INTRODUCTORY OCEANOGRAPHY


LESSON AND EXAM SCHEDULE (typical, but not specific to a given semester)

This lesson schedule mirrors what is being covered in the regular semester course, but is specific to the web-course. Lessons will not be posted until a couple of day prior to the dates shown below, and you should use this schedule to pace your learning and exam preparation. I intend for you to follow the lesson, review and exam schedules given below. The review sessions for the first three exams will be conducted with my regular MEA 200 class. The exams will be given in the course classroom. Note that most of the lessons cover more than one session (and are broken into subject-matter parts).

Lessons
Date
Topic
Chapters
1
8/18

Introduction to course. Ch. 2. Chemical Bonds & Seawater Alkalinity

2
2-1
8/20

Ch. 3. Continental Drift & Sea Floor Spreading

3
2-2
8/24

Plate Boundaries.

3
2-3
8/26

Ch. 4. Marine Provinces. Continental Margin, Deep Ocean Basin.

4
3-1
8/28

Ch. 5. Sediment Erosion, Transport & Erosion. Cosmogenous, Lithogenous, Hydrogenous Sediments & Biogenous Sediments.

5
3-2
9/1

Factors that govern the distribution of Neritic Sediments, abyssal oozes & abyssal clay. End Part I

5
4-1
9/3

Begin Part II: Ch. 6. Structure of Water Molecule & Properties of Water; three states of Water.

6
4-2
9/8

Relative Humidity and Seawater Salinity

6
4-3
9/10

Water Density &Stability, Temperature of Maximum Density, Density Anomaly, Freezing of ice on oceans and lakes & Oceanographer's Density.

6&7

9/14

REVIEW for PART I Exam -- 5-7 pm Room 226 Daniels

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9/15

EXAM I (1112 Jordan Hall). OIT students take exam between 9/15 and 9/18 in McKimmon Center.

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5-1
9/18

Ch. 7. Radiation Laws & Greenhouse Effect, Transmission of Radiant and non-radiative transfers of heat energy across the air sea boundary

7
5-2
9/22

Heat &Water Budgets of the Ocean, local weather and climate, and global changes in climate (El Nino). GO OVER EXAM IN CLASS.

7
6-1 & 6-2
9/25

Coriolis Effect. Ch. 8. Ekman Transport, Geostrophic Currents

7&8
6-2 & 6-3
9/30

Geostrophic Currents, Western Boundary Currents, Thermohaline Circulation & Current Eddies. End Part II.

8
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10/5

REVIEW for PART II Exam -- 5-7 pm Room 226 Daniels

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10/6

EXAM II. OIT students take exam between 10/6 and10/9 in McKimmon Center.

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7-1
10/8

Begin Part III: Ch. 9. Ocean Wave Identification, Wave Classification, Fully-Developed Sea, Wave Dispersion

9
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10/13

FALL BREAK

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7-2
10/15

Wave Breaking, Changes in Wave Direction, Long Waves and Internal Waves

9

10/20

GO OVER EXAM IN CLASS

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8-1
10/21

Ch. 10. Equilibrium Theory of Tides, Semi-diurnal & Mixed Tides, Combined Effects of Moon and Sun. Discuss Exam II

10
8-2
10/22

Dynamic Theory of Tides, Standing Waves & Tidal Currents.

10
9-1
10/27

Ch. 11. Shore Classification, Equilibrium of the Beach, Constructed Barriers.

11
9-2
10/29

Ch. 12. Coastal Ocean, Estuaries and Marginal Seas. End Part III

12
10-1
11/3

Begin Part IV: Ch. 13. Diffusion & Osmosis, Distribution of Life in Ocean

13
10-2
11/5

Marine & Benthic Environments, Marine Life-styles

13
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11/9

REVIEW for PART III Exam -- 5-7 pm Room 226 Daniels ll

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11/10

EXAM III. OIT students take exam between 11/17 and 11/20 in McKimmon Center.

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11-1
11/12

Ch. 14. Microscopic Plants, Primary Productivity & Photosynthesis

14
11-2
11/16

Patterns of Biological Production in Polar, Tropical, and Temperate regions of the ocean and the noncylcic and cylic flow of biogeochemical energy

14
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11/17

GO OVER EXAM IN CLASS

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11-3
11/18

Trophic Levels, Transfer of Biological Energy & Biogeochemical Cycling

14
12-1
11/19

Ch. 15. Marine Animals. Zooplankton & Nekton. Mechanisms for remaining near the surface of the ocean, Muscular Structure of Fish.

15
12-2
11/24

Marine Mammals. Group Behavior & Migration

15
13-1
12/1

Ch. 16. Animals of the Benthic Environment, Characteristics and Vertical Zonation

16
13-2
12/3

Coral Reefs and Hydrothermal Vents. End Part IV

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12/7

REVIEW for PART IV Exam -- 5-7 pm Room 226 Daniels

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12/8

EXAM IV 8-11am during first half of Final Exam Period & Optional Comprehensive Exam during second half of Period. OIT students take exam between 12/7 and 12/11 in McKimmon Center.

Note: If anyone has a conflict with this date contact me.

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