Oceanography

Title of Course: Oceanography
Instructor: Mrs. Yost
Classroom: C104
E-mail: hyost@barnegatschools.com

After School Help Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays



Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce students to the various components of Earth’s oceans. The scope and sequence of this course includes: marine organisms and ecosystem dynamics, ocean currents, waves, the geology of the sea floor, and the various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries. This course may be taken concurrently with another science course; however, it does not meet the three-year science requirement

5 Month Plan

Course Objectives:
Ocean Planet & Exploration

Define Oceanography and its different branches. Discussion of the history of ocean exploration, latitude & longitude, tools used for exploration above & below the ocean and technological advances in modern times


Geological: Beneath the Sea
An introduction to modern ocean mapping and the reasons it is critical to ocean exploration expeditions. Ocean explorations focus on unique geologic ocean features and the theories behind how these features were created.


Chemical: Ocean Characteristics 
Examine the physical factors that distinguish vertical zones in the ocean. Discuss the chemical characteristics of the ocean and how they affect the organisms that live in the ocean.


Biological: Marine Ecosystems & Ecology

The ocean is made up of different ecosystems determined by their physical and chemical characteristics. Students will research a specific marine ecosystem.


Physical: Currents, Waves & Tides
Understanding currents around underwater geologic features is essential to the safe conduct of ocean exploration expeditions. Currents also affect sediment distribution and character as well as the distribution and abundance of organisms around a feature. Understand the physics behind types of waves and why waves break. Discuss the different types of tides and their causes.

Human Impact on the Oceans

While ocean exploration is about looking forward, many expeditions included some aspect of potential or past human impacts on the ecosystems studied. Examine natural resources available from the ocean and how conservation needs to occur in order to maintain a healthy balance

Grading Policy:
This is a semester class so each marking period is worth 40% for their final grade and final exam is worth 20% of their final grade
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Grades will be determined using the following weighted grading system.

Class work/Quizzes/Labs (minor assessments): 30%
Homework: 10%
Class Participation: 10%
Tests/Projects (major assessments, at least 3 a MP): 50%



Homework policy:
Homework is posted on my Google Classroom Stream .
Homework is due the NEXT block period. Students may hand in missing homework for 1/2 credit by the following block period.

Five points will be deducted for each day a project, lab or in-class assignment is late.


How to Handle Absences:
If you are ABSENT from class it is your responsibility to:
1. Get the work you missed (notes, homework, etc.)
2. Hand in the work that was due the day you were absent
3. Schedule time to make up any tests or quizzes

Remember! On block scheduling...missing one day of school is really like missing 2 days of classes!! Try not to be absent -- you can quickly fall behind

Classroom Rules:
1. Follow all school rules (found in student hand book)
2. Arrive ON time! (that means before the bell)
3. Be prepared & ready to learn (notebook, pen/pencil, homework)
4. Respect the opportunity to learn -- be here when you are here -- put your phones away!!
5. Use appropriate language & conversations
6. Keep your hands to yourselves
7. Be positive :