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Natural History of Oregon Coast

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Jennifer Bown

Clackamas Community College,
a
Two Year College
.

Summary

This natural history course covers basic Oceanography topics along historical events in our area and basic marine biology.


Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Earth System Topics: Oceans
Course Size:
31-70

Course Context:

This is a lower division science course meant to introduce students to ocean studies both in physical and life science. It is taught as a hybrid with 3 hrs/week of lecture for one quarter (33 hours) along with a combination of labs and field trips to equate to the remaining 33 hours/quarter. Several labs encorporate internet based research.

Course Goals:


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Since this is a hybrid course, students learn in a variety of ways: through traditional lecture and group discussions, lab experiments, research of key topics and field trips meant to not only get their hands wet and collect data, but to also show the inter-relatedness of the physical and life sciences. We asses using a variety of standard quizzes and exams along with research projects, lab reports, and scientific journaling.

Skills Goals

Our focus is to help student think more critically and be able to evaluate sources of information (critical analysis of web sites does come in often).


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Since students are utilizing the material in a variety of ways, their repetitive exposure to topics helps solidify their understanding (lecture, discussions, labs, field trips). Many students comment about the variety of activities as helping them immensely.

Attitudinal Goals


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Since the students engage in a variety of activities, we try to assess in all those areas to show the full range of their understanding.

Assessment

Through forum discussions, quizzes and exams, writings in a variety of mediums (lab reports, journals, etc).

Syllabus:

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