Course Syllabus: 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 as well as an introduction to global weather patterns such as El Niño are discussed in future lessons.

From weather forecasting to water conservation, this course introduces students to the vagaries of weather watching and forecasting. Studying the effects of pressure fronts that create hurricanes, tornadoes, and cyclones, offer students clues on how to watch the sky for signs of change, as well as 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. 

Course Requirements

You only need a web browser, an Internet connection, and an open mind. All other materials are provided within the course.

Course Outline


Lesson 1: What is meteorology?                        

                     Weather Watching Basics

Lesson 2:  Climate


                        How Geography affects weather

                                    (Coastline, mountain, desert, etc.)

Lesson 3: All About Clouds


                        Wind Forces

Lesson 4: Fronts and Air Masses

                        Common types of each

                        Air Pressure


Lesson 5: Under Pressure

                        High Pressure

                        Low Pressure

Lesson 6:  Weather Forecasting

                        Methods and tips

Lesson 7: Stormy Weather



Lesson 8: Global Weather Patterns

                        El Nino

Lesson 9:  Bodies of Water

                        Impact of circulation and evaporation

Lesson 10:  Weather Conservation

                        Saving Water, Changing weather patterns

Lesson 11: Weather Effects


                        Aurora Borealis

Lesson 12:  Careers in Meteorology

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. A Class Netlink will provide you with a recommended text, however, this is not required to complete the course. All information needed to complete the assignments and exams is provided in the lesson material.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define climate.
  • Know cloud types and cloud formations.
  • Describe and identify the different wind types.
  • Describe pressure.
  • Know how weather forecasting works.
  • Describe various storm weather patterns.
  • Know global weather patterns.
  • Know conservation and weather issues, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Lesson 1 Assignment15
Lesson 1 Exam: Introduction to Meteorology90
Lesson 2 Assignment20
Lesson 2 Exam: Climate100
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3 Exam: All About Clouds100
Lesson 4 Assignment30
Lesson 4 Exam: Blowing in the Wind100
Lesson 5 Assignment20
Lesson 5 Exam: Under Pressure100
Lesson 6 Assignment20
Lesson 6 Exam: Weather Forecasting50
Lesson 7 Assignment20
Lesson 7 Exam: Stormy Weather90
Lesson 8 Assignment30
Lesson 8 Exam: Global Weather Patterns100
Lesson 9 Assignment20
Lesson 9 Exam: Water and Weather100
Lesson 10 Assignment10
Lesson 10 Exam: Conservation and Weather Issues100
Lesson 11 Assignment20
Lesson 11 Exam: Weather Effects100
Lesson 12 Assignment20
Lesson 12 Exam: Careers in Meteorology100
The Final Exam590
Total Points:1970
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