Climate and Climate Change
Instructor: Cecilia Bitz
Teaching Assistant: Tomislav
Teaching Assistant: Terry Kubar
Section AA in Mary
Gates Hall (MGH) 231
Section AB in Anderson (AND) 008
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| Course Description
This is an introductory course for nonscience majors on climate and climate change. The class will be divided in three parts:
"The Earth System" by Lee R. Kump, James F. Kasting, and Robert C. Crane, Prentice Hall, 1999.
The lectures will largely follow the
textbook. Each week you will be required to read material of direct relevance
to the class, but if you are curious, you may want to read the entire book.
Your grade will be based on the following:
and Poster Symposium 25%
You are expected to attend and participate in class. Approximately five quizzes will be given without pior notice. Your lowest quiz score will not be counted in your grade. There will be no make-up exams or quizzes except in extreme circumstances, in which case you must contact the instructor in advance of the exam or as soon as possible after a missed quiz.
You will form groups of 1-3 and research some aspect of Earth's climate. The instructor and TAs will suggest some topics in a separate document. Each person in the group must pursue a separate and unique idea that is related to the topic. Your grade on the project will be based on (1) a separate report written by each individual (which will need to be revised if you are taking this as a writing W class) and (2) a group poster presentation at two symposia on November 9 and 10.Assignments and quizzes
The assignments will require you to answer questions (mostly short answer) drawn from lectures, the textbook, and online resources. Assignments are due in class at 10:30 on the day indicated. Late assignments will not be accepted without advanced arrangement.
Quizzes will be given throughout the
quarter and will be similar to the homework. They may be given on any day
of the week (including Friday) and must be taken without the use of books
See the course home page for links
to the actual assignments.
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