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Professors Chamberlin and Heath's Fall 2003 Teleweb Course Guidelines

This page last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2003 7:50 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. You should spend at least one (1) hour studying them and making 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.

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, course communications (e-mail and class mailing list) and our discussion assignments are conducted online through this web site, The Remarkable Ocean World, http://www.oceansonline.com. Quizzes, exams and student grades are delivered using WebCT, a courseware system used by Fullerton College (http://webct.fullcoll.edu:8900). More information on accessing WebCT is available in the sections that follow.

ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS: Please note that these course guidelines apply to all students enrolled in Professors Chamberlin and Heath's TELEWEB oceanography course. On-campus students and online students follow a different set of course guidelines (see appropriate links on this site's home page). The Spring 2003 online section taught by Dr. Chamberlin and Dr. Heath 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 The Endless Voyage, a brand new teleweb series of twenty-six (26) video "interviews" with marine scientists explaining various aspects of the ocean world and updating you on the latest ocean research. This series includes a substantial web component, giving you greater interaction with your instructors and classmates and providing a far more rewarding learning experience. We are fortunate this semester to witness the world premiere of The Endless Voyage, which even features Dr. Chamberlin in several episodes. Don't blink, you might miss him!

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. Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. You will be failed from the course for ANY cheating infraction, including:

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.

TIME COMMITMENT: 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 17.5-week course. That's three hours in class and six hours outside class for a 3-unit course such as this one. Therefore, you can expect to spend 9 or more hours per week studying for this class. Make sure you PLAN your study time for this course. You will need it! Students are urged to review the suggestions provided in the FC Course Catalog concerning workload and class load.

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