Oceanography is an interdisciplinary science that explores the chemistry of seawater, the characteristics of the seafloor, the processes that created the oceans, human impacts on the ocean environment, life in the ocean and more. In this course, we will attempt to touch on many of aspects of our oceans to develop a well-rounded understanding of this environment.
- This online course will be run entirely through Oncourse. The syllabus, all lecture materials, and assignments are provided through Oncourse.
- No campus visits are required.
- You must have access to a reliable computer with a stable internet connection (no modems).
- You should also have access to a back-up computer in case yours fails (campus computers are good back-ups)
- The course is run on a schedule - you will have limited flexibility in working ahead.
- The course is taught through the textbook (you will purchase this) and online learning modules (you will access these through Oncourse using a web browser.)
- There are approximately 20 learning modules in the course – learning modules will include reading assignments, lecture materials and assessment instructions.
- You will complete 1-2 learning modules per week.
- Your learning will be assessed in a variety of ways including long quizzes, discussion forum postings, homework assignments, essays, etc.
- You will have at least one assessment, due on a specific day, every week.
- The amount of time given to complete an assessment will range from 24 hours to 7 days depending on the assessment.
- You will be required to complete a research option that includes a researched paper.
- You must be comfortable using the Internet and Oncourse regularly.
Succeeding in an online course
An online course provides a convenient way to take a course on your own time, however, online classes are not easier (nor more difficult) than campus courses. To ensure success in this course, you must be able to do the following:
- Log in regularly –
- Check Oncourse every day for announcements, new discussions, and email messages
- Set up a routine to work in this course at time when you have the fewest distractions.
- Devote ample time per week to complete all materials.
- Participate –
- Be active in course discussions and chats.
- Ask questions, share ideas, contribute, and communicate.
- Communicate in a positive manner with both your classmates and your instructor.
- Learn and Think-
- Read and follow instructions completely and carefully.
- Utilize all of the resources provided including links to supplementary materials.
- Complete course assessments in a manner that demonstrates understanding of the concepts.
- Think critically – think beyond the basic material presented and apply your knowledge.
- Ask for help when you need it –
- Contact the appropriate people immediately when you have problems or concerns.
- UITS can help with technology problems (274-HELP).
- Your instructor and classmates can help with questions or concerns regarding course content.
- Avoid Procrastination –
- Stay on schedule by setting goals and personal deadlines to manage your time effectively.
- Meet all due dates in a timely manner.
- Allow time for problems or questions – your instructor will most likely not be available to answer questions at 2am the morning before a due date.
- Use the course calendar to plan ahead.