Weather for Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports
Welcome StudentsThis course is designed for "super-connected"
university students like you. If you ...
- use smartphone connectivity to
enhance your life,
Then ATSC 113 is designed for you.
- feel your time is precious,
- prefer course work that is split into a larger number of shorter assignments to fit better in-between your
other online activities,
- want a clear path forward
with no surprises,
- want flexibility of due dates within well
defined time windows,
- want the opportunity to be successful
even if life's adventures cause you to miss an assignment or two.
My name is Doug McCollor -- I am the instructor and course administrator. I am delighted
that you are
interested in this course.
We designed ATSC 113 to be a fun way to learn
more about the weather, as applied to case-studies in sailing, flying,
and snow sports. Each week we explore a new case study, where we
put you in the virtual "driver's seat" as the skipper, pilot, or
Most of the case studies are for southwestern Canada near Vancouver, with a few elsewhere in North America.
All of the course content is online. This includes the online
readings, quizzes, midterm exams, and discussion boards. Even the
optional ePortfolio is online - - a way to earn bonus marks. Only
final exam must be written in a proctored (invigilated)
This Fall 2019, we will block registration into this course at 4 pm PDT on
Wednesday 11 September 2019. After that time, no more students
allowed to add the Fall sections of this course. We do this to give all
students an equal chance of success by not missing any of the
assignments. If you are unable to register into ATSC 113 before
4 pm Wednesday 11 September, we invite you to consider taking the course in
Spring or Summer instead. Also, we
can recommend other exciting first-year courses in our department that are still open for registration until the end of the normal add/drop period.
Below is more info about ATSC 113. Again, welcome.
- Dr. Doug McCollor
Please use the following two sources of online course material:
- The most important web page for this course is our departmental
website home page (the website you are in now):
Please bookmark the URL listed above, which points to the home page.
The Schedule link from the home page tells you when assignments are
due, and the Evaluation link shows how much each assignment is worth.
There is no textbook for this course -- all the content is provided
free online via the Learning_Goals link from the home page. A
Getting_Started link has info and videos so that each of you has the
opportunity to be successful.
Canvas course management system has the: case-study Modules,
Quizzes, and your grades. Canvas first becomes available to you
and other registered students on the first day of term. Please
bookmark it: https://canvas.ubc.ca
You should use your campus-wide login (CWL) to
access this course on Canvas. Here is a link to some video guides to help you learn how to use Canvas.
Each module in Canvas will point you to the
appropriate content and quizzes as you progress through the case study.
==> To start this course at the start of term, open Canvas for this course,
click on the "Modules" tab in the left frame in Canvas, and select the first module
"Orientation - page 1".
On the departmental home page for this course is a link to the
SCHEDULE of assignments. There is a regular cadence to the
assignments in this course, as shown in the Schedule. Most of
the learning modules slightly OVERLAP with each
other. This overlap of time windows gives you a bit more time and flexibility to complete each of the
module pages. Please take some time to
carefully examine the SCHEDULE page, or perhaps even print and/or
download the pdf
SCHEDULE to your own device, so you will always know when the module
pages will be available and when assignments are due. CAUTION: Please use the SCHEDULE for
the correct term.
first several days of the term, you will need to complete the online
Orientation activities found on the "Canvas" learning management
system. It is
important that you participate in these
orientation activities, to ensure that you know how to use all of the
online tools you will need for assignments. Again, the GETTING
STARTED videos on our departmental website for this course will guide
you through the Orientation activities. For
of you who
add the course within the first week at the start of
term, we will keep the
orientation activities open longer for you. By doing the
Orientation (which are worth marks towards your overall grade), it
gives you and your classmates equal opportunity to be successful.
UBC ATSC 113 Weather for
Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports
Copyright © 2015-2019 by Roland Stull
Last modification: July 2019