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

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4. Computer and Internet Recommendations

It should be pretty obvious that the 21st century student needs computer skills but if your skills are weak, don't worry. We will help you (me and your fellow students). The library and the computer labs give you plenty of access to decent computers with decent internet speeds so use some of that 9 hours per week studying for the course on the computer.

In this course, computer and internet use give us access to:

To take advantage of these tools, you should be comfortable with and familiar with the following:

Familiarity with online discussion boards is helpful but not essential. You may also be called upon to use a spreadsheet program (Excel), a presentation program (Powerpoint) and a web authoring program (Front Page or Dreamweaver) but if you don't have these skills, don't worry. If we need them, I'll walk you through them and chances are more than a few of your classmates will be able to help you out.

You may also need to troubleshoot software and hardware problems. Above all, you will need patience: patience with your computer, patience with yourself and patience with your instructor. Patience starts by taking a deep breath, so if you are having technical problems, take a deep breath first. Then slowly, methodically and patiently take steps to eliminate the source(s) of the problems.

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