Senate Document Number 1909S
Date of Senate Approval 01/22/09
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC Document 7: Add new course, ATMS 345, Tropical Meteorology
Add new course, ATMS 464, Scientific Writing
Effective Date: Fall 2009
1. Add: On page 85, new course:
345 Tropical Meteorology (3)
An introduction to tropical climatology, tropical cyclones, observation techniques, tropical waves, ENSO, and connections between the tropics and mid-latitudes. Corequisite: ATMS 305. Even years Fall.
This course is an elective for the ATMS major or minor and thus has no impact on graduation requirements. It was taught as a special topics course (ATMS 373) in Fall 2006 and is being taught in Fall 2008. Making it a permanent part of the ATMS curriculum will not result in additional resource needs.
This course has been periodically offered as a special topics course in ATMS. Dr. Chris Hennon specializes in tropical meteorology and will offer this class every other year. Therefore it makes sense to create a permanent course number for Tropical Meteorology. All faculty in ATMS are in agreement with this proposal. This course has been taught by another faculty member (Alex Huang) in the past; thus it can still be offered if Chris Hennon should not be able to teach it.
2. Add: On page 86, new course:
464 Scientific Writing (3)
Writing and research strategies, particularly for meteorological applications. Topics include literature reviews, critical reading, improving writing practices, various types of scientific writings, and presentation skills. Prerequisites: ATMS 103 or 105, and Junior standing. Fall.
This course is not required for the ATMS major or minor and thus has no impact for those students. It is currently classified as a Writing Intensive (WI) and Informational Literacy Intensive (IL) course – this will continue. This class has been taught as a special topics course (ATMS 473) for the last two years. Making it a permanent part of the ATMS curriculum will not result in additional resource needs.
Scientific Writing was first taught in Fall 2007 as a special topics course (ATMS 473). It is being taught again in Fall of 2008 due to high demand from ATMS majors. We wish to make “Scientific Writing” a permanent addition to our course offerings. All faculty members in ATMS are in agreement with this addition.