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.Pre-reqs: 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your course: http://dl.seminolestate.edu/portal Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class.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
Diana Wenzel, M.S.
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.
No information about textbooks has been received.
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.
An online course is delivered entirely over the Internet and fosters remote interaction among students and instructors. To learn more about Seminole State's online courses, visit elearning
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your course: http://dl.seminolestate.edu/portal Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class.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.
To succeed in an online course, you need to be:
Online 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.
You can find a Course Calendar link on the main menu on the left side of the course Sakai page.
The Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes assessed and reinforced in this course include the following:
Measurable Course Objectives are outcomes students are expected to achieve by the end of the course.
Sakai is the one of the online learning management systems used at Seminole State College. If you are enrolled in an online, online/campus, hybrid, or web-enhanced campus class, you may 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 (up to 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:
Sakai Test-Taking Tips - In order to avoid potential problems during an exam, we recommend that you:
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.
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.
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:
Forum Netiquette Guidelines: In addition to the above general guidelines, you should:
All graded assignments may be submitted for grading before their due dates.
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.
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.
The College recognizes the correlation between attendance and both student retention and achievement. Per College Policy 3.060 Students are expected to attend all class meetings of all courses for which they are registered. The College Attendance Procedure is located in College Procedure 4.0900 and is available online at www.seminolestate.edu/policies-procedures/procedures/instruction/4.0900
For online classes, attendance is determined by consistently logging in and accessing the course content and completing courses in accordance with the syllabus. Simply logging in to an on-line 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.
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.
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.
Some of Seminole State’s online classes require proctored testing. If a class has proctored testing, faculty members may allow several options for testing. Depending on instructor approval, students may:
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.
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/
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.
Unit Exams (each 15%) (optional field trip to replace one Unit Exam score)
Comprehensive Final (on campus)
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
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 www.seminolestate.edu/student-email/ for instructions.
Students currently enrolled in online or hybrid courses should use the Inbox link within their Canvas course to communicate with the professor. It is important for students to check the inbox regularly for important communication from the instructor.
Seminole State Text
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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 www.seminolestate.edu/policies-procedures/procedures/studentinfo/3.0900
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/
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.
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 you must contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSS) to facilitate the accommodation process.
Campus locations and phone numbers for DSS are:
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 (www.seminolestate.edu).
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
Changes to the syllabus and course may be made at the professor’s discretion. Students will be notified of those changes.