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



Evaluation

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 to 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.


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
3 (questions to ask)
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
3 (questions to ask) 2
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 20 raw points. 

g. Raw Point Info for the ePortfolio:
The ePortfolio is optional, worth 60 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 60 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:
180 points for the individual portion of the exam, plus 45 points for the group portion of the exam.

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.



"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.
For more info on summative vs. formative assessments, see
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formative_assessment#Versus_summative_assessment .



Bonus Points

The ePortfolio is optional.  It is worth a max of 60 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:
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 1060 raw points, then we truncate it to 1000 points to give a course average of 100%. 

See the ePortfolios link from the home page to learn more about the optional ePortfolios, and to see examples created by other students.

CAUTIONS: 


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

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 80% toward your final-exam grade, the the group portion counts for the remaining 20% 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 enroled 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




Requirements to Pass the Course

To pass the course, you must:
The way this is implemented is as follows. 
Students often ask us why they must pass the individual portion of the final exam.  This requirement applies to most of the online / distance-education courses at UBC, regardless of the department and course number.  The reason is that we instructors are unable to verify that the person who does online work is the actual student who registered for the course.  Only during the final exam do we meet each student, check their ID, and verify that the registered student is the person who is writing the exam.  Because the final exam is comprehensive (covers all the learning goals in all themes), this ensures that the actual person who registered for the course has learned the material.
 

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