OCEAN 101 - Oceanography 101 - Jessica Seemayer
I am a geologist who teaches geology and oceanography. I earned my bachelors and master’s degree from California State University Los Angeles. I have worked as a geologist as a consultant on several drill sites for years before I started teaching geology and oceanography.
I love teaching students about the wonders of our planet, and I try to pass that enthusiasm to my students. This oceanography course is an effective way to learn on your own time and at your own pace.
This course is an introduction to Oceanography lecture and lab in an online format; 4.0 unit UC and CSU transferable course. This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of how oceanographic information is collected, analyzed, and interpreted, by giving you a hands-on experience in the field of oceanography. You should expect to learn about the different oceanography processes and how they all connect. Oceanography is a combination of several different fields of science including geology, geography, chemistry, physics, biology, and astronomy.
What to Expect in this Course
Since this is a hybrid course you will complete the lecture portion online which will consists of readings, quizzes, exams, and discussions.
The lab portion of the course will be in person on the Valencia campus at the scheduled times and location. In class you will need to compete the lab activities and the term project.
Class Work Load:
Each week you will need to read approximately two chapters worth of topics, take the quizzes associated with the readings, and post to the discussion boards online. In class we will have time to complete 2 lab activities each week.
You will need a laptop or computer to complete the online portion of the course, with a Google Chrome browser, and the Proctorio Extension. If you have a laptop or tablet that you can bring to class you can submit the lab activities on Canvas. If you do not have a device that you can bring you may print out the assignments and complete them by hand and submit the hard copy.
Types of Assessments
The assessments in this class include 2 proctored Canvas Exams (using the Proctorio Extension), Canvas Quizzes, and Canvas Discussions, Video project, along with hands-on lab activities in class.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Text Book: Introduction to Oceanography by Paul Webb
You can download the PDF copy of the book with the link below, I will also have the file on Canvas where you can download directly from there.
Other Relevant Course Information
Attendance and Drops
You will be required to log into the Oceanography 101 online class and setting up your photo and notification preferences. You are required to attend the first meeting, if you do not attend this first meeting, I will drop you from the class and I will start adding students from the waitlist.
If you are on the waitlist and want to add, you need to contact me at the email address above ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS to see if there are any open seats. This is your responsibility, should you want to crash the class.
Log on to the course one week prior to the first day of the semester when the course opens. Ensure that you have access to and address any technical issues with Canvas Support at (661) 362-3344. Review the syllabus and ensure you understand the requirements of the course. If you have any questions, I am available via email or through the Canvas inbox.
You must log on to Canvas and complete the first assignment (post to the Ice Breaker Discussion) before the due date to remain in the class if you are already enrolled. If this is not completed before the due date I will preform my mandatory drop at the end of the week.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
- CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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