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Course Syllabus & Expectations

MARINE SCIENCE

2013-2014

Mr. Costello

Marin Catholic High School

Rm: 707

email:  mcostello@marincatholic.org


The objectives of this course are:

  • To give students an overall view of the evolution and structure of both earth and ocean, the life processes, and people’s relationship/involvement on all levels.
  • To understand that the very nature of life on earth is intimately dependent on our ocean. 
  • To realize the necessity to understand and impart a respect and love for the ocean.

 

Students are taught the concepts and terminology associated with each of the following oceanographic and marine biological topics.  This is a general outline:

  • Brief History (including population)
  • Sea Floor: ocean basins, plate tectonics
  • Seawater: circulation, waves, tides
  • Microbial world in the sea
  • Marine plants
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Marine fish
  • Marine reptiles, birds, and mammals
  • Marine ecology
  • Rocky shore and soft-bottom intertidal communities
  • Estuaries
  • Life on the continental shelf, coral reefs, the surface, and the ocean depths
  • Resources from the sea
  • Impact of humans on the marine environment
  • Ocean policy

 

WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THIS CLASS?

  • Text: Castro, Peter & Huber, Michael E.  Marine Biology: 7th or 8th Edition
  • A 3-ring binder (DEDICATED TO THIS CLASS ONLY)
  • A packet of 5 separators to divide your notebook into appropriate sections
  • Lab notebook (available in MC bookstore)
  • Paper, pencil, and pen

 

HOW CAN I BE SUCCESSFUL IN MARINE SCIENCE?

To be successful, put a lot of effort into coursework, do your assigned reading and take thorough notes in class.  If you want help with your note taking, come see me.  Most importantly, if you begin to fall behind, come see me asap!  Very important:  work on your SEMESTER PROJECT all semester long!!

 

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?

The environment of our classroom needs to be a safe one where discovery, discussion, and critical thinking foster great learning.  In order for this to be a reality to you, as students, you have some responsibilities.

 

  • You are responsible for being RESPECTFUL to every person.   This means LISTENING, NOT TALKING when other people are speaking & discussing with acknowledgement that every person will not share your point of view.
  • Be COOPERATIVE.  Benefit from working well with others in class and sharing knowledge.
  • Make RESPONSIBLE CHOICES.  Know the consequences of all your options and weigh them before making a decision.
  • Be on TIME.  We only have 55 minutes and each one is valuable.
  • CLASSROOM CARE.  Keep the classroom clean and pick up after yourself.  Leave things in better condition than you found them.
  • Arrive to class on time and PREPARED.  This means bringing your textbook, notebook, lab notebook, and a pen every single class.
  • Be HONEST.  If you aren’t, it will catch up with you…

 

MARINE SCIENCE HOMEPAGE

You should  check this site frequently.  You will find important announcements, the weekly agenda, homework assignments, and interesting links to websites.  The Powerpoint lectures will also be available to download.

 

WHAT IF I AM ABSENT?

You should know by now what to do if you miss school. For excused absences, see p. 3 of the Parent-Student Handbook.  Unexcused late work is not encouraged, but infrequently unavoidable.  Late work is docked an entire grade for each day past the due date. 

 

If you miss a test or quiz, you will be expected to make it up the day after you return to school.  MAKEUPS ARE GIVEN BEFORE SCHOOL AT 7:00 AM.  It is YOUR responsibility to schedule your make up.

 

WHAT IS MY SCIENCE BINDER AND HOW DO I ORGANIZE IT?

Organization is KEY to your level of success in this class.  Your science binder should have this syllabus in the front followed by the five sections.  The five sections are: Homework; Classwork & Handouts; Notes; Tests & Quizzes; and Labs.  Your name and class should be easy to locate on the front of your binder. 

 

PARTICIPATION

Participation is key in this classroom.  Everyone is encouraged to participate in class discussions & interactive lectures, laboratories, etc.  Participation also includes being in your seat and on task when the bell rings (at the beginning and end of the period) and not disrupting the learning process for those around you.

 

QUIZZES AND TESTS

      Most quizzes will be announced (one day prior) but occasionally a small, unannounced pop quiz will be given.  The reason for quizzes is to make sure that you are current with the material.  There will be one test per chapter/unit covered.

 

SEMESTER PROJECT/FIELD STUDIES

Each student will further enhance their marine experience by taking on an outside research project, which will include practical, hands-on experience in the field.  The subject is of your own choosing; a list of suggested topics/sources will be distributed.  There is one project each semester.  Class field trips will, hopefully, be taken when appropriate.

 

GRADING

The following chart is a guide of the grading breakdown.

 

    Assignment                     

Weight

Tests/Quizzes

40%

Labs/Activities

25%

HW Assignments

5%

Semester Project

20%

Final

10%