Weather for Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports
Three themes help you build
your expertise on meteorology and its application to recreation:
Each theme contains four on-line learning
(A-D), where you work on a new module each week. Normally you
will be given links to only those learning goals and their
associated meteorological concepts that are needed for the Module
case-study you are working on (see the Schedule link from the home
But access to all the learning goals and concepts are also provided in
a concise table as a review and end-of-module study aid, via the Learning Goals link. You will find both of
these links on the home page.
- Flying Weather
- Snow-Sports Weather
- Sailing Weather
Modules A, B & C:
Learning modules (A, B, C) each present you with a different case-study
(such as a storm approaching while you are sailing, flying, or
snow-boarding), and require you as virtual skipper, pilot, or
decide what to do. To help you decide, you are given
- how such storms work,
- how such storms can affect you,
- where to get info about this particular storm, and
- what options you have.
On page 1 of each module, you are presented with Steps 1 - 4,
which you do on your own. Step 1 presents the case-study
scenario. Step 2 provides more clues about the particular
case-study event. In Step 3, you indicate what questions you want to
ask about the weather. Step 4 presents the meteorological content along
with short online quizzes that you do individually to check and improve your
Next, on page 2 (Steps 5 & 6), you then optionally discuss with fellow
students via the Canvas Discussion board to
decision on what to do.
Finally, on page 3 (Steps 7 - 10) of each learning module, you work
individually to refine your understanding of the topic. See the
home page for a link to a Sample module.
The 4th learning module (D) for each theme allows you to consolidate
your knowledge. Some learning goals that were not already covered
by the 3 module
scenarios will be covered in this 4th week. Hence, this module does not
have pages 2 & 3. The last part of module D is
an online midterm exam (only for flying and snow-sports-weather).
In addition to the 3 main themes above, there is also a short Orientation
module at the start of the term. We also have an Applied
module (labeled as "Build Your Expertise" in the diagram above) at the end of term
to help you consolidate and integrate the
meteorological knowledge that you learned from the three themes.
You also have the option to do an online capstone project to create an ePortfolio of
weather data and links that you would like to use for your own
activities after the course ends.
This link takes you to the Point Diagram,
which shows how you earn marks in this course. The Point-Diagram table is
arranged chronologically, starting with the Orientation at the top left
and ending with the Final Exam at bottom right.
This point table serves as a roadmap
to the course. The "A", "B", "C", "D" module identifiers in this
point table correspond to the "A", "B", "C", "D" labels in the figure
at the top of this web page.
This online course is "flipped" in the sense that
you learn content on your own via assigned online readings
and quizzes, while peer interactions and engagement happens in optional online
In different terms, the themes might be taught in a different order.
Also, we sometimes change the scenarios each term. So be sure to
consult the schedule on the home page to see which modules are
assigned each week, and to get the links to the appropriate scenario
for the week.
UBC ATSC 113 Weather for
Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports
Copyright © 2017-2018 by Roland Stull
Last modification: Aug 2018