Introduction to Meteorology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Meteorology
    B. Course Number: GE 214 - 10308
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 217
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday at 5 pm. Within 48 hours weekends.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): GE 214L
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course focuses on the science of the atmosphere by following weather in real time via the internet. This course provides the student with background information on the properties of the atmosphere, the scientific principles that govern weather and climate, the interactions between the atmosphere and the other components of the Earth system, and the implications of those interactions for humankind. Concurrent enrollment in GE 214L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This is an introductory meteorology course that will fulfill the requirements for laboratory science. It is transferable to most other colleges and universities. The course will consist of 3 credit hours of lecture (on-line) and 1 credit hour of lab, which will also be on-line.



    Weather Studies Introduction to Atmospheric Science e-Textbook & e-Investigations Manual (2018-2019, & summer 2019)Weather studies student ePackage Access Card ISBN 978-1-944970-27-7

    Scientific calculator (a simple calculator under $15 will work for this course)

    Colored Pencils, scissors, and a ruler (with metrics)

    Access to a personal computer (PC) or laptop with user rights to install required online Canvas plug-ins (e.g. Respondus Browser, Adobe Reader, Flash, & Java). Canvas does not totally support Smart phones, iPads or tablets. A PC or laptop will be needed to submit the majority of coursework. (NOTE: Non-local students are also required to have available a computer with a webcam, microphone, and appropriate Internet bandwidth to use Respondus Monitor for submission of the proctored midterm and final exam. There is a $10 administrative fee for the semester.)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Chapter Exams 20%
    Chapter Assignments 20%

    Lab Investigations 15%

    Current Weather Studies (CWS) Labs 5%
    Final Exam 40%

    Chapter Exams (20%): You will be given four chapter exams. Look at your schedule for the exact coverage. Expect them to be mostly multiple choose. You’ll be given these on-line and will have five days to complete them. There will be no make-ups for these exams, no matter what. To make-up for any problems personal and technology wise, your lowest exam will be dropped. That means if you miss an exam, this exam will be your low score and will be the one dropped.

    Chapter Homework Assignments (20%): This will include anything other than exams and labs.
    Chapter Homework: You will have a reading assignment and related review questions to complete each week. Late assignments will be deducted 20 points for every day (24 hour period) there late. So, for example any assignments coming in between Monday at 12:01AM (MST) and Tuesday at 12:00AM (MST) will be deducted 20 points. Points may also be deducted for not following instructions. So please read all instructions completely prior to attempting any assignment. If I receive duplicate work from any students it will result in an automatic zero for all involved.

    Your Module zero homeworks (which are your first weeks assignments), problem evaluation (critical thinking) assignment, and journal critique, will also be part of your chapter assignments grade.

    Lab Assignments :[Lab Investigations 15%, Current Weather Studies (CWS) Labs 5%]
    Lab: You will have a weekly lab investigation to complete. Part 1 of the investigation will be found in your lab manual (lab investigations), part 2 will require you log into the American Meteorological Society (AMS) website to complete a current weather studies (CWS) lab assignment. These assignments change on the site every Monday around 10AM (MST). If you miss downloading the assignment before the change over, you will need to click on archived assignments. Assignments coming in after the due date and time will be deducted 20 points for every day (24 hour period) their late. So, for example any assignments coming in between Monday at12:01AM (MST) and Tuesday at 12:00AM (MST) will be deducted 20 points.

    Labs will be set up in a quiz format. You will open the lab quiz and add the answer from your manual. Do not open the quiz until you have completed the lab. Opening it prior to completing the lab will be of no advantage. The questions in the lab quiz are the exact same questions in your lab manual. You are just submitting your answers for grading.

    Final exam (40%): You will have a final exam that will be comprehensive. It will be available in the NMJC testing center and through the respondus monitor system May 6-8 @ 1PM. The final exam will be comprehensive over the chapter homeworks.

    Comprehensive Proctored Final Exam:
    Local students (within driving distance of NMJC) may use NMJC's testing center, which is free. It is located in the Ben Alexander Student Union Building. According to Testing Center policies, students must show proper picture ID and electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. Standard operating hours are 7:30 am - 7:00 pm Monday - Thursday; however, it is strongly recommended that students confirm time of operation as they are subject to change. Students must arrive at least 1 hour before closing time. Appointments are required.

    Non-local students are required to use Respondus Monitor, which is an extension of Respondus Lockdown Browser. It requires a computer with webcam, microphone and appropriate Internet bandwidth. An ID is required along with an environmental check to ensure testing integrity is maintained. There is a $10 administrative fee for the semester. A practice quiz within Canvas is available to assist you in the set-up.

    Access to a personal computer (PC) or laptop with user rights to install required online Canvas plug-ins (e.g. Respondus Browser, Adobe Reader, Flash, & Java). Canvas does not totally support Smart phones, iPads or tablets. A PC or laptop will be needed to submit the majority of coursework. (NOTE: Non-local students are also required to have available a computer with a webcam, microphone, and appropriate Internet bandwidth to use Respondus Monitor for submission of the proctored final exam. There is a $10 administrative fee for the semester.)

    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days up to 12 (noon) on Fridays and within 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Fridays of each week. With the exception of Problem Evaluation and critique assignments (These will require additional time to grade).


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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College’s broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline – specific knowledge skills, and scientific and academic values.

    The course content of GE214Supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    At the completion of this course the student should be able to:

    1. Recall, describe, or explain the various elements of the Earth’s atmosphere, Earth’s relation to the sun, incoming solar radiation, the ozone layer, the primary temperature controls, and the unequal heating of land and water.
    2. Recall, describe, or explain weather variables and parameters.
    3. Recall, describe, or explain air masses, pressure systems, the various fronts and associated types of storms, weather symbols, monsoons, the various forms of precipitation, along with causes and effects of lightning.
    4. Recall, describe, or explain the hydrologic cycle, the characteristics and influences of the oceans and continents on the weather, the Southern Oscillation (i.e., El Nino), and the effects of land/water distribution.
    5. Recall, describe, or explain specific impacts by humans on weather, climate, and on the ecosystem at large.
    6. Evaluate and interpret information from maps, diagrams, remote sensing devices, graphs, and tables.
    7. Apply critical thinking skills such as inductive, deductive, and mathematical reasoning to solve problems using the scientific method.
    8. Recognize and discuss the effect of human activity on climate, climate change and the greenhouse effect.
    9. Synthesize information from external, current sources and personal observations and discuss their relationships to class material.


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    Outline of Activities:

    Week 0

    Introductions Assignment. Module Zero assignments will be due Jan. 21 @ 11:59pm.

    Week 1

    Readings: Chapter 13- Weather Analysis and forecasting.

    Investigation 13A and B Student Investigations Manual

    Week 2

    Readings: Chapter 1- Monitoring the Weather (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 1 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Week 3

    Readings: Chapter 2- Atmosphere: Origin, Composition, and Structure (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 2 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    EXAM 1 (Chapters 1,2 & 3) Due Feb 27th

    Week 4

    Readings: Chapter 3- Solar and Terrestrial Radiation (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 3 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Week 5

    Readings: Chapter 4 – Heat, Temperature, and Atmospheric Circulation (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 4 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Week 6

    Readings: Chapter 5 – Air Pressure (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 5 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Week 7

    Readings: Chapter 6 – Humidity, Saturation, and Stability

    Investigation 6 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Critical Thinking Assignment (March 8th, Midnight)(

    Week 8

    Readings: Chapter 7 – Clouds, precipitation, and weather radar (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 7 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    EXAM 2 (Chapters 4, 5, & 6) Due March 20

    Spring Break (No New Assignments) March 25-29.

    Week 10

    Readings: Chapter 8 – Weather Systems of Middle Latitudes (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 8 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Week 11

    Readings: Chapter 9 – Atmosphere’s Planetary circulation (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 9 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    EXAM 3 (7, 8, & 9) Due April 17

    Week 12

    Readings: Chapter 10- Weather systems of middle Latitudes (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 10 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Week 13

    Readings: Chapter 11 – Thunderstorms and Tornadoes (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 11 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Week 14

    Readings: Chapter 12 – Tropical Weather Systems (Answer Review Questions)

    Investigation 12 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    Week 15

    Reading: Chapter 14 (extra credit)

    Investigation 14 Student Investigations Manual and CWS

    EXAM 4 (10, 11, & 12) Due May 3

    Week 16

    MAY 6-8 at 1PM. FINAL EXAM Must be completed by 1PM on the 8th of May.


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