Lecture: MWF, 9am -9:50am, BO 125
Course Objectives: This course emphasizes all the processes that take place in the ocean, and will teach the student to understand the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Analysis of the various aspects of geology, biology, and chemistry of the marine system is the best way to understand how the ocean and its life interact. For example, the physical structure of the ocean floor impacts the habitats and ecology of ocean life, as well as global climate cycles on Earth.
Current issues in oceanography, application of new technology, and ocean exploration will be stressed. In addition, students will learn to argue their viewpoints and understanding in open class discussions.
Lecture mid-term 15%
Lecture final 20%
Issues essays 20%
The quizzes will be held in the last 25 minutes of class, and I will let everyone know the subject the class period before.
Review sheets for the lecture midterm and final will be passed out the class period before the exam. Each will include a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and essay-style questions.
Grading Standards: In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.
Late assignment policy. For all assignments, the late penalty is 5% per working day (25% per week). No assignments will be accepted after Wednesday of finals week.
Attendance: Attendance is required for both lecture and lab. Absences can only be excused by contacting me in advance, prior to lecture or laboratory assignments. Absences presented after the class is over will not be accommodated except in rare circumstances. I reserve the right to drop any student from the class who has more than 3 unexcused absences. Attendance will be used to make decisions on the final grade score of students who are on the border between two letter grades.