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Dr. Chamberlin's Fall 2002 Online Course Guidelines

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This page last updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2002 3:12 PM

Please note: Fall Semester starts Monday, August 19, 2002. The guidelines that follow are now official. If you need to add and the section is closed, you may pick up a signed add slip from my office bulletin board at Room 419-025 during the first three days of classes. I accept all adds to my online courses during the first three days of classes ONLY. No adds will be accepted after that date, even if you submit a signed add slip to A&R. You must add and pay fees by the third day or you will not be added to the class.

1. General Information

WELCOME! Please read all seventeen (16) 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 1-3 hours studying them and making sure you have the basic skills needed to complete this course. At the end of section seventeen (16), you'll have an opportunity to save and print the entire course guidelines as one file.

Each section of these course guidelines ends with a checkbox where you must indicate that you understand that section. Checking the box allows you to proceed to the next section. In fact, you can't proceed to the next section until you click the box. If you must exit before completing all sections, bookmark the page where you finished or write down the URL. Otherwise, you'll have to start all over again.

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.

HEY! DON'T BE DROPPED!Complete the Student-Teacher Contract of Understanding by 1159PM, Friday, August 30, 2002, or you will be dropped. The Contract can be found at the end of these Course Guidelines

ON-SITE REQUIREMENTS: There are no on-site requirements for this course. You do not need to be "present" online at any particular time or date. While quizzes and assignments have due dates, you have, in general, one week to complete quizzes and assignments. In other words, the entire course is conducted asynchronously online.

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), discussion assignments and exams are conducted online through this web site, The Remarkable Ocean World, http://www.oceansonline.com. At this time, we will NOT be using WebCT for this course. However, I reserve the right to use WebCT if our alternative testing site proves unsuitable.

ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS: Please note that these course guidelines apply to all students enrolled in Sean Chamberlin's ONLINE oceanography course. On-campus students follow a different set of course guidelines which you may obtain by attending class on the first day (Monday, 9 AM, August 19, 2002). The Fall 2002 Online 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.

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 sixteen (16) 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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