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Dr. Chamberlin's Fall 2004 Oceanography On-Campus Course Guidelines

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10. Participation Assignments

One way that college prepares students for the working world is to enhance their ability to work with and communicate with others. Such interactions help create a sense of community that can provide academic and even moral support to students who may otherwise feel rather isolated in a community college setting. Getting to know your fellow students and reaching out to help each other can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a community college course.

To promote this outcome, you will be asked to complete FOURTEEN PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENTS as part of the course requirements. Assignments include a variety of in-class exercises and online summaries of of PowerWeb articles from the textbook web site.

As shown on the Course Syllabus, fourteen (14) participation assignments are offered throughout the semester. In general, one assignment occurs every week. Except for the PowerWeb assignments, you must attend class to complete the assignment. No makeup of assignments will be provided. Each assignment is worth 20 points; you may earn a maximum of 200 points from participation assignments. Participation assignments beyond the maximum will NOT be made available as extra credit. You will need to complete ten (10) assignments to earn full credit.

Learning to Talk Ocean Science: Participation Assignments 3, 6, 10 and 12

Critical to your development as a science-literate person (see Learning Outcomes) is your ability to understand how science works. Too often our textbooks present science as a collection of facts when, in fact, science is a way of discovering knowledge. Everything that appears in your textbook resulted from a scientific study, an accumulation and interpretation of observations and experimental results. Oftentimes, those results are inconclusive or insufficient to provide a clear answer. In such cases, there may be alternative explanations or hypotheses. Further observations and experiments--and a great deal of scientific discussion--may be necessary before an "acceptable" explanation is found. However, beware! There is a great deal that we do not understand about the ocean. Some "models" presented to students as "facts" are but one version of several possible models.

To help you gain experience in understanding the nature of ocean science, its language, its process and its limitations, you will review four (4) scientific and/or science-type (popular science) articles using the PowerWeb link on the textbook web site, which you may access through our WebCT course site. Registration is required which means you will have to purchase the textbook. (I'll make no exceptions to this policy. You can't suceed in this course without a textbook.)

To complete the assignment, you must:

  1. pick one of the PowerWeb articles listed for the assigned Chapter
  2. read and study the article
  3. complete the Test Your Knowledge Form and submit it to yourself and me (drc@oceansonline.com)
  4. post your summary and analysis of the article (copy and paste all parts of the form you filled out) to the discussion board
  5. respond to the posts of two other classmates by addressing their concerns and/or asking questions in no less than 100 words
  6. all parts of the assignment (e-mail, original post, two responses) must be completed to earn credit, no partial credit will be given.

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