Dr. Chamberlin's Spring 2003 Course Guidelines

for ESC130: Introduction to Oceanography

CRN 22097, MW 9-1020AM, Room 415

This page last updated: 1/16/2003 3:05 PM


WELCOME! Please read all sixteen (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 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.

HEY! DON'T BE DROPPED! Complete the Student-Teacher Contract of Understanding by NOON, Wednesday, January 29, 2003, or you will be dropped. The Contract can be found at the end of these Course Guidelines.

ON-SITE REQUIREMENTS: You are expected to be in class every time we meet. While many of the quizzes and assignments are conducted online, this is not an online course. Learning activities and extra credit opportunities abound during our class sessions. A well-attended classroom promotes interactions between you and your classmates and your instructor and results in a more rewarding and successful learning experience. Excessive absences and/or poor performance in this course may result in you being dropped from this class without notice.

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 I will help you get them. Half of the content in this course and vital course communications (e-mail and our class mailing list) are made available through The Remarkable Ocean World, http://www.oceansonline.com. Discussion assignments (extra credit), quizzes 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 Sean Chamberlin's ON-CAMPUS oceanography course. Online students and teleweb students follow a different set of course guidelines (see appropriate links on the web site's home page). The Spring 2003 on-campus 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. 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. 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.

STUDENT HOME PAGE: You may find all the following materials and more linked on your ESC130 Oceanography On-Campus Student Home Page at http://www.oceansonline.com/spr03_campushome.htm.


Many if not most of you wonder why the heck you have to take a science class, especially a physical science class, which oceanography is. After all, few of you want to become scientists and as far as you are concerned, science has nothing to do with your life. You're just here for the credit and because college transfer requirements demand that you take a physical science class, right?

Well, if you'll open your mind for a moment and if you will at least try to see past this short-sighted notion, you might discover that this course has everything to do with your life, regardless of whether you are pursuing a scientific career and regardless of what the four-year colleges state as their reasons.

By taking this course, not only will you be smarter and wiser about the planet we live on but you will develop a better appreciation for your relationship with the ocean and you will learn some real-world skills to boot. This course will help you get a better job, help you get along better with others and help you appreciate life in all its grandeur and beauty.

Approach this course with the attitude that it can teach you something valuable about life and you'll be a lot more motivated to succeed.

The benefits you can expect to derive from this course are called learning outcomes in the education business. Broadly defined, learning outcomes are the knowledge, understandings and analytic-synthetic-evaluative skills that you will master as a result of your studies. Learning outcomes establish targets towards which your academic studies are aimed. Nonetheless, learning, as a lifelong process, continually refines and redefines these outcomes. If you are successful in this course, you will be well on your way towards achieving these goals and expanding the horizon of what is possible in your life.

Specific to this course, we aim to:

And before we finish with this section, which may, at first glance, seem superficial to your immediate desires to get through these guidelines and figure out what the heck is going on in this class, let me add to these lofty goals from a paper by Larry Yore of the University of Victoria, entitled What is Meant by Constructivist Science Teaching and Will the Science Education Community Stay the Course for Meaningful Reform? published in the June 2001 edition of the Electronic Journal of Science Education. He summarizes the goals of a science education from Hurd (1998) who states that the central attributes of a science literate person are:

THINK about these learning outcomes and consider how you may derive the most benefit from them as you explore the science of oceanography in the coming weeks.


Two inexpensive but essential textbooks are required for this course. These books are designed to fire you up about oceanography and provide you with the basic materials that will lead you to oceanography nirvana. These books are not optional; you will not succeed in the course without them AND you can purchase them both for $40-60, which is less than the price of a single, hardback textbook.

All students are required to purchase an approved copy of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and The Remarkable Ocean World of Jules Verne: A Study Guide for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by W. Sean Chamberlin, Ph.D. We will use both books extensively and supplement them with information available online.

Either of two versions of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea are approved for this course. The best choice is the Naval Institute Press edition of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea: The Completely Restored and Annotated Edition by Jules Verne translated by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter, ISBN 0-87021-678-3, paperback edition, 1993. This version features large print and footnotes at the bottom of each page of text. It retails in the $20-25 category. The cover of this book looks like this:

Alternatively, you may purchase the Oxford World's Classic Edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas translated by William Butcher, ISBN 0-19-282839-8, paperback edition, 1998. This standard paperback version has great footnotes but they are at the back in an appendix, which I don't find very convenient while I am reading. However, it retails in the $6-8 category, so if money is tight, this version will suffice. The cover of this book looks like this:

Do not purchase and/or read any other version of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Other versions lack footnotes, their translations are poor and they are often missing huge chunks of text. Your success in this course will suffer miserably without one of these versions of the book. Miller and Walter's and Butcher's translations provide excellent footnotes that are vital to our study of oceanography. You may purchase the Miller and Walter text at the Fullerton College bookstore or you can find either of these texts online from any book vendor who carries these editions.

In addition, you must purchase The Remarkable Ocean World of Jules Verne: A Study Guide for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by W. Sean Chamberlin, Ph.D. This text contains all the study questions and links to resources for interpreting the scientific aspects of Verne's novel. A copy of this text can be purchased for $30.95 either through the Fullerton College bookstore, www.kendallhunt.com or amazon.com. The cover of this textbook looks like this:

Now I realize that some of you will want to skimp on buying books. But face it, you are only skimping yourself. I've made every effort to keep the costs of your books below $60, which is pretty reasonable for a college course in this day and age. The oceanography textbook used in other courses runs from $85-100 so feel fortunate you're taking this class. I urge you to find a way to buy the books. You might be able to find cheap used copies of Walter and Miller's text at the Book Baron in Fullerton or Anaheim or through abebooks.com. It's worth a look. Please don't attempt this course without the book.


Okay, donít panic! We will be using computers in this class. Though you will be given time in class, you should be prepared to use time out of class at the library or computer center or some other location (like your own home) to complete assignments and take quizzes online.

There are tremendous advantages to incorporating computer technology into your studies, including:

If you lack computer skills, donít worry. Your classmates and I will help you. You wonít be programming the international space station; youíll just need to be comfortable 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.

If you don't have this knowledge, make sure you know someone who does and make sure you have an alternate location for conducting your class work. Failure of your computer is not an excuse for not completing assignments. Computers can be found in the numerous computer labs on our campus or in the library. You may also find a computer with Internet access at your home, your parent's house, a friend or relative's house or at some other location.

You may also want to check out these web resources on basic computing and using the internet:

Internet 101


Yahoo voted this site as the best introductory web site on the Internet. The authors bill it as the site for people who don't like to read instructions. Whatever your level of knowledge, this site offers great set of graphics and instructions for surfing the web and more.

WebMonkey Guides


I love the WebMonkey. He's smart and cute and oh-so-full of information. The WebMonkey will gladly help you with the basics of web surfing or sending/receiving e-mail and he will also help you look for a house, with trees, of course.

Above all, don't let technical issues hamper your studies. If you really are not that good with computers (and you will know who you are), then I strongly suggest that you develop those skills before you take an online course.


To achieve our learning goals for this course, we use online tools designed to help us learn and better understand the course materials. In addition, these tools enable us to better communicate with each other and develop the sense of community that supports our learning. Finally, these tools provide a means for assessing our knowledge and understanding and providing feedback to each other and the instructor such that our knowledge and understanding continuously improves.

The Remarkable Ocean World (http://www.oceansonline.com), our course web site, serves as the primary source of course information (course guidelines and syllabus) and course content (lecture notes). Make sure you subscribe to the mailing list (see the section that follows) or you will miss important course announcements and opportunities.

Among the online tools we use on the Remarkable Ocean World web site are:

Quizzes and student grades will be delivered using Fullerton College's WebCT course site at http://webct.fullcoll.edu:8900. You will need to learn how to navigate and use WebCT within the first three weeks of classes. WebCT can be daunting at first but hang in there. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be fine. Just pay close attention to the details, read the instructions through several times and move slowly. Again, if you just pay attention, be patient and make sure you have all the details covered, you'll be fine.

Now, to get started in WebCT, I suggest that you browse on over to my online WebCT guide called What the Heck is WebCT? You can find it at http://staffwww.fullcoll.edu/schamberlin/title_page.htm. Check out these sections: Stuff You'll Need and Getting Started. The first section will explain how to set up your browser for WebCT (Java must be enabled) and the second section will explain the WebCT ID (username) and password that you'll need to log in to the WebCT portion of our course.

Your username (known as your WebCT ID) is composed of the first two initials of your first name (in ALL CAPS), the first two initials of your last name (in ALL CAPS) and the last four digits of your Student PIN (the one that starts with the @ symbol). For example, if your name is Otto Rocket and your student ID# is @12345678, then your WebCT ID would be OTRO4567. Everyone's initial password is STUDENT. Change it immediately after logging in.

When you have successfully logged in, you will come to a page called MyWebCT, which lists all the courses using WebCT in which you are enrolled. Click on ESC130: Intro. to Oceanography (Campus), Sp 03- S. Chamberlin. You'll come to our home page that has three icons:

Make sure you properly understand the navigation features of WebCT (i.e., using the breadcrumbs, not your forward and back buttons) and make sure you understand how to post to the discussion board and how to take exams. It's essential you get up and running ASAP because ALL of your points are earned on the WebCT site.

If you find WebCT confusing, go back to What the Heck is WebCT? and check out the sections called Navigating WebCT and Evaluation and Assessment.

For heaven's sake, don't read everything! Make sure you know how to use the breadcrumbs to get around WebCT and make sure you know how to take a quiz. Please, start early in your attempts to log in to WebCT. If you have difficulty and can't log in, don't despair. Just contact me immediately. If you get logged in but things don't quite look right or they don't work right, then contact me immediately.


Do this now! Subscribe to the CyberNautilus Mailing List!

Course announcements, news, updates, clarifications, FAQs, field trips and extra credit opportunities are e-mailed to your personal e-mail address through the CyberNautilus Mailing List. They are also posted on the course discussion board BUT not as frequently and not always in a timely manner. (Use the discussion board as a backup for making sure you are receiving the CyberNautilus announcements.)

To subscribe, send a blank e-mail (no subject, no message, no signature) to cyberstudents@oceansonline.com. You will receive a confirmation notice very shortly (within minutes) after subscribing. Check your Bulk Mail Folder if you do not see it in your regular inbox.

If you do not receive the confirmation message, then please make sure you have removed any signatures or stray marks in your e-mail and try again. If you still are not subscribed, make sure that your e-mail box is not full and make sure that e-mail blocking and parental controls are off. Also, make sure you look in your Bulk mail folder. Some programs automatically send mailing list mail to Bulk mail. If you've checked all that and still aren't getting the confirmation message, open an e-mail account on Yahoo or elsewhere and subscribe from there. Some colleges (like UC Irvine) don't permit mail from mailing lists. In you are trying to access e-mail using a college account, you may have to use a web-based e-mail account, like Yahoo or Collegeclub, instead. If that doesn't work, e-mail me and I'll try to subscribe you manually.

Immediately after receiving your confirmation message, post a short introduction message to cybernautilus@oceansonline.com about yourself ("Hi! I'm Sean and I am in this class. Hope everyone makes an A"...or something like that.). Your message will be sent to everyone who is subscribed, including you. It will appear in your inbox soon after you submit it. That way, you insure that you are properly sending and receiving messages.

PLEASE make sure you are subscribed to the CyberNautilus Mailing List by the first day of classes or you may miss critical information. The information provided through the mailing list will keep you current with everything that is happening in this course.

YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAILING LIST. Make certain you are receiving messages by sending one. Failure to receive messages from the mailing list is not an excuse for not knowing what's happening in the course.


If you have any questions, comments, problems, issues, concerns, interesting news or plain ol' friendly talk, please send an e-mail to my professional e-mail address at drc@oceansonline.com.

Please put your NAME, SECTION and STUDENT ID# as the first line of all e-mails you send to me. That means, put your name, section and student ID# as the first line of the e-mail. I repeat: name, section, student ID FIRST, then type your message.

Please indicate a SUBJECT for your e-mail (like "Help", "a quick question", question about exam", etc). E-mails without subjects are rude and you don't want to be rude, do you? E-mails without a name or subject will not be answered.

If your e-mail is a question of a general nature and pertains to everyone in the course, I will respond through the CyberNautilus mailing list (more info in the next section). Otherwise, you will receive an e-mail back from me within 48 hours max. I typically will respond to your e-mails within hours (minutes, sometimes) unless I am traveling or having a really good time somewhere. If you don't receive a message back from me, please send your e-mail again and/or call me on the phone. Don't wait days for me to respond. If you don't hear from me, it could be that your e-mail inbox is full (always check this first) or that your e-mail address was incorrectly transmitted or that something went wrong at my end. Please feel free to send another e-mail. I'd rather get too many e-mails from you than none.

Please NEVER send me attachments. Copy and paste your message into the body of an e-mail. This is especially true for any forwards you might try to send me. Some e-mail services automatically turn forwards into attachments. Please don't send them. Attachments are the number one vector for dangerous computer viruses and I will delete them no matter what. I delete attachments from my mother so don't feel discriminated against. They are just a bad idea unless you confirm via phone that an attachment has been sent (which is what my mom does). It's easy enough to copy and paste your message into the body of an e-mail. Otherwise, put a hard copy in the U.S. mail or Fullerton campus mail.


If you need to send me a hard copy of something, please send it to me via U.S. Mail or Campus Mail. My campus mailing address is:

W. Sean Chamberlin, PhD

Natural Sciences Division

Fullerton College

321 East Chapman Ave

Fullerton, CA 92832

(714) 992-7137

You may also drop mail off at the Campus Mailroom, located on the east side of the cafeteria patio next to the Disabled Student Center. See 8B on map at http://www.fullcoll.edu/Images/map_campus.gif.






Point Earners



Study Guide



Learning Activities


Discussion (extra)




I, 1-12

Pg 1-6, Part I, 1-12 Self-Test



1/27 - 2/2


I, 13-24-

Appendix I-III, Part 1, 13-24 Self-Test







2/3 - 2/9


II, 1-12

Appendix IV, Part II, 1-12 Self-Test




Proposal due



2/10 - 2/16


II, 13-24

Appendix V-VII, II, 13-23 Self-Test

Exam #1




Light in the Sea

I-16, II-4

I-16, II-4, Nautilinks


3, 4

3, 4





Collaboratory Experiments: Beerís Law


5, 6

5, 6





Properties of Seawater

I-18, I-23

I-18, I-23, Nautilinks

Exam #2






Collaboratory Experiments: Stratification


7, 8

7, 8





Seasons in the Sea

II-17, II-17

I-17, II-17 and Nautilinks

Exam #3


4/14 - 4/18 SPRING BREAK


4/21 Ė 5/4

Collaboratory Experiments: Photosynthesis


9, 10

9, 10


9, 10


5/5 - 5/11


II-18, II-3

II-18, II-3

Exam #4





5/12 - 5/18

Marine Mammals

II-12, II-5

II-12, II-5






WEEK: Week during semester.

DATE: Dates covered.

20K: Reading in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Study Guide: Reading in The Remarkable Ocean World of Jules Verne: A Study Guide

Learning Activities: Learning activities as described in Assignments: Learning Activities

Discussion: Responses to Discussion Questions as described in Extra Credit: Discussion Assignments.

Web Page: Web page assignment as described in Extra Credit: Web Pages

Quizzes: Online quizzes covering self-test questions and other topics as directed by instructor. All quizzes are due by 1155PM Pacific Time of the Sunday in the week in which they occur. Time determined at http://www.time.gov. Quizzes may not be taken late. There are no makeups.

Exams: On-campus exams covering study guide information, questions in the study guide and other topics as directed by the instructor. All online exams are due by 1155PM Pacific Time of the Sunday in the week in which they occur. Time determined at http://www.time.gov. Exams may not be taken late and there are no makeup exams.


Our course of studies follows the voyage of the Nautilus as it sails 20,000 leagues (43,200 miles) across and beneath the surface of the ocean. We cover all 47 chapters of the novel TWICE in our 17 weeks of study. This novel serves as a wonderful vehicle for understanding ocean science and a lot more. Through the characters in the novel, you will see the ocean world through the eyes of a scientist. All of your work for the course centers around the novel and the study guide that supports it.

Your final grade in this class is based on the following forms of assessment, which are described in detail in the sections that follow:


Learning Activities: ten (10) assignments, 20 points each, 200 points total


Quizzes: ten (10) online quizzes, 30 points each, 300 points total

Exams: four (4) on-campus exams, 100 points each, 400 points total

Final Exam: one (1) comprehensive final exam, 100 points

Extra credit

Discussion Assignments: ten (10) assignments, 10 points each, up to 100 points total

Web Page Assignment: two (2) extra credit assignments, 50 points each, up to 100 points total

You can earn a maximum of 1000 points in this class. In addition, there are 200 extra credit points built into the assignments in the course to accommodate different learning styles. These are the only points available for extra credit. Realistically, you should figure out which mix of quizzes, exams, discussion questions and/or extra credit assignments you want to do to earn 900 points or more (to get an A in the course). If you only want to make a B or C, then figure out how many assignments you need to complete to earn the minimum number of points for those grades. You do not need to complete all of the work. You just need to complete enough work to make that grade that you desire. If you work hard and earn 900 points before the end of the semester, you may finish the course early!

Grading is based on the following scale:

A = 900 points and above

B = 800 - 899 points

C = 700 - 799 points

D = 600 - 699 points

F = 0 - 599 points


Learning activities consist of hands-on, minds-on assignments that help you develop a greater understanding of the course materials. These activities have been developed as part of a new oceanography teleweb production being launched in Fall 2003 by Intelecom. You could be the first to try them!

All learning activities will be handed out in class. Some will be completed in class. All will be linked on a separate web page, http://www.oceansonline.com/spr03_activities.htm.. While you may work ahead on these assignments, you may only submit them in the week that they are due. You may only submit one assignment per week for the ten weeks that assignments are available.

Each learning activity is worth up to twenty (20) points based on the following criteria:


Quizzes are diagnostic, a type of formative assessment, designed to help you assess the quality of your studying in this course. If you are completing the reading and doing the work in the study guide, then you will have no problem with the quizzes. If, however, you are behind in your studies and not spending the kind of time you need to be spending in this course, then your quiz scores will suffer.

Exams assess your knowledge and understanding of the course materials in a more summative fashion. They provide an evaluation of your learning of the materials in a particular segment of the course. While exams are designed to gauge what you learned, they can help you learn as well. By going back through an exam once you have taken it, you may discover things you missed and figure out how to better study the new materials that follow.

Ten (10) online quizzes worth 30 points each will be given this semester. Quizzes cover the material listed below. You may earn a maximum of 300 points taking quizzes in this course. You will have 30 minutes to complete a quiz from the moment you click on Begin Quiz. Each quiz will consist of ten (10) questions. Quizzes may be taken as many times as you wish during the week in which they occur, however, quiz questions will vary each time you take the quiz. You must wait one hour between attempts, however. In addition, no makeup quizzes will be given. If you miss a quiz, you lose the points. The highest score earned for a quiz will be counted. Correct answers for quizzes will not be given. You will have to answer a question correctly to learn its correct answer.

Four on-campus exams worth 100 points each and one final exam worth 100 points will be given this semester. Exams cover the materials listed below; the final exam is comprehensive. You may earn a maximum of 800 points taking quizzes and exams in this course. Exams may consist of multiple choice, matching, short answer, essay and skills-based questions. Exams cover readings in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Remarkable Ocean World of Jules Verne: A Study Guide for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and additional web pages of information as designated by the instructor. Questions come from the Self-Test section, the Thought Questions section and the instructor's mind. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam from the moment you click on Begin Quiz. Exams may be taken up to three times but the scores will be averaged. Also, you must wait 24 hours between attempts and exam questions will vary with each attempt. After you complete an exam, you will be able to see your score and the questions you missed. However, you will not be given the correct answers for the exam until after the exam period is over.

Exams will be held in class on the dates listed. There are no makeups. Quizzes will be available starting at 1205AM Monday at the start of the week in which they occur and ending at 1155PM Sunday in the week in which they occur. All quizzes will be delivered on our Fullerton College WebCT course site, http://webct.fullcoll.edu:8900.

Quizzes and exams follow the schedule provided in the syllabus and as provided here:

Quiz or Exam


Due date:

Quiz 1

Part One

1155PM, Sunday, February 2, 2003

Quiz 2

Part Two

1155PM, Sunday, February 9, 2003

Exam #1

All materials in Quizzes 1 & 2

9AM, Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Quiz 3

I-16, II-4, Light in the Sea Nautilinks

1155PM, Sunday, February 23, 2003

Quiz 4

I-16, II-4, Light in the Sea Nautilinks

1155PM, Sunday, March 2, 2003

Quiz 5

Collaboratory Experiment: Beerís Law

1155PM, Sunday, March 9, 2003

Quiz 6

I-18, I-23, Properties of Seawater Nautilinks

1155PM, Sunday, March 16, 2003

Exam #2

All materials in Quizzes 3, 4, & 5

9AM, Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Quiz 7

I-18, I-23, Properties of Seawater Nautilinks

1155PM, Sunday, March 30, 2003

Quiz 8

Collaboratory Experiment: Stratification

1155PM, Sunday, April 6, 2003

Exam #3

All materials in Quizzes 7 & 8

9AM, Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Quiz 9

II-17, I-17, Seasons in the Sea

1155PM, Sunday, April 27, 2003

Quiz 10

II-17, I-17, Seasons in the Sea, Collaboratory Experiments: Photosynthesis

1155PM, Sunday, May 4, 2003

Exam #4

All materials in Quizzes 9 & 10

9AM, Wednesday, May 14, 2003


All materials in Exams 1, 2, 3 & 4

9AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2003


Discussion assignments are based on responses to Thought Questions in the Study Guide and/or Discussion of the Collaboratory exercises. All Discussion Assignments will be posted at http://www.oceansonline.com/oceans_oncampus/phpbb/

There are very specific rules for registering and creating a username on the Discussion Board. Please pay careful attention to the following:


You may earn up to 100 points extra credit by helping with Project Nautilink. This student-created web site hyperlinks William Butcher's online version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to ocean keywords and definitions, points of historical oceanographic interest, explanations of oceanographic processes, real-time oceanographic data, images of marine critters, web sites that add background information and understanding to Verne's text and more.

To complete this assignment, you must be familiar with web pages and how they work (i.e., that they are based on Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML). You don't need to know HTML but you should know what it is and be willing to learn a little of it. Most of your work can be accomplished in Microsoft Word, so if you are willing to learn how to create web pages and links within Word, then you're in business.

The goal of this project is to annotate 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in a way that brings it alive for modern audiences. The overwhelming amount of detail in the novel provides its richness but it also makes it rough going where many of those details are unfamiliar. Our job is to make it familiar in a way that's never before been accomplished (or possible, without the World Wide Web).

To get a feeling for what we are trying to accomplish, check out an online example of Part One, Chapter One, at http://home.netvigator.com/~wbutcher/books/20tch1.html. Note that Butcher places his images and supporting text on the right-hand side of the page. We will link ours to separate pages.

Complete details on this extra credit assignment are available from your instructor or on the course web site.


Okay, you've seen this once, but it doesn't hurt to take a look at it one more time. Your final grade in this class is based on the following forms of assessment:


Learning Activities: ten (10) assignments, 20 points each, 200 points total


Quizzes: ten (10) online quizzes, 30 points each, 300 points total

Exams: four (4) on-campus exams, 100 points each, 400 points total

Final Exam: one (1) comprehensive final exam, 100 points

Extra credit

Discussion Assignments: ten (10) assignments, 10 points each, up to 100 points total

Web Page Assignment: two (2) extra credit assignments, 50 points each, up to 100 points total

Grading is based on the following scale:

A = 900 points and above

B = 800 - 899 points

C = 700 - 799 points

D = 600 - 699 points

F = 0 - 599 points


Congratulations! You plowed your way through sixteen (16) sections of Course Guidelines and your eyes are still in their sockets.

Despite the excruciating level of detail dished up in the previous sections, your exhaustive and complete understanding of these sections will propel you towards a most enjoyable and successful semester. The point of all this detail is to insure that you are fully aware of all that is expected of you. This course demands hard work and that means you'll need to be at your best. You will need to read, study, think and write oceanography nearly every other day for at least 1-2 hours a day. You'll also need to come to class, log in to read announcements, work on assignments, respond to your classmates and keep up with communications in the course. There's a lot to do but if you are organized, focused and committed, you will come through with flying colors.

If you think you are ready to take the plunge and are willing to commit to the time and effort required to be successful in this class, then click on the link below and come on board. And while you're at it, start reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea!

In any case, if you feel like you'd like to talk it over a little before you dive in, then send me an e-mail. I'm always happy to help you evaluate your schedule and priorities. With more than twelve years of college under my belt, I have a few insights to share.

To come aboard, submit the student-teacher contract of understanding on the next page prior to Noon, Wednesday, January 29, 2003. Failure to submit a contract by this time will make you ineligible for continuing in the class, in which case you should drop. While I will make every effort to drop you, dropping is your responsibility. Don't assume that I am going to drop you or you may find months or years later that you have received an F.



Return this page to Dr. C before Noon, Wednesday, January 29, 2003.

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TYPE or WRITE the following statement EXACTLY in the space below:

I have read all SIXTEEN sections of Dr. Chamberlin's Spring 2003 On-Campus Course Guidelines completely word-for-word from top to bottom. I totally understand and agree to my responsibilities and what is required of me in this course. I promise to read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and the Study Guide, check out the resources that support these materials, complete all the required assignments, take online exams, and participate fully in all aspects of the course. I will strive to do my best and give it my all. I want an A!

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