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This is your course syllabus. Use it like a map. Follow it from top to bottom to access course materials and exams. Treat this page in the same way that you would treat a lecture in an on-campus class. Spend at least 6-9 hours per week reading and studying these materials. Take the practice exams. Listen to the audio and view the video materials when available. Submerse yourself in the remarkable world of oceanography. Above all, enjoy! Your course is what your thoughts make it!


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Week Topic On-campus
lecture dates
Reading should be completed by Exam goes online
1 First Things First 1/19, 1/24, 1/26 1/26 1/27
2 Oceanography as a Science 1/31, 2/2 2/2 2/3
3

Humans and the Sea

2/7, 2/9 2/9 2/10
President's Day Weekend Anza-Borrego Campout 2/19-2/21
4 & 5 Origins of the Oceans and Its Life 2/14, 2/16, 2/23, 2/28 2/28 2/29
6 & 7 Water, Water, Everywhere 3/1, 3/6, 3/8, 3/13 3/13 ----------
8 On-Campus Midterm Exam 3/15  3/15 ----------
9 &10 Surf's Up! 3/20, 3/22, 3/27, 3/29 3/29 3/30
11 Light in the Sea 4/3, 4/5 4/5 4/6
12 Phytoplankton Are Your Friends 4/10, 4/12 4/12 4/13
13 Spring Break in Baja! 4/15-4/22
14 Creatures of the Abyss 4/24, 4/26 4/26 4/27
15 &16 Sharks and their Buddies 5/1, 5/3, 5/8, 5/10, 5/15 5/15 ----------
17 On-Campus Final Exam 5/17  5/17 ----------
Memorial Day Weekend Monterey Bay Aquarium 5/27-5/29 (subject to change or cancellation)




First Things First

Required Reading
Welcome Message
Getting Started
Internet Basics and Protocols
Advice from previous students
About the lecture notes
Course guidelines
What's your learning style?
Learning styles survey (offsite)
Strategies for success
Student-teacher contract of understanding

Exams
Practice Quizzes
Information and Link Page
for Exam #1

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Oceanography as a Science

Required Reading
Oceanography defined

Oceanography and Kevin Bacon
Remarkable ocean facts
How to read a map
Making sense of tables
Making sense of graphs
Simple mathematics

Optional Reading
Challenges facing ocean scientists
Who pays for ocean research?
The art of scientific thinking

Exams
Practice Quizzes
Information and Link Page
for Exam #2

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Humans and the Sea

Required Reading
Tales of Ocean Exploration Part One

Tales of Ocean Exploration Part Two
Art and literature of the sea
Overfishing
The Gaia Hypothesis

Optional Reading
TV and film of the sea
Resources from the sea
Non-point source pollution
Habitat destruction
Global climate change
Are coral reefs dying?
National Marine Sanctuaries

Exams
Practice Quizzes
Information and Link Page
for Exam #3

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Origins of the Oceans and Its Life

Required Reading
How did the oceans form?

Continental drift
Theory of plate tectonics
Hot spots
Where submarines lurk
Origins of life
Evolution of marine invertebrates
Dinosaurs of the sea
Gaia Thoughts

Optional Reading
Origins of the universe
Birth of  planet Earth
Origins of our moon

Exams
Practice Quizzes
Information and Link Page
for Exam #4

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Water, Water, Everywhere...

Required Reading
Properties of water
The hydrologic cycle
Why the sea is salt
Ocean waters of the world
Global winds
Ocean currents

Optional Reading
Earth's heat budget
Hurricanes and typhoons
Satellite oceanography
Weather buoys

Exams
Practice Quizzes

On-Campus MidTerm Exam
(required of all students)

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Surf's Up!

Required Reading
Waves

Beaches
Tides
The California grunion
Rocky and Periwinkle

Exams
Practice Quizzes
Information and Link Page
for Exam #5

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Light in the Sea

Required Reading
Electromagnetic radiation
Why Earth has seasons
Light in the sea
Calculations using Beer's Law

Exams
Practice Quizzes
Information and Link Page
for Exam #6

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Phytoplankton Are Your Friends

Required Reading
Phytoplankton

Oceanic photosynthesis
The seasonal thermocline
Seasons of the sea

Exams
No Practice Quizzes
Information and Link Page
for Exam #7

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Creatures of the Abyss

Required Reading
Oceanic food webs
Hydrothermal vent organisms
Creatures of the Abyss

Optional Reading
Alvin and the ROVs

Exams
Information and Link Page
for Exam #8

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Sharks and Their Buddies

Required Reading
Squids
Fishes
Sharks
Whales and Dolphins
Songs of the Whale

Practice Quizzes
Practice Quiz

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On-Campus Final Exam
(required of all students)

Final Exam Study Guide




Epilogue

My Travels with Jacques Cousteau
My Research

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