Course Components

Textbook - Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography 

The full-color, hardcover, 15 chapter Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography Third Edition (© 2011) text features up-to-date comprehensive descriptions of oceanographic phenomena and research topics from an Earth System perspective. Topical coverage is similar to that found in most introductory oceanography texts. The textbook contains ten Questions for Review and ten Critical Thinking Questions per chapter.

At the instructor's option, the Ocean Studies textbook may be used as part of the turnkey AMS Ocean Studies course package (including the Investigations Manual and RealTime Ocean Portal), by itself, or in combination with the Portal to help facilitate current ocean discussions.

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Ocean Studies Investigations Manual

A set of student learning investigations is coordinated with the text chapters. Investigations lead the student through analysis and interpretation of real-world oceanographic data. Weekly Current Ocean Studiesposted to the RealTime Ocean Portal during fall and spring semesters may be used to reinforce Manual investigations using more current ocean data and information.

The Investigations Manual is designed to function as a self-contained course for those wishing to have all course material in their hands before the course starts, those wanting to preload all course material into their institution's e-learning course management system at the beginning of each term and/or those whose academic calendars do not match the AMS Ocean Studies delivery schedule.

The current weekly ocean investigations are prepared by Robert S. Weinbeck (State University of New York - Brockport and AMS education program) and Ira W. Geer (Senior Education Fellow, AMS education program). Both have extensive experience teaching introductory environmental science courses and conducting NSF- and NOAA-funded faculty and teacher professional development projects.

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RealTime Ocean Portal

The student website delivers the Current Ocean Studies activities, also designed by Dr. Weinbeck and Dr. Geer, to compliment the topics in the Investigations Manual. The Weekly Ocean News and current ocean data are delievered weekly during the fall and spring semesters and then archived.

Students receive access to the Portal with the Investigations Manual, while faculty receive access with a license.

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Ocean Faculty Resource Material and Website

Delievered via Dropbox in the summer and available on the faculty website through academic year, the Faculty Resource Material includes answer forms and answer keys. Available both as word documents and pdfs, or in Respondus files that are compatible with campus course management systems. 

Answers keys are also available for the Current Ocean Studies at the same time the activities are posted to the RealTime Ocean Portal.

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