Meteorology
Level 3

 
Title of learning programme Meteorology Programme
Programme level 3
Duration of learning programme 11 weeks x 10 hours*
Total number of learning hours per programme 110**

* Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities, there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

** Please note that this is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and also how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each module there is a question paper which needs to be completed and returned to your personal tutor.

Structure

 
Module Module Title
1

Earth as a Planet

2

The Atmosphere

3

Weather Patterns

4 Weather Patterns (continued)
5 Weather Forecasting
6 Atmospheric Pollution
7   Climatic Change
 

Learning Outcomes

 

Module 1 Earth as a Planet.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  Learning Outcome
LO1

List and explain the terminology discussed in this unit

 

Module 2 - The Atmosphere.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  Learning Outcome
LO1

Identify all the instruments involved in monitoring weather conditions

LO2   Summarise monsoons, cyclones and anticyclones
 

Module 3 - Weather Patterns.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  Learning Outcome
LO1

Discuss atmospheric pressure and atmospheric humidity

LO2   Identify two weather processes and explain each in detail
 

Module 4 - Weather Patterns (continued).
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  Learning Outcome
LO1

Examine thunderstorms and discuss the stages in the life cycle of a thunderstorm

 

Module 5 - Weather Forecasting.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  Learning Outcome
LO1 Summarise weather forecasting under the following headings: data collection, data transmission, data modelling and data interpretation
 

Module 6 - Atmospheric Pollution.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  Learning Outcome
LO1

List the most common pollutant gases and identify the effects they have on planet earth

LO2   Explain the Greenhouse Effect and identify the gases involved
 
Module 7 - Climatic Change.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Interpret the effects that methane gas, volcanoes and El Nino have on climatic changes

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