Dr. Chamberlin's Official
Spring 2002 Course Guidelines

last modified: 09-Mar-2002 10:51

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General Information
What You Will Learn
About Dropping This Class
Computer and Internet Requirements
Textbook Requirements
Rules of Conduct
How the Course Works

Participation Assignments
Service Learning
Extra Credit

Summary of Due Dates
Summary of Points
Grading Criteria
Student-Teacher Contract of Understanding

General Information

WELCOME! Please read all of the following. Your enrollment in this course and your subsequent success depend on a thorough understanding of these course guidelines. You should spend at least 1-3 hours studying them and marking them up. For best results, put due dates on a personal calendar, create a weekly time management worksheet and make sure you have the basic skills needed to complete this course.

These guidelines establish specific requirements, grading criteria, description of exams and other key aspects of this course. Please make sure you read these guidelines very carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure you understand and agree to what is required in this course.

HEY! DON'T BE DROPPED! Complete the Student-Teacher Contract of Understanding by 1159PM, Thursday, January 31, 2002, or you will be dropped. The Contract can be found at the end of these Course Guidelines.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS: All students are required to use a computer and the internet in this course. If you do not have computer and internet skills, then it is highly recommended that you obtain them before you attempt this course. Many parts of this course are conducted through the web site at The Remarkable Ocean World and using the WebCT online course environment. There are no on-campus orientations but there are two mandatory on-campus exams. Both online and on-campus students will need good internet skills to be successful.

ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS: Please note that these course guidelines apply to ALL students enrolled in ALL sections of Sean Chamberlin's oceanography course. Sections taught by Sean Chamberlin include:

Any student enrolled in any section of my course is welcome to attend any on-campus session. Class attendance is not required as part of my course BUT participation is required of all students. All sections, on-campus and online, follow the same syllabus and guidelines. See below for more details.

COURSE SYNOPSIS: This course equates to three (3) lecture hours per week. It presents a survey of the geological, physical, chemical and biological principles of oceanography. This course examines how these processes interact to form a variety of habitats within the marine ecosystem. An overview is provided of the physical nature of these habitats, the distribution and characteristics of the organisms found within them and the oceanographic tools used to determine these properties. The interaction of humans with the marine environment is woven throughout.

This course explores oceanography through a scientific, literary and dramatic study of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea: The Completely Restored and Annotated Edition AND through studies of The Essential Remarkable Ocean World textbook by Sean Chamberlin. Both texts are available online but it is recommended that you purchase a printed copy of each for studying offline.

Please be aware that this course is not the same course as Marine Biology. Oceanography encompasses physics, chemistry and geology, as well as biology. Equal time will be given to each of these topics during the semester; marine biology makes up about 25% of the course.

All college, district, state and federal policies, guidelines and regulations in effect for on-campus courses apply to this course. Students are urged to review the FC Catalog, especially with regards to Academic Honesty. Students are also reminded that alcohol and drugs are forbidden on campus and during all college activities and events, including those held off-campus. This policy applies to all field trips and expeditions offered as part of this course.

According to college guidelines, a student should expect to spend at least three (3) hours per week for each unit (1) of credit taken during a sixteen (16) week course. Thus, you may expect to dedicate at least 9 hours per week to this course (3 hours "in" class and 6 hours "outside" class). Realistically, you will need to spend a minimum of five (5) hours per week engaged in studying (not printing, surfing the web, chatting over IM, etc.) if you want to pass this course. Students are urged to review the suggestions provided in the FC Course Catalog concerning workload and class load.

Instructional objectives for this course have been established by the FC Earth Sciences Department, the FC Curriculum Committee, the FC Administration, the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) and the State of California. Every effort will be made to insure your success in meeting these objectives.

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What You Will Learn in This Course

By taking this course, not only will you be smarter and wiser about the planet we live on but you will develop a better appreciation for your relationship with the ocean AND you will learn some real-world skills to boot.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

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A Plea from Sean and Fullerton College: Please Don't Drop!

You may not realize it, but dropping courses doesn't only hurt you but it hurts your college. State funding to community colleges is based on something called the success and retention rates of students. When students drop courses or fail to successfully complete them, our ability to provide better services, purchase better equipment and build new buildings is severely hampered. Everyone has circumstances in life that create stress or cause changes in the way we live, but there is no problem that cannot be solved. Before you drop a course, and especially before you drop this course, contact a counselor or me. At the very minimum, please complete a short survey before you drop. That way, we can discover how to better serve our students and how to better insure that they successfully complete their courses.

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21st Century Computer and Internet Requirements

Enrollment in this course requires use of a computer and use of the Internet. These skills are vital to your success as a student and as an individual in the 21st Century. For that reason, they are an essential part of this course. All students will be required to use computers and the Internet to complete this course. Computers can be found in the numerous computer labs on our campus or in the library. You may also find a computer with Internet access at your home, your parent's house, a friend or relative's house or at some other location.

If you are not familiar with computers or the Internet, you may want to take a basic course in computers and the Internet prior to or at the same time as taking this course. I am also more than willing to sit down with you and help you become familiar with the basic operation of a computer and with surfing the Internet. You may also ask one of your classmates for help. Most people can get up and running on the Internet in a half hour, if they are willing to learn. Otherwise, if you are unwilling to learn how to use a computer, I suggest that you enroll in another section of this course with a different instructor.

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Textbook Requirements

Two Textbooks - Cheap and Invaluable!

All students are strongly urged to purchase the Naval Institute Press edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea: The Completely Restored and Annotated Edition by Jules Verne translated by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter, ISBN 0-87021-678-3, paperback edition, 1993. Alternatively, you may purchase the Oxford World's Classic Edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas translated by William Butcher, ISBN 0-19-282839-8, paperback edition, 1998. Both translations provide excellent footnotes that are vital to our study of oceanography.You may purchase this text on-campus or online from any book vendor who carries these editions. You may also access a public domain translation of the text on the Remarkable Ocean World web site but printing and studying from this text is not recommended.

In addition, you are urged to purchase a printed copy of The Essential Remarkable Ocean World, a condensed version of the full text that covers just the materials we will use this semester.. While you may access these notes free-of-charge online and print a copy for your use, the printed version contains an index and glossary that may be useful to your studies. A copy of this text can be purchased at The Remarkable Ocean World Bookstore.

The backup plan that you will want to have

Let me tell you a little story. In Spring 2000, a computer virus wiped out everything on my hard drive. Fortunately, I had backups. BUT...if I hadn't backed up everything, lots of important information would have been lost forever.

The moral of this story: SAVE EVERYTHING! One of the best and easiest ways to save files is to send them as an attachment to a web-based e-mail account, such as Yahoo, Hotmail or CollegeClub. Anothr good backup is to carry a 3.5-inch floppy disk that you can use at school, at your local cybercafe or at your parent and friend's houses.

If you don't have all of your work saved on a web site or floppy disk, you are playing a most dangerous game. If you don't know how to save files to a floppy disk, please ask a fellow classmate or me. Get one. Use it. Carry it everywhere. Store it in a safe place. Send a backup copy to your cousin in Norway.

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Rules of Conduct

The following rules are highly specific. Read them very carefully. Failure to follow these rules could result in crash or injury to your grade.

Subscribe to the Cybernauts Mailing List Now!

Course announcements, news, updates, clarifications, FAQs, field trip and extra credit opportunities are e-mailed to your personal e-mail address through the Cybernauts Mailing List.

To subscribe, send a blank e-mail (no subject, no message, no signature) to students@oceansonline.com. You will receive a confirmation notice very shortly (within minutes) after subscribing. If you do not, then please make sure you have removed any signatures or stray marks in your e-mail and try again.

Immediately after receiving your confirmation message, post a short introduction message to cybernauts@oceansonline.com about yourself ("Hi! I'm Sean and I am in this class. Hope everyone makes an A"...or something like that.). Your message will be sent to everyone who is subscribed, including you. It will appear in your inbox soon after you submit it. That way, you insure that you are properly sending and receiving messages.

Please make sure you are properly subscribed to this group or you will miss critical information. The information provided through the mailing list will keep you current with everything that is happening in this course.

The Weekly Dope

The Weekly Dope provides a recap of most announcements and news sent out over the mailing list. Use it as a backup source of information if you think you missed something on the mailing list. The information provided in this posting will keep you current with the most important information for our coursel If you find the same information posted for more than a week, hit the REFRESH or RELOAD button on your web browser. Sometimes your web browser stores pages and doesn't update them unless you specify. Modify the preferences section of  your browser to insure that pages are updated every time you access them.

Sending E-mails to Sean

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to my personal e-mail address at drc@oceansonline.com. PLEASE put your NAME, SECTION and STUDENT ID# as the first line of all e-mails you send to me. If they are questions of a general nature, I will respond to them through the mailing list. Please indicate a SUBJECT for your e-mail (like "Help", "a quick question", question about exam", etc). Please do not put your name, section and student ID in the subject. Put this information as the first line of your e-mail before you start typing anything else. E-mails without this information will not be answered.

Attachments - Don't send them!

Attachments are the number one vector for dangerous computer viruses. Please don't send them. I will delete them no matter what. Copy and paste your message into the body of the e-mail if you want to send me something or put a hard copy in the U.S. mail or campus mail.

Mail Me

If you need to send me a hard copy of something, please send it to me via U.S. Mail or Campus Mail. My campus mailing address is:

W. Sean Chamberlin, PhD
Natural Sciences Division
Fullerton College
321 East Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

You may also drop mail off at the Campus Mailroom, located on the east side of the cafeteria patio next to the Disabled Student Center. See 8B on map at http://www.fullcoll.edu/Images/map_campus.gif.

Cheating - The Wrath of Sean!

Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. Students are urged to review the Fullerton College policy on Academic Honesty. Any person or persons caught cheating will dropped from the course or receive an F for the course at a minimum. Additional disciplinary action, such as expulsion from the college, will be pursued at the discretion of the instructor. Cheating includes but is not limited to:

If you are uncertain whether something you are doing may be considered cheating, ask me. Students are encouraged to form study groups, discuss material and help each other with material in the course. However, you must perform all of your own work and you must answer all exam questions on your own.

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Course of Studies: How It Works

Our course of studies follows the voyage of the Nautilus as it sails 20,000 leagues (43, 200 miles) beneath the surface of the ocean. We will cover all 47 chapters of the novel and the textbook in our 16 weeks of study, as outlined in the Course Syllabus. All of your work for the course centers around the novel and the oceanography text that supports it.

All students will follow the same Course Guidelines and Course Syllabus, regardless of whether they are enrolled in an on-campus section or an online section. On-campus students may elect to work online and online students may elect to attend lectures on campus. All students must complete 48 hours of attendance online and/or on-campus by the end of the semester.

For the most part, online sessions will be conducted asynchronously, meaning students do not have to be online at any specific date or time. Once the semester begins, optional chat sessions will be scheduled for those who want to meet synchronously (i.e. at the same time).

On-campus sessions will be conducted according to the following schedule:

The Course Syllabus provides specific details on lecture topics, exercises, demonstrations, videos and movies that will occur on any particular date. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the on-campus sessions. Points can be earned every session. Come and find out how!

Your final grade in this class is based on the following forms of assessment:

The following describes in detail each type of assessment and how they are completed.

Attendance Develops Good Work Habits

ALL students will be expected to spend THREE (3) hours per week "in class", whether online or on-campus, for a total of 48 hours by the end of the semester. Attendance will be taken at on-campus sessions and online tracking will be used to determine hours spent online. Ten points will be deducted for every hour less than 48 hours spent on-campus or online during the semester.

Online "meetings" include time spent on discussion boards, in chat rooms or on the WebCT course site taking practice quizzes and exams. On-campus meetings include lectures, hands-on exercises and video/movie presentations on campus.

Students may accumulate attendance hours through one or both methods, i.e. online or on-campus. Note that time spent online and/or on-campus also serves to earn participation points.

Participation Builds a Community of Learners

Being in college means taking responsibility for your life and your learning. And the most important thing you can learn in college is how to learn. When you go out on your own in the world, no one is going figure things out for you, solve your problems or make your decisions for you. Those tasks are your responsibility. But by learning how to learn and by taking an active role in your learning, you will know how to find and use the information that can help you figure things out, solve problems and make decisions.

To earn participation points, you must demonstrate an active engagement with our course materials. Sitting in class is NOT the same as participating. As the saying goes, you might be there but you're not logged in. In this course, you'll earn points when you complete assignments designed to show that you are actively working to improve your knowledge and understanding of the course materials.

Among the types of assignments available for participation points are:

You may choose from among any of these assignments. However, restrictions on how and when you complete these assignments do apply. Specific details are provided below.

Participation is worth 40% of your final grade. You may choose among the three types of participation assignments to earn a maximum of 400 points. Additional assignments may be completed for extra credit but due dates and submission requirements still apply.

Web Board Assignments

Every week during the 16-week semester, participation assignments will be posted in the Web Board at http://cvc3.ccc.cccd.edu:82/~fullOceanography. Topics center around our reading of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and you will need to read the novel to be able to respond to the discussion questions. A schedule of reading assignments can be found in the Course Syllabus.

Now, to earn participation points here, you need to adhere to a few simple rules:

You will receive ten (10) points for each completed conference. You will need to post forty (40) times to earn the maximum number of participation points. You may earn extra points by completing all 48 conferences.

Conferences for each chapter will be available according to the schedule listed in the Course Syllabus. Conferences for a particular set of chapters are only available during the week in which they are listed. Conferences go online Tuesday mornings and go offline Monday nights at 1159PM.

At weeks 5, 10 and 15, I will check your postings and record your points on our WebCT course site. You may review your points by clicking on My Progress.

All postings for a week are due by 11:59 pm on the Monday immediately following the week in which they occur.

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Hands-On Assignments

Practicing what we learn by applying pen or pencil to paper is one of the most important skills we can learn in college. Think about it: most everything you do involves writing of some sort. Many of the demands placed on you as an individual involve calculations, either to balance your checkbook, take out a student loan, save up for a trip to Europe or make sure you get back the correct change at Taco Bell. This course helps you develop those skills through hands-on assignments.

Hands-on assignments include the following:

Hands-on assignments will be made available during on-campus lectures. Some hands-on assignments, noted in the Course Syllabus, will also be available for online students. Assignments are due by 1159PM on the Monday immediately following the week in which they occur. For example, the first assignment, Units Exchange, is due no later than 1159PM on Monday, January 28, 2002. You may submit assignments earlier if you desire. Assignments will not be accepted after the due date. All assignments must be typed, except for those that require drawing or constructing.

Sixteen (16) hands-on assignments will be made available over the course of our semester. Each successfully completed assignment is worth 10 points. Incomplete or incorrect assignments will earn less points. All assignments must be submitted in hard copy either by handing them to me in class, dropping them in campus mail or by sending them via U.S. Mail. Assignments sent by mail must be postmarked on or prior to the due date or they will not be accepted. No e-mail submissions of these assignments will be accepted.

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Video and Movie Assignments

Witnessing firsthand the awesome power and beauty of the sea puts into perspective the importance of our studies of the ocean. Ideally, all of us would board a ship or a submarine and spend 16 weeks at sea learning about the oceans. In my days at sea, I learned more about the oceans than was possible in a classroom. Unfortunately, we must rely on less expensive means for experiencing the ocean and its inhabitants. Videos and movies provide the next best thing.

You may choose from 33 different documentaries and movies to complete the assignments, as listed on the Course Syllabus. These are the only videos and movies that are approved for watching. Each study guide is worth 10 points.

Study Guides for the videos and movies will be distributed in class and linked through the Course Syllabus. Video and Movie Assignments are due by 1159PM on the Monday immediately following the week in which they occur. For example, the first assignment, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Great Books, is due no later than 1159PM on Monday, January 28, 2002. You may submit assignments earlier if you desire. Assignments will not be accepted after the due date. All assignments must be must be submitted in the body of an e-mail only. Attachments are not accepted.

Each week, the documentary-style video and the feature length film for that week will be shown on campus. Documentaries will be shown from 9-10:20 on Wednesdays; films will be shown from 9-Noon on Fridays. A short lecture will accompany each video and movie. Alternatively, you may view the documentaries on campus at the library or you may rent the feature films at a local video store.

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Online and On-Campus Exams

Examinations test our retention and understanding of information, concepts and processes. Exams are an integral part of teaching and provide one of the best means for quantitatively evaluating student learning. Perhaps most importantly, exams allow you to demonstrate your ability to analyze problems, synthesize relevant information and communicate your ideas.

Four exams will be given this semester, at approximately weeks 5, 9, 13 and 17 (see Course Syllabus). All exams are worth 100 points each. Exams may consist of multiple choice, matching, short answer, essay and skills-based questions. Exams cover readings in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Essential Remarkable Ocean World. Exams One and Three will be held online; Exams Two and Four are held on the Fullerton College campus or at a pre-approved testing center (ask instructor for details).

Here's a summary of each exam:

Practice exams and study materials will be provided prior to each exam. More information on the specific content of each exam and how to access the online exams will be provided through the Cybernauts Mailing List and the Weekly Dope.

In Week 6, Exam One will go online at 1201AM, Monday, February 25, 2002, and offline at 1159PM on Monday, March 4, 2002. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam from the moment you click on Begin Quiz. You may take the exam three times but you must wait 24 hours between attempts. Scores will be averaged for all attempts. Online exams will be taken through our WebCT course site. Login information will be provided through the Cybernauts Mailing List and the Weekly Dope.

In Week 10, Exam Two, the on-campus midterm exam will be given at 9AM on Monday, April 1, 2002, Wednesday, April 3, 2002, in Room 515 or Friday, April 5, 2002, in Room 415 at Fullerton College. Online students may attend one of these on-campus exam sessions, elect to take the exam at the Fullerton College testing center during the week from Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5, or pre-arrange to take the exam at an approved testing center, such as a nearby community college, during this time. Arrangements for alternate locations must be made no later than two weeks prior to the exam, i.e. before April 1, 2002.

In Week 14, Exam Three will go online at 1201AM, Monday, April 29, 2002, and go offline at 1159PM, Monday, May 6, 2002. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam from the moment you click on Begin Quiz. You may take the exam three times but you must wait 24 hours between attempts. Scores will be averaged for all attempts. Online exams will be taken through our WebCT course site. Login information will be provided through the Cybernauts Mailing List and the Weekly Dope.

In Week 17, Exam Four, the final exam, will be held on campus at 9 AM on Monday, May 20, 2002, in Room 515 and Friday, May 24, 2002, in Room 415 at Fullerton College. Online students may attend one of these on-campus exam sessions, elect to take the exam at the Fullerton College testing center during the prior week from Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, or pre-arrange to take the exam at an approved testing center, such as a nearby community college, during this time. The Fullerton College testing center is not open during finals week. Arrangements for alternate locations must be made no later than two weeks prior to the exam, i.e. before May 1, 2002.

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Individual Service Learning Project

A critical part of your learning is getting experience doing real-life things. Sometimes, it means putting yourself out there and aggressively finding and pursuing an opportunity to get real-life experience. Real-life experience gives you more confidence to seek the kind of career you want in the future.

During the semester, you will be required to complete a service learning project related to your studies of oceanography. These projects involve real-life, hands-on activities in cooperation with a government, private or non-profit agency.

The following agencies are approved for service learning in this course:

No other activities or agencies will be accepted. Beach cleanups will not be accepted unless you are performing such activities as a volunteer assisting an agency to organize the cleanup.

Click here for a list of contacts for the approved service learning agencies.

This project will require that you call or e-mail the agency and make an appointment to participate in their activities. Explain who you are and what you are trying to do. Ask the agency if there is anything that you could volunteer to do that would help them. Grunt work and paperwork is okay. With Earth Day coming, there should be plenty to do. Here is a sample of what to say or write:

To receptionist: Hi, I'm (your name). I am an oceanography student at Fullerton College and I am looking for volunteer opportunities with your organization. Can you connect me with the volunteer coordinator? Thank you.

To volunteer coordinator: Hi, I'm (your name). I am an oceanography student at Fullerton College and I am looking for volunteer opportunities with your organization. I need to complete four hours of service learning as part of the requirements for my oceanography course. I realize it's not a lot of hours but I am willing to do anything I can to help. I mostly want to be exposed to the types of work you do and get familiar with public outreach to conserve our oceans. Any way you can help me would be most appreciated.

If the agency you contact has no opportunity for you to participate, you must find another agency. If you cannot find an agency among the ones listed, contact me immediately. I will find one for you.

You are expected to devote no less than 4 hours to the activity. You must document your activity with the offiicial timesheet. The official timesheet must be completely filled out, dated and signed by your service learning agency supervisor. Your timesheet is worth 100 points, 25 points for each hour worked. Click here for a copy of the official timesheet.

Finally, you must keep a journal of how your project contributed both to your understanding of oceanography and to the development of your personal career goals. Get a notebook and take notes before, during and after your service learning experience. Use your notes to reflect on your experience. Start writing in it TODAY! You have plenty to say already, "this project sucks, I have no idea where to start, I found a great project today, this is the best thing I've ever done in my life, etc, etc, etc."

Take your journal with you everywhere you go and write in it when you have fifteen minutes between classes or are waiting for a ride or any free time. Try to pick a regular time to write in it and write something in it every day. It's okay if you don't write a lot but even a sentence helps.

Date all your entries so you can keep track of them. Write freely not worrying about spelling or grammar. Trust your journal with your most personal feelings. I will never read your journal BUT...

You will write up your notes in a formal paper and submit it to me in the body of an e-mail by 1159PM, Wednesday, May 8, 2002. Your paper is worth 50 points. Papers will be graded for organization, thoroughness, depth of thinking and ability to connect your service learning experience to your studies. Points will be deducted for mispelled words, improper grammar, poor sentence structure and other elements of proper English. Go to the writing center if you need help or send me a draft before the due date and I will review it.

For more information on keeping a journal (which is a great life skill to develop anyways) go to http://www.wakimbo.com/journalogy/tips/. This site offers some wonderful tips on the fine art of journalling.

The entire service learning project is worth 150 points or 15% of your final grade.

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Evaluating your progress is one of the most important activities a student can undertake. Making yourself aware of your study habits, your time management, your self-organization skills and motivation can point you to weaknesses that may hinder your studies. By being aware of your weaknesses, you can take steps to improve those areas and, as a result, improve your ability to learn and understand the course materials.

Two anonymous online self-assessment surveys will be made available in Week 5 and Week 10. Each survey is worth fifteen (15) points each for a total of 30 points or 3% of your final grade. Everyone must complete the self-assessment surveys. They are not optional.

Deadlines for the self-assessment surveys will be announced through the Cybernauts Mailing List.

End of Course Survey

An end-of-the-course survey will be provided at the end of the course.

The purpose of the survey is:

The end-of-course survey is worth 20 points or 2% of your final grade. Everyone must complete the self-assessment surveys. They are not optional.

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Extra Credit

You may earn ten points for each of the following extra credit assignments. If you successfully complete all of them, you will earn 100 extra credit points. No more than 100 extra credit points will be awarded during the semester.

  1. visit to Aquarium of the Pacific and completion of study guide
  2. visit to Cabrillo Museum and completion of study guide
  3. visit to Stephen Birch Museum and completion of study guide
  4. visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium and completion of study guide
  5. participation in Earth Day event (other than service learning) and completion of study guide
  6. visit to Ocean Planet web site and completion of study guide
  7. visit to Discovery.com Giant Squid web site and completion of study guide
  8. visit to USGS plate tectonics web site and completion of study guide
  9. visit to PBS.org Antarctic web site and completion of study guide
  10. visit to Wrigley Marine Institute and completion of study guide

You may submit one extra credit assignment each Monday during the semester, excluding Spring Break. Only one extra credit assignment may be submitted per week. Plan your extra credit wisely and do not let it interfere with your regular assignments. Extra credit assignments require more work than regular assignments.

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Summary of Due Dates

For a summary of due dates for exams, assignments, service learning and surveys, please click here.

Summary of Points

The type and number of exams and assignments that are required for this course are summarized below.

Type of Evaluation

Points per evaluation

Number of evaluations

Total Points

Percentage (%) of Grade


Online exams





On-campus midterm





On-campus final exam







Discussion Board assignments


up to 48



Hands-on Assignments


up to 16

Vide/Movie study guides

up to 33
Service Learning
Self-assessment surveys
End-of-course survey





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Grading Criteria

A = 850 points and above

B = 750 - 849 points

C = 650 - 749 points

D = 550 - 649 points

F = 0 - 550 points

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Student-Teacher Contract of Understanding

Please complete the student-teacher contract of understanding before proceeding in the course. All students must submit the contract prior to 1159PM, Thursday, January 31, 2002, or they will be dropped. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.

Click here to go to the student-teacher contract of understanding.