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GEOG 114 - Physical Geography: Weather and Climate
Course Code:
GEOG 114

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
The significant concepts of meteorology and climatology are introduced. The focus will be on the understanding of the physical processes, which create weather, and changes in energy and moisture balances, which determine local and global climates. Included will be a discussion of the interrelationship of climate, soils and vegetation. Laboratory work will be required. (3:2:0)

Date First Offered:
2004-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 75
Lecture Hours: 3
Laboratory Hours: 2

Total Weeks:
15

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
1. Introduction Physical Geography
2. Earth’s Atmosphere
3. Solar Energy
4. Seasons and Energy Balance
5. World Temperatures
6. Atmospheric Circulation and Ocean Currents
7. Atmospheric Moisture/Precipitation
8. Atmospheric Stability and Air Masses
9. Mid-Latitude Cyclones and Violent Storms
10. Climate Classification and Climate Change
11. Water Balance and Resources
12. Soils: Properties and Formation
13. Soils: Classification and Distribution
14. Ecosystem Components and Cycles
15. Ecosystems: Biomes and Distribution

Learning Outcomes:
1. introduce physical geography as a science;
2. explain the principles of meteorology and climatology;
3. analyse the interrelationship between climate, soils and vegetation; and
4. discuss the impact of human activity on climate.

Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 35 %
Lab Work: 35 %

Percentage of Individual Work:
100

Course Offered in Other Programs:
Yes

Other Programs:
Associate of Arts Diploma
Associate of Arts Degree
Land and Resource Management Diploma
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