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  • GEO2242: Extreme Weather, Spring 2017

    GEO2242 Extreme Weather Spring 2017 SYLLABUS

    Instructor Fergus Keatinge

    Email or via Canvas

    Office Hours Turlington Hall 3108C by appointment.

    As a compromise for answering emails 24/7 through my phone

    Disclaimer: This syllabus represents my current plans and objectives. As we go through the

    semester, those plans may need to change to enhance the class learning opportunity. Such

    changes, communicated clearly, are not unusual and should be expected.

    Grading Scale

    A = 94-100% A- = 90-92.99% B+ = 86-89.99 B = 82-85.99

    B- = 77-81.99 C+ = 72-76.99 C =67-71.99 C- = 62-66.99

    D+ = 57-61.99 E = less than 57%

    Recommended Books

    These books are only recommended, and Im not forcing anyone to buy anything, youre in

    enough debt as it is, Im not making it worse.

    The Oceans and Climate - Grant Bigg

    Extreme Weather & Climate - Ahrens and Samson

    The Atmosphere - Lutgens and Tarbuck

    Others are great - UF MARSTON SCIENCE LIBRARY General Collection -- QC861 area

    Course Description

    This course covers introductory information about Earths atmosphere, weather development,

    and extreme weather events. To understand the destructive power of weather events, you must

    first have a basic understanding of why and how it forms. In other words, this is a science

    course, although a background in calculus, chemistry, or physics is not required.

    This course will help you understand the weather outside your window every day, and can serve

    as a springboard towards more advanced coursework in weather and climate. Students will be

    introduced to basic concepts of the science of weather and climate and current scientific

    developments in areas such as extreme weather forecasting and global climate change.

  • This class offers more than just content about Extreme Weather; university is about learning life

    lessons - team work, social skills, time management, empathy, patience. Anybody can learn

    about extreme weather, there are free classes all over the internet. Life lessons cant be taught

    over the internet....

    Evaluation - How will this class be graded?


    descriptions of how you will be tested.

    Quizzes: There will be weekly quizzes that are due the Sunday night after last weeks class.

    These will test you on material for thats weeks class to ensure you've learned what we examined

    that week / give you easy points!!!.

    Midterms: There will be two in-class exam in the middle of the semester (i will give the date at

    the beginning of the term). These exams cannot be made-up. Theyre only worth a small amount

    and will be multiple choice, true/false.

    Project / presentation or poster: You will be placed into groups of 4/5 depending on class size

    by alphabetical order to create a project roughly 20 pages in length. This project will be

    submitted as a file upload and is due at the end of term; i will give lots of in class time for you to

    work on projects.

    Two weeks before the project is due, a draft of your written section will be uploaded

    individually, worth a small amount of points.

    At the end of term each group will create and give a power point presentation or a poster

    presentation 9 minutes long (1 minute of questions) and it will presented to the rest of the class.

    Each group member will talk (NO EXCEPTIONS). General Format: Introduction,

    Methods/Data, Results, Conclusions/Future work.

    Be creative and try to include lots of graphics/graphs/visualized data.


    meetings, deciding who does what) AND CREATING THE POWERPOINT/POSTER. FINAL


    PRACTICE THE PRESENTATION BEFORE HAND ill know if youre doing it on the fly.

    The hand in date for the project is final and i will NOT accept any late work, you will get a zero

    if there is no file upload by at least one of the group members.

    Article review: The article review must have been recently published (within the last 2 years).

    Each article summary is required to be 2 pages in length (800+ words), 1 margins, 12-pt., and

    Times New Roman font. Either single or double spaces LINES are OK. Summarize the article

    and identify how it relates to geography, specifically linking to the ideas presented in this course.

    Be sure to cite the journal used in bibliographical format. Please see this website to learn how to

    properly cite bibliography materials (An infinitely important skill for your university career).


  • Class participation: I expect everyone at actively participate in class, this include answering

    questions, talking about subjects, leading discussions, getting your opinions/voices heard! If i

    dont know your name or who you are by the end of term you wont get class participation


    Class Attendance: an attendance sheet will be given out for you to fill in randomly throughout

    the term (4/5 times). To get attendance marks come to class!

    Absences may be excused if they are documentable. For expected absences, you must provide

    advance notice of the absence. Acceptable reasons for absences include but are not limited to

    personal or family illness or emergency, religious holidays, etc. per UF Attendance Policies.

    Oversleeping, missing the bus, etc. are not acceptable excuses. You may be required to provide

    written documentation in order to receive an excused absence.

    Group Weight

    Quizzes 15%

    Final Project and Presentation 45%

    Mid Terms 15%

    Article Review 10%

    Attendance 5%

    Class Participation 10%

    Total 100%

    Extra Credit: This course DOES NOT offer extra credit.

    Disability Statement

    Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students

    Office. This office will provide documentation to the student who must them provide this

    documentation to the Instructor. Please provide this documentation to me as soon as possible,

    and a minimum of one week before an exam.

    Academic Honesty

    You are bound by the student academic honor code.

    We, the members of the University of Florida Community, pledge to hold ourselves and our

    peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

    On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.

  • Academic dishonesty will receive a grade of zero for the exam and will result in a report to the

    appropriate student body.

    Software/Computer Use All faculty, staff and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and

    legal agreements governing software/computer use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary

    damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also

    against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

    Getting Help

    For issues with technical difficulties for E-learning in Canvas, please contact the UF Help Desk


    (352) 392-HELP - select option 2 (Links to an external site.)

    ** Any requests for make-ups due to technical issues MUST be accompanied by the ticket

    number received from LSS when the problem was reported to them. The ticket number will

    document the time and date of the problem. You MUST e-mail your instructor within 24 hours

    of the technical difficulty if you wish to request a make-up.

    Other resources are available at for:

    Counseling and Wellness resources

    Disability resources

    Resources for handling student concerns and complaints

    Library Help Desk support