Syllabus

Oceanography

Crew Orientation
1. Create your own homepage.
2. Find your Private Discussion Forum
3. Collect your Latitude/Longitude Data
4. Introduction to course expectations and logistics

Introduction to Oceanography: Preparing to Sail
1. Be able to contrast physical oceanography and biological oceanography (marine biology)
2. Collect real-time buoy data
3. Participate in a Group Discussion

Geology of the Ocean: Stellwagen: Bank National Marine Sanctuary
1. Participate in a group discussion about the history of oceanography
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the geology of the Earth, the theory of plate tectonics and the formation various ocean floor features.
3. A reflection of individual learning styles.

Properties of Sea Water: En route to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
1. Learn about some specialized equipment of an oceanographer.
2. Understand the properties of seawater and how each differs throughout the ocean.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between temperature, mass and density

Ocean Tides: The Bay of Fundy
1. Connect the monthly positions of the sun, earth, moon system to the periodic rise and fall of the tides.
2. Integrate real-time tidal information to predict information about tides.
3. Investigate historical shipwrecks.

Ocean Currents: The Gulf Stream in the Mid-Atlantic
1. Describe the motion of deep-water density driven currents. Explain how the forces that drive them get their energy.
2. Describe the motion of surface currents. Explain how the forces that drive them get their energy.
3. Understand the global affects of ocean currents
4. Retrieve and utilize the real-time data that are available to navigate the ocean waters.

Coastal Processes- Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
1. Investigate the dynamic geology of barrier islands
2. Discuss the development of coastal properties
3. Relate winds and geography with upwelling and downwelling
4. Investigate your choice of sea creature

Ocean Living- The Georgia Coast
1. Discuss the Future of Ocean Research
2. Discover how oceanographers have divided the ocean into zones
3. Learn about Dead Zones
4. Learn how satellites are used to reasearch phytoplankton in the ocean
5. Tell a story about your chosen sea creature.

The Coral Reef: Gulf of Mexico
1. Have a discussion about ocean careers.
2. Discover the science and plight of the coral reef.
3. Learn about an invasive species.
4. Create a Blog with your teammates that share the story of your sea turtle.

Ocean and Atmosphere: The Pacific Ocean
1. Have a discussion about group activities
2. Complete a Lab on the Carbon Cycle
3. Investigate El Nino by reading and watching a video
4. Learn about Sea Birds

Gone Fishing: The coast of Peru
1. Learn about the anchovy industry
2. Discuss the Global Fish Crisis
3. Learn about Seamounts
4. Investigate Phylum Chordata
5. Learn about shark dissection
6. Learn about the basking shark

Marine Mammals: The Hawaiian Islands
1. Learn about marine life in the Hawaiian Islands, specifically pinnepeds, sea otters and cetaceans
2. Learn about the evolution of Marine mammals
3. Learn about the Humpback Whale
4. Discover how species are related through the food chain and food web
5. Study the Manatee

Making Waves: The Coast of California
1. Study the characteristics of ocean waves
2. Complete a Lab on Changes in Waves
3. Discuss how gliders can be used to explore the ocean
4. Start a group project on surfing
5. Take a quiz on waves
6. Start a term 2 project
7. Learn about the Octopus

Ocean Extremes: Juan de Fuca Ridge
1. Learn about extreme eco-systems
2. Learn about Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life
3. Continue group project
4. Learn about the Marianas Trench
5. Study the Tubeworm
6. Participate in a current events discussion

Polar Regions: Alaska
1. Continue work on final project
2. Investigate careers in Oceanography
3. Learn about the Arctic Ocean
4. Learn about Sea Ice
5. Research the Bering Strait
6. Study the Pacific Walrus and the Polar Bear

Stewardship of the Ocean
1. Complete the course survey
2. Learn about Food, Water and Medicine from the Sea
3. Learn about Ocean Pollution
4. Pledge to be a steward of the Ocean
5. Submit term projects
6. Course wrap up