NAT342 - Weather and Climate

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Subject Title
Weather and Climate

Subject Description
Whether it's a snowstorm cancelling classes, a heatwave making for a perfect day at the beach, or debate regarding climate change, the weather influences decisions we make nearly every day. This course, which requires no science background, is designed to help students understand the weather and the way it works. Along the way the student will learn the answers to such questions as 'Why is the sky blue?', 'Why can you get sunburned on a cloudy day?','Why does winter occur when the Earth is closest to the Sun?', and 'Does lightning really never strike the same place twice?'.

Credit Status
One Liberal Studies Elective in category 3 (NAT) - Natural Science and Environmental Studies

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

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

1. List and explain the basic composition of the atmosphere.
2. Explain the energy systems that influence the atmosphere.
3. Explain the basic natural properties of temperature, air pressure, and humidity, and how they create and influence weather.
4. Identify common North American air masses and fronts, and explain how they influence weather.
5. Identify common cloud types, sky phenomena, and precipitation types, and explain why each occurs.
6. Identify and explain severe weather phenomena and describe the economic and human impact that such phenomena can have.
7. Explain geographical features that can affect the weather.
8. Describe and discuss the causes and effects of climate change and critically examine relevant evidence regarding climate change.
9. Read and interpret written and graphical weather information and explain and interpret it to a non-technical audience.

Academic Integrity
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Discrimination/Harassment
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.