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Professors Chamberlin and Heath's Spring 2003 Teleweb Course Guidelines

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3. Textbook Requirements

We require a textbook for this course because studies show that students with textbooks perform better, jump higher and live longer! Okay, we're just kidding but a good textbook is essential to your understanding of the oceans (and you do want to achieve all those learning outcomes, don't you?).

Our textbook for this course is Essentials of Oceanography, Seventh Edition, by Harold V. Thurman and Alan P. Trujillo, published in 2001 by Prentice Hall (ISBN 0-13-065235-0). It looks like this:

front cover of thurman and trujillo textbook

We picked this book because it's written for community college students by two community college instructors who live in southern California, it's highly readable and it contains only the most essential information for our course. While it may not seem it, we also picked it because it's one of the least expensive textbooks we could find.

Although recommended, you do not need the Oceanus Study Guide and you do not need the Issues in Oceanography booklet. If the bookstore tries to sell you our textbook with these other books as a package, order it online from another vendor, if you don't want the additional books for your library.

You can purchase this textbook at the Fullerton College bookstore (http://bookstore.fullcoll.edu, price not available, online service not the best), Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com, $80, free shipping if you buy two books) or Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com, $80, $10-15 less for used books). You may also want to try a used book vendor, like the Book Baron (http://www.bookbaron.com) with on-site locations in Fullerton and Anaheim, or Abebooks.com (http://www.abebooks.com, used books only).

Now we realize that some of you will want to skimp on buying books. But face it, you are only skimping yourself. The oceanography textbook used in other courses runs from $90-100 so feel fortunate you're taking this class. We urge you to find a way to buy the books. Please don't attempt this course without the book.

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