Oceanography - MSC 160

Course Outline & Syllabus

TEXT Essentials of Oceanography, Eleventh edition 2014
  by Alan P. Trujillo and Harold V. Thurman




This course provides a general description of the geology, chemistry, and physics of the oceans. Topics include a history of oceanography, bathymetry, plate tectonics, seawater chemistry and physics, atmospheric circulation, currents, waves, tides, sedimentation, and coastal geology. Upon completion, students should be able to describe bathymetric features, the chemistry and physics of seawater, atmospheric and ocean circulations, marine sediments, and coastal processes.


4 credit hours, 4 lecture hours per week




Class Attendance

Each hour absent will reduce your attendance grade by 2.5 points. More than 13 hours absent will result in failure. Two tardies equal one absence.


Students may withdrawal by filling out and having the instructor sign a withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

Conduct and Safety

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will not interfere with the learning effort or safety of classmates. Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions. The use of cell phones is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Failure to comply will result in a drop of one letter grade from quizzes or exams at the discretion of the Instructor. NO FOOD OR DRINK is permitted in the classroom. Tobacco products are prohibited

Grading and CFCC's Grading Scale

Exams (Midterm and Final) 35%

Quizzes 15%

Independent Project 20%

Homework/In-class Assignments 20%

Attendance 10%

CFCC Grading Scale

A 92-100
B 84-91
C 76-83
D 68-75
F < 68


  • Projects and assignments will not be accepted for grading after the announced due date.
  • Make-ups for missed midterms and final exams will only be allowed for legitimate reasons (family and/or medical emergencies).
  • Make-ups of quizzes are at the discretion of the Instructor. If you are late to class, and the quiz has already started, you are not permitted to take the quiz.
  • It is your responsibility to save all graded quizzes, exams and assignments.


This course will use online resources including the Instructor's website, the text's website, and myCFCC. It is expected that your student email and the Instructor's website be checked for updates FREQUENTLY (at least every two days). Web access is available to all students in each Marine Technology classrooms (S-207 and S-209), labs and shops; CFCC's Library and Learning Lab; and the County Library at 2nd and Chestnut Streets and several of its branches. (Note: libraries may have email restrictions and printing charges. Become familiar with their policies before using their facilities!).

Student Email

In addition to web postings of assignments and announcements, email will be used as the main method of communication. Each student will set-up a web-based CFCC student email account within the first week of classes. It is expected that your email will be checked for notices and assignments. Departmental announcements will also be sent out via this email account.


Office: S204D


Email: jdegan@cfcc.edu

Office Hours:

The instructor's schedule is posted on her office door and on her web page. Additional/alternate times by appointment.