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Success in Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) courses like Oceanography (GEOL 1140) depends on a student's preparation and participation as well as on the format of the course.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:

Spring 2016 Course Schedule

Dates Lesson Topic(s) Reading
20-Jan:22-Jan Introduction: Earth and its Waters 1
25-Jan:29-Jan Plate Tectonics and the Development of Ocean Basins 2
1-Feb:5-Feb Seafloor Features and Sedimentation 3
8-Feb:10-Feb Physical Properties of Water 4
17-Feb:19-Feb Chemistry of Seawater: Salts, Dissolved Gases, and Nutrients 5
22-Feb:26-Feb Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions 6
29-Feb:4-Mar Oceanic Structure and Circulation 7
7-Mar:11-Mar Waves: Swells to Tsunamis 8
14-Mar:18-Mar Tides: "Waves" Raised by Sun and Moon 9
21-Mar:25-Mar Land and Sea: Coasts, Beaches, and Estuaries 10
28-Mar:1-Apr Spring Break--no classes ---
4-Apr:8-Apr Oceanic Environments for Life 11
11-Apr:15-Apr Planktonic Communities, Productivity, and Food Webs 12
18-Apr:22-Apr Nektonic Communities: Free Swimmers 13
25-Apr:29-Apr Benthic Communities: Bottom Dwellers 14
2-May:6-May Marine Environmental Issues: Erosion, Pollution, and Wetlands 15
9-May:13-May The Oceans and Climate Change 16
16-May:20-May wrap-up and review ---
23-May final exam, 10:00-11:50 AM all

Evaluation

Grades will be based on total scores for:

There will be no alternate or "extra credit" assignments. For the writing assignments a student will read an article of their choice from a set of three selected for the class and write an outline, an abstract and a revised abstract of that article. The final grade will be computed from the total of 280 points and scored as follows: > 90% = A; 80-89+% = B; 70-79+% = C; 60-69+% = D; and <60% = F. The instructor reserves the right to adjust these percentages if such an adjustment is warranted by the class score distribution, but under no circumstances will a student who earns a score of <60% or fails to turn in any element of the writing assignments receive a satisfactory (A, B or C) grade.

A student should expect to spend about 6 hours per week reading, taking notes on the text, and studying for exams. Completion of the homework and writing assignments will also require about 12 hours over the course of the semester.

Attendance, Withdrawal, and Incomplete Policies

Regular participation and punctual submission of assignments are required for satisfactory completion of this course. Absences will be excused if the student: (1) notifies the instructor by e-mail or phone, (2) schedules a time to make up the missed work before the next class session he or she attends, and (3) makes up the work as scheduled. Unexcused absences will be tallied in the online gradebook, and a student who incurs six unexcused absences will be dropped from the class. A student may withdraw before 29-Apr-2016 without receiving a grade, and is responsible for notifying the admissions and records office and completing all necessary forms. Arrangements for an incomplete must be made with the instructor, and an "I" will be granted only in the case of an unforeseen personal or family emergency.

Learning Disabilities

Students have the right to request reasonable accommodations to college requirements, services, facilities or programs if their documented disability imposes an educational limitation or impedes access to requirements, services, facilities or programs. If you anticipate the need for reasonable accommodations to meet the requirements of this course, you will need to register with the Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS). If you qualify for services through DSPS, bring (or email) your official notification of your accommodation needs to the instructor as soon as possible. Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) office is located in Eddy Hall (Weed Campus) or we can be reached by calling (530) 938-5297. Students who consult with or request assistance from DSPS regarding specific modifications, accommodations, adjustments, alternate text or use auxiliary aids will be required to meet timelines and procedural requirements established by the DSPS office.

Make-up Policy for Missed Work

In-class clicker questions, homework assignments, midterm exams, and writing assignments may be made-up if: (1) prior arrangements have been made with the instructor; and (2) they are completed by the next class period or before graded exercises are returned to the class (as appropriate). Online study questions and the final exam may not be made up.

Late Assignment Policy

Writing assignments and homework assignments will be penalized 1 point for each class period they are late and will not be accepted after the graded assignments have been returned to the class. Online study questions will be penalized 1 point if they are turned in within 24 hours of the original deadline; after that they will not be accepted.

Academic Integrity

Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they discuss assignments and prepare for exams. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she takes exams and writes his or her outline and abstracts. If I find evidence that any student is not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because he or she submits a writing assignment that is identical or nearly identical to another student's) I reserve the right to drop him or her from the class unless it is after the fourteenth week, in which case the student will receive a grade of F regardless of accumulated points.