ESC130: Introduction to Oceanography
Course Syllabus Weekly Overview

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Oceanography Reading for Exams and Assignments

20K Reading for Exams and Assignments

Web Board Assignments
- 10 pts each

(due by 1159PM on Monday immediately following the week that they occur. click on title for questions. go to Web Board to post.)

Hands-on Assignments
- 10 pts each

(due by 1159PM on Monday immediately following the week that they occur. click on assignment title)

Video and Movie Assignments
- 10 pts each

(due by 1159PM on Monday in the week that they occur. click on video or movie to access assignment)

1

1/21-1/27

Ocean Science

where we learn about the ocean environment

The Ocean Defined

Introduction

Units of Measure

Who are ya, Matey?

Units exchange

Answer key!

Video: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Great Books, The Learning Channel, 50 min

Movie: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Disney Productions, starring Kirk Douglas, 1954, 127 min


2

1/28-2/3

Ocean Science

where we learn how to read maps

How to Read a Map

I-1. A Runaway Reef

I-2. The Pros and Cons

I-3. As Master Wishes

Study Questions
I, 1-3

Web Board

Geography of the Seas

Answer key!

Video: Tall Ships, High Sea Adventure, World of Discovery, ABC Video, 50 min

Movie: White Squall, starring Jeff Bridges, Buena Vista, 1996, 129 min

3

2/4-2/10

Geological Oceanography

where we learn about the sea bottom and all its features

Where Submarines Lurk

I-4. Ned Land

I-5. At Random!

I-6. At Full Steam

I-7. A Whale of Unknown Species

Study Questions
I, 4-7

Web Board

Sea floor bathymetry

Answer key!

Video: Planet Earth: The Living Machine, Annenberg/CPB, 60 min

Movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth, starring James Mason, 20th Century Fox, 1959, 129 min

4

2/11-2/17

Chemical Oceanography

where we learn about the major water masses in the sea and how the ocean is like a layer cake

Ocean Waters of the World

I-8. "Mobilis in Mobili"

I-9. The Tantrums of Ned Land

I-10. The Man of the Waters

Study Questions
I, 8-10

Web Board

T-S contour maps

contact me if you don't understand these!

Video: The Living Sea, IMAX, with music by Sting, 40 min

Movie: The Abyss, starring Ed Harris, 20th Century Fox, 1989, 140 min

5

2/18-2/24

Physical Oceanography

where we learn about the major ocean currents and gyres

 

The Major Ocean Currents

I-11. The Nautilus

I-12. Everything through Electricity

I-13. Some Figures

I-14. The Black Current

Study Questions
I, 11-14

Web Board

Map the currents

answer key!

Video: The Deep, Savage Seas, 57 min

Movie: Lifeboat, starring Tallulah Bankhead, 20th Century Fox, 1944, 96 min

 

Exam One: online, open book, covering weeks 1 - 5.

6

2/25-3/3

Biological Oceanography

where we learn how marine organisms are classified

 

Classification of Marine Organisms

I-15. An Invitation in Writing

I-16. Strolling the Plains

I-17. An Underwater Forest

Study Questions
I, 15-17

Web Board

Name that critter!

Video: Seasons of the Sea, Howard Hall, 55 min

Movie: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, starring Ben Cross, Hallmark Entertainment, 1996, 91 min

 

7

3/4-3/10

Physical Oceanography

where we learn the basic elements of tides

 

Ride the Tide!

 

I-18. Four Thousand Leagues Under the Pacific

I-19. Vanikoro

I-20. The Torres Strait

I-21. Some Days Ashore

Study Questions
I, 18-21

Web Board

Read a tide table

Video: Wayfarers, A Pacific Odyssey, PBS Home Video, 60 min

Movie: Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis Presley, Paramount, 1961, 101 min

8

3/11-3/17

Physical Oceanography

where we learn about the formation and propagation of waves

 

Surf's Up!

 

I-22. The Lightning Bolts of Captain Nemo

I-23. "Aegri Somnia"

I-24. The Coral Realm

Study Questions
I, 22-24

Web Board

Weather buoys

 

Video: Waves on Water, Encyclopedia Britticanica, 30 min and River of Sand, Encyclopedia Brittanica, 30 min

Movie: North Shore, starring Nia Peeples, MCA Universal, 1987, 96 min

 

9

3/18-3/24

Geological Oceanography

where we learn how beaches are formed

Hit the Beach!

II-1. The Indian Ocean

II-2. A New Proposition from Captain Nemo

II-3. A Pearl Worth Ten Million

Study Questions
II, 1-3

Web Board

A grain of sand

Video: The Pearl Divers, Discovery Channel, 60 min

Movie: The Old Man and the Sea, starring Spencer Tracy, Warner Bros., 1958, 86 min

Exam Two: on-campus, closed book, covering weeks 1 - 9.
M,W 9am, Room 515; Tu 6pm, Room 419-025; F, 9am, Room 415
10 4/1-4/7

Physical Oceanography

where we learn how light penetrates into the ocean

Light in the Sea

II-4. The Red Sea

II-5. Arabian Tunnel

II-6. The Greek Islands

Study Questions
II, 4-6

Web Board

Calculations using Beer's Law

Video: Life on the Reef, Television New Zealand, 53 min

Movie: Jason and the Argonauts, starring Todd Armstrong, Columbia Tristar, 1963, 104 min

11

4/8-4/14

Geological Oceanography

where we learn about hydrothermal vents

 

Black Smokers and Giant Worms

II-7. The Mediterranean in Forty-Eight Hours

II-8. The Bay of Vigo

II-9. A Lost Continent

II-10. The Underwater Coalfields

Study Questions
II, 7-10

Web Board

Tubeworm anatomy

Video: 40,000 Meters Under the Sea, 60 min

Movie: Leviathan, starring Richard Crenna, MGM/UA, 1989, 102 min

 

12

4/15-4/21

Biological Oceanography

where we learn why phytoplankton are very important

Phytoplankton

II-11. The Sargasso Sea

II-12. Sperm Whales and Baleen Whales

Study Questions
II, 11-12

Web Board

Build a diatom

Video: Antarctica: End of the Earth

Movie: Moby Dick, starring Gregory Peck, MGM/UA, 1956, 116 min

 

13

4/22-4/28

Biological Oceanography

where learn about primary productivity in the sea

The Mean Green Carbohydrate Machine

II-13. The Ice Bank

II-14. The South Pole

II-15. Accident or Incident?

II-16. Shortage of Air

Study Questions
II, 13-16

Web Board

Satellite oceanography

Video: Arctic Kingdom: Life at the Edge, National Geographic, 55 min

Movie: The Poseidon Adventure, starring Gene Hackman, 20th Century Fox, 1972, 117

 

Exam Three: online, open book, covering weeks 9 - 13

14

4/29-5/5

Biological Oceanography

where we learn about zooplankton and squids

Squids: The Ultimate in Invertebrate Styling

II-17. From Cape Horn to the Amazon

II-18. The Devilfish

Study Questions
II, 17-18

Web Board

Squid anatomy

Video: X Creatures: Giant Squid and Loch Ness Monster, Discovery Channel, 55 min

Movie: Reap the Wild Wind, starring John Wayne, Paramount, 1942, 124 min

 

15

5/6-5/12

Biological Oceanography

where we learn about fishes and sharks

Fishes and Sharks

II-19. The Gulf Stream

II-20. In Latitude 47 24' and Longitude 17 28'

Study Questions
II, 19-20

Web Board

Shark anatomy

Video: Air Jaws: Sharks of South Africa, Discovery Channel, 2001

Movie: Jaws, starring Roy Scheider, Warner Bros, 1975, 125 min

16

5/13-5/19

Biological Oceanography

where we learn about whales and dolphins

Whales and Dolphins

II-21. A Mass Execution

II-22. The Last Words of Captain Nemo

II-23. Conclusion

Study Questions
II, 21-23

Web Board

Echosounding

Video: Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide, 1999, Discovery Channel

Movie: The Big Blue, starring Jean-Marc Barr, Gaumont, 1988, 118 min

Final Exam: on-campus or at approved testing center, closed book, covering weeks 1 - 16

Extra Credit Assignments

You may submit one extra credit assignment per week on Mondays of each week (excluding Spring Break). Extra credit starts in the fourth week of classes.