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Oceanography Laboratory

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Daniel Jones Morgan

Vanderbilt University,
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs


Laboratory section for an introductory level oceanography course.

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

Course Context:

This is the 1-credit laboratory section that is co-requisite with the 3-credit lecture for Oceanography. The laboratory sections are limited to 20 students. Most are non-science majors taking it to fulfill a science requirement.

Course Goals:

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

The motivation for this course is for you, as students, to achieve understanding of fundamental oceanographic and earth science principles. The class is organized around hands-on activities, group interactions, and mutual feedback between students and instructors.

Skills Goals

One important aim is to foster scientific literacy in students, such that they can access the primary literature and critically evaluate scientific information.

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

Active engagement in this process is the only way to achieve the learning objectives of the course.


Participation - 5%
Prelabs - 10%
Lab exercises and weekly syntheses - 50%
Midterm - 20%
Final Debate - 15%


EES 113 Oceanography Lab Syllabus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) bytes May28 13)

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