Syllabus

Oceanography

Essential Questions:
  • How do the geological, physical and chemical characteristics of the ocean shape marine life?
  • What impact do external parameters, such as plate tectonics, climate and the moon, have on the ocean?
  • How has technology changed over time, and what impact has it had on our understanding of the ocean?
  • What impact do humans have on the ocean?

    Weekly Topics:
  • Week 1: Introduction to Oceanography
  • Week 2: History of Ocean Exploration
  • Week 3: Plate Tectonics and the Seafloor
  • Week 4: Properties of Seawater, Part 1
  • Week 5: Properties of Seawater, Part 2
  • Week 6: Tides and Waves
  • Week 7: Ocean Circulation
  • Week 8: Ocean Zones
  • Week 9: Intertidal Zones
  • Week 10: The Open Ocean
  • Week 11: Tropical Seas
  • Week 12: Polar Seas
  • Week 13: Estuaries
  • Week 14: Human Impacts
  • Week 15 Wrap Up and Review