INTRODUCTION TO MARINE SCIENCE - MSN 191N
This team-taught course is designed as an interdisciplinary introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of marine science. It will cover the major geological, chemical, physical, and biological processes that occur in the world’s oceans.
Our goal is to provide you with an understanding of the fundamental manner in which the oceans operate. Such knowledge can be used as the foundation for your future courses in marine science here at Eckerd College. We hope that you find this course intellectually challenging, fulfilling, and enjoyable.
thText: Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science by Tom Garrison, 5 edition.
Primary Course Objectives:
1. To acquire an overview of marine science: what are the major concepts and current research topics in marine science and oceanography?
2. To obtain hands-on experience in the laboratory with specialists in the field. 3. To acquire writing and quantitative skills including basic statistics and use of spreadsheets. 4. To build community within the marine science discipline by introducing all students to a variety of marine science faculty.
All lectures are given in the Marine Science auditorium (GL 110)
Lecture MWF 10:45-11:35 Lecture MWF 11:45-12:35
Sections 001, 002, 003 Sections 004, 005, 006
Coordinator: Dr. David Duncan Coordinator: Dr. Joel Thompson
All six lab sections meet Tuesday 1:30-4:50 PM
Attendance at all lectures is expected, and participation in all labs is mandatory. If, due
to extenuating circumstances, you must miss a lab please contact the professor for whose lab
you will miss before lab begins.
Section Instructor email phone office
001 Laura Wetzel wetzellr x8484 GMSL 123
002 David Duncan duncands x7961 GMSL 108
003 Jeannine Lessmann lessmajm x7686 GMSL 115
004 Joel Thompson thompsjb x8991 GMSL 117
005 William Szelistowski szeliswa x8439 GMSL 129
006 Shannon Gowans gowanss x8388 GMSL 119A
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Each instructor teaches in their specialty for 5 class periods and then gives an exam. Questions related to the lectures should be directed to the specific faculty member teaching that section. More general questions about the course, or your grade, should be directed to the coordinators, Prof. Duncan (10:45 lecture) or Prof Thompson (11:45 lecture). The faculty members teaching this course have posted their office hours on their office doors. We strongly encourage you to come talk to us regarding questions you have about the course material.
Your grade will be based on six regular exams, one final exam, and the lab. Each exam will consist of three types of questions: 15 multiple-choice questions (15 points), three to five short-answer questions (20 pts) and one essay question (15 pts). The professor will provide several essay questions ahead of time, one of which will be on the exam. The lowest grade of
the six regular exams will be dropped, hence there are no make-up exams.
The final exam is scheduled for Monday 12/11 at 12:00-3:00 PM for the 10:45 section, and Wednesday 12/13 at noon-3 PM for the 11:45 section. The final is required, and you may take it at either time. It will consist of multiple-choice questions from each faculty member and from guest lectures. These questions will emphasize the material covered by each professor. We encourage you to review the exams during the semester as one way to prepare for the final exam.
Exams, 10% each, best five out of six 50%
Final exam 20%
On my honor, as an Eckerd College student,
I pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal, nor to tolerate these behaviors in others.
On each assignment and exam that is submitted, students are required to write pledged
indicating that their work is consistent with the Code. According to Eckerd College policy, academic dishonesty is considered any act of cheating or plagiarism. Academic dishonesty is grounds for receiving an "F" in the course and we will submit written notification to the Registrar of the incident. The sanction for a second offense while at Eckerd College is usually suspension from the College. We take this seriously, and expect that you will as well.
Each student’s work must be his or her own. During lab, a collaborative effort with lab
partners or in groups is permitted only if designated by the professor. Likewise, all assignments are to be done completely independently, unless otherwise specified by the professor. Note
students have failed this course in the past due to cheating or plagiarism on lab exercises and/or exams.
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Students with physical, cognitive, or psychological disabilities must contact Disability Support Services, located in Edmundson Hall, at extension 8248 or via email at email@example.com to discuss potential accommodations or other helpful services. All information will be kept confidential. It is then your responsibility to speak with either Dr. Duncan or Dr. Thompson to discuss necessary arrangements at least one week before each exam.
Hurricane Contingency Statement:
If for any reason Eckerd College is evacuated, students who leave campus for stays of overnight or longer should bring their texts, notes, and syllabus so that they are ready to continue their course work. In such an event, check your Eckerd e-mail from your off-campus location and continue with the course work according to the syllabus and as delivered via Cyber Lyceum.
If we have a significant break in the semester, our long-term plan will be to deliver the lecture portion of the course over the internet by uploading power-point lectures for the student to study along with their texts. Use your syllabus as your guide. The faculty will also keep you informed via email about what to do if time away from campus continues for a long period. In case of a long-term evacuation the syllabus may be revised and anew syllabus will be posted on the intranet. Be sure to update your emergency contact information via the Eckerd College Intranet form throughout any evacuation. Faculty contact information can also be found on the intranet site.
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LABORATORY TOPICS AND SCHEDULE 2006
Lab meets every Tuesday at 1:30 PM. You have a home lab assigned according to which section you are registered in. You will rotate through a series of six specialty labs meeting for two weeks with each of the professors. This means that all students in IMS will have the same lab experiences, but at different times according to the section you are in.
In the six different labs, you will be doing a variety of activities, some in the field and some in the lab, and some in both lab and field. Please come appropriately prepared for each lab, which might mean bringing a bound notebook, calculator, getting wet, or dirty. Check with your lab instructor for details.
We will be out on the water several times during the semester to observe and to collect samples. In order to get on the water, you must pass a swim test (6 pool lengths). Go to the pool and talk with the lifeguard on duty (noon - 6 PM). Please complete the swim test by the end of the first week of classes. Also, closed-toe shoes (i.e., sneakers, aqua socks, dive booties) are required to board the boat (no sandals or flip-flops!).
Your lab grade will be based on attendance and on assignments completed during and/or after each specialty lab. Any late assignment will be penalized 10% per day and will not be accepted after one week.
Please bring a bound notebook and your lab manual to lab each week.
Teaching Professor Topic Room Special Instructions
Bring lab manual, notebook and TBA Primary Production 101 J. Lessmann calculator
Beach Processes/ Bring sun protection, water, lab TBA 103 J. Thompson Marine Sediments manual, notebook, and calculator.
Seismic Exploration/ Bring lab manual, notebook and TBA 105 D. Duncan Hurricanes calculator
K.R. Marine Geophysics 107 Bring calculator, pencil and eraser. L. Wetzel MacDonald
ndweek 1 lab, we will be on the 109 For the 2Kelley Marine Mammals S. Gowans Stephens WAC week 2 water
st lab, we will be on the For the 1WAC week 1 Travis ndFish ecology water; 2 lab wading in campus W. Szelistowski Richards 109 week 2 ponds and Boca Ciega Bay.
WAC – is the Waterfront Activity Center
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Lab Schedule 2006
Sept. 5 Specialty lab #1A – go to your first lab- see next page
Sept. 12 Specialty lab #1B - go to your first lab again.
Sept. 19 Specialty lab #2A – see rotation schedule on next page
Sept. 26 Specialty lab #2B - see rotation schedule on next page
Oct. 3 Specialty lab #3A
Oct. 10 Specialty lab #3B
Oct. 17 Specialty lab #4A
Oct. 24 Specialty lab #4B
Oct. 31 No Lab/Fall Recess
Nov. 7 Specialty lab #5A
Nov. 14 Specialty lab #5B
Nov. 21 Specialty lab #6A
Nov. 28 Specialty lab #6B
Dec. 5 No lab unless needed
Room rotation schedule
Lab 1 Lab 2 Lab 3 Lab 4 Lab 5 Lab 6 Starting Lab Professor Sept. 5 & Sept. 19 & Oct. 3 & Oct. 17 & Nov. 7 & Nov. 21 &
Sept. 12 Sept. 26 Oct. 10 Oct. 24 Nov. 14 Nov. 28
J. Lessmann 101 103 105 107 109/WAC WAC/109
J. Thompson 103 105 107 109/WAC WAC/109 101
D. Duncan 105 107 109/WAC WAC/109 101 103
L. Wetzel 107 109/WAC WAC/109 101 103 105
S. Gowans 109/WAC WAC/109 101 103 105 107
W. Szelistowski WAC/109 101 103 105 107 109/WAC
WAC – is the Waterfront Activity Center
Note: Dr. Szelistowski’s lab will meet at the Waterfront Activity Center (WAC) for the first
week and GMSL 109 for the second week. Dr. Gowans’ lab will meet in GMSL 109 for the first
week and at the WAC for the second week.