Syllabus & Outline
Instructor: MT Staff, as assigned
Office Hours: As posted on office door, as scheduled,
by appointment. Additional/Alternate times by appointment
This course covers the skills necessary to live and work safely
aboard oceangoing research vessels. Emphasis is placed on maintaining
a 24-hour navigation log and weather watch and safely conducting
over-the-side biological sampling operations. Upon completion,
students should be able to maintain a weather log, plot a cruise
track, and safely use biological sampling gear.
Course Hours per Semester:
1 Credit Hour , 48 hours of Lab
Be a full time Marine Technology student or permission of the
None required. Reference books are on the vessel.
- MSC 112 provides a five day training cruise
to provide Marine Tech students with the experience of living
and working with others aboard an ocean going research vessel.
- To acquaint students with scientific and navigational
watch standing procedures aboard ocean going Research vessels.
- To train the students the proper techniques for conducting river water sample analysis and maintaining a river buoy log.
- To introduce the students to the proper techniques of using various biological sampling gear.
- To maintain continuous watch for sea turtles, sea birds and marine mammals and properly log all sightings.
Class Attendance: According to CFCC
policy, a student must attend at least 80% of the scheduled class
hours in order to receive credit for the course. Attendance is
marked at the beginning of the cruise. Those not present at that
time will be marked absent. Tardies will be marked any time a student
is late for a roll call or assigned watch assignment. Watch assignments
missed may constitute absences if conditions warrant such action.
Withdrawal: A student wishing to not
participate on a cruise should withdraw before the cruise date.
This will be recorded as a W with no grade penalty applied. If
a student departs the cruise, absences will be logged and a grade
of "F" will be entered after the 10th hour missed (20%), after
which a student may not withdraw passing (WP) if prior arrangements
have not been made with the instructor.
Conduct: At all times cruising students
will conduct themselves in a mature and safe manner. While on liberty
they should remember they are representatives of CFCC and the Marine
Technology program and should continue to behave accordingly. The
ship's Captain and your Cruise Supervisor will discuss additional
safety rules to be followed while aboard the ship. This will be
done prior to departure from the dock and/or during the safety
Safety: Students must follow safety
requirements. Students who ignore or violate safety requirements
will be subject to discipline, which may include dismissal from
the course. The ship's Captain and your Cruise Supervisor will
discuss additional safety rules to be followed while aboard the
ship. This will be done prior to departure from the dock, during
the safety drills and/or while on station. Students are required
to wear proper footgear (no barefeet, sandals or open-ended shoes)
at all times while on deck. Work vests and hard hats will be worn
at all times when performing over the side operations.
- Students must stand all assigned daily watches throughout the duration of
the cruise and must satisfactorily complete all work assigned in
conjunction with these watches.
- Student's ability to work with others aboard ship.
to manipulative and mental skills necessary for safe working
- Correct implementation of various oceanographic, meteorological
and navigational duties.
- Reduction and display of data, as assigned.
- Timely accomplishment of duties.
|A grade for MSC 112 will be based on the aforementioned
criteria as shown below.
|Performance of Scientific watch standing duties and assignments
|Performance of Navigation/Weather watch standing duties and
|Attitude, aptitude and overall participation [by Ship's Captain]
|Attitude, aptitude and overall participation [by Cruise Supervisor]
A minimum average grade of 68% is required to receive
credit for MSC 112
The following grading system will be used for this class.
Quality Points per
92 - 100
84 - 91
76 - 83
68 - 75
0 - 67
[Student failed to complete
required course assignment due to extenuating circumstances]
|Withdrawal Failing, computed
as a Failure on transcripts
A: Outstanding performance by student. Exceeds
all basic requirements. Student demonstrates high level of competency
in course material. Student capable of independent work in field
B: Above average performance by student. Student exceeds
some requirements. Student demonstrates good competency in field.
C: Average performance by student. Student meets basic
course requirements. Student demonstrates adequate level of competency
in field. Students can work in field with supervision.
D: Below average performance by student. Student barely
meets course requirements.
F: Unacceptable performance by the student. Student fails
to meet course requirements. Student does not demonstrate proficiency
OUTLINE OF INSTRUCTION:
As a field/lab practicum for skills acquired in other Marine
Technology courses, this course has no structured outline of instruction.
Skills to be covered include: Safety aboard an oceangoing research
vessel; living and working aboard an oceangoing research vessel;
Weather, Navigation and Scientific watch standing duties; proper
use of various types of biological sampling gear; collection of
biological samples; identification & preservation of biological
samples; lab meter analysis of water samples obtained and log sheet
This CFCC Freshman Spring Training Cruise is designed to introduce
Marine Technology students to estuarine salinity gradients, differing
bottom types and distributions of nektonic and benthic organisms
in the near and offshore Coastal Carolina area between Wilmington,
NC and Savannah, GA.
Student technicians will be assigned to one of two (2) work teams;
the Navigation Team or the Scientific Sampling Team.
- making half hourly position checks
- maintaining the
CFCC Navigation Log
- maintaining a continuous mylar plot showing:
underway fixes plotted every 30 minutes (on the hour and half
fixes plotted for both arrival and departure times of each station
- advising the bridge before departing each station what the course
is TO the NEXT
station, making all set & drift corrections as needed
the Navigation Event Notebook
- provide to the Scientific Team
all required navigational information (time to upcoming stations,
station start/end times
- all logs and plots will be complete and turned over
to the Cruise Supervisor
before debarking for mid week liberty or at cruise end
Students who are not present when it is their time to be on their assigned watch
will be graded down.
Scientific Sampling Team
- safely conducting all over the side sampling operations,
operations and sampling gear use
- maintaining the CFCC Scientific
Log; noting the time and location of all stations;
the sampling gear used, and team members working the station
- making all required measurements on samples obtained and maintaining
of such, specifically:
at all assigned buoys in the Cape Fear and Savannah Rivers,
salinity and pH using the refractometer and field pH
graph salinity and pH vs miles upriver for the estuaries
listings of dredge and trawl catches and organisms held
alive for use in aquaria
back at school
- all logs and graphs will be complete and turned
over to the Cruise Supervisor before debarking for mid week
- There will be no personal collection of
offshore animals. All live animals collected on board will
be brought back
to the school's Marine Biology Lab
to be put in student aquaria. Should there be an excess of animals
not used in the school's aquaria nor wanted by the
NC Marine Aquarium, it will be
the discretion of the instructor as to where these animals shall
Students who are not present when it is their
time to work a station on their assigned watch
will be graded down.
- Maintain weather watch on 24 hr basis Navigation
Team measurements and
entries made every hour on the hour.
Maintain a running meteorological data graph vs. time for entire
(Temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure).
Cruise Work: Much work is necessary once the ship is back in
- Carrying samples back to lab.
- Setting up aquaria with water
and animals collected on cruise.
- Cleaning the ship.
- Cleaning the lab.
Do not leave until all work is completed and you have been
released by your Cruise Supervisor or you will
be graded down.