OCEA10: introduction to oceanography
Which factors control life in the ocean? How do we know what we know about the ocean? What's at the bottom of the ocean? How does the water in the ocean move? How are human activities and climate change altering the ocean? OCEA 10 provides an introduction to the ocean environment, including geological, chemical, physical, and biological oceanography topics.
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Earth System Topics: Oceans
- Students will be able to increase their understanding of the geology, chemistry, physics, and biology of the oceans.
- Students will understand how Southern California's proximity to the ocean influences its weather, economy, natural hazards, and the lives of its residents.
- Students will understand how the Earth's oceans, atmosphere, and glaciers influence one another, how these parts of the Earth system are changing, and how past and present civilizations have adapted to climate variability and climate change.
- Students will become comfortable making qualitative and quantitative observations.
- Students will gain familiarity reading and interpreting maps, photographs, cross-sections, graphs, and other data.
- Students will become aware of the impact that their actions have on the marine environment.
How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:
Assessment: Assessment strategies include instructor observations during in-class exercises/small group discussions; evaluation of group summaries of in-class work and reflective writing; and evaluation of individual work (exams and preparation exercises/homework.)