Course objectives and learning goals:
In this course you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience with the concepts that you are learning in Ocean 200. Through these activities you will learn how we develop a scientific appreciation for the world we inhabit. You will also gain the skills necessary to communicate your knowledge to others. Most importantly, at the end of this class, we hope you will be able to read lay reports of scientific studies and understand the underlying issues. In other words, you will understand how we do science and will therefore have a better appreciation of the role that science plays in your everyday life.
Each week your instructor will give a short presentation that will include background and instruction on the activity for the day. Students will then work in groups to complete the activity. Group size will vary depending on the exercise. We expect students to play an active role in identifying and answering questions. We also expect you to work together to answer questions. Many of the experimental setups we employ lend themselves to answering questions other than the ones in your lab handout. If you finish the planned work early, we encourage you to carry out your own experiments that reflect new questions.
Each student is required to carry out the in-class activities each week. We expect that the majority of the work will be completed during the 3 hours you spend in class. These three hours are your opportunity to interact with the instructors that will be in the room. They are all there to make sure you make the most of the time in class.
In almost all Oceanography research projects, collaboration is required. Your success in this class will depend in part on your classmates, and their success will depend on you. For this reason, you can expect to be in class for the full 3 hours. If you finish your work early, make sure to work with other members of your group that may want to discuss results or calculations. There will be time set aside for group discussions of the material. We expect you to use in class time to get the assistance you need to complete the lab report.
If you are unable to be in class due to illness, a family emergency or athletic event, please provide documentation. Please inform the instructor prior to the class you will miss. Under special circumstances and with prior arrangement, you may be able to make up the class by going to class in one of the other sections. Keep in mind that space availability in other sections may not always make this possible. If you miss class, we will not be able to assess a grade or give credit for the missed material.
There will be a field trip on the UW research vessel the R.V. Clifford Barnes. We plan to take out 2 groups per day the week of May 6. Each group will spend half a day on the ship. Each cruise will entail a one-way trip in a van and a one-way steam through the Ballard Locks on the ship. We hope that everyone will be able to participate in this special event, even though it may mean arranging to miss other classes. We will start scheduling for it right away, so that you have plenty of time to arrange your schedule. Please speak to your instructor if you anticipate a scheduling problem.
For Oceanography Majors: This course is part of the required curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. A grade of 2.0 is required of majors to maintain satisfactory progress towards the degree. Questions about the continuation policy should be addressed to the School of Oceanography's Office of Student and Academic Services.
For Honors Students: If you think you may be interested in Departmental Honors from Oceanography, sign up for the Honors section. If it is full, contact Michelle Townsend. Honors students do not work separately from the other students, but there are additional readings and homework that deal with each topic at a higher level. Non-honors students are always welcome to complete this additional material and turn it into their instructors for feedback.
Your grade will be based on:
25% Participation in laboratory activity and formal and informal discussions. We will consider engagement in the lab/class activities, leadership in your groups, and written thoughtfulness in both "questions of the day" and your lab reports.
75% Lab report scores (10 lab reports).
By the end of the quarter, we expect that you will:
1) Understand current topics that are driving research in Oceanography
2) Learn how to go about asking fundamental questions in Oceanography
3) Carry out laboratory experiments that will lead you to some answers, but also to many new questions
4) Understand that science is not a compilation of facts, but rather a series of experiments through which our understanding of the world is continually evolving
5) Learn that elements of Oceanography are essential to your day to day life