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Dr. Chamberlin's Spring 2003 Online Course Guidelines

This page last updated: Thursday, January 16, 2003 10:08 AM

10. Course of Studies: How it Works

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.

This course is conducted asynchronously, meaning you do not have to be online at any specific date or time. Once the semester begins, if some of you would like to meet synchronously (i.e., at the same time), I would be happy to schedule a chat session. For those who want to meet face-to-face, feel free to set up an appointment to see me. I'll do my best to accomodate you. Otherwise, there are NO ON-CAMPUS meetings for this course.

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



Extra credit

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 accomodate 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:

The following sections describe in detail each type of assessment and how they are completed.

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