CQUniversity Unit Profile
GEOG12020 Australian Weather and Climate
Australian Weather and Climate
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General Information

Overview

The saying, “climate is what you expect, weather is what you get”, sums up why you will study atmospheric processes from two different time perspectives in this unit. You will examine how the atmosphere, the oceans and the land exchange radiation, heat and water to create the physical structure and circulation characteristics of the troposphere. You will explore the forces that create the life-cycle of weather features with particular attention to Australian examples. Your study will examine how these features are depicted in weather maps. The importance of time and spatial scales with respect to weather systems will be emphasised. In recent years, atmospheric research has unmasked a range of longer-term climate features that have a profound influence on Australian weather. You will learn how the fluctuations of these climate structures affect our region. You will gain introductory experience in using weather data from instruments, radar, satellites and weather models. This will lead to an examination of climate data – where to find it and how to use it. You will examine case studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' weather knowledge.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

18 Units of Credit

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Project (applied)
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluation feedback.

Feedback

Student feedback suggests the learning content was on the complex side.

Recommendation

With CQUrenew advice, the unit lead will re-examine the complexity of the learning material, fine-tuning concept learning progression - particularly the recorded lectures.

Feedback from Student evaluation feedback.

Feedback

Student feedback suggests they thought the Moodle layout and organisation of learning material helped the progression of learning.

Recommendation

With CQUrenew, retain the learning material progression.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the role of energy balance and physical forcing in atmospheric structure, circulation and air-mass characteristics
  2. Apply synoptic, regional and local scale weather system concepts and data to Australian environment case studies
  3. Analyse climate concepts that affect Australian weather and environment
  4. Recognise and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s weather knowledge.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Hewson Unit Coordinator
m.hewson@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - The Atmosphere and Global Circulation. Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

There is no prescribed textbook for GEOG12020 - the accompanying Moodle website contains lectures, videos, websites, and other learning material to cover each week's topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 - Atmospheric Forces - Wind, Clouds and Precipitation. Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

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Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 – Australian Indigenous Weather Knowledges. Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

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Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 – Australian Air-masses and Weather at Synoptic Scale. Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio #1 Due: Week 4 Friday (6 Aug 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 5 – Australian Weather at Mesoscale. Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

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Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 - Australian Weather at Local Scale. Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

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Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 - Australian Climate Modes. Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 – The Evidence Basis of Climate Change. Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

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Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 – Weather and Climate Data and Models. Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio #2 Due: Week 9 Friday (17 Sep 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 10 - Weather Report 1. Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

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Week 11 – Weather Report 2. Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

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Week 12 – Weather Report 3. Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

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Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Weather Observation Report Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Portfolio #1

Task Description

Portfolio #1 is a consolidated submission of one Microsoft Word file containing written answers to questions from the learning activities of weeks 1, 2 and 3 of GEOG12020 Weather and Climate of Australia. The portfolio is to be submitted as a single MS-Word file by the due date.

The unit Moodle website contains a detailed exercise explanation in the relevant week:

· Week 1 – The Atmosphere and Global Circulation. 6 marks.

· Week 2 – Atmospheric Forces - Wind, Clouds and Precipitation. 7 marks.

· Week 3 – Australian Indigenous Weather Knowledges. 7 marks.


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (6 Aug 2021) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Vacation Week Friday (20 Aug 2021)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The degree to which:

· the submission demonstrates mastery of the unit learning material;

· each written answer or drawn diagram is complete, engaging and insightful;

· answer paragraph/sentence construction presents logical argument progression; and

· the learning material (or external sources) inform an answer.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit Portfolio #1 via the GEOG12020 Moodle site Turnitin facility.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the role of energy balance and physical forcing in atmospheric structure, circulation and air-mass characteristics


Graduate Attributes
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Portfolio #2

Task Description

Portfolio #2 is a consolidated submission of one Microsoft Word file containing written answers to questions from the learning activities of weeks 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of GEOG12020 Weather and Climate of Australia. The portfolio is to be submitted as a single MS-Word file by the due date.

The unit Moodle website contains a detailed exercise explanation in the relevant week:

· Week 4 – Australian Air-masses and Weather at Synoptic Scale. 6 marks.

· Week 5 – Australian Weather at Mesoscale. 6 marks.

· Week 6 - Australian Weather at Local Scale. 6 marks.

· Week 7 - Australian Climate Modes. 6 marks.

· Week 8 – The Evidence Basis of Climate Change. 6 marks.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (17 Sep 2021) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (1 Oct 2021)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The degree to which:

· the submission demonstrates mastery of the unit learning material;

· each written answer or drawn diagram is complete, engaging and insightful;

· answer paragraph/sentence construction presents logical argument progression; and

· the learning material (or external sources) inform an answer.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit Portfolio #2 via the GEOG12020 Moodle site Turnitin facility.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse climate concepts that affect Australian weather and environment
  • Recognise and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s weather knowledge.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence

3 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
Weather Observation Report

Task Description

Your task in week 10 (from Mon 20th September to Fri 24th September 2020) is to:

· Collect daily local scale weather data.

· Collect synoptic scale weather data.

· Report how the local weather is associated with the synoptic scale weather pattern.

You will present the tabulated/graphed data into a report of no more than 2,500 words.

You will document the weather in your local area so that you can directly observe the weather situation. Choose a nearby Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) weather data site (see further guidance in the Moodle site).

You will explain the connections between synoptic weather features and local scale weather measurements informed by the unit learning material. The report will highlight any notable meteorological events which result in severe or unusual weather such as storms, flooding or damaging winds, or unusually high levels of air pollution.

Good marks will be accrued by those that use a range of data/imagery (see further guidance in the Moodle site) – but only if that data or imagery is relevant to the report.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

The degree to which:

· The report is well structured, cites references correctly and engages readers.

· The report presents daily local scale weather data and observations suitably for the observation period.

· The report presents daily synoptic scale weather data suitably for the observation period.

· The report describes the connecting links between synoptic and local scale weather data.

· The report illustrates an understanding of weather processes compared to weeks 1 to 7 learning.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit the Weather Observation Report via the GEOG12020 Moodle site Turnitin facility.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply synoptic, regional and local scale weather system concepts and data to Australian environment case studies


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?