NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Ocean Studies

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Ocean Studies
    B. Course Number: GE 224 - 30255
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 217
    H. Email Address: RNeu@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:30:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:30:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Monday: 6:30:00 PM-7:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Thursday at 5pm. *Office Hours at 9:30AM-12PM on Wednesdays - In the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): GE224L
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course focuses on the science of world oceans and the role of the ocean from an Earth system perspective. Students are introduce to the dynamic ocean in near real-time by working with current oceanographic data delivered via the Internet and coordinated with learning investigation labs keyed to current ocean products. This course explores the ocean in the Earth system with special emphasis on the flow and transformation of weather and energy into and out of the ocean, the physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean circulation, marine life and its adaptations, interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system, and the human / societal impacts on and response to those interactions. Concurrent enrollment in GE 224L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This is an introductory ocean studies course that will fulfill the requirements for laboratory science. It is transferable to most other colleges and universities. The course will consist of 3 credit hours of lecture and 1 credit hour of lab.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    ONLINE OCEAN STUDIES STUDENT PACKAGE (Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography, Moran, 3rd edition & AMS Ocean Studies Investigations Manual 2016-2017 & Summer 2017) eText ISBN:9781935704836 eManual ISBN: 9781944970000 or you may purchase both as an epackage ISBN: 9781940033990.

    Suggested:

    At home, you may be required to use a calculator, map, colored pencils, scissors, and a ruler (with metrics)

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Four Chapter Exams 25%
    Class/Lab Assignments 40%
    Final Exam 35%


    Chapter Exams (25%):
    You will be given four chapter exams covering Chapters 1-14. Expect them to be mostly multiple choice and short answer. You’ll be given these on-line and will have several days to complete them. No make-up exams will be given regardless of the excuse. To make-up for any problems technical or personal the lowest of your four exams will be dropped (This does not include the Final Exam). So if you miss an exam, it will count as your lowest at the end of the semester and will be dropped. If you take all four of your exams the lowest will be dropped at the end of the semester the average of your three remaining exams will be used.

    Class/Lab Assignments (40%): This will include anything other than the exams. It will include chapter homework’s, labs and problem/solution assignment (due Oct. 12th, Midnight). Chapter homework’s are 20% and Labs are 20% (15% lab investigations from lab manual/ 5% COS (Current Ocean Studies) labs)

    Late assignments: For every day that your assignment is late, 20% points will be deducted from your grade. Follow the learning modules page in your Canvas shell for assignment due dates. Do not use the assignments link in Canvas.


    Final exam (35%): You will have a final exam that will be comprehensive, covering chapters 1-14. You will be required to come to campus one time during the semester to take your final exam, or arrange for a testing center in your area to proctor the final exam. If you are not within driving distance of our testing center, you will be responsible for informing your instructor by Sept. 17 and make arrangements with a testing center in your area. You will need to provide your instructor with contact information for this off campus testing center no later than four weeks prior to the first day of finals. Note: Students are responsible for any additional fees that may be charged by a testing center off the NMJC campus. The final exam must be taken between the dates of Saturday, December 10thth and Wednesday December 14th by 12 (noon).

    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days up to 12 (noon) on Fridays and within 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Fridays of each week. With the exception of Problem/Solution assignments.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline – specific knowledge skills, and scientific and academic values.
    The course content of Ocean Studies (GE 224) supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After the completion of this course students should be able to:

    1. Have a better developed and varied vocabulary.
    2. Have an understanding of the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean.
    3. Have an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of seawater.
    4. Have an understanding of ocean circulation.
    5. Have an understanding of interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system (i.e. hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.)
    6. Have an understanding of the interactions between the human/societal impacts on the response to those interactions.
    7. Analyze, synthesize, evaluate and interpret information and ideas.
    8. Interpret graphs, tables, diagrams, maps, and remotely sensed images.
    9. Gather information from printed sources, electronic sources and observation.
    10. Use computer technologies for finding information and problem solving.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    1.This class utilizes Canvas software to manage assignment collection and return, to distribute handouts, and to administer quizzes and other assignments. A link to the Canvas log on page can be found on the NMJC home page at www.nmjc.edu. Click on the " Canvas " link to log on to your Canvas courses. For students, your logon id is your student ID. Your password is your birthday: MMDDYY. You should submit your essays in either RTF (rich text) or DOC (Microsoft Word). To read graded assignments, you will need to download Windows Journal Viewer, which is available for free on Microsoft’s website, and the quickest way to get the program is to search for “Windows Journal Viewer” from www.google.com. Journal Viewer is available on computers in NMJC labs.

    2. NMJC uses www.turnitin.com plagiarism prevention software. Plagiarism is a form of theft and a violation of intellectual property rights. According to turnitin.com, plagiarism includes turning in a paper that you did not write, taking significant portions of your essay from a source without giving credit, altering the wording while retaining the ideas of an un-credited source (paraphrasing), using multiple sources to create a “patchwork” paper without giving credit, and using or turning in an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors. Turnitin.com also states that plagiarism occurs when quotations are not enclosed in quotation marks, quotations and paraphrases are not cited, citations for quotations and paraphrases are incomplete or inaccurate, and citations are used correctly for a source in one place that is used elsewhere without citation. Your papers will be analyzed for plagiarism by turnitin.com after you have submitted them to Blackboard . Furthermore, any form of cheating, plagiarism, or disruptive behavior will result in an automatic grade of “F’ for the semester. More information on plagiarism can be found in The Harbrace.

    3. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2016. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    Week

    Assignments

    1

    Introductions, Contact Info., Profile, Academic Honesty,Syllabus Quiz, Preview

    2

    Read Chapter 1 (Ocean in the Earth System) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 1A - Ocean in the Earth System (Review Answers given)

    Lab Investigation 1B - Ocean in the Global Water Cycle

    3

    Read Chapter 2 (Ocean Basins & Plate Tectonics) & Review Q.

    Lab Investigation 2A – “Seeing” The Bottom of the Ocean (Review Answers given)

    Lab Investigation 2B - Ocean Bottom Topography

     

     

     

    Exam 1 (Ch. 1, 2) Sept. 10-16

    4

    Read Chapter (Plate Tectonics) & Review Q.

    Lab Investigation 3A – Seawater Temp., Salinity, & Density (Review Answers given)

    Lab Investigation 3B - Fresh Water, Ocean Water, and Sea Ice

    5

    Read Chapter 4 (Marine Sediments) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 4A – What Goes Down (Review Answers given)

    Lab Investigation 4B – Sediment From Land to Sea

    6

    Read Chapter 5 (The Atmosphere and Ocean) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 5A –Ocean-Atmosphere Connections (Review Answers given)

    Lab Investigation 5B – Incoming Solar Rad. & Sea Surface Temp.

     

    Exam 2 (Ch. 3-5) October 1-7

     

     

    7

    Read Chapter 6 (Ocean currents) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 6A –Wind-Driven Ocean Circ. & Ocean Gyres (Review Answers given)

    Lab Investigation 6B – Density-Driven Circ. & Water Masses

    8

    Problem Solution (Critical Thinking) Oct. 12, Midnight

     

     

    9

    Read Chapter 7 (Ocean Waves and Tides) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 7A – Deep & Shallow- Water Waves

    Lab Investigation 7B –Tides (Review Answers given)

    10

    Read Chapter 8 (The Dynamic Coast) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 8A –Costal Processes

    Lab Investigation 8B –Open Ocean & Coastal Impacts of Cyclones (Review Answers given)

     

    Exam 3 (Ch. 6-8) Oct. 29-Nov.4

     

     

    11

    Read Chapter 9 (Marine Ecosystems) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 9A –Upwelling & Ocean Productivity

    Lab Investigation 9B –Chesapeake Bay Estuary (Review Answers given)

    12

    Read Chapter 10 (Life in the Ocean) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 10A –Marine Food Webs (Review Answers given)

    Lab Investigation 10B –Ocean Life

    13

    Read Chapter 11 (The Ocean, Atmosphere, & Climate variability) & Review Questions

    Lab Investigation 11A –Seawater Temp, Pres., & Surface Currents

    Lab Investigation 11B –El Nińo/La Niń a: The Connection (Review Answers given)

    14

    Extra Credit: Read Chapter 13 & Review Questions Investigation 13A and 13B

     

     

    15

    Read Chapter 12 (The Ocean and Climate Change) & Review Q.

    Lab Investigation 12A –Change in Earths Climate System (Review Answers given)

    Lab Investigation 12B –The Ocean and Climate Change

    Exam 4 (9-11) Nov. 19- Dec.2

    16

    Final Exam (Dec. 11-13th at 12noon. In NMJC Testing Center, off campus testing center, or Respondus Monitor. If not within driving distance check grading policy on how to set up an exam off campus, in Canvas)