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.
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.
You may purchase the textbook using any of the following choices. Choice 1 is a printed version of the textbook. Choice 2 is an access code that gives you access to the electronic version of the textbook as well as the supplemental Coursemate software. Choice 3 is a bundled packet that includes a printed version of the textbook as well as the access code tothe supplemental Coursemate software. You may also choose to purchase or rent just the electronic version of the textbook.
Instruction includes classroom lecture and discussion.
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.
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Sakai Course Format
The main Sakai screen has a list of links on the left side of the screen that take you to the various sections of Sakai, the course description from the college catalog 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.
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.
You can find a course calendar as a link on the Tool menu on the left side of your Sakai course page.
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 # tab on the left side of the main course web page.
For each topic you will have a reading assignment from the textbook, PowerPoint lecture notes, a quiz based on the same material, and a study guide for the unit exam. You may also have animations or videos to help with the comprehension of the material, and an exercise based on the reading assignment and/or lecture note material. There will be a Unit Exam given in class upon the completion of each Unit.
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. 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. They will be available for a long enough time to give students an opportunity to complete them. There will be at least one extra credit quiz to help make up points lost from missed quizzes.
No makeup Unit Exams will be allowed. 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. See the instructor if all field trip slots have been filled and you have missed a Unit Exam so that the instructor can manually place you into one of the field trip slots.
Any extreme and documented circumstances that prevented you from completing the graded material by the due date should be brought to the instructor's attention for review. In very rare cases, such as hospitalizations or unexpected military deployments, exceptions to the late assignments and makeup policy have been granted.
Your final grade in this course is based upon performance on unit exams, additional course work (assignments and quizzes) and the comprehensive final. The percent score for each of the below categories will be weighted by the percent displayed in the table and then added together to determine the final percent score in the course. The final grade will 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 may replace one Unit Exam score)
Comprehensive Final (on campus)
The final grade for the course will be 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
You are responsible for having access either at home, work, or through the school's library or student success center to a working computer and internet connection to complete exercises and quizzes. 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.
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/
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.
Attendance is not graded for this 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.
Please inform the instructor if you decide to withdraw from the course.
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/
Students are expected to be on time to class. If you arrive late, take your seat in the classroom with as little disruption as possible to the rest of the class. If the instructor has already taken attendance, it is your responsibility to inform the instructor of your presence at the end of the class. Failure to do so may result in you being considered absent for that day.
If you know you must leave before class is over, please talk to the instructor at the beginning of class to get any handouts or information that you might miss. Please depart with as little disruption as possible to the rest of the class.
Please respect your instructor and the other students around you by not carrying on side conversations with your neighbors during class. These conversations distract the instructor and make it difficult for the students that are trying to pay attention to hear what the instructor has to say. You may be asked to leave the class for the day if you are not able to refrain from side conversations.
You may use your computers, tablets, or smartphones during class as long as you do so silently. All of the lecture notes are in electronic form so you may want to have them displayed electronically during lectures.
No chewing tobacco or dipping is allowed in class.
Cell phone ringers should be turned to silent at the beginning of class.
You are permitted to use your cell phone during class as long as you do so silently, which means no placing or answering of calls while in the classroom.
All cell phones must be turned off and placed face down on the desk in front of you during all exams.
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.
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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.
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Changes to the syllabus and course may be made at the professor’s discretion. Students will be notified of those changes.