A Survey of Oceanography

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EAS 125

       Course Name: A Survey of Oceanography

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces oceanography. Content includes physical and chemical properties of sea water, ocean circulation, waves, tides, coastal environments, and marine life.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course a student should be able to:

  1. Identify structures of the ocean basin and interpret their evolution.
  2. Outline geological hazards, such as volcanism and earthquakes.
  3. Describe the dynamics of currents, waves, and tides, and how they shape coastal regions, beaches, and estuaries.
  4. Explain human impact on the marine environment; including water quality and pollution problems in estuaries, wetlands, and open oceans.
  5. List a variety of marine life, their adaptation to the environment, and ecological relationships.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Introduction to Planet Earth
  • Plate Tectonics and the Ocean Floor
  • Marine Provinces and Sediments
  • Water and Seawater
  • Ocean Circulation
  • Waves and Water Dynamics
  • Tides
  • The Coast
  • Marine Life and the Marine Environment
  • Biological Productivity and Energy Transfer
  • Benthic and Pelagic Animals
  • The Oceans and Climate Change

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instructional methods may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Assigned readings
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Field trips
  • Lab exercises
  • Case studies
  • Field demonstrations
  • Video clips
  • Web activities and links
  • Debates
  • Application assignments

*Course may be offered in a face-to-face or online format.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Required course practices are to be established by the instructor.  Completion of lab exercises is required. Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.


 

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbook:  Essentials of Oceanography, Trujillo and Thurman, 11th Edition, Prentice Hall.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation of student learning is established by the instructor and may include, but is not limited to:

  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Research Papers
  • Class Participation
  • Laboratory Reports
  • Oral Presentations
  • Application Assignments
  • Field Journals

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance and other policies are established by individual instructors.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.