The exam covers chapters 7-11 in 4CE (Chapters 7-10 in 3CE), Christianity and the Environment Notes

The exam is NOT open book.

The exam will be monitored by PROCTORIO – all activity will be recorded and reviewed. Any academic dishonesty will result in a 0 and an “F’ in the course. No appeals. I will review the recordings.

Remember you are studying in Catholic learning environment and are expected to behave by standards of Christian morality and ethics.

NOTE: You must take a Proctorio exam on a desktop or full laptop computer (tablets or smartphones are not allowed) which has a working web camera and microphone.


  • You must take a Proctorio exam on a desktop or full laptop computer (tablets or smartphones are not allowed) which has a working web camera and microphone.
  • You must use CHROME and download the Proctorio Chrome extension. Download it now.
  • You must also complete the exam in a private location with a good Internet connection.
  • Make arrangements NOW. No webcam/microphone, NO GRADE.
  • Please watch the Proctorio student Guide video as this will give you an idea of what to you will experience while being proctored online. If you experience any technical issues please use the Proctorio support site.
  • You will need to present your student ID or driver’s license . Smile for a picture, then take your exam!


The exam will be multiple choice, short answer and other questions.

There will probably be too many questions for you to answer in the time allowed (yes, there is a time limit). You will have to work quickly. That’s OK. It I need to, I will scale the marks.

For example

Climatology refers to

   a. the scientific study of climate

    b. the study of climbing apparatuses in playgrounds

    c. the study of those who have summited Mt. Everest

        Hopefully you’ll pick (a)! 

B. A few “other” questions.  Similar to questions on your labs, I’ve given you diagrams, and asked you some questions about them.  Or I’ve given you some blank diagrams and asked you to complete them.  Again, please take note of the things I’ve highlighted as important in my notes!  I didn’t highlight them for my health!!!  For instance (HINT) know when air cools/warms at the MAR/DAR, cold/warm/occluded fronts, and where you would find each of the major global climatic regions.

 How to Study …

  1. Read over the online notes.  I like the “onion method” of studying as opposed to cramming.  The onion method means I read over the notes tonight … and absorb some (one layer of knowledge).  I read over the notes tomorrow (another layer of knowledge).  And so on, and so on, gradually adding layers of knowledge.  The challenge is, you can’t be an onion by starting to study the night before the exam at 11:59 p.m.!  You need to start today! You can NOT use your notes during the exam. Doing so will mean an automatic 0.
  2. As you read the notes, do use the figures in the text (an online resources) as references. The figures/pictures really help you visualize what you’re studying!
  3. Review the chapters in the text.  Note that I will NOT ask you anything that is only in the text, but not in your notes! You can NOT use your text during the exam. Doing so will mean an automatic 0.

Some things to make sure you look over

(not an exhaustive list, but these will show up in some form …)

  • dew point and relative humidity
  • lapse rates
  • types of fog
  • various air masses (mT, mP etc)
  • different climate zones
  • actual and potential evapotranspiration/soil moisture deficits/etc
  • what influences climate
  • various fronts (warm/cold/etc)
  • basic cloud types
  • cyclones and anticlyclones / high and low pressure
  • severe weather
  • theological issues

What Should You Bring or NOT Bring?

You should bring …

  • Yourself!  (refreshed, relaxed, invigorated, empowered by the Spirit)
  • A pen (and pencil if you wish, for the diagrams).

You should NOT bring …

  • Your text or notes (sorry, this exam is not open book!)
  • Your cousin (a geography graduate student at Cambridge University)
  • Any crib notes, cheat sheets, or other “aids”
  • Any electronic or communications devices, including cell phones, blackberries, iPods, etc.

You do not need a calculator or any other high-tech stuff!

That’s about it!  Study hard!  I know there is lots to know and lots to memorize (the plague of introductory science courses!), but go at it!

Try to remember that this is God’s creation we are studying (it’s one of the symptoms of the Fall that studying divine artistry seems like drudgery!).   As you study the Earth-Atmosphere system, you are studying God’s handiwork!  You are doing theology (learning about God)!  Hard though it is, try to keep that perspective going …

God bless,