Forecasting: practice and presentation

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Forecasting: practice and presentation

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Atmospheric Science, Communication Studies, Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Summary module description:

    This module aims first to provide an understanding of the basic 'bench' forecasting techniques followed by the production of a filmed TV -style forecast in collaboration with the Department of Film, Television and Drama in their modern studio.

    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of this module the student will be able to:

    - Use a variety of basic forecasting methods using live data and to produce an effective forecast
    - Produce a TV-style forecast in a professional environment.

    Additional outcomes:
    Students will enhance their presentation skills through the professionally produced TV-style forecast.

    Outline content:
    The early sessions will involve the production of 'bench' forecasts using 'live' data and followed by a TV-style, filmed forecast.

    Global context:
    The forecast methods used are applicable in differing geographical areas.

    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    There will be brief discussions to introduce the phenomena and techniques that will be studied in the practical sessions. During these sessions, the current weather will be routinely discussed in a "live" context to exemplify the concepts covered in lectures. Students will also learn how to produce and present a TV weather forecast in a time-limited fashion.

    Summative Assessment Methods:

    Oral assessment and presentation 60%
    Set exercise 40%

    Formative assessment methods:
    The first 'bench' forecast is formative.

    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

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