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ESC130 Student Home Page
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Course Syllabus

Fall Semester 2000

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Welcome!

This is your ESC130 Student Home Page. Here you will find all the links for everything that you need to know to succeed in this course. Please READ EVERYTHING  very carefully. The links in the syllabus (see below) are the most important links you can follow on this web site. Click on them one by one from top to bottom. Make sure you don't miss any of them. You might even want to bookmark certain sections (that is, put them in your favorites folder) so you can refer back to them from time to time. Got that?

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Now scroll down and check out READ THESE LINKS FIRST (see below). Then check out First Things First in the Course Syllabus (see below). The Critical Links to your right are provided to help you find important information once you've finished reading these first two sections.

Now, watch a pocket watch swing back and forth and repeat after me. Please read everything very carefully. Your eyes are getting heavier. Please read everything very carefully. Your mind is drifting towards a faraway tropical isle. Please read everything very carefully. You are thinking you will love oceanography. Please read everything very carefully. Love oceanography. Read very carefully.

Critical Links

WebCT Command Center for ESC130
supplementary course web site with exams, groupwork, grades, chat and more

The Daily Dope
your daily news and announcement page

Quick Info Page
how to subscribe to the mailing list, office hours, phone numbers and more

Student Forums
for posting questions and assignments

Course Guidelines
rules of the road; refer to them often

Fullerton College Home Page
schedule of classes, applications, faculty directory and other useful resources

FC Library
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FC Counseling Center
get info on transfer requirements, financial aid, health services, career and life planning or contact a counselor via e-mail!

 

READ THESE LINKS FIRST!

Welcome Message
Getting Started
The Daily Dope
Quick-Info Page

Course Syllabus
Click on Topic Link or scroll down to find reading assignments (links) for each topic and exam.
Week
Dates
Topic Link
Homework
(due 11:59pm last day of week)
1
8/21-8/27
First Things First
2
8/28-9/3
Hit the Beach!
Student Contract
Labor Day Weekend: Morro Bay Field Trip
3
9/4-9/10
Surf's Up!
Online Exam #1
4
9/11-9/17
Ride the Tide
Predicting the Waves: The Art of Surf Forecasting
5
9/18-9/24
Online Exam #2
6
9/25-10/1
Whirlpools in Your Bathtub
Grade Report #1
7
10/2-10/8
The Betty Crocker Ocean Fudge Swirl
Global Learn Day IV
8
10/9-10/15
Light in the Sea
Online Exam #3
9
10/16-10/22
Phytoplankton Are Your Friends
10
10/23-10/29
Global Productivity
Chasing El Nino!
Online Exam #4
Daylight Savings Time Ends: Fall Back One Hour
11
10/30-11/5
Online Exam #5: due midnight, Sunday, November 12.
12
11/6-11/12
Squids and Fishes
13
11/13-11/19
Shark Attack!
Online Exam #6
Thanksgiving Day Holiday: Baja Field Trip
Saturday, 11/18 - Saturday, 11/25
14
11/27-12/3
And They Call Him Flipper...
Exam #7: Comprehesive Online Exam
15
12/4-12/10
Black Smokers, Giant Worms & Extraterrestrial Oceans
Online Exam #8: Whales, Dolphins and Vents
16
12/11-12/12
Online and On-Campus Review Sessions
50- and 100-point assignments
FINAL
12/11-12/16
On-Campus Final

 


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

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Hit the Beach!

Required Reading
Oceanography defined

Oceanography and Kevin Bacon
Remarkable ocean facts
The Gaia Hypothesis
Beaches

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Surf's Up!

Required Reading
Simple mathematics
Making sense of tables
Waves

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Ride the Tide

Required Reading
Making sense of graphs
Ride the tide
The California grunion

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On-Campus Midterm One
(required of all students)

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Whirlpools in Your Bathtub

Required Reading
How to read a map
Global winds
Ocean currents

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The Betty Crocker Ocean Fudge Swirl

Required Reading
Properties of water
Why the sea is salt
Ocean waters of the world

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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

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Phytoplankton Are Your Friends

Required Reading
Phytoplankton

Oceanic photosynthesis

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Global Productivity

Required Reading
The seasonal thermocline
Seasons of the sea

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On-Campus Midterm Two
(required of all students)

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Squids and Fishes

Required Reading
Squids
Fishes

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Shark Attack!

Required Reading
Sharks

 


And They Call Him Flipper

Required Reading
Whales and Dolphins
Songs of the Whale

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Black Smokers, Giant Worms and Extraterrestrial Oceans

Required Reading
Black Smokers and Giant Worms

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Online Final Exam
(required of all students)