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


ATSC 113 Roadmap

Three themes help you build your expertise on meteorology and its application to recreation:
Each theme contains four on-line learning modules (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 page).  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.

Modules A, B & C:

Learning modules (A, B, C) each present you with a different case-study scenario (such as a storm approaching while you are sailing, flying, or snow-boarding), and require you as virtual skipper, pilot, or snow-boarder to decide what to do.   To help you decide, you are given information: 
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 understanding.

Next, on page 2 (Steps 5 & 6), you then optionally discuss with fellow students via the Canvas Discussion board to reach a 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.

Module D:

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 Meteorology 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 will also 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.

Learning Format 

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 discussion groups. 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
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Last modification: 29 Dec 2021