Extra Credit Study Guide

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 the National Geographic web site 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.

Please complete your study guide in a word processing program and include the following for EACH assignment. Do not submit more than one assignment at a time. When finished with your assignment, e-mail it to me in the body of an e-mail. Attachments will not be accepted.

  1. Name
  2. Place visited
  3. Date and time visited
  4. For WEB SITES (use google.com to find the site):
    1. Write down the URL for the web site and the date you visited it;
    2. Identify the type of web site, whether it is a government web site, a university or college web site, an organization web site or a personal web site;
    3. Identify and write down the major sections of the web site, i.e. physical oceanography, birds and mammals, etc (The site map may be helpful.)
    4. Summarize in no less than 300 words the resources available at that web site; in other words, provide a summary description of what the web site offers to oceanography students
    5. Write in no less than 3 pages a paper on HOW and WHY the web site contributes to our understanding of oceanography and HOW and WHY that web site relates to our course. The HOW relates to the tools the web site employs to educate us. Does the site use multimedia to engage the viewer or is most of it passive reading? How do those tools add to or detract from our ability to understand oceanography from the site. The WHY relates to the information itself. Why is their presentation of information particulary beneficial (or not beneficial) for understanding oceanography? How does that information relate to what we are studying in the course? Your essay must be written inn expository format. It must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement (The Discovery Web Site offers a wide range of topics for a student of oceangraphy), several paragrahs with examples that support your argument (remember one paragraph per thought and one example at a time), a conclusion paragraph summarizing your points. Points will be awarded on how well you stick to the expository format, spelling, grammar, transitions between paragraphs, logic and detail of your arguments, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, thoroughness, mastery in understanding the materials on the site and all those kinds of things.
  5. For MUSEUMS and AQUARIUMS
    1. Identify and write down the major sections of the museum or aquarium, i.e. physical oceanography, birds and mammals, etc (The site map may be helpful.)
    2. Summarize in no less than 300 words the resources available at that museum or aquarium; in other words, provide a summary description of what the museum or aquarium offers to oceanography students
    3. Write in no less than 3 pages a paper on HOW and WHY the museum or aquarium contributes to our understanding of oceanography and HOW and WHY that museum or aquarium relates to our course. The HOW relates to the tools the museum or aquarium employs to educate us. Do they use multimedia to engage the viewer or is most of it passive reading? How do those tools add to or detract from our ability to understand oceanography. The WHY relates to the information itself. Why is their presentation of information particulary beneficial (or not beneficial) for understanding oceanography? How does that information relate to what we are studying in the course? Your essay must be written in expository format. It must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement (The Cabrillo Museum offers a wide range of 3 exhibits for a student of oceangraphy), several paragrahs with examples that support your argument (remember one paragraph per thought and one example at a time), a conclusion paragraph summarizing your points. Points will be awarded on how well you stick to the expository format, spelling, grammar, transitions between paragraphs, logic and detail of your arguments, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, thoroughness, mastery in understanding the materials on the site and all those kinds of things.
  6. For EARTH DAY
    1. Indentify and write down the name of the event and where it is located.
    2. Summarize in no less 300 words the purpose of the event and why it is important to oceanography students
    3. Write in no less than 3 pages a paper on HOW and WHY your Earth Day event contributes to your understanding of oceanography and HOW and WHY what you learned relates to our course. The HOW relates to the activities you performed, why they were particularly useful for learning oceanography and how they relate to our course. The WHY relates to why the event or activity is important to understanding oceanography in general. Your essay must be written in expository format. Provide specific examples. I don't want to hear: "I went to a beach cleanup. It was cool. First, I grabbed a bag..." Use examples to support your thesis! Your essay must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement (The beach cleanup offers a wide range of activities for a student of oceangraphy), several paragrahs with examples that support your argument (remember one paragraph per thought and one example at a time), a conclusion paragraph summarizing your points. Points will be awarded on how well you stick to the expository format, spelling, grammar, transitions between paragraphs, logic and detail of your arguments, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, thoroughness, mastery in understanding the materials on the site and all those kinds of things.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me, schamberlin@fullcoll.edu