Please print out this course description and read it before proceeding with the course.
Instructor: Jennifer Stott
This course is designed to introduce the student to the four major disciplines in ocean sciences: biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography. These areas are studied by describing the composition of the oceans and then by examining the major processes which are active there, such as plate tectonics, ocean circulation, wave and tidal action and food webs. In addition, the course will cover man’s use of the ocean as a natural resource and as a waste disposal site. (3 hours weekly).
Prerequisites This course requires good reading, writing, and mathematical skills. Before enrolling in BIOL-104 you should have satisfactory assessment tests scores and/or completed any remedial coursework in English and math.
After completing this course you will be able to:
This list is not meant to be comprehensive or chronological. More specific objectives will be given with the lecture material.
Required Texts and Materials
Some of the types of learning activities or assignments that the student will be required to complete are:
Activities and Assignments
Weekly Discussion Assignments
Weekly responses must be posted in the appropriate Canvas class discussion topic by the deadline noted in the course schedule. In addition, sometimes students will be required to respond to at least two fellow student’s responses. Following the deadline each week that discussion topic will be closed so that no more responses may be posted. In an online class, these postings and reactions are how we establish a dialogue in the class, so they are a very important part of the course. See Guidelines for Weekly Postings under the Weekly Assignments section of the Course Content page.
Required Viewers, Plug-ins, or Players
Visit the Distance Learning homepage and use the link provided in the “Support for Registered Students” area link to download plug-ins The following plug-ins are required for this class:
Class Communications: What to Expect from Your Instructor
Grades will be determined on the basis of a point system. You must complete all required assignments as outlined in order to pass the course.
Course Policies Assignment Format and Documentation Requirements
Your papers will be submitted to me in Canvas Course E-Mail and should be sent as a Microsoft Word (or .txt or .rtf file) attachment to ensure readability by me.
Students are responsible for maintaining copies of all of their written work on your computer or on floppy disk in case of the need for retransmission. Students are responsible for keeping the instructor informed in the event of emergencies or unusual circumstances leading to extended absence from class participation. See the phone no. at the top of this syllabus.
Extra Help in Writing
If you feel the need for more guidance with your writing, there are several places to go. You can see me during my office hours, or schedule an appointment. Go to the Write Room. If you need more help using the computers, HCC offers free Word classes, and there are tutors available during the Open Writing Lab hours in the DH building.
What to Do If You Need Help
About the Course
If you have questions about your course (assignments, due dates, problems completing assignments, how to submit assignment or navigate the Canvas course site, etc.), you should contact me by email or by phone. The HCC Help Desk cannot answer questions about specific course content.
Help in Canvas
Canvashas a built-in Help that can be accessed from any page in your course. Look for the Help link at the top of each page.
Difficulty Logging on to Canvas:
If you are having difficulty logging on to Canvas and you know it is not a result of problems with your Internet Service Provider or your browser, contact: Help Desk: General Information or this form to request help.
Student Computer Support now staffs a help desk. Students and faculty may call 443-518-4444 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Friday to report problems. After hours, students and faculty may leave a message at the same number. Student Computer Support staff will handle the problem or direct it to the correct person to handle.
When leaving a message, be sure to leave your name, the course you are enrolled in, your course instructor's name, your phone number, your e-mail address, and a description of the problem. Be sure to speak slowly so staff can easily take down your message.
Updated: 9-Apr-07 Howard Community College