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

Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions related to course set-up and administration.

  1. Q: In which section should I enroll, the "normal" in-class section or the Distance Education (DE) section?
    A. Both are online.  They are taught together as a single unified course. 

    • The normal section (section 101 in Fall term, section 201 in Spring term, section 971 in Summer term) is for Normal on-campus (Vancouver) students who can write the final exam on the UBC-Vancouver campus during the normal final exam period, and who have paid or are willing to pay all the student fees for on-campus students (bus pass, recreation, etc.).
    • The Distance Ed section (section 99A in Fall, section 99C in Spring, and 98A in Summer) is for students who will need to write the final exam OFF campus, or who are students who don't need/want to pay the normal student fees.  (Caution, other Distance Education Fees apply, please see the "Caution" notes below, and the Welcome web page of this course for details.)  But even if you registered in this "Dist Ed" section, you can still write the exam on the UBC-Vancouver campus at the normal time if you want to.

    If you are not in the correct section for your final-exam situation, please drop the incorrect section and add the correct section during the first 8 days of winter term (or the first 4 days of the compressed summer term).

    CAUTION 1: If you enrol in the "normal" section, then normal student fees will apply (e.g., bus pass, recreation, etc.).  For most students who are already on campus, you will have already paid these fees for your other courses.  However, if ATSC 113 is the only course you are taking this term, and if you don't usually come to the UBC-Vancouver campus and you don't need a bus pass or access to recreation, then you might want to be in the "distance education" section instead (even though you can still write the final exam on campus if you want).
    (DE) section has fees, including a DE administration fee and a fee when you apply to write your final exam off campus.  But often these fees are less than the fees for normal "on campus" students.  Fees can change, so please check the UBC tuition and student fee info online. 

  2. Q. I just enrolled in this course, but don't know where to start.
    A. Access Canvas using your Campus Wide Login (CWL), click on the "Modules" button, and start "Orientation - page 1" in Canvas.  That module helps you to learn how this course works.  Also, see the "For Enrolled Students" section of the home page, which includes a "Getting Started" link.

  3. Q. I joined the course late.  It appears that I already missed the due dates for some of the assignments. What should I do?
    A: Many students join late, so we leave the Orientation modules and quizzes open for roughly the first 2 weeks of winter term (or 1 week of summer term).  Namely, you can still do the module or quiz even after the due date has passed.  This applies only to the Orientation Module.  After that, all students must complete the modules and quizzes by their respective due dates. Please see details at If you join late, click here, on the course home page.

  4. Q. Do we have to click the "done" on the top of the each modules? I am asking this because I cannot find "done" in the modules after orientation page 2.
    A. Only the first 2 pages of the Orientation module have the "done" button requirement, because we leave all the pages open extra days (as described in question 3 above) to accommodate students who joined the course late. 
    However, after that date, the assignments open and close according to the Schedule posted on our course web page.   At the closing or ending date/time for each assignment, Canvas will assume you are done, whether you are done or not.  So please be sure to complete all assignments after Flying Module A by their  scheduled closing dates/times.
  5. Q: Where are assignment and quiz due dates posted?
    A: See the Schedule link from the home page.  Please save and/or print a copy, so you can refer to it during the whole term.

  6. Q. If I need to talk to someone about course administration or technical issues, whom should I talk to?
    A.  The Course Administrator should be able to answer most of your questions.  The Administrator is listed in the "Instructors and TAs" link from the home page.  Different people are the Administrator during different terms.  Please contact our Administrator via the Canvas Inbox email application.  You might also find the "#tech_assistance" or "#general" channels on the Canvas Discussion board useful.

  7. Q. Do I need to buy an iClicker.
    A. No.

  8. Q: Why aren't my grades for Step 3 appearing in my Grades on Canvas, even though the Quiz grades have already appeared?
    A: The Quizzes are marked automatically by the computer, and appear almost instantly in your Grade list.  However, Step 3 is marked by people (our TAs), so please give them a week or so to mark that Step.  We often wait 2 weeks to start marking the Orientation module Step 3 to accommodate students who registered later.

  9. Q. Why we can't see our overall (Total) grades on Canvas?
    A. I removed the Total, because Canvas doesn't use the weighting scheme for assignments as defined on the course web page. . Instead, I will compute the weighted average on a spreadsheet. 

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  12. Q. None of the FAQs above solved my problem.  What should I do?
    A. On the Canvas Discussion board, click on the #tech_assistance channel, and type in your query.  Other students and/or a TA or Course Administrator will try to answer your question.

Questions related to quizzes and the "" tool

  1. Q: I don't understand the difference between the "quiz" and "" tools.
    A: When you take the online multiple-choice quiz, indicate the ONE answer that you feel is best.  This applies to both "quiz" and "" tools.  In this sense both of these quiz tools require the same type of input from you.  Namely, for multiple-choice quizzes, select the 1 answer you feel is best.
    - The "quiz" tool is used for Steps 3 and 4.  The ""tool is used for Steps 6 and 10.

  2. Q: The "" tool seems confusing.  Why do you use it.
    A: Because we can give you more marks.  For example, for the "quiz" tool there is only one right answer, and all the other answers are wrong and earn 0 points. 
    - However, the "" tool allows there to be more than one right answer, any ONE of which can earn you full marks.  Also, for answers that are not perfect but which are still partially OK, "" can give partial marks for any 1 of those answers (instead of giving 0 marks).  This is useful for many of the meteorological situations, where different interpretations of the weather data are possible. 
    - Bottom line: even though you still must select only ONE best answer for "", more of the answer choices could earn you full or partial marks, depending on the specific question. 

  3. Q: The "quiz" tool lets me know if I got the right answer or not.  But the "" tool always tells me that my answer is wrong.  This stresses me, and I don't know what to do.
    A: Don't stress.  The problem is that the tool has certain limitations (bugs) that I had to work around. 
    - For example, suppose you chose answer E to the question shown in the figure below. The resulting response from "" is shown in the figure.  But ...
    => IGNORE THE RED "X" and IGNORE THE RED BOX around your answer.  Instead, look at the points you earned (next to the Question 1 label).  You earned 5/5 points.  Namely, you chose a good answer. 
    - In fact, some other answers might also be worth 5/5 points, and others might be worth only 3 or 2 points.
  4. Q: OK, I understand what happens with "", as shown in the figure above.  But why does that happen?
    A: Apparently, "" is programmed to always show the correct answer.  There is no way that I can turn it off. 
    - However, since several different answers might be correct or somewhat correct, it doesn't make sense (and is even more confusing) to display only one of the answers as a "right" answer. 
    - So I got around this bug by creating a last, fake answer that says "(Note, the correct answer will not be shown.)", and I indicated to ""that this is the correct answer (even though it isn't a correct answer).  As a result, when you finish a quiz and submit it, you are shown a response similar to what is in the figure above.  Namely, under the red "X" and red box, it displays what it thinks is the correct answer.  Namely, I tricked to display the words "(Note, the correct answer will not be shown.)".
    - But don't dispare.  Regardless of what "" says about your answer, you indeed received the points that were displayed next to the question number. You can confirm that you received these marks by looking in your gradesheet in Canvas.

  5. Q: So what should I do when I encounter a "" quiz?
    A: Don't try to "game the system", and don't stress.  Instead, select the ONE response you feel is best, and submit it.  Then see how many points you earned out of the max possible points for that question (different questions are worth different max points).  Ignore the red "X" and red box.  
  6. Q: Why do I get 2 attempts for the quiz questions in Step 4, but only 1 attempt for all the other quizzes?
    A: Step 4 quizzes are "formative".  They are designed to help you learn, by testing your understanding.  If you get it wrong the first time, it points you to the relevant learning goal so you can review the appropriate content before you try to answer the quiz a second time.  All the other quizzes are "summative" in the sense that they evaluate what you learned.

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Questions related to course meteorological content / learning goals.

  1. Q. What should I study for the midterm exams?
    A. See Exam Tips on the Tips web page (from the home page), and see the Learning Goals link from the home page.

  2. Q. I cannot see the previous scenarios (Modules A-D) on the Canvas web page, so how can I study for the exam?
    A. The exam doesn't cover the scenarios / case-studies.  It covers only the meteorology.  You can review all the meteorology by going to the Learning Goals link on the home page.

  3. Q. I have a meteorology question.  How/where do I submit it?
    A. Write it into the "#meteorology_help" Discussion board in Canvas.  Instructors, TAs, and your fellow students can provide an answer. But regarding these answers, please don't just post the final answers to all the quiz or exam questions.  Instead, help your fellow students to learn the meteorological content that they need.  (The TAs monitor this for inappropriate posts.)

  4. Q. I don't see the "#meteorology_help" Discussion board in Canvas.  What should I do?
    A. If it is not listed as a "pinned discussion", then please look for it under the other Discussion categories.

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Questions related to the ePortfolio

  1. Q. When is the optional ePortfolio capstone project due?
    A. It is due in the middle of last week of term - - check the Schedule page.  However, you can start creating your ePortfolio as soon as the the 4th week of term (or a bit earlier in summer term - - check the Schedule).  Two intermediate deadlines are: 

  2. Q. I'm currently working on the optional ePortfolio assignment. Every time I try to upload a picture, it does upload and does display properly on my ePortfolio; however, after I refresh the page, it disappears/does not display properly. Is there any fix to this?
    A. It only appears like that for your view, but for other people it will appear normal.  (This is a bug in Canvas.  They have been notified.)

  3. Q. How to I make my ePortfolio publically viewable?
    A. See instructions and Tips on the ePortfolio web page

  4. Q.  I just sent my ePortfolio web link to the Course Administrator.  Where is it posted so my classmates can see it?
    A. Scroll down to the bottom of the ePortfolio web page.

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Questions related to Midterm and Final Exams

  1.  Q. I missed (or will miss) a midterm exam.  What should I do?
    A. Please contact our Course Administrator directly and privately via the "InBox" tool in Canvas.
  2. Q. I will miss the final exam.  What should I do?
    A. If it is just this one exam that you will miss, then contact the course administrator (Doug McCollor) and explain your situation. If appropriate, he can arrange a make-up exam.
    If you will miss more than one exam for the same reason, then contact the undergrad adviser for your own Faculty.  They will discuss your situation with you and will validate any doctors notes, etc., and then they will tell you and me whether your final exam will be deferred until a later date.  (Don't wait until after your exam to contact your faculty adviser - - please contact them BEFORE your normal scheduled final exam date.)  The resulting decision letter about an exam deferral should be sent to the course Administrator (see the "Instructors and TAs" web page for contact info.).

  3. Q. I need to make special arrangements for the midterm and final exams, due to documented disability or special condition.  What should I do?
    A. If at the UBC-Vancouver campus, please contact the UBC Centre for Accessibility .  If at the UBC-Okanagan office, please contact the Disability Resource Centre.  If at neither of these campuses, please contact the UBC UBC Centre for Accessibility office in Vancouver.  Please contact them well before the first midterm exam, so that they can verify your credentials and can send me the appropriate paperwork.  We are happy to accommodate all students.
  4. Q. Why does the midterm exam have so many questions in the short time (50 minutes) and it allows only one attempt?  Compare with the quizzes, which allow two attempts and give 50 minutes for each attempt for a much smaller number of questions.
    A. The quizzes are "formative" in the sense that they exist mostly to help and encourage you to learn. They help you "Check your Understanding". They give you feedback if you get the wrong answer, and point you to the webpage where you can find the right answer so you can improve your learning.
    However, the midterm and final exams are "summative" in the sense that they evaluate whether you learned the material.  The number of questions and 50-minute duration mimic a normal 50-minute class period for a written midterm exam in a face-to-face class.

  5. Q. What is Proctorio, and do I need it for this course?
    A. Proctorio is an online exam-proctoring (invigilation) service.  Only those students in the Distance Ed section who will write the final exam OFF campus are given the option to use Proctorio.

  6. Q. I am at UBC-Okanagan, and I have an exam conflict with ATSC 113.  What should I do?
    A. Send an send an email to <> .  They are at UBC-Vancouver, and they will contact the appropriate offices at UBC-Okanagan to reschedule your exam as needed.

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