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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE2092 Meteorology

10 creditsClass Size: 65

Module manager: Dr Andrew Ross

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

SOEE1481 or equivalent.


SOEE1301Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical S

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces the structure and dynamics of the atmosphere, and the physical processes which determine them, both in the boundary layer and in atmospheric circulation on local and regional scales. The course will emphasize the importance of meteorology in the local environment. Some of the standard techniques used in meteorology will be introduced, including the analysis of weather charts, the interpretation of vertical soundings of the atmosphere, and their usage in making a weather forecast. This module is taught through lectures and workshops and is assessed by an open book examination and an assessed practical forecasting exercise.


On completion of this module, students will have a good understanding of the basic physical processes which determine the structure and dynamics of the atmosphere, in the boundary layer and in atmospheric circulation on local and regional scales. Students will also become familiar with some of the standard techniques used in meteorology. The course also provides a good background for the Blencathra and Arran field trips.

Skills outcomes
The module places considerable emphasis on:
- recognising and using subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts and principles;
- developing the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (eg working independently, time management and organisation skills).

The module places moderate emphasis on:
- analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, including prior research;
- applying knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems;
- receiving and responding to a variety of information sources (eg textual numerical, verbal, graphical);
- communicating appropriately to a variety of audiences in written, verbal and graphical form;
- appreciating issues of sample selection, accuracy, precision and uncertainty during collecting, recording and analysis of data in the field and laboratory.

The module places some emphasis on:
- collecting and integrating several lines of evidence to formulate and test hypotheses;
- developing an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work.


Properties of air, vertical structure of the atmosphere; radiation; winds and their relationship to pressure and temperature. Boundary layer processes; upper-level circulations; cloud processes; atmospheric circulations and weather phenomena; interpretation of weather charts, observations and satellite imagery.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours83.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Reading and revision (43 hours);
Workshop preparation (20 hours);
Projec work (20 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Will be through regular workshops.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectWeather analysis report (1,000 word)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam1 hr 30 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

The exam will be open-book, 48-hour, online.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:33


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