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Introduction to Oceanography Syllabus
OCE 1001 Class 10292, Fall 2014

Course Information

Introduction to Oceanography - OCE 1001 Class 10292
Date: September 15 to December 13, 2014

This beginning course is designed to acquaint the student with the elementary physical, chemical, biological and geological characteristics of the world ocean system. Emphasis is on Florida and its unique relationship with the ocean environment. Optional field trips included.
Requisites: No corequisites or prerequisites.
Additional Class Information: Online class. Computer & Internet access required. Log in to Sakai as soon as the term begins to access your course: http://dl.seminolestate.edu/portal Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class. Simply logging in to an online class does not count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically related activity.
Credits: 3.00

Instructor Information

Diana Wenzel, M.S.
E-mail: wenzeld@seminolestate.edu

Office Phone Number:  407-971-5136 (OVI)

Offices:  Sanford Campus:  S105; Oviedo Campus: OVF 310B

Campus office hours are posted in the Office Hours section of Sakai.

The best way to contact Professor Wenzel is through the email messaging system in Sakai. 

Textbook Information

Students need the textbook for this course, but can purchase it through any of the following four choices.  The first choice listed below is a bundle that includes the printed version of the textbook and an access code to the Coursemate accompanying software.  The second choice is the eBook version of the textbook without the Coursemate software.  The third choice is the printed version of the textbook without the Coursemate software.   The fourth choice is the access code to the Coursemate accompanying software and the eBook.  

Select one from the following four choices

Choice 1

PAC CM W EBK ESSNTL O OCEANOGR
Type: Book
Author: Garrison
Copyright: NA
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285776071
Status: Choice
New: $153.75
Used: $115.50

Choice 2

BNDL: ESSENTIALS OF OCEANOGRAPHY
Type: Book
Author: Garrison
Copyright: NA
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305240452
Status: Choice
New: $174.75
Used: $131.25

Choice 3

Essen of Oceanography
Type: Book
Author: Garrison
Edition: 7th
Copyright: 2015
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285753867
Status: Choice
New: $246.75
Used: $185.25
New Rental: $172.73

Choice 4

Essentials of Oceanography
Type: eBook
Author: Garrison
Edition: 7th
Copyright: 2015
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305436893
Status: Choice
New: $121.99

Instructional Mode

DL Online
An online course is delivered entirely over the Internet and fosters remote interaction among students and instructors. Seminole State's online courses use a course delivery tool called Sakai. To learn more about Seminole State's Web-based courses, visit the Online Course Overview page.

Additional Class Information: Online class. Computer & Internet access required. Log in to Sakai as soon as the term begins to access your course: http://dl.seminolestate.edu/portal Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class. Simply logging in to an online class does not count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically related activity.

Distance Learning Information

To succeed in an online course, you need to be:

  • motivated
  • self-directed
  • willing to work on your own

Distance learning (DL) courses are not for everyone. They are neither easier nor more difficult than on-campus courses, but they do require more dedication and self-discipline from the student.  If you like to interact face-to-face with a professor and classmates, or if you have difficulty managing your time, this might not be the best course delivery mode for you.  However, if you can read and understand technical information, follow instructions as given, and solve computer problems on your own without asking for much help, online instruction should work well for you. Good time management skills, self-discipline, and motivation are required to successfully complete an online course.

URL of Online Syllabus

https://seminolestate.edu/portal/ed-services/catalog/courses/syllabus/dl/pdf/2147/10292/OCE1001

Schedule/Calendar

You can find a Course Calendar link on the main menu on the left side of the course Sakai page.

Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes

The Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes assessed and reinforced in this course include the following:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

Measurable Course Objectives

Measurable Course Objectives are outcomes students are expected to achieve by the end of the course.

  • Distinguish between a global ocean and named oceans.
  • Use latitude and longitude to plot a location on a map.
  • Perform conversions between English and metric units.
  • Describe the internal compositional and physical structure of the Earth.
  • Identify the features of the ocean basins and relate the structures observed to the theory of plate tectonics.
  • Specify the basic chemistry of the ocean in terms of the special properties of water and dissolved substances.
  • Explain the vertical physical structure of the ocean and its variability in terms of temperature, salinity, density, and light.
  • Describe the large-scale motion of the atmosphere in terms of causes and its influence upon the ocean.
  • Describe the motions of the sea currents, waves, and tides in terms of causes and their influences upon the land.
  • Identify the features of the different marine biological groups such as plankton, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates.

Sakai Learning Management System Information

Sakai is the official online learning management system used at Seminole State College.  If you are enrolled in an online, online/campus, hybrid, or web-enhanced campus class, you will need to log in to Sakai to access the site for your course.  

Sakai course sites will not be available until the first day of class.  If you register during the add/drop period, there may be a slight delay (approximately 24 hours) in the activation of your user ID and password. If you are unable to log into Sakai after the add/drop period, please complete the eLearning Online Course Problem Form, and the eLearning staff will check on your account.

The login page for Sakai is:  https://dl.seminolestate.edu/portal/

Your Sakai login information is:

  • USERNAME = same as your MySeminoleState username
  • PASSWORD = first and last initial in UPPERCASE followed by your birthdate in YYMMDD format

Recommended browsers for Sakai include Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer (Note: IE9 users will need to enable compatibility mode).  Your browser must be set to accept cookies.

Sakai Test-Taking Tips - In order to avoid potential problems during an exam, we recommend that you:

  • Use a supported web browser such as Firefox 4+, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer 7+.
  • Make sure that you DO NOT have multiple windows or tabs open while testing.
  • Make sure you have a dependable internet connection; WIRED rather than wireless if at all possible.
  • DO NOT use your browser back and forward buttons. Always navigate within Sakai.
  • If your test is displayed all on one page, use the "Save" button often! The "Save" button is always at the bottom of the page, so you may have to scroll down to find it.
  • For timed tests, remember that once you begin the test, the timer will continue to count down.  This is true if you lose internet connection, your browser crashes, or you simply exit and close your browser window.
  • Make sure that you only click on the "Begin Assessment" button ONCE when starting a test.
  • Make sure that you only click on the "Submit for Grading" button ONCE when submitting a test.
  • Do not take tests between 4:00AM and 5:30AM.

Sakai Oceanography Course Format

The main Sakai screen has a menu of links, called tools, on the left side of the screen that take you to the various sections of Sakai, an introduction to the course in the center of the screen, and course announcements and message information on the right side of the screen.  When you click on one of the links on the left side of the screen, you will be taken to that section of Sakai.  The links that you will use during this course are explained below. 

  • Getting Started - This is where you will get general information about the course.  It also includes the link to the syllabus quiz that you must pass with a score of at least 75% before you will be able to continue in the course.  Not passing this quiz with the required score by the due date specified are grounds for withdrawal from the course.
  • Syllabus – A copy of this course’s syllabus can be found in this section of Sakai.
  • Course Calendar - A file containing important dates and a breakdown of the graded material for the course will be found in this section of Sakai.  Dates when graded material will be available for you to view and work on will be provided as well as deadlines for all material.  If any date revisions need to be made, a revised copy of the course calendar and an announcement will be posted.
  • Office Hours - This section of Sakai contains a file with my office hours as well as my office numbers, phone numbers, email address, and the days and times I'm at the Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary campuses and when I'm in my face-to-face classes.
  • Messages – Your official method of communicating with me during this course is through Sakai’s messaging system (email).
    • You should use the Sakai messaging system to send to and receive messages from me.  Please do not use my seminolestate.edu email address for class related emails.
    • You can also send messages to other students in the class through Sakai’s messaging system.
  • Announcements – Information that affects the entire class will be posted here.  Announcements will also show up on the right side of the main course web page.
  • Units I - IV:  The course is broken up into four units.  Unit I will be available upon successful completion of the quiz at the end of the Getting Started section.  The other Units will appear on the dates where "Begin Unit #" is stated within the course calendar.  The Units are where you will find and access all graded material for the course.
    • Each Unit is broken up into topics that are associated with the chapters in the textbook.  For each topic you may find links to any of the following:
      • The textbook reading assignment
      • Supplemental lecture notes in *.pdf format
      • Supplemental audio versions of lecture notes
      • Supplemental animations
      • Exercise instructions and answer sheets
      • Forums
      • Quizzes
      • Study Guides for the Unit exams
    • You will also find a link to the Unit Exam below the topics and a link to the Next Step in the course.
  • Tests & Quizzes – All exercise answer sheets, quizzes, and Unit Exams will be in this section but will primarily be accessed through their appropriate links in one of the Units.
    • Exercise answer sheets
      • You can find the instructions and questions for the exercises in the Unit sections in Sakai.  Only the answer sheets for those exercises are found in the Tests & Quizzes section of Sakai.  Links for the answer sheet will be found in the Unit topics.
    • Quizzes
      • Quizzes can be accessed through links found within the Units or directly through the Tests & Quizzes section of Sakai. 
    • Unit Exams
      • Unit Exams can be accessed through links found within the Units or directly through the Tests & Quizzes section of Sakai.
  • Forums – A forum is a place for students to post comments and have written discussions with other students.  A number of graded and ungraded forums will be used in this course.
  • Assignments2 - This section of Sakai is used infrequently in this course to upload papers into Sakai.
  • Sign-up
    • The Sign-up link is where you will go to sign-up for the optional field trip.
  • Polls
    • Polls are used to get a consensus from the class on some subject.  The Polls link will be used infrequently in this course.
  • Gradebook – Sakai’s gradebook is the official repository of all graded material for this course.
    • All scores for quizzes, exercises, forums, the optional field trip, and exams as well as your overall course grade will be posted in Sakai’s gradebook and can be viewed by you at any time. 
    • Quizzes and exercises are weighted differently than your unit exams and the comprehensive final, so you cannot use the point totals displayed in the gradebook to determine your overall course grade.  Your overall course grade will be the total percent score and the assigned letter grade.

How This Course is Taught

This course will be broken up into four units that generally apply to the four main sub-fields of oceanography:  geology, chemistry, physics, and biology.  The topics and accompanying textbook chapters included in each unit can be accessed from the Unit I through Unit IV links in the menu on the left side of the course web page.  For each topic you will have a reading assignment from the textbook, supplemental lecture notes, occasional animations or videos, a possible exercise based on the reading assignment and/or lecture note material, a quiz based on the same material, a possible forum assignment, and a study guide for the Unit Exam.  There will be a Unit Exam given upon completion of each Unit.

  • Exercises:  The exercises will help you to understand and apply the course material. 
    • You will find the exercise instructions and answer sheet links under individual topics in each Unit.  You can also access the exercise answer sheets directly by using the Tests & Quizzes tab in Sakai. 
    • Exercise answer sheets will be available at 12:00 AM on the day a new Unit is released and due at 11:55 pm on the dates specified in the course calendar.  Late exercises will be accepted for half credit up to 24 hours after they are officially due.
    • Exercise answer sheets will not be reopened after their due date unless documented and acceptable reasons (such as hospitalization) are provided by a student.  Computer, personal, or work issues are not acceptable reasons for not completing the exercises within the specified time period.
    • Exercise answer sheets should only be opened once you've determined all of the answers from the instructions and questions provided within the topic in the Unit you are studying.  The answer sheets will not include the actual questions, but will only refer to the question number from the exercise information sheet.
    • You may only submit an answer sheet for an exercise one time.  If you run into any problems with premature submission of an answer sheet, contact me as soon as possible to try to get it resolved.
    • You will get feedback on your submitted exercises at midnight on the day after the due date for the exercise.   The short answer and fill-in-the-blank questions must be manually graded and points awarded by me after the due date passes.  I will grade them as soon as my schedule permits.  Until I have a chance to grade them, you can see what the correct answer is supposed to be by looking at the feedback.  The official exercise score will show up in the gradebook when I have completed the manual grading of the short answer and fill-in-the-blank questions for that exercise.  Please do not email me about your exercise grades without first checking to see if that exercise has shown up in the gradebook.
    • You will be able to view any feedback or comments on your graded exercises by clicking on the Exercise answer sheet link in the “Submitted Assessments” section of the Test & Quizzes portion of Sakai.
    • Each exercise has different point values associated with it.  Your grade on an exercise will be based on the percentage of correct answers for that exercise. 
    • There will be at least one extra credit exercise opportunity during the term.  The extra credit can only help your overall exercise course grade, so you are encouraged to complete them if your schedule permits.
    • Your overall course exercise grade will be based on the percent of points you earned for all of the exercises compared to total exercise points possible.
  • Quizzes:  Each topic will have an associated quiz.
    • Quizzes will be available at 12:00 am on the start date of that Unit and due at 11:55 pm on the dates specified in the course calendar.  Late quizzes will be accepted for half credit up to 24 hours after they are officially due.
    • Quizzes will not be reopened after their due date unless documented and acceptable reasons (such as hospitalization) are provided by a student.  Computer, personal, or work issues are not acceptable reasons for not completing the quizzes within the alotted time period.
    • Quizzes do not have any time limits associated with them.  You can take as long as you need for each quiz, but any uncompleted attempt of a quiz will be submitted for grading if it is open at 4:00 am in the morning.
    • Quizzes have two different types of multiple choice answers. 
      • A single answer multiple choice question will have circles next to the possible answers and you will only be allowed to choose one answer.
      • A multiple answer multiple choice question will have squares next to the possible answers. 
        • The question point value will indicate how many answers are correct.  For example, if a question is worth 3 points and 6 answers are listed, three answers should be chosen. 
        • You will earn one point for each correct answer chosen, but lose 1 point for each incorrect answer chosen.  For example, if you correctly choose 2 of the three correct answers, you will earn 2 points but lose 1 point.  The total points you earned for this question would be 1.
    • Quizzes may be attempted as many times as you want during the time period they are available. 
    • You will be able to review the results of each quiz in the “Submitted Assessments” section of “Test & Quizzes” to determine which questions were answered incorrectly for future attempts. 
    • Your final score on a quiz will be based on the highest score achieved during the time frame the quiz was available.
    • Quizzes will have different numbers of questions associated with them.  Your grade on a quiz will be based on the percentage of correct answers for that quiz.
    • There will be an extra credit quiz opportunity during the term.  The extra credit can only help your overall quiz course grade, so you are encouraged to complete it if your schedule permits.
    • Your overall course quiz grade will be a percent based on the number of total points you earned on the quizzes compared to the total number of points possible for all of the quizzes.
  • Forums
    • Forums are places for students to share their questions, information, experiences, and opinions with other students in the course.
    • There are two ungraded forums:
      • A Course Questions forum is provided for your use.  Please post any questions you have about the course, an assignment, a quiz, etc. in this forum.  All students are encouraged to read and reply to these posts if they know the answers or can help the other students.  I will also be reading these posts, but you may get your questions answered faster by other students.  Please review the syllabus section on Netiquette before making or replying to any posts.
      • An Interesting Oceanographic/Marine Stuff forum is also available for you to post interesting or unusual things you hear, see, or read about the ocean during the term. 
    • The remaining forums are graded:
      • Students will be required to make one original post in a forum and may also have to respond to one other student's post.
      • Forums can be accessed through a link in one of the topics within a Unit or by using the Forum link on the Sakai menu on the left side of your course web page.
      • Forums will be available at 12:00 am on the start date of that Unit and due at 11:55 pm on the dates specified in the course calendar.   Original posts will be accepted up to 24 hours after the original post due date for 1/2 credit.
      • Once the response due date for a forum has passed, the forum will no longer allow you to post to it.
      • Forums will not be reopened after their final due date unless documented and acceptable reasons (such as hospitalization) are provided by a student.  Computer, personal, or work issues are not acceptable reasons for not completing the forum posts within the alotted time period.
      • Grading criteria for each forum will be contained within the forum instructions.
      • One extra credit forum will be provided to earn extra points in the forum portion of your course grade.
      • Your overall forum course grade will be a percent based on the number of total points you earned on the graded forums compared to the total number of points possible for all of the graded forums.
  • Unit Exams
    • There will be a timed, 50 question Unit Exam at the end of each of the four units.
    • You will be required to agree to an Honor Pledge at the start of each Unit Exam, which means that you are agreeing to take the exam on your own without outside help.  See the Academic Integrity section below for further information on cheating and its consequences.
    • The Unit Exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of Sakai at 12:00 am on the date it is assigned and disappear at 11:55 pm on the date it is due.  You will be also be able to access the Unit Exam from the link within the appropriate Unit.
    • You will be given 60 minutes to complete the exam, which means you have a little over one minute to answer each question.  Prepare for these exams as if you were taking the exam in an on campus course.  You will not have enough time to look up the answer to each question!  A study guide for each topic will be provided in the individual topics in each Unit.
    • Unit exams can only be taken one time.  Multiple attempts will not be allowed.  The unit exam must also be taken in its entirety in the 60 minute block of time given; in other words, you may not save the exam and come back to it.  The 60 minute time limit starts as soon as you open the exam.
    • Unit Exams will not be reopened after their final due date unless documented and acceptable reasons (such as hospitalization) are provided by a student.  Computer, personal, or work issues are not acceptable reasons for not completing the Unit Exam within the alotted time period. 
    • Missed Unit Exams will have a grade of zero assigned to them.
  • Optional Field Trip
    • Hands-on oceanographic experience is difficult to come by in our inland location.   An optional field trip to Sebastian Inlet State Park is offered to give students the opportunity to get their hands wet and apply some of the principles covered in the class. 
    • The grade you receive on the field trip will replace your lowest Unit Exam if the field trip grade is higher.  Participating in the optional field trip can only help to improve your overall course grade.
    • Details about the field trip will be provided separately in Sakai along with the opportunity to sign up for one of the dates the field trip will be offered. 
    • Transportation will not be provided by the college so you will need to provide your own transportation if you decide to attend the field trip.  Carpooling with other students in the class is highly encouraged.  
  • Proctored Comprehensive Final Exam
    • At the end of the course, you will be taking an on-campus proctored comprehensive exam.
    • The date, time, and location can be found in the course calendar which can be accessed through the Course Calendar link in the menu on the left side of the main course web page.
    • Issues with taking the final exam at the specified date and time will be handled via Sakai e-mail by no later than the date specified in the course calendar on a case-by-case basis.
      • All issues with taking the scheduled on-campusproctored comprehensive final will have to be resolved by taking the exam in the SSC Oviedo, Altamonte, or Sanford testing centers, at an off-campus testing center, or via ProctorU between Tuesday, December 9th, through Friday, December 12th at 11:00 am.
      • It is your responsibility to make a testing appointment through Seminole State College's makeup testing system, TECO2, via the following URL if you are taking the final in one of SSC's testing centers:  https://www.seminolestate.edu/testing/online/
        • Once you've logged into TECO2 using your MySeminoleState login, expand the Students section, then click the Manage Appointments link, click the Make a New Appointment button, select the OCE SLO Final Exam, choose the campus (Oviedo, Altamonte, or Sanford), date and time, then click the Save Appointment button.
        • You will need to bring an official pictured ID to the testing center.
        • Be sure to arrive early enough to your testing appointment to be able to check in even if there is a line of students waiting.  Warning: the testing centers will not allow you to start the exam unless you have the full time allotted for the exam still available to you before the testing center closes for the day.
    • The exam will include 25 questions based on the objectives for the course.  You can find the course objectives in an earlier section of this syllabus.  A study guide based on the course objectives will be provided at the end of Unit IV.
    • You will need to bring a pictured ID to prove you are enrolled in the course and a #2 pencil to use on the provided scantron form to the testing center.
    • The optional field trip will not replace the comprehensive final exam score.
    • Any student without an acceptable (by me) documented reason for not completing the final exam by noon on December 12th will receive a zero for the final exam.  

Classroom Guidelines

It is important to recognize that the distance learning classroom is in fact a classroom, and certain behaviors are expected when you communicate with both your peers and your instructor.  These guidelines for online behavior and interaction are known as netiquette.

General Netiquette Guidelines - When communicating online, you should always:

  • Treat the instructor and your peers with respect
  • Always use your instructor's proper title: Prof. or Ms.
  • Unless specifically invited, don't refer to your professor by their first name
  • All college level communication should have correct spelling and grammar and avoid slang terms such as "Yo!" and texting abbreviations such as "u" or "btw"
  • Avoid using all caps AS IT CAN BE INTERPRETED AS YELLING
  • Be cautious when using humor or sarcasm as tone is sometimes lost in an email or discussion post and your message might be taken in a different form than you intended

Forum Netiquette Guidelines: In addition to the above general guidelines, you should:

  • Always give proper credit when referencing or quoting another source
  • Be sure to read all messages in a thread (one conversation) before replying
  • Don't repeat someone else's post without adding something of your own to it
  • Avoid short, generic replies such as, "I agree."  You should include why you agree or add to the previous point
  • Always be respectful of others' opinions even when they differ from your own
  • When you disagree with someone, you should express your differing opinion in a respectful, non-critical way
  • Do not make personal or insulting remarks
  • Be open-minded

Class Assignments

All graded assignments may be submitted for grading before their due dates.

  • Exercises will be available for a limited time period.  They will appear at 12:00 am on the day they are assigned and will disappear at 11:55 pm on the day they after they are due.
  • Clicking on the link for a chapter exercise will provide you with any written instructions and questions to answer for that exercise.  You may use the “Save” button to save your work and exit the exercise at any time and be able to continue with it later.  To submit your answers for grading, you must click the “Submit for Grading” button.
  • You may click on the exercise links and work on the exercise as many times as you want during the time they are available to you, but you may only "Submit for Grading" one time.
  • Your grade and feedback on the exercises will appear after the due date has passed.
  • Exercises will have different point values associated with them.  Your grade on an exercise will be based on the percentage of correct answers for that exercise.
  • You will be able to view any feedback or comments on your graded exercises  by clicking on the exercise link in the “Submitted Assessments” section of the Test & Quizzes portion of Sakai.

Late Assignments and Make-up Exams

All graded assignments may be submitted for grading before their due dates.

Exercises may be submitted for grading up to 24 hours late for 1/2 credit.  Exercises will not be accepted past the 24 hour late time unless there is acceptable (by me) documentation, such as a prolonged hospitalization, for not being able to complete the exercise within the allotted time period.  There will be at least one extra credit exercise available to help make up points lost from missed exercises.

Quizzes may be submitted for grading up to 24 hours late for 1/2 credit.  Quizzes will not be accepted past the 24 hour late time unless there is acceptable (by me) documentation, such as a prolonged hospitalization, for not being able to complete the quiz within the allotted time period.  There will be at least one extra credit quiz to help make up points lost from missed quizzes.

Forum posts may be submitted for grading up to 24 hours late for 1/2 credit.  

No makeup Unit Exams will be allowed.  Unit Exams will be available for a long enough time to give students adequate opportunities to complete them.  If you miss a Unit Exam, you will receive a zero for that exam.  The optional field trip can be used like a makeup exam in that the points earned on the field trip will replace your lowest Unit Exam score.  The field trip(s) may be scheduled before the last Unit Exam.  It is strongly suggested that you participate in the field trip if there is any chance you might miss taking the Unit IV Exam, otherwise missing the Unit IV Exam will result in a zero on that exam without the possibilty of making it up.

See the How This Course is Taught section above to schedule taking the required proctored comprehensive final outside of the date/time/location specified in the Course Calendar.  If you miss taking the final during its scheduled time period and you can provide acceptable documentation (by me) for physically being unable to take it, such as an unexpected hospitalization, I will give you an incomplete in the course and schedule a make up time for the exam with you.

Computer Difficulties

You are responsible for having a working computer and internet connection to complete exercises, quizzes, forums, and exams.  Extra time will not be given on an individual basis for student computer issues.  System-wide Sakai issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the instructor and extra time may be awarded as warranted.

Attendance Policy

The instructor will keep an accurate record of attendance at all class sessions and activities. In distance learning courses (online or online/campus), professors define expected interaction within the course and/or with other students and expected use of the class website and/or media. Inconsistent interaction and/or inconsistent use of the website or media, regardless of cause, reduces the opportunity for learning.

The professor may withdraw from the course any student who is not interactive or responsive in a timely manner, as specified by the professor. Professors who have mandatory orientations for distance learning courses may withdraw students who do not attend the required orientation.

Simply logging in to an online class does not count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically related activity.

See the Withdrawal Policy section of this syllabus for information on what the professor considers being inappropriately interactive or responsive in this course and may result in the student being withdrawn from the course.

Withdrawal Policy

A student desiring to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period should initiate withdrawal procedures with an instructor or counselor. Withdrawals are not official until the withdrawal form is completed and given to the Office of Enrollment Services and Registrar. Withdrawal deadlines are published in the official College Catalog Academic Calendar.

http://www.seminolestate.edu/catalog/calendar/college/

Students may be withdrawn from this course if they do not interact appropriately with the course material.  The following conditions will result in a student being withdrawn from the course for inadequate interactivity.  Exceptions to this policy must include acceptable (by the instructor) documentation and will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the instructor.

  • Any student that has not passed the Syllabus quiz, Quiz 00, with a minimum score of 75% before 11:55 PM on the date specified in the course calendar.
  • Any student that has missed at least five quizzes by the course withdrawal date.
  • Any student that has missed at least five exercises by the course withdrawal date.
  • Any student that has missed both of the first two Unit Exams.

Proctored Distance Learning Testing

Some of Seminole State’s distance learning courses require proctored testing. If a class has proctored testing, faculty members may allow several options for testing. Depending on instructor approval, students may:

  1. Come to a Seminole State campus to test at no charge;
  2. Choose to use the ProctorU online proctoring service for a fee of $25 per test; or
  3. Arrange to test in person at another approved proctoring site where the student is responsible for any testing fees at that location.

Note: To take a proctored exam at the Seminole State Assessment/Testing Center, all students must make an appointment within the instructor's scheduled session.  To schedule an appointment please go to www.seminolestate.edu/testing/online

Use this section if you are unable to make it to the on-campus proctored comprehensive final exam at the date/time/location specified in the course calendar.  You will still be required to take a proctored exam using one of the three methods noted above during the dates/times specified in the How This Course is Taught section and the Course Calendar.

Hardware/Software Listing

All supplemental lecture notes, exercise instructions, and study guides will be provided in *.pdf file format and will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.   Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free of charge from:  http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Grade Scale and Evaluation Methods

Your final grade in this course is based upon performance on unit exams, additional course work (assignments, quizzes, and forums) and the comprehensive final.  The percent score for each of the below categories is weighted by the percent displayed in the table and then added together to determine the final percent score in the course.  The course grade is NOT be based on the "total points earned/total points possible" score displayed in the gradebook in Sakai.

Quizzes

10%

Exercises

15%

Forums

5% 

Unit Exams (each 15%) (optional field trip to replace one Unit Exam score)

60%

Comprehensive Final (on campus)

10%

The final grade for the course is based on the percentage ranges listed below with course percentages earned rounded to the nearest whole number. 

 A = 90% or greater

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = 59% and lower

College Communication

Student Email Office 365

All official e-mail from the College is sent to your Seminole State Office 365 student e-mail address. When contacting the college students should use their student email accounts to ensure that communication is delivered to the appropriate party.   Be sure to check your account regularly for information important to your academic and financial records.

To access your student email account, visit http://www.seminolestate.edu/student-email/ for instructions.

Sakai Messages

Students currently enrolled in online or hybrid courses should use the Messages link within their Sakai course to communicate with the professor. It is important for students to check the Messages tool in Sakai courses regularly for important communication from the instructor.

Seminole State Text

Sign up for Seminole State Text and you will receive messages pertaining to registration dates, tuition deadlines, financial aid, emergency campus closings and changes to your student record or classes.

To sign up to receive text messages, visit www.seminolestate.edu/text/

Student Code of Conduct

It is the responsibility of a student to observe campus rules and regulations and to help maintain appropriate conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. The Student Code of Conduct is a statement of Seminole State’s expectations regarding student standards of conduct, both academic and non-academic. It is the student’s responsibility to read the Code of Conduct and follow its expectations. The Student Code of Conduct can be found at http://www.seminolestate.edu/catalog/studentinfo/code-of-conduct/code-of-conduct.htm

A Tobacco-Free College

To promote the health and wellness of the Seminole State College community, the use if tobacco of any kind and in any form is prohibited on all College-owned and/or operated facilities.  This includes tobacco use in personal vehicles while on College property.  The College Tobacco-Free Policy can be found at www.seminolestate.edu/tobaccofree

Academic Integrity

As members of the Seminole State College of Florida community, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic coursework and activities. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating of any kind on examinations, course assignments or projects, plagiarism, misrepresentation and the unauthorized possession of examinations or other course-related materials, is prohibited.

Plagiarism is unacceptable to the college community. Academic work that is submitted by students is assumed to be the result of their own thought, research or self-expression. When students borrow ideas, wording or organization from another source, they are expected to acknowledge that fact in an appropriate manner. Plagiarism is the deliberate use and appropriation of another's work without identifying the source and trying to pass-off such work as the student's own. Any student who fails to give full credit for ideas or materials taken from another has plagiarized.

Students who share their work for the purpose of cheating on class assignments or tests are subject to the same penalties as the student who commits the act of cheating.

When cheating or plagiarism has occurred, instructors may take academic action that ranges from denial of credit for the assignment or a grade of "F" on a specific assignment, examination or project, to the assignment of a grade of "F" for the course. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by the judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by a judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College.

Accommodation Statement

Seminole State College abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education 'solely by reason of a handicap.' Disabilities covered by law include, but are not limited to psychiatric impairments, learning disabilities and hearing, sight or mobility impairments. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSS) to facilitate the accommodation process.

Campus locations and phone numbers for DSS are:

  • Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room A-101, 407.708.2109
  • Altamonte Campus, Room ALT 107, 407.404.6005
  • Heathrow Campus, Room HEA 115, 407.708.4440
  • Oviedo Campus, Room OVF 102-D, 407.971.5114

College Emergency Information

In case of emergency conditions (such as tropical storms, hurricanes, power outages, etc), verify the college is open and classes are being held by calling 407.708.2290 or 407.708.4722.  The Seminole State homepage will also feature updated announcements (http://www.seminolestate.edu/).

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Students have the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from the records.  It is Seminole State Colleges policy to comply with the requirements of FERPA and to prevent improper disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records. For more details on FERPA, please refer to the FERPA information on the Seminole State website

Syllabus Disclaimer

Changes to the syllabus and course may be made at the professor’s discretion.  Students will be notified of those changes.