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 IUPUI's Canvas Learning Managment System.
- The syllabus, all lecture materials, and assignments are provided through Canvas.
- No campus visits are required.
- You must have access to a reliable computer with a stable internet connection.
- 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 Canvas using a web browser.)
- The course is separated into 15 learning modules; you will complete 1 learning module per week. Learning modules will include reading assignments, lecture materials and assessment instructions.
- Your understanding of course material and concepts will be assessed through quizzes, exercises, writing assignments, and a final exam.
- You will have at least one assessment, due on a specific day, every week; generally you will have at least 7 days to complete the assessment from the time it is assigned.
- You will be required to write three researched essays; you will integrate primary sources into these essays.
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 Canvas 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 11:00 pm before a midnight due date.
- Use the course calendar to plan ahead.