MET321 - Meteorology

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Subject Title

Subject Description
In this course students will examine the physics of the atmosphere and use these aspects to interpret and understand weather reports and forecasts to foresee the threats to the aviation industry. Students will explore the evolution of approaches to safety, identify the factors which impact aviation safety regarding weather hazards, and will be introduced to the complex structure and movements of the atmosphere,

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the structure of the earth’s atmosphere, weather systems, storm development
and their impact on aviation weather hazards

2. Make use of  the symbols and meanings of frontal movements and air mass associations as they pertain to the day to day aspects of weather.

3. Describe the effects of warm and cold air masses as they meet each other during the different seasons of Canadian weather creating aviation weather hazards.

4. Identify and retrieve information from forecasts and weather reports that will pose a threat to aviation safety

5. Explain the importance of developing a culture of safety and understand the role that meteorology and timely interpretation play in order to confidently discuss with the aircrew to have a flight go, delay, or cancel to mitigate threats and improve airline safety

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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