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Meteorology Fundamentals

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Course Description

Meteorology is a fascinating subject. Because of its very nature, it is never constant or boring. Studies and observations of weather and climate and its impact on humans and the environment offer everything from gorgeous sunsets to terrifying hurricanes and tornadoes.
The study of land, atmospheric pressure, cloud formation and storms offers students of meteorology a never-ending and fascinating look into the forces of nature and our surrounding environment. From how rainbows form to the impact of pollution on the environment, this basic meteorology course explores such topics as: how geography affects weather, cloud formation, wind forces, weather forecasting methods, and global weather patterns (such as El Niño).
From weather forecasting to water conservation, we'll introduce you to the vagaries of weather watching and prediction. We'll study the effects of pressure fronts that create hurricanes, tornadoes, and cyclones. We'll offer students clues on how to watch the sky for signs of change, as well as provide a greater understanding of the development and formation of some of the most awesome powers on earth.

While many of us watch the local television station for news, our decisions of what to wear, when to plant seeds, or when to travel is often affected by unexpected changes in weather. From ancient times to the present, mankind's efforts to predict and forecast weather patterns have displayed mixed results. This course offers students a look at the history of meteorology as well as the impact humanity has on our own local climate and weather. So join us today!
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  • Lesson 1. Introduction to Meteorology

    What is meteorology? Weather Watching Basics
  • Lesson 2. Climate

    Climate and Seasons. How Geography affects weather (coastline, mountain, desert, and others).
  • Lesson 3. All About Clouds

    All About Clouds, Precipitation, and Wind Forces.
  • Lesson 4. Blowing in the Wind

    Fronts and Air Masses. Common types of each. Air Pressure and Humidity.
  • Lesson 5. Under Pressure

    Under Pressure, High Pressure, Low Pressure.
  • Lesson 6. Weather Forecasting

    Weather Forecasting
  • Lesson 7. Stormy Weather

    Stormy Weather, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes.
  • Lesson 8. Global Weather Patterns

    Global Weather Patterns and El Nino.
  • Lesson 9. Water and Weather

    Bodies of Water and impact of circulation and evaporation.
  • Lesson 10. Conservation and Weather Issues

    Weather Conservation, Saving Water, Changing weather patterns
  • Lesson 11. Weather Effects

    Weather Effects, Rainbows, Aurora Borealis.
  • Lesson 12. Careers in Meteorology

    Careers in Meteorology

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Course Title: Meteorology Fundamentals
Course Number: 7550433
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define climate.
  • Summarize cloud types and cloud formations.
  • Describe and identify the different wind types.
  • Describe pressure.
  • Summarize how weather forecasting works.
  • Describe various storm weather patterns.
  • Summarize global weather patterns.
  • Summarize conservation and weather issues, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment15
Lesson 1 Exam: Introduction to MeteorologyExam90
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 2 Exam: ClimateExam100
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 3 Exam: All About CloudsExam100
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment30
Lesson 4 Exam: Blowing in the WindExam100
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 5 Exam: Under PressureExam100
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 6 Exam: Weather ForecastingExam50
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 7 Exam: Stormy WeatherExam90
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment30
Lesson 8 Exam: Global Weather PatternsExam100
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 9 Exam: Water and WeatherExam100
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 10 Exam: Conservation and Weather IssuesExam100
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 11 Exam: Weather EffectsExam100
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 12 Exam: Careers in MeteorologyExam100
The Final ExamExam590
Total Points:1970

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