Survey of Oceanography
Course Information for Spring 2004
Distance Education Course
Please send me your email address before start of classes, 20 January
Office & Telephone: 624 O&M, 845-2995
I will be available by telephone to answer your questions. Please send
me an email to set up a set
time for calls. I hope to be available the same time each week.
This class is being taught along with an undergraduate
class that meets three times a week. I expect students in this, the
graduate distance-education course, to read through each week's
material and to
send in assignments as due each week. You do not need to any work each
day. The material will be posted on the Class
I have not found an inexpensive book that
could serve as a text. Most of the material you will need
can be found on the web. And, I have put many links into the
class schedule pages If you are very
concerned that there is no text, you will find much useful
material in the text required for OCNG-251 sold in the
bookstores or in general oceanography textbooks sold by internet based
The homework will be assigned most weeks.
You will produce a class project. The goal of the project
is to research an interesting topic in depth and to share with
the class what you learned by letting me post your results on the
are to be related to the course content.If you are a teacher, or
plan to be a teacher, you could produce supplemental material
tied to national
and state-science-education standards, that could be used in the
- Early in the semester, I will help you select a project, and
I will require regular updates on the progress.
- The project is due by the end of the day on 5 May 2004.
- The project will include:
- Overview of the topic and the controversy around the topic,
- Evidence for different sides of the controversy,
- Analysis of the evidence,
- Summary of most likely scenario,
- The project will be described in a 5-10 page paper, including
figures, work sheets, and references.
- PLAGIARISM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
- Please consult the Texas A&M University Library's web
page on plagiarism that defines
what it is and gives examples.
- So much material is available on the web you may be tempted
to use it without attribution in your class
- If you use material without attribution, you will receive
a grade of 0 for the report.
- SO, please provide references to all material you use.
Please use quotation marks around any material taken
directly from any source.
Quizzes will test your ability to think
critically about issues discussed in class.
- I will give two quizzes.
- The quizzes will be open book. You may consult books,
notes, and homework during the quizzes.
- If you do very poorly on any quiz question, you may
redo the question to improve your score for that
question. Any question scored below 75% can be redone to
receive a 75% score, up to a total score of 75% for the
- Quiz 1: February 28, 2004
- Quiz 2: April 3, 2004
- Final Examination: There will be no final exam.
- Each quiz is 30%
- Class project presentation and paper is 20%
- Class participation, especially the homework, is 20%.
5 September, 2004