Introduction to Oceanography
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Earth System Topics: Oceans
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography
- Analyze and apply the plate tectonic theory to the origin and features of the ocean basins.
- Analyze and interpret marine sediments with respect to ocean depth, temperature and latitudinal location.
- Interpret graphs of temperature, salinity, density, and chemistry of ocean water with depth.
- Employ the terminology of oceanographers and evaluate current events such as tsunamis, hurricanes, and tides.
- Evaluate and interpret coastal landforms with respect to ocean currents and wave action.
- Analyze and predict the outcome of stabilization techniques along the shoreline.
How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:
- class discussions
- field trip
Assignments are designed to pretest the student's knowledge and understanding of the material. After they are graded and returned we have a class discussion a week before the exam to correct any misconceptions. Understanding of why or how something occurs is emphasized rather than rote memorization. Exams are a combination of multiple choice, label-the-diagram, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer.