Oceanography - MSC 160


Course Outline & Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR Jacqui Degan
TEXT Exploring the World Ocean, First edition 2008
  by W. Sean Chamberlin and Tommy D. Dickey
 

www.mhhe.com/chamberlin1e

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

COURSE CREDIT & HOURS PER WEEK

4 credit hours, 4 lecture hours per week

PREREQUISTES

None

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

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.

Withdrawal

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 8-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 and CFCC's Grading Scale

Exams (Midterm and Final) 35%

Quizzes 20%

Independent Project 20%

Homework Assignments 15%

Attendance 10%

CFCC Grading Scale

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

NOTE

  • 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 within the first four days following the scheduled test date, and only for legitimate reasons (family and/or medical emergencies).
  • THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UPS OF QUIZZES .
  • It is your responsibility to save all graded quizzes, exams and assignments.

COURSE ONLINE RESOURCES

This course will use online resources including the Instructor's website, the text's website, and Campus Cruiser. 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.

INSTRUCTOR'S OFFICE & OFFICE HOURS

Office: S204D

Phone:362-7405

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.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Week

Lecture Topics

Assigned Reading

1

Review of Syllabus

Campus Cruiser, Email and Course Website Introduction & Future of Oceanography

Chapter 1 & Chapter 16

2

World Ocean Origins

Chapter 2

3

Plate Tectonics Theory & Evidence

Chapter 3

4

Seafloor Features

Chapter 4

5

Ocean Sediments

Chapter 5

6

Ocean Chemistry

Chapter 6

7

Ocean Physics

Chapter 7

8

Midterm Exam

 

 

9

The Ocean & The Atmosphere

Chapter 8

10

Surface & Deep Circulation

Chapter 9

11

Ocean Waves

Chapter 10

12

Ocean Tides & Sea Level

Chapter 11

13

Ocean Ecosystems & Fisheries

Chapter 14

14

Humans & The Coastal Ocean

Chapter 15

15

Independent Project Presentations

 

16

Independent Project Presentations
Review & Final Exam