Foundation degrees

Course Information

Fundamentals of Meteorology

Module summary

Module code: ENVI1160
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Module Coordinator(s): Peter Burt


Pre and co requisites



The effects of weather and climate on natural resources are often treated superficially.
This course will help students to understand their significance and inter-relationships with
living systems, and enable them to apply their knowledge of weather and climate data when
analysing environmental, farming and ecological systems.

This course aims:
to develop an awareness of the basic elements of weather and climate, and their
effects on ecological and agricultural (and other natural) systems;
to show the considerations to be made when measuring weather and climate date for
natural resources monitoring, from ground-based instrumentation to meteorological
satellite data;
to explore the causes and possible environmental consequences of weather and
climate processes on natural resources.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
1. Appreciate and describe general meteorological principles and the different scales
of weather systems;
2. Recognise and critically apply the above to appropriate natural resource
management problems:
3. Reflect on the use of different types of meteorological data in the management of
natural resources;
4. Explain the difference between active and passive dispersal of material in the

Indicative content

Principles of weather and climate.
The formation and development of basic weather systems and processes.
General biometeorology, including the effects of weather and climate on insect pests and
plant diseases.
Basic climate classification and climate change.
The role of meteorological processes as a component of environmental monitoring as an
aid to natural resource management.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures and tutorials.
Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours):
Scheduled contact hours: Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations,
practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work ,
fieldwork, external visits, workbased learning where integrated into a structured academic programme -

lectures 36;
seminars 0;
supervised practical sessions0;
tutorials 4;
formative assessment 2;
other scheduled time 0;
Guided independent study: Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled
sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 36;
Independent laboratory work 0;
other non-scheduled time 72;
Placements (including work placement and year abroad)0;
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 150.


Seminar presentation on aspect of applied meteorology: 30% weighting, one 15 minute presentation. Pass mark 50%. Assessing learning outcomes 1,2,3.

Examination: 70% weighting, pass mark 50. Assessing learning outcomes 1,2,3.