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 conducting
standard hydrographic stations using various oceanographic samplers.
Upon completion, students should be able to set up and conduct
a hydrographic station and collect accurate data using various
types of marine instrumentation.
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 216 provides an eight day training cruise
to provide Marine Tech students with the experience of living
and working with others aboard an ocean going research vessel.
- To provide students additional experience with scientific and navigational watch standing procedures aboard ocean going research vessels.
- To provide students with an opportunity to
conduct meteorological observations, determine and plot positions,
reduce and display acquired data.
- To train the student on the classical and contemporary oceanographic instrumentation utilized in a variety of scientific research projects.
- To provide the students experience with the proper methods for safely taking an oceanographic station.
- To provide the students with an opportunity to conduct and compare scientific investigations in both the waters of the offshore mid-Atlantic region and the Chesapeake Bay estuarine environment.
- To provide the students with the educational experience of
visiting a large urban aquarium, the National Aquarium in Baltimore
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.
- Attention to manipulative and mental skills necessary for
safe working habits.
- Correct implementation of various oceanographic, meteorological
and navigational duties.
- Reduction and display of data, as assigned.
- Timely accomplishment of duties.
|A grade for MSC 216 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 216
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
C: Average performance by student. Student
meets basic course requirements. Student demonstrates adequate
level of competency in field. Students can work in field with
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 sampling gear; lab analysis of water samples
obtained and log sheet maintenance.
Each watch will be broken into two teams, the Navigation/Weather
Team and the Scientific Sampling Team. Each team will have
a team foreman assigned and/or chosen and it will be their
to organize and delegate all team responsibilities. Each team
carries the responsibility of sharing the workload and learning
experiences equitably. The team foreman will make sure all
data is turned into the Cruise Supervisor (instructor) at the
of each cruise leg. It is not the responsibility of the team
foreman to perform any work duly delegated to team members.
Assignment sheets must be turned in to the cruise supervisor
duties each team member is responsible for prior to arrival
on any station or at the start of each cruise leg.
- Recommend to or advise the watch officer:
- Determination of and recommendation to the watch officer,
courses and heading from station to station.
of the ship [within limits prescribed by the watch officer].
- Estimated time of arrival at new stations and corrected ETA’s
when ETA change exceeds ten minutes.
- Course and heading
changes when required. Course and/or heading changes will
be three degrees or greater.
- The Navigation watch will
maintain a plot, on Mylar, and submit it to the Cruise Supervisor
at the termination of
their respective cruise
information should be included:
- Dates and cruise number of the plots,
along with respective chart data.
- All movements of the
ship from the appropriate sea buoy [e.g. 2CF at Cape Fear
River] to Baltimore and back.
- All position determinations
and type of position.
- A continuous cruise track line with
annotations of all stations and/or towing operations.
by GPS and Loran at least once every 30 minutes when under
way and upon arrival and departure of every station
may also be utilized while in proximity to charted aids to navigation.
- Set and drift shall be determined on each transect of
steaming that is two hours or more or when on a station for
- Advise the Scientific Sampling Team of all station
and be on call during stations to answer any navigational questions
data that may be pertinent to sampling operations or necessary
for completion of various data sheets.
- The Navigation Log Record
of the ship’s movement should
be maintained continuously while in open waters. All forms must
- Maintain the Weather Log. Measurements and entries
should be made every hour on the hour, 24 hours a day.
- A running meteorological data graph vs. time should be maintained
continuously for the entire cruise leg. Temperature,
humidity, barometric pressure,
wind speed, and wind direction should be plotted on an hourly
Scientific Sampling Team:
- Perform all duties associated with conducting an oceanographic
station, including, operating the winches, classical and
contemporary oceanographic instrumentation setup and use, proper
entry and reduction of data on all associated log sheets, and
the proper chemical and/or electronic
analyzation of water samples.
- An XBT will be utilized on several selected
stations or while underway.
- A niskin bottle cast will be executed
at every station. The number of bottles will vary depending on
the depth and/or
thermal structure. When conducting shallow water cast the bathythermogram
will determine where the bottles are spaced
on the wire. Standard depths as proposed by the International Association of
Physical Oceanography should be observed
when sampling at depths of 200 meters or more and should include unprotected
DSRT’s on every bottle below 200 meters. The A-sheet oceanographic log
should be used to record all niskin bottle observations. Completion of all
applicable calculations must be provided to the Cruise Supervisor upon the
completion of each cruise leg.
- Water samples will be drawn from every niskin
bottle and analyzed for:
- Dissolved Oxygen
- Salinity & Conductivity
- pH (may be excluded)
- Nitrite / Nitrate / Ammonia (may
- Other variables as specified.
- All data from lab analyzation should be
recorded on the proper log sheets, organized on a per station basis, and
graphed vs depth.
- Additional equipment and their respective log sheets
that may be utilized on various stations.
- Clarke-Bumpus plankton sampler
- CSTD [tethered
array or self-contained SEABIRD]
- Isaac-Kidd Midwater Trawl
- Neuston Net
- Various miscellaneous sampling gears
All students will be expected to tour the National Aquarium while
in the port of Baltimore. The College will provide entrance
fees. Further details will be furnished upon arrival in Baltimore.
Good Work Ethics Should Lead to Career Success
Cape Fear Community College and employers recognize the importance
of good work ethics. The standards that govern the conduct of
persons in the workplace are known as work ethics. More specifically,
a person’s conduct, such as punctuality, honesty, motivation,
reliability, cooperation, thoroughness, and creativity, pertains
to the values, abilities, and behaviors that he or she brings
to the job. Studies show that employees’ lack of ability
to do a job accounts for only 15 percent of firings and dismissals.
Of the other 85 percent, employers often give the following reasons
for letting employees go:
- Frequent absences from
- Habitual lateness
- Inability to get along with other workers
- Lack of reliability
- Failure to use resources properly
CFCC instructors want you to be prepared
for further education and success in the workplace; therefore, they have classroom
shop/lab rules and standards. Below is a checklist for assessing
your commitment to school/work ethics.
- I understand the importance of quality, the
importance of doing a school/job assignment right the first time.
- I am motivated, and I accept responsibility without
- I am receptive to new ideas, methods,
and processes; and I pursue emerging technologies.
- I speak
and write effectively in a clear, concise, and professional
- I function in a team environment that requires
working for the good of the whole.
- I am dependable
and reliable at school/work, reporting to my classes/job on
time and completing
- I am honest in my dealings with instructors,
supervisors, students, and co-workers; and
I display a cooperative
and supportive attitude.
- I dress appropriately
for school and the workplace and maintain a neat, clean appearance.
- I manage my time effectively and look for ways to be more efficient
- I maintain a clean, orderly
school/work space and leave it ready for use by others.