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    Section 13 Fall 2008


    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.

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


Course Logistics: Lecture MWF 11:45-12:35 in room 103

    First section taught by Dr. Shannon Gowans, x8388 GMSL 119A

    Second section taught by Dr. David Hastings,, x 7884 GMSL 127

    Labs meet Monday 1:30-4:50 PM in 103 GMSL for the first six weeks with Dr. Gowans then move to 101 GMSL with Dr. Hasting.

    Dr. Gowans and Dr. Hastings are teaching the course together: I teach the first half, and then Dr. Hastings teaches the second half. Both of us strongly encourage you to come talk to us regarding

    questions you have about the course material.

Attendance at all lectures and all labs is mandatory. If, due to extenuating circumstances, you

    must miss a lab on Monday afternoon please contact me or Dr. Gowans before hand.

     ndText: Introduction to Ocean Sciences by Douglas Segar, 2 edition.

    This is a new and superb text designed for science students. It includes the most recent

    advances in the field, and does not “dumb down” the science. There are many excellent

    photos taken by the author.

Teaching assistant for Dr. Hastings section is Kate Rost:

    Plenary lectures: Four plenary lectures given by Marine Science faculty (Sept. 22, Oct. 15, Nov. 10, Dec. 5) are required for attendance and are part of course material on exams. All four

    Wednesday lecture sections (Gowans, Hastings, Duncan, Lessmann) will meet together in GMSL 110 (auditorium) on these days.

    IMS 2008 Syllabus page 2

    In General: Because you are here to learn, we strongly encourage you to interrupt and ask

    questions. If you don’t understand something, it is most likely that someone else in the class shares your confusion. The easiest way to resolve your misunderstanding (and correct my mistakes) is to speak up. If you have any suggestions or comments about my lectures, the text, or other material related to the class please feel free to speak to me. While there will be a formal evaluation at the end of the term, your earlier suggestions will benefit both of us before the class is over.


    Exams 60%

    Pre-class warm ups 10%

    Writing assignment 5%

    Laboratory 25%

    Total 100%


    In class midterm exams (Sept 19, October 13, Nov. 5, and Dec 3) will consist of three types of questions: multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions and essay questions. Laboratory information that reinforces lecture material may be included in the lecture exams. We will provide several essay questions ahead of time, one of which will be on the exam. Make-up exams are only given

    with prior consent of the instructor.

    For the 4 in class exams, they will be weighted according to their score. Your best exam will weight more in your course exam grade; your poorest exam will weight the least. Therefore, there is always

    benefit that the next exam should be better, and less penalty for an exam during a section that you somehow didn’t manage to succeed with very well.

Exam distribution

    18% Best exam



    12% Poorest exam

    The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday Dec. 10 at noon-3 PM. It is a comprehensive exam on the lecture, lab, plenary and text. It is worth 12% of your grade. We encourage you to review the exams during the semester as one way to prepare.


    We are using pre-class warm-ups which will be assigned about once a week and are due by 9:00 AM

    before class. These are web-based questions which help me determine before class how much of the reading you understand, and what you don’t understand. The objective is for me to spend more time

    on subjects that you find confusing instead of focusing on material that you understand. You will be graded only on whether you answer the warm-up questions.

    IMS 2008 Syllabus page 3


    As part of your first lab you will go to the library for an instruction session on finding Marine Science and Oceanography journal articles. Your written assignment based on this session is due at the start of lab September 8. Late assignments will be penalized 5% per day and will not be accepted after one week.


    In the labs you will be doing a variety of different activities, some outside in the field and some inside the lab. Please come appropriately prepared for each lab, which might mean bringing a calculator, getting wet, or dirty. Always bring your lab notebook. Your lab grade will be based on attendance, preparation, successfully completing the lab activity, and on assignments completed from each lab. Late assignments will be penalized 5% per day and will not be accepted after one week.


    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 that is turned in, 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. A collaborative effort with lab partners or in

    groups as designated by a professor is encouraged, but the final product, task, or assignment must be that of the individual student, unless otherwise specified by the professor.

    Special Accommodations: Students with physical, cognitive, or psychological disabilities must contact Disability Support Services, located in Edmundson Hall, at extension 8248 or via email at to discuss potential accommodations of other helpful services. All accommodations must be approved with Disability Support Services at least one week before they are required. All information will be kept confidential.

Hurricane Contingency Statement

    If Eckerd College is evacuated for any reason, students who leave campus overnight should bring their texts, notes, and syllabus so they can continue their work according to the syllabus and as delivered via online course materials. Fall Break (M/T October 27-28) will have to be canceled if we have two or more lost class days due to campus closure. (Hope for good weather!)

    IMS 2008 Syllabus page 4


Lab meets every Monday at 1:30 PM .

    In the different labs, you will be doing a variety of different 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 calculator, getting wet, or dirty.

    We will be out on the water several times during the semester (Sept 22, Oct 20 and Nov. 17). 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.

    Your lab grade will be based on attendance and on assignments completed during and/or after each specialty lab. Please bring a bound notebook to lab each week.

    Date Professor Topic Special Instructions

    Sept 1 Excel exercise S. Gowans Bring lab notebook and calculator library assignment

    Sept 8 Be prepared for a wet, cold, windy boat ride Invertebrate S. Gowans and for getting in the water. No flip flops or diversity crocs. Meet at Waterfront.

    Sept 15 Bring calculator, pencil and eraser. Write out S. Gowans Photosynthesis lab protocol before coming to lab.

    Sept 22 S. Gowans Marine adaptations Bring calculator, pencil and eraser

    Sept 29 Bring calculator (laptop optional), pencil S. Gowans Mark - recapture and eraser. Wear shoes you can run in.

    Oct 6 Dolphin Be prepared for a wet, cold, windy boat ride. S. Gowans distribution Meet at Waterfront.

    Oct 13 Boat: Sampling in Be prepared for a wet, cold, windy boat ride. D. Hastings Boca Ciega Bay Meet at Waterfront. No flip-flops.

    Oct. 20 Mid Ocean Ridge D. Hastings Bring calculator, pencil and eraser Processes

    Nov. 3 D. Hastings Beach Profiling Come with shoes that can get wet.

    Nov. 10 Biogeochemical D. Hastings Bring lab notebook processes

    Nov. 17 D. Hastings ROV lab Meet at the swimming pool.

    D. Hastings Nov. 24 TBA Joint field trip & S. Gowans

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