Oceanography Syllabus for 2021-2022
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GEOL-1445-001 Oceanography


Course Description

The study of the world ocean and the role of the ocean in the Earth system including the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean; the physical and chemical properties of seawater; circulation; marine life and its adaptations; and interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 3 lab)

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Online Course

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Ocean Studies Student ePackage Rental. This package contains an electronic version of both the text and the investigations manual. 
Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography , 4th Ed. eTextbook

Ocean Studies eInvestigations Manual 2021-2022 & Summer 2022

E-text and manual can be purchased from the AC bookstore or at the following website: 


The digital editions of the books are available in two forms; a web version and a e-reader downloadable version. I highly recommend purchasing the web version as it is much easier to access. If you choose to download the epub to your computer, in order to read the e-manuals, you must install an e-pub reader on your computer. When you go to the AMS bookstore to download your manual, you will see a link there to Adobe for a free reader. It will greatly simplify the download of the manual if you install the reader first.

You must have the Ocean Studies Textbook and the 2021-2022 Investigations Manual in order to successfully complete this course.


To complete the course the student needs a computer with internet access and the computer must be able to run Google Earth in order to complete the course project. 

Student Performance


By the end of the semester the student should be able to complete the listed objectives with a minimum 60% competency level based on the grading procedure for the course. 
1. Understand the composition and the sturcture of the worlds oceans. 
2. Use and understand methods of measuring and analyzing oceanic data. 
3. Understand how energy flows to, from, and through the ocean.
4. Understand ocean currents and tides and how they interact with the shoreline. 
5. Understand the marine ecosystems and how they differ with various marine habitats.
6. Be able to discuss interactions between the ocean and climate as well as how human activity affects the worlds oceans.

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

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Grading Criteria


The Final grade will be composed of:

Project                             5%
Discussion Thread          5%
Weekly Investigations     40%
Exams                             50%

The 2 lowest Investigations and 1 lowest exam score will be dropped. The drop grades are taken into account from the start of the semester, so the grade that shows as your overall average has the lowest grades already dropped.

The overall course grade will be according to the following percentages:

A   90 - 100 %
B   80 - 89.99 %
C  70 - 79.99 %
D  60 - 69.99 %
F - Below 60 %

There will be no extra credit assignments. If you have a question about a grade, you have two weeks from the date that the grade is posted to ask for a review. After that two weeks the grade will be permanent.


If you have not completed any assignments or contacted the instructor by the 12th class day of the semester (Sept. 11), you will automatically be dropped from the course and will not be able to re-enroll.


The last day to drop the course is April 21st. It is your responsibility to monitor your grade and determine if you need to drop. You must initiate the drop process by contacting your instructor.

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Syllabus Created on:

01/04/22 3:30 PM

Last Edited on:

01/04/22 3:37 PM