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Dr. Chamberlin's Fall 2003 Online Course Guidelines

this page last updated Thursday August 21, 2003 7:51 AM

PLEASE NOTE: No more adds are being accepted. The course is more than full.

ALSO NOTE: EVERY ENROLLED STUDENT must log in to the WebCT course site by 1155 PM, FRIDAY, August 31, 2003, or you will be dropped. WebCT access STARTS August 18, 2003.

1. General Information

WELCOME! Please read ALL sections of the course guidelines that follow. Your enrollment in this course and your subsequent success depend on a thorough understanding of these course guidelines. Make sure you have the basic skills needed to complete this course. At the end of the last section, you'll have an opportunity to save and print the entire course guidelines as one file.

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.

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. Course syllabus, course guidelines and course communications (class mailing list) and our discussion board are available through this web site, The Remarkable Ocean World, http://www.oceansonline.com. All exams are held online on the Fullerton College WebCT server at http://webct.fullcoll.edu:8900. You will need to become familiar with WebCT to succeed in this course. A booklet on WebCT, called What the Heck is WebCT? A Guide for Students Using WebCT in Online, Hybrid and Web-Enhanced Courses can be found on my faculty home page at http://staffwww.fullcoll.edu/schamberlin.

While you are there, you may also want to refer to I Will Survive...(my online course) A Guide for Students Enrolled in Online, Hybrid and Web-Enhanced Courses, which will give you a better idea of what's expected in online-based courses.

Make sure you are up and running at this site by the end of the first week of classes.

ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS: Please note that these course guidelines apply to ALL students enrolled in Sean Chamberlin's online oceanography course. The section taught by Sean Chamberlin is:

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 study of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea: The Completely Restored and Annotated Edition by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter (see below for more information). To help us achieve a scientific understanding of the novel, we use a study guide developed specifically for that purpose, The Remarkable Ocean World of Jules Verne: A Study Guide for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, written by W. Sean Chamberlin (yours truly). Both books are required for the course.

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 (three hours in class and six hours outside class). Students are urged to review the suggestions provided in the FC Course Catalog concerning workload and class load.

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