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OCEA10: introduction to oceanography

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Becca Walker

Mt San Antonio College,
Two Year College


Even though the majority of the Earth's surface is covered by seawater, the average person is less aware of what is happening in the ocean than what is happening on land. In this course, we will work together to answer several fundamental questions:
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.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography, Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience
Earth System Topics: Oceans
Course Size:

Course Context:

This is an introductory course with no prerequisites and is not a prerequisite for other courses. The majority of the students taking the course are doing to to satisfy their physical science general education requirement. The course has an optional lab–some students take lecture and lab concurrently, other students take lecture first and lab a subsequent semester, and other students take only lecture.

Course Goals:

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

Course structure: Class meetings include lecture, individual and small group work, small and large group discussions, and a variety of short in-class exercises during which course concepts are applied to oceanographic problems.

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.)



Walker: Mt. SAC oceanography syllabus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 131kB Jun9 13)

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