Elements of Oceanography
Week of: Lab topic: Textbook Reading:
Aug. 27 - 31 No labs first week
Sept. 3-7 Monday holiday Intro, Marine Charts, Geography
Sept. 10-14 Bathymetry
Sept. 17-21 Plate Tectonics Ch. 3 and 4
Sept. 24-28 Surface Circulation Ch. 9 p. 203-218
Oct. 1-5 Nature of Sea Water Ch. 6 and 7
Oct. 8-12 Thermohaline Circulation Ch. 9 p. 218-226
Oct. 15-19 LAB MIDTERM
Oct. 22-26 Sediments Ch. 5 p. 116-131
Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 Nearshore processes Ch. 12 p. 287-293, 302-304
Ch. 10 p. 231-237
Nov. 5 - 9 Primary Productivity Ch. 14 p. 332-352
Nov. 12-16 Ecology, Energy Flow, Food Webs Ch. 14 p. 332-352
Nov. 19-23 THANKSGIVING - no labs
Nov. 26-30 Global Climate Change Articles to be assigned
Dec. 3-7 LAB FINAL
Lab exercises and quizzes:
A short quiz will be given in the first 10 minutes of each lab. Half of the material will cover the previous week's lab and half will cover the assigned reading for the current lab. Please do not be late to lab - quizzes cannot be made-up or taken later in the lab period. A short introduction will be given after the quiz and the remainder of the lab period is to be used to complete the assigned exercises. All lab exercises must be turned in by the end of the lab period.
Attendance in your scheduled lab is mandatory. Absences will be excused for official USC activities, if arrangements are made in advance, or medical reasons. Both must be acknowledged by the proper forms/notes. If you do not attend a lab during any week, you will receive a zero for that week. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP LABS, QUIZZES, OR EXAMS. For exams, you must notify your TA at least one week in advance in order to schedule another date.
Before each lab, please consult the syllabus and read all pertinent sections of the textbook or handouts that have been passed out. Please be sure to bring a pencil/eraser, calculator, notepaper, textbook and your lab manual to every lab meeting.
Each lab period is worth 10 points: 8 points for the lab exercise and 2 points for the quiz. Your lowest lab exercise grade will be dropped. You must show your work to receive full credit for your answers.
The lab section of Oceanography will account for 30% of your total class grade. You must complete the lab section of Oceanography in order to pass the Oceanography class. Your lab grade will be divided as follows:
Lab exercises and quizzes (11/drop one) = 50%
Lab exams (2 exams) = 40%
Field trip = 10%
You are required to attend the field trip. Sign-up sheets will be posted soon. Please sign up as soon as possible.
Disability Services and Programs (DSP):
Students requesting academic accommodations based on a disability are required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP when adequate documentation is filed. Please be sure the letter is delivered to the professor (or to your TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is open Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00. The office is in Student Union 301 and the phone number is (213) 740-0776.