This honors level introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the oceans, Earth's most dominant feature and their importance to all planetary systems. Focus will be on their physical, chemical, biological and geological characteristics. Emphasis is on Florida and its unique relationship with the ocean environment. Field trips may be included. Honors level content. Permission required from Honors director.Pre-reqs: Prerequisite: Acceptance into Honors program.
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.
Instruction includes classroom lecture and discussion.
No information about textbooks has been received.
It does not mattier if the student purchases the eBook or the printed book.
Measurable Course Objectives are outcomes students are expected to achieve by the end of the course.
The Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes assessed and reinforced in this course include the following:
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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:
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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.
You can find a course calendar as a link on the menu on the left side of Sakai.
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 their corresponding chapters included in each unit will be displayed in the Units 1-4 ssections of Sakai. For each topic you may have a reading assignment from the textbook, a pre-quiz, notes in *.pdf format, occasional animations or videos, a lab based on the topic, a post-quiz based on the same material, and a study guide for the unit exam. There will be a Unit Exam given upon completion of each Unit.
All cell phones must be turned off and placed face down on the desk in front of you during unit exams.
All lecture notes 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/.
Pre- and Post-Quizzes:
Your final grade in this course is based upon performance on unit examinations, and additional course work (labs, group project, and quizzes.)
You cannot use the overall point total in Sakai to calculate your course grade since the weighting for each portion of your course grade is different. You must look at the overall % score to see what your current grade is.
The final grade for the course will be based on a straight percentage scale with course percentages rounded to the nearest whole number.
A = 90% or greater
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = 59% and lower
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 https://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.
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.
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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.