Introduction to Meteorology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Meteorology
    B. Course Number: GE 214 - 10308
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 217
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday at 5 pm.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): GE 214L
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course focuses on the science of the atmosphere by following weather in real time via the internet. This course provides the student with background information on the properties of the atmosphere, the scientific principles that govern weather and climate, the interactions between the atmosphere and the other components of the Earth system, and the implications of those interactions for humankind. Concurrent enrollment in GE 214L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This is an introductory meteorology course that will fulfill the requirements for laboratory science. It is transferable to most other colleges and universities. The course will consist of 3 credit hours of lecture (on-line) and 1 credit hour of lab, which will also be on-line.



    Weather Studies Introduction to Atmospheric Science e-Textbook & e-Investigations Manual (2016-2017, & summer 2017)Weather studies student ePackage Access Card ISBN 9781940033976

    Scientific calculator (a simple calculator under $15 will work for this course)

    Colored Pencils, scissors, and a ruler (with metrics)

    Because this is an online course you will be required to have a computer with internet.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Chapter Exams 35%
    Class/Lab Assignments 35%
    Final Exam 30%

    Grade Calculation Example:
    1. Average Exams, Average Class/Lab Assignments
    2. (0.35 * Exam Average) + (0.35 * Assignments Average) + (0.30* Final Exam)

    Example calculation: A student averages 79% on exams, 87% on assignments and 74% on the final exam.

    (0.35 * 79) + (0.35 * 87) + (0.30 * 74) = final grade
    (27.65) + (30.45) + (22.2) = 80.3 final grade is ‘B’

    Chapter Exams (35%): You will be given four chapter exams. Look at your schedule for the exact coverage. Expect them to be mostly multiple choose. You’ll be given these on-line and will have five days to complete them. There will be no make-ups for these exams, no matter what. To make-up for any problems personal and technology wise, your lowest exam will be dropped. That means if you miss an exam, this exam will be your low score and will be the one dropped.

    Class/Lab Assignments (35%): This will include anything other than the exams. You will have a weekly lab investigation to complete and chapter review questions.

    Lecture: You will have a reading assignment and related review questions to complete each week. Late assignments will be deducted 20 points for every day (24 hour period) there late. So, for example any assignments coming in between Monday at 12:01AM (MST) and Tuesday at 12:00AM (MST) will be deducted 20 points. Points may also be deducted for not following instructions. So please read all instructions completely prior to attempting any assignment. If I receive duplicate work from any students it will result in an automatic zero for all involved.

    Lab: You will have a lab investigation to complete each week. Part 1 of the investigation will be found in your lab manual, part 2 will require you log into the American Meteorological Society (AMS) website to complete a current weather studies (CWS) assignment. Your login name and password can be found on the Blackboard homepage. There is a place in your lab investigations module to copy down your login name and password. Please take the time to add this information to your manual. These assignments change on the site every Monday around 10AM (MST). If you miss downloading the assignment before the change over, you will need to click on archived assignments. Assignments coming in after the due date and time will be deducted 20 points for every day (24 hour period) there late. So, for example any assignments coming in between Monday at12:01AM (MST) and Tuesday at 12:00AM (MST) will be deducted 20 points. Late labs will have to be submitted as a word file attached to a Canvas email.

    Labs will be set up in a quiz format. You will open the lab quiz and add the answer from your manual. Do not open the quiz until you have completed the lab. Opening it prior to completing the lab will be of no advantage. The questions in the lab quiz are the exact same questions in your lab manual. You are just submitting your answers for grading.

    Final exam (30%): You will have a final exam that will be comprehensive. It will be available in the NMJC testing center and through the respondus monitor system May 8-10 @ 12(noon). The final exam will be comprehensive over the chapter homeworks.

    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days up to 12 (noon) on Fridays and within 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Fridays of each week. With the exception of Problem/Solution assignments.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College’s broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline – specific knowledge skills, and scientific and academic values.

    The course content of GE214Supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    At the completion of this course the student should be able to:

    1. Illustrate a better developed and varied vocabulary
    2. Illustrate an understanding of the atmosphere and how it behaves
    3. Recognize weather symbols and fonts and what each do
    4. Analyze, synthesize, evaluate and interpret information and ideas.
    5. Interpret graphs, tables, diagrams, maps, and remotely sensed images.
    6. Gather information from printed sources, electronic sources and observation.
    7. Apply computer technologies for finding information and problem solving.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Outline of Activities:

    Week 0 

    Introductions Assignment. Module Zero assignments will be due Jan. 23 @ 11:59pm.



    Week 1

    Readings: Chapter 13- Weather Analysis and forecasting. 


    Investigation 13A and B Student Investigations Manual



    Week 2

    Readings: Chapter 1- Monitoring the Weather (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 1 Student Investigations Manual and CWS



    Week 3

    Readings: Chapter 2- Atmosphere: Origin, Composition, and Structure (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 2 Student Investigations Manual and CWS


    EXAM 1 (Chapters 1,2 & 3) Due March 1st



    Week 4

    Readings: Chapter 3- Solar and Terrestrial Radiation (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 3 Student Investigations Manual and CWS



    Week 5

    Readings: Chapter 4 – Heat, Temperature, and Atmospheric Circulation (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 4 Student Investigations Manual and CWS



    Week 6

    Readings: Chapter 5 – Air Pressure (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 5 Student Investigations Manual and CWS



    Week 7

    Readings: Chapter 6 – Humidity, Saturation, and Stability


    Investigation 6 Student Investigations Manual and CWS


    Critical Thinking Assignment (March 24th, Midnight)(



    Week 8

    Readings: Chapter 7 – Clouds, precipitation, and weather radar (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 7 Student Investigations Manual and CWS


    EXAM 2 (Chapters 4, 5, & 6)  Due March 22




    Spring Break (No New Assignments) March 27-31.



    Week 10

    Readings: Chapter 8 – Weather Systems of Middle Latitudes (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 8 Student Investigations Manual and CWS



    Week 11

    Readings: Chapter 9 – Atmosphere’s Planetary circulation (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 9 Student Investigations Manual and CWS


    EXAM 3 (7, 8, & 9) Due April 19



    Week 12

    Readings: Chapter 10- Weather systems of middle Latitudes (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 10 Student Investigations Manual and CWS



    Week 13

    Readings: Chapter 11 – Thunderstorms and Tornadoes (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 11 Student Investigations Manual and CWS



    Week 14

    Readings: Chapter 12 – Tropical Weather Systems (Answer Review Questions) 


    Investigation 12 Student Investigations Manual and CWS



    Week 15

    Reading: Chapter 14 (extra credit)


    Investigation 14 Student Investigations Manual and CWS


    EXAM 4 (10, 11, & 12) Due May 10 (noon) Note the exam closes at noon not midnight.



    Week 16

    MAY 8-10th at 12(noon) FINAL EXAM Must be completed by 12 (noon) on the 10th of May.




    Testing Center hours: Saturdays (10AM-2PM), Monday & Tuesday (7:30AM-7PM)