Elementary Oceanography OCE-1001-4 (On-line Section)
NOTE: This syllabus is a guide to the course and is subject to change. If so, you will be notified via
Announcements on the course BlackBoard web site. You are responsible for keeping track of the course
schedule and assignment due dates, so check for Announcements frequently.
Prof. Kevin Speer
431 OSB T, Th 3:30-4:30PM
Students Last Name A-H
Students Last Name I-P
Students Last Name Q-Z
Course Web Site
: We will use the FSU Blackboard system available from:
. The Course
Library has “reader” files you can install on your computer so you can read Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.
You’ll also find the BBC Blue Planet videos and PowerPoint slide shows for each chapter.
: A.P. Trujillo and H.V. Thurman,
Essentials of Oceanography: 9
(Pearson/Prentice Hall). If you choose not to buy the hardcopy of the text, you can purchase an access code
directly from the publisher which will allow you to read the full text electronic version of the textbook online. Go
to the e-book link on the course website and follow the procedure to purchase access. We recommend
purchasing a hard copy of the textbook if possible.
: To introduce you to the scientific study of the ocean, so that you will have a better appreciation for
its role as part of the entire earth/ocean/atmosphere ecosystem, and how it influences our lives. In addition,
this course seeks to provide you with an understanding of the scientific process and the role of technology in
supporting scientific study.
: Your combined Homework score will count as one exam grade. The
Homework, four section exams, and the Final Exam, yields six possible 100% scores, and we drop the lowest
score before calculating your grade. In the example below, the student scored well on the Homework and all
four section exams, so they could get a “zero” on the final exam, since that would be their lowest score and
would therefore be dropped. If you get a low score on a Section Exam, you can raise your grade by getting a
better score on the Final Exam.
Make-up exams will not be offered
. If you miss an exam, thus earning a “0”
score, that would be the score we would drop. Because of the wide time window open for exams, neither
sickness nor internet access are excuses from an exam; also, it is your responsibility to avoid conflicts with
religious holy days. If you get arrested, are hospitalized,
CONTACT ONE OF US BY EMAIL BEFORE YOU
MISS AN EXAM!!