Marine Biology - MSC 172


Course Outline & Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR

Jacqui Degan

TECHNICIAN

Shawna Daniel

TEXT

Marine Biology
Eighth Edition Peter Castro, & Michael E. Huber McGraw Hill, 2008  

Seashore Animals of the Southeast
Edward E. Ruppert & Richard S. Fox University of South Carolina Press

Seashells of North America: A Guide to Field Identification
R. Tucker Abbott Golden Guides from Martin's Press, 2001

A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Maine to Texas
Valerie A. Kells & Kent Carpenter, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011

SUPPLIES

Marsh clothing and shoes (closed toe and laces). Students will not be allowed to participate on field trips without proper clothing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course utilizes field trips to the beach, salt marsh, and other habitats to study marine animals and plants in their natural communities. Topics include, divisions of the marine environment, distribution of life in the ocean, and the interrelationships of marine organisms in various habitats. Upon completion, students should be able to scientifically identify various marine species and describe the role they fill in their biological communities.

HOURS, CREDITS, PREREQUISITES

Course Hours Per Week: Class 2, Lab 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

CLASS OBJECTIVES

Recognize different local marine habitats and communities.

Identify the various organisms that interact in each community.

Collect, preserve, and take field data on each organism encountered on field trips.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

You are responsible for your own learning; it is up to you to get something useful and interesting from this course. It is your responsibility to save all graded assignments.

ATTENDANCE

Each hour absent will reduce your attendance grade by 2 points. More than 16 hours will result in failure. Two tardies equal one absence.

WITHDRAWAL

Students may withdraw 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. The use of cell phones in this class is strictly prohibited. Failure to comply will result in a 10-point penalty on a quiz. Each additional incident will result in the doubling of the previous penalty. No food or drink is permitted in the classroom.

GRADING

Lecture Exams (Midterm & Final) 20%

Practical Exams (Midterm & Final) 20%

Quizzes 20%

Laboratory Exercises 15%

Laboratory Notebook 15%

Attendance 10%

Due to the nature of the laboratory exercises, there will be no make-ups. The student may attend another section for a makeup, but the instructor cannot make special accommodations.

One letter grade will be deducted from any lab grade when a student fails to bring their field guides.

TESTING

Exams may have multiple choice, matching, or essay type questions.

OFFICE

Number: S204D

Phone: 362-7405

Email: jdegan@cfcc.edu

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