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GEOG-103 - Weather & Climate - Dr. Vincent Devlahovich

Course:Weather & Climate
Professor:Dr. Vincent Devlahovich
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Dr. D

I am Dr. Devlahovich, usually referred to as Dr. D, to make it easier to remember.  I have been teaching at College of the Canyons since 2007 and am Emeritus Professor of Earth Science.  I am happy to welcome you too my 100% online course for Spring semester 2024.  This class, like most, will be delivered to you on your Canvas course management system which you can access starting on Monday February 5, 2024 at 6 am.  Canvas can be accessed from the homepage by clicking the icon at the top of the page.  

Course Description

This course is a 100% online introduction to Meteorology. It is a 3.0 unit UC and CSU transferable course. It introduces the mechanics and processes of the atmosphere, including general and severe weather, weather forecasting, climates, and the complex natural and human influences on global climate change. May include field work and field trips.

What to Expect in this Course

Summary of Course Procedure
Each week you will be required to complete the following tasks: • Read the assigned chapters in your textbook.
• Review the corresponding PowerPoint presentations.

• Complete one quiz for each chapter as many times as necessary to master the content in the question. Save these quizzes for study later. These quizzes constitute your study guide for the tests. These quizzes cut-off each Saturday night at 11:59 pm.

• Post an online research response for each chapter via the Canvas discussion board. These research responses must be at least 200 words in length and include at least two source citations. The source citations are separate from the word count, which means that they are not counted in the word count. Additionally, you must respond to at least two other students’ research responses for each chapter for full credit. The responses to other students must be at least 100 words in length each and do NOT have to include citations. These responses must be completed on each Friday morning at 6 am each week. Note that URLs are source citations, I highly recommend using APA style for your citations.

• Take your tests at the scheduled times (see your syllabus).

Types of Assessments

Assessments include online exams and quizzes with multiple choice questions as well as required discussion board research and posts written and submitted by you. These must be completed at the times listed in your syllabus.  

Textbook Information

Required Text book:  The Atmosphere Lutgens,Tarbuck & Herman 14th edition, Pearson.

Be sure to secure this textbook by the first day of class, February 5, 2024.  It is available in the campus bookstore as well as in all the usual places you find textbooks.  

Other Relevant Course Information

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s)

  1. Examine the influences of the Earth/Sun relationship on weather and climate.

  2. Compare, contrast, and analyze interactions among Earth's atmosphere, other Earth systems,

    global climates, and the effects of humans on the natural environment.

Grading & Class Procedures: You are required to read the assigned chapters and study the corresponding PowerPoints first each week. Then you must take the corresponding chapter quizzes by each Saturday night at 11:59 pm multiple times to prepare you for the three tests. You must complete the chapter discussion board assignments each week and submit your research response as well as two responses to other students posts by each Friday morning at 6 am. All exams are required to pass the class and will not be rescheduled without a documentable emergency of the most severe nature. The exams cover material from the textbook. Your students guide are your quizzes because all the test questions come from these quizzes.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 01/25/2024 Sub#: 1709