:  "quiz"  and "quiz.next" .   Although "quiz.next" is a new tool and still has bugs, it allows me to award more marks to you.

Here is an overview of the quizzes used in this course.
• Step 3 quiz -> quiz tool.  Students write short paragraph.  Hand marked by TAs.  Takes a long time to mark, so please be patient.

• Step 4 quizzes -> quiz tool.  Only one right answer for each question.  Marked automatically and instantly by Canvas.   You get two attempts. These are "formative" quizzes, where you can learn from your mistakes.  If you get a wrong answer, it points you to the web page for the learning goal, so you can review the meteorological content before you attempt the quiz a second time.

• Step 6 quizzes -> quiz.next tool.  Different answers are worth different points, as decided by experts.  These are "summative" quizzes, in that you get only one attempt.  They mimic real life (in flying, skiing, or sailing, if you make the wrong decision, you may be injured or die - - you don't get a second chance in real life).  There are always one or more "best" answers worth full marks, and some questions have other "good" answers that are worth partial marks.  The max possible (full) marks are indicated with each question.  Automatically and instantly marked by Canvas.  Quiz.next is a new tool in Canvas and still has some bugs -- for example, it displays all of your answers in Red colour, even though some of your answers could be fully or partially right.  Ignore the colour and ignore the message from Canvas - - instead, judge the quality of your answer by the number of points you earned relative to the max points possible.

• Step 10 quizzes -> quiz.next tool.  "Summative".  Similar to step 6 quizzes.

• optional ePortfolios -> ePortfolio tool.  Hand-marked by TAs and instructors, based on the rubric given in the course web pages.  Takes time.  Please be patient.  See "Bonus Points" section below.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formative_assessment#Versus_summative_assessment .

## Bonus Points

The ePortfolio is optional.  It is worth a max of 40 bonus raw marks.  This gives you more flexibility on how you manage your time.

We want all of you to succeed.  These optional marks give each of you the chance to earn higher course grades to compensate for:
• missed quizzes and other assignments because you:
• were on vacation,
• joined the course late,
• were sick,
• just forgot,
• needed to focus your studies in some other course,
• etc.
• low grades on some of your other assignments, even if you did all the assignments.
The way it works is that we add all of your raw points, including the bonus points.  If the resulting total is less than 1000 raw points, then we divide that total by 10 to get your average course percentage.  If your resulting total is between 1000 and 1040 raw points, then we truncate it to 1000 points to give a course average of 100%.

CAUTIONS:
• For the final exam, all students are responsible for all the learning goals covered in the course, including those learning goals that you might have skipped earlier in the term.  So although you can earn bonus marks to compensate for missed quiz points, you still must learn the missed material for the final exam.
• Use your bonus marks wisely.  You might have an accident or an unexpected family emergency that causes you to miss some marks later in the term.  So don't waste your bonus flexibility by skipping some assignments for fun earlier in the term.

## Midterm Exams

The 2 Midterm Exams are done online. These multiple choice questions are automatically marked by the computer. Only one best answer for each question. (1 mark for each correct response; 0 for incorrect responses). Total possible marks depends on the number of questions asked.  The result is scaled into a percentage and applied to the points possible for that exam (see point tables above).  Midterm exams are done by each student individually - - there is NO group component to the midterms.  The midterm exams focus on the meteorological learning goals, not the case studies.

## Final Exam

Note: for Summer Term 2020 and likely Fall Term 2020 this section does not apply. The Final Exam is online using Proctorio. The final exam will contain an Individual portion only, with no group portion.
The Final Exam date/time will be announced by UBC late in the term.
To pass the course, you must pass the Final Exam (i.e. earn a grade of at least 50%), AND earn a total course score of 50%.

### On-Campus Final Exam.

All students in sections 101, 201, and 971 must write the final exam on paper at the UBC-Vancouver campus, as scheduled by UBC Exam Services.  These students do NOT have the option to write an online exam off-campus.

The Final Exam consists of multiple choice questions that you complete at the designated exam location, invigilated by humans.  You would indicate your answers on a paper "bubble sheet" that will be scanned and marked by computer. Your student ID will be checked. Cheating is not allowed.

Only one best answer for each question. (1 mark for each correct response; 0 for incorrect responses). Total possible marks depends on the number of questions asked.  The result is scaled into a percentage and applied to the points possible for that exam (see point tables above).

The Final Exam date/time/location will be announced by UBC late each term.

The on-campus exam has two parts, a component that you do INDIVIDUALLY and then turn in.  And an additional GROUP component that you work on in teams of 4 students each. You write both portions during the same 2.5 hour final-exam period as scheduled by UBC.  The individual portion is the first 90 minutes (= 1.5 hours) of the exam period. Then, after a 10 minute health break, is a 50 minute group portion of the exam.

The individual portion counts 83.3% toward your final-exam grade, the the group portion counts for the remaining 16.7% of the final exam grade.  (However, see the section below about "Requirements to pass the course".)  The group exam asks the same questions as the individual exam.

### Off-Campus Final Exam.

Students in section 99A, 99C, and 98A have the option to either write the final exam on paper with all the other students on the UBC-Vancouver campus, -OR- you can write the exam off campus.

All off-campus exams are done online using your own laptop or desktop computer. UBC provides access to an application called Proctorio to write the final exam online. Normally, the Proctorio exam is scheduled for the same date and time (Pacific time) as the on-campus exam. A few days before the actual final exam, students planning to write the final exam using Proctorio will first be given a "Practice Quiz using Proctorio" to verify their computer and network settings and to become familiar with the Proctorio system.

For those students needing to write your final exam outside of the Vancouver (Point Grey) campus, UBC will send you a message indicating when you are allowed to register for the off-campus exam. This includes students at the Okanagan campus.  The deadline to apply to write your exam off campus will be indicated on the students/ubc/ca website.  SSC will not accept late applications. If you miss the deadline, you cannot write off-campus.

Off-campus exam students don't have an opportunity to do the group portion of the exam.  Instead, those off-campus students will be given a group-exam grade equal to the average group-exam grade from the rest of the class.

Certain fees apply to ALL students enrolled in section 99A, 99C, and 98A. See the UBC website for details about fees.  http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=14,297,0,0 ).

Be sure to enrol in the appropriate section of this course, depending on whether you expect to write the exam on campus (UBC-Vancouver) or off campus.  If you are in the wrong section, please change sections (drop one section and add the other section) before the end of the first 8 calendar days in the term.

## Policy on Missed Assignments

• Online quizzes: We do not offer quiz make-ups, and we do not re-open quizzes after their normal closing deadline. This applies to all of the quizzes within all the case-study modules. You earn zero marks on any missed assignments.  Note that each individual quiz is worth only a very small percentage of the 1000 marks for this course.

Do not contact any of the course instructors or TAs if you are unable to write a few quizzes, regardless of the reason.

Instead, take advantage of the optional e-Portfolio to compensate for up to 40 missed marks (out of 1000 total marks.  See the Point table linked at the top of this webpage).  Caution: you are still responsible for learning the material that was tested on those quizzes, as you prepare for midterm and final exams.

But if you miss a series of 8 or more quizzes due to illness or family emergency, then contact the undergrad advising office for your own faculty -- the advisors will make special arangements with the course instructor (Dr. Doug McCollor).

• Midterm exams: We do not offer midterm-exam make-ups, and we do not re-open midterm exams after their normal closing deadline. For students who miss a midterm exam due to illness or family emergency, you must contact the course instructor (Dr. Doug McCollor) via the Canvas InBox tool to declare your special situation.

For these cases, we will backfill the missing midterm grade with the final exam grade (individual portion).  Caution: The final exam is cumulative, so you are still responsible for learning all the material associated with the midterm exam that you missed.

• Final exam: Students who miss the final exam in this one course due to illness or family emergency will need to contact the instructor to arrange a make-up exam. Students who miss exams in many of their courses due to special circumstances should contact the undergrad advising office for your own Faculty.

Passing the final exam is one of the requirements for passing this online course.  See details below.

## Requirements to Pass the Course

To pass the course, you must:
• pass the individual portion of the final exam (i.e., earn a grade of at least 50%),
AND
• earn an total course score of at least 50%.
The way this is implemented is as follows.