AND ASSIGNMENTS (click)
Time and Location:
Bowers 339 T,Th 4:25-5:40
, Bowers 341, 607-753-2924, email:email@example.com.
list and web site: The
website for the course is
found on my home page listed
Check it frequently for course changes and announcements (http://web.cortland.edu/cirmoc/oceanography/
ocean.htm). Also, I am creating
an email list and will email the entire class frequently regarding
reminders or changes. Check your email frequently.
Description and Rationale:
With oceans of water covering over
70% of the earth’s surface, it behooves all natural scientists and
elementary (childhood education)
secondary (adolescence education)
teachers to become familiar with the basic physical, chemical and
phenomena associated with
and relatively unexplored
Recent advances in technology have allowed
scientists to explore the oceans as never before. Knowledge
of the dynamics of the oceans reveals their importance in the control
planet's climate and atmosphere, its geologic and biological evolution,
possible changes predicted for the future. Exploitation of the
human activities (e.g., overfishing, mining, ocean dumping, oil spills,
reef bleaching, etc.) has also revealed
the fragility of these invaluable resources and reminded
us of their importance in regulating the overall global economy.
goal of this course is to introduce the student to the
current state of knowledge
physical oceanography (primarily), and to the literature and resources
available to those wishing to study the largest "relatively-unexplored" physical portion of the planet earth.
and Other Resources
Introduction to the World's Oceans. Duxbury, Duxbury and
Sverdrup. (2002). 9th edition.
McGraw Hill, Publishers (note: all page references are to the 9th
readings, books, articles and websites as assigned by the instructor.
Web-Site: I will post news items, changes in the
syllabus, assignments and due dates, etc. on the course web site which
by going to the web site above and clicking on the hyperlink for
Oceanography, GLY 397. You should
check this website daily for any changes.
(3) Lecture Exams,
the last one
given during finals week. (Exam 1 = 20%, Exam 2 = 20%, Exam 3
= 25% of
the course grade).
will consist of questions from the text, posed
by me, or handed out during
which you have been given as "Assignments" on the course schedule. There will be approximately
these quizzes given during the semester. They will take no more
minutes each. (25% of course grade).
assignments will not be collected
(unless specified) but
from those assignments will be used as quiz questions. These
questions should be answered
own or in cooperation with others in class, and the quiz will be given
two weeks with questions taken exactly from these sets of assignment
questions. Several questions in each problem set will also be solved in class and discussed.
10-minute PP presentation on a topic in
These will be assigned/chosen
as teams of two students, within the first two weeks of the course and
presentations will begin on the third week of class. The students is
required to create a summary
PowerPoint Presentation (see
instructions online) as a very short review of that topic as up-to-date
possible. The student will hand out a one-page study guide to their
presentation for use by the class. Information from your
may be used in either
exams. (10% of the course grade).
For this course, attendance is expected
since we will be using each other's comments and feedback.
Lack of attendance will detract from your success and will be reflected in your other grades. In addition,
is expected from all
students in the
completion of all assignments, exams and projects. This simply
all work you submit is essentially your work, although you may
others on homework assignments.
Students are expected to be
respectful of each other and of the professor. Disruptions of the
teaching process are specifically prohibited
in Section Four.A.7a. Disruption, in the "Code of Student Conduct"
found at the following website: http://www.cortland.edu/judaffairs/code.html.
use this guide in respectfully requesting that all cell phones are turned off and stored
out of sight during our class meetings. Any text messaging is strictly
prohibited. Should a student desire to
use a laptop for notetaking, the laptop should be disconnected from the
internet. This policy will be enforced
by asking the student to leave the classroom the second time there is
LECTURE TOPICS WILL BE CONTINUALLY POSTED AND
UPDATED ON THE COURSE WEBPAGE, FOUND LINKED TO MY WEBSITE. THE
RESPONSIBLE TO CONTINUOUSLY CHECK THIS PAGE
AS A ROUTINE PART OF THE COURSE THIS SITE
WILL CONTAIN DETAILED LISTS OF TOPICS, PAGES IN THE TEXT, ASSIGNMENTS,
DATES, EXAM DATES ETC.
The following topics
are a flexible outline of normal topics covered
in this course.
(This is not an
- History of Oceanography and Ocean Discovery
- Units of Measurement in Oceanography, Scientific Notation and the
- Plate Tectonics and the Ocean Basins
- Seawater Chemistry and Physics
- The Atmosphere/Ocean Linkage and Current Ocean Exploration
- Ocean Currents and Tides
- Climate and the Oceans - El Nino, La Nina and ENSO
- Ocean Exploration and Field Trip to Woods Hole Oceanographic
- Coastal Wave Dynamics, Sea Level Rise and Oceanic Coastal Zone
- River/Ocean Interactions = Estuaries
- Plankton, Nekton and Benthos- Biological Controls on Chemistry and
By the end of the
course, students should be able to:
Evaluate a Scientific Topic on Oceanography and Defend
Your Views in class
the overall world hydrologic budget and the role of the
oceans in that budget
unit conversions, scientific notation, and the know the "language"
how the plate tectonic theory defines the current
geography of ocean basin
how the chemistry of water is responsible for its physical
the factors which control the salinity conditions in the
why ocean water circulation is controlled
by temperature and salinity gradients
how the atmosphere affects ocean circulation and ocean
the factors which lead to the production of ocean currents
the El Nino and ENSO
phenomenon in terms of ocean temperature and current
how waves are formed
and how they affect coastal zones
the types of coastlines and relate this to their history of
ocean or terrestrial control
and describe the types of estuaries and how this reflects
their source of freshwater
the phenomenon of coral reef bleaching and hypotheses as
to its cause.
the role the oceans play in “climate change phenomena”
Policy at SUNY Cortland:
you are a
student with a disability and wish to request accommodations, please
the Office of Student Disability Services located
in B-40 Van Hoesen Hall 0r call 607-753-2066 for an appointment.
Information regarding your disability will be treated
in a confidential manner. Because many accommodations require
planning, requests for accommodations should be made as early as