Ocean Studies


  2. A. Course Title: Ocean Studies
    B. Course Number: GE 224 - 30255
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 220
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday at 5 pm. Within 48 hours weekends.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): GE224L
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course focuses on the science of world oceans and the role of the ocean from an Earth system perspective. Students are introduce to the dynamic ocean in near real-time by working with current oceanographic data delivered via the Internet and coordinated with learning investigation labs keyed to current ocean products. This course explores the ocean in the Earth system with special emphasis on the flow and transformation of weather and energy into and out of the ocean, the physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean circulation, marine life and its adaptations, interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system, and the human / societal impacts on and response to those interactions. Concurrent enrollment in GE 224L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This is an introductory ocean studies course that will fulfill the requirements for laboratory science. It is transferable to most other colleges and universities. The course will consist of 3 credit hours of lecture and 1 credit hour of lab.



    • ONLINE OCEAN STUDIES STUDENT PACKAGE (Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography, Moran, 3rd edition & AMS Ocean Studies Investigations Manual 2019-2020 & Summer 2020) epackage ISBN-13: 978-1-944970-49-9

    • Access to a personal computer (PC) or laptop with user rights to install required online Canvas plug-ins (e.g. Respondus Browser, Adobe Reader, Flash, & Java). Canvas does not totally support Smart phones, iPads or tablets. A PC or laptop will be needed to submit the majority of coursework.

    • Respondus Monitor: (NOTE: Non-local students are also required to have available a computer with a webcam, microphone, and appropriate Internet bandwidth to use Respondus Monitor for submission of the proctored final exam and midterm. There is a $15 fee for unlimited courses and exams for 12-months.


    At home, you may be required to use a calculator, colored pencils, scissors, and a ruler (with metrics) on maps and figures in your lab investigations manual.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Four Chapter Exams 15%
    Homework Assignments 25%
    Lab Assignments (25%)[Lab investigations 20%, COS Labs 5%]
    Midterm Exam 15%
    Final Exam 20%

    Chapter Exams (15%): You will be given four chapter exams covering Chapters 1-14. Expect them to be mostly multiple choice and short answer. You’ll be given these on-line and will have several days to complete them. No make-up exams will be given regardless of the excuse. To make-up for any problems technical or personal the lowest of your four exams will be dropped (This does not include the Final Exam). So if you miss an exam, it will count as your lowest at the end of the semester and will be dropped. If you take all four of your exams the lowest will be dropped at the end of the semester the average of your three remaining exams will be used.

    Homework Assignments (25%): This will include anything other than the exams and labs. It will include Module assignments, chapter homework’s, article critique and problem/solution assignment.

    Labs Assignments (25%): (20% lab investigations from lab manual/ 5% COS (Current Ocean Studies) labs. Labs are given in your lab investigations manual and are divided into parts A and B this part of the lab will be worth 20% of your final grade. The other 5% will come from the COS lab found in the real time oceans portal on the AMS website.

    Late assignments: For every day that your assignment is late, 20% points will be deducted from your grade. Follow the learning modules page in your Canvas shell for assignment due dates. Do not use the assignments link in Canvas.

    Midterm exam (15%): You will have a midterm exam that will be over chapters 1-6 in your text book. Lab assignments will not be a part of this exam. This will be a proctored exam and students will be using the NMJC testing center which is free or Respondus Monitor which has a fee. Details about Respondus Monitor can be found under additional information in your syllabus. This exam will be open for one week during midterms. If a student misses and needs to take the exam late, then late penalties will be applied at 20% or one letter grade per day it is late until all points are exhausted.

    Final exam (20%): You will have a final exam that will be comprehensive proctored exam, covering chapters 1-12. You will be required to come to campus one time during the semester to take your final exam, or use the Respondus lockdown browser to take your final exam. The final exam must be taken between the dates of Monday, December 9th and Wednesday December 11th by 1 pm. The dates for this exam are firm. Meaning there will be no opportunity to make up the exam if missed.

    Comprehensive Proctored Final Exam: Local students (within driving distance of NMJC) may use NMJC's testing center, which is free. It is located in the Ben Alexander Student Union Building. According to Testing Center policies, students must show proper picture ID and electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. Standard operating hours are 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday - Thursday; Friday 8 am-5:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm however, it is strongly recommended that students confirm time of operation as they are subject to change. Students must arrive at least 1 hour before closing time. Appointments are strongly recommended but not required. Non-local students are required to use Respondus Monitor, which is an extension of Respondus Lockdown Browser. It requires a computer with webcam, microphone and appropriate Internet bandwidth. An ID is required along with an environmental check to ensure testing integrity is maintained. There is a $15 administrative fee for the year for unlimited courses and tests. A practice quiz within Canvas is available to assist you in the set-up.

    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days up to 12 (noon) on Fridays and within 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Fridays of each week. With the exception of Problem/Solution assignments and paper critiques. Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any homework, labs, and tests.

    *****This is an online lab science course which is demanding of your time. This is a rigorous course and by proceeding, you acknowledge the course requirements above and you fully understand the demands of this course. You should allot 12-18 hours of study time for this class. A high-quality standard of work and participation are expected from you in all online courses. *****

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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College’s broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline – specific knowledge skills, and scientific and academic values.
    The course content of Ocean Studies (GE 224) supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    After the completion of this course students should be able to:

    1. Recognize, describe or explain vocabulary, principles and methods relative to the science of oceanography.
    2. Recognize, describe or compare Earth's components, especially the physical and chemical properties of seawater, marine sediments, and ocean life.
    3. Recognize, describe, or explain the interrelationships of oceans with other Earth systems and the influences of physical processes on the ocean floor and coastal features.
    4. Evaluate and interpret basic information from maps, diagrams, remotely sensed images, graphs and tables.
    5. Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems.
    6. Recognize or discuss the effects of human activity on marine environments and ecosystems.

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    Week Assignments
    1 Introductions, Contact Info., Profile, Academic Honesty,Syllabus Quiz, Preview
    2 Read Chapter 1 (Ocean in the Earth System) & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 1A - Ocean in the Earth System
      Lab Investigation 1B - Ocean in the Global Water Cycle
      COS 1
    3 Read Chapter 2 (Ocean Basins & Plate Tectonics) & Review Q.
      Lab Investigation 2A � �Seeing� The Bottom of the Ocean
      Lab Investigation 2B - Ocean Bottom Topography
      COS 2
    4 Read Chapter (Plate Tectonics) & Review Q.
      Lab Investigation 3A � Seawater Temp., Salinity, & Density
      Lab Investigation 3B - Fresh Water, Ocean Water, and Sea Ice
      COS 3
      Exam 1 (Ch. 1, 2, 3)
    5 Read Chapter 4 (The Atmosphere and Ocean) & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 4A �Ocean-Atmosphere Connections
      Lab Investigation 4B � Incoming Solar Rad. & Sea Surface Temp.
      COS 4
    6 Read Chapter 5(Ocean currents) & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 5A �Wind-Driven Ocean Circ. & Ocean Gyres
      Lab Investigation 5B � Density-Driven Circ. & Water Masses
      COS 5
      Journal Article Due Oct. 4th
    7 Read Chapter 6 (Ocean Waves and Tides) & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 6A � Deep & Shallow- Water Waves
      Lab Investigation 6B �Tides
      COS 6
    8 Problem Solution (Critical Thinking) Oct. 25, Midnight
      Exam 2 (Ch. 4,5,6)
      MidTerm Exam (Respondus Monitor System or NMJC testing center) Due Oct. 18th
    9 Read Chapter 7 (The Dynamic Coast) & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 7A �Costal Processes
      Lab Investigation 7B �Open Ocean & Coastal Impacts of Cyclones
      COS 7
      Introduction (Abstract) of Journal Article due Nov. 8 on discussion board
    10 Read Chapter 8 (Marine Ecosystems) & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 8A �Upwelling & Ocean Productivity
      Lab Investigation 8B �Chesapeake Bay Estuary
      COS 8
      Critique of Article due Nov.25th
    11 Read Chapter 9 (Life in the Ocean) & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 9A �Marine Food Webs
      Lab Investigation 9B �Ocean Life
      COS 9
      Exam 3 (Ch. 7,8,9)
    12 Read Chapter 10 (The Ocean, Atmosphere, & Climate variability)
      Lab Investigation 10A �Seawater Temp, Pres., & Surface Currents
      Lab Investigation 10B �El Ni�o/La Ni� a: The Connection
      COS 10
    13 Read Chapter 11 (Ocean Sediments) & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 11A � What Goes Down
      Lab Investigation 11B � Sediment From Land to Sea
      COS 11
    14 Read Chapter 12 (The Ocean and Climate Change) & Review Q.
      Lab Investigation 12A �Change in Earths Climate System
      Lab Investigation 12B �The Ocean and Climate Change
      COS 12
      Exam 4 (Ch. 10,11,12)
    15 Read Chapter 14 Ocean Stewardship & Review Questions
      Lab Investigation 14A
      Lab Investigation 14B
      COS 14
    15 Extra Credit: Read Chapter 15 & Review Questions Investigation 15A and 15B
    16 Final Exam (Dec. 9-11th at 1pm. In NMJC Testing Center, off campus testing center, or Respondus Monitor. If not within driving distance check grading policy on how to set up an exam off campus, in Canvas) (Comprehensive exam over chapters 1-12.)