Course Information for Spring 2004
Tuesday and Thursday 11:10AM to 12:25PM
Room 1209 Oceanography and Meteorology Building
Office & Telephone: 624 O&M,
I am in most days from 8:00AM to 5:30PM. I'm
always willing to drop what I am doing to talk with you.
Class time will be more productive if we
all come prepared.
- Please read the notes that apply to that day before coming to class.
- Your grade will depend, in part, on your participation in the class
We will use class
notes instead of a textbook. The readily available texts are way out
date, and the notes have much more recent information. I will put
one copy of the class notes in the working collection in Room 1103 of
O&M Building. You can get your copy at Kinko's in College Station
for the cost of reproduction, $17 tax included for a 356-page bound
Just ask for Stewart's OCNG-608 Notes.
Homework and Laboratory
I have chosen
homework and laboratory exercises based on the problems discussed in
The ideas covered in the homework and labs may be included in quizzes.
Because oceanography depends critically on the interpretation and analysis
of data collected at sea or from space, you will have an opportunity
explore data through laboratory work.
- Homework and labwork may be done by teams of two or three students
depending on class size. I have found that students learn more through
discussions with other students. Each of you bring a different perspective
and knowledge to the team, and by working together you can benefit from
your teammate's skills.
- Homework and lab work will be assigned one week before it is due.
Homework and lab work is usually due on Monday. Your grade will be reduced
15% for each week, or part of a week, your assignment is late.
- The laboratory work will introduce you to typical sets of data
keyed to material covered in the lectures. Lab material is available
the internet, and it can be processed on any computer. Laboratory
reports will be graded Satisfactory (S),
You are encouraged to redo the lab to change a U to an S.
Quizzes will test your ability to think critically
about issues discussed in class.
- I will give three quizzes, the 3rd quiz will be during finals
- All quizzes will be open book. You
may consult books, notes, homework, and lab material during the
- The final quiz will examine your ability to apply all material
discussed during the course to the solution of problems with some
material from the last third of the course.
- If you do very poorly on any question in the first two quizzes,
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.
- Quiz 1: September 24, 2001
- Quiz 2: February 12, 2004
- Final Examination: May 11, 2004: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Your grade will be based on:
- participation in class discussions (10%),
- homework (30%),
- two quizzes (30%),
- and a final exam (30%)
5 September, 2004