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C.A.L.S. Early College High School
Oceanography Course Syllabus 2006-2007
Instructor: Mr. Andrew Stephens
Phone: (213) 239-0063 Email:
Class Website:
Course Description
This course holds many exciting adventures in science. During this academic year you will learn how to apply
scientific processes to analyze and solve problems by interpreting scientific data and drawing logical
conclusions. The class will be unique in that it integrates the sciences (chemistry, earth science and physics),
presenting them as a single area of study in Oceanography. Emphasis will be on developing process laboratory
skills including data collection & analysis, evaluation of information, and oral & written communication of
experimental results. In addition to lab work, we will learn about the following twelve units:
Investigation and Experimentation
Origins of the Earth
Plate Tectonics and Ocean Basins
Marine Sediments
Physical Properties of H20
Sea Water Chemistry
Circulation of the Ocean and Atmosphere
Marine Productivity and Resources
Marine Environmental Concerns
∙Text: Copies of readings will be distributed from two main texts: Introductory Oceanography and An
Introduction to World's Oceans.
∙Internet: To access the current class website go to, click “find your
teacher’s website”, click “CA”, click “Los Angeles”, click “Cals Early College High School”, and click
“Andrew Stephens”. A new website is currently under development and more information will follow.
∙Other Sources will include textbook selections, newspaper articles, scientific journals and other
appropriate resources.
Required Class Materials
 Science Lab Book (Composition Book)
 3-ring binder with 12 dividers (Six for first semester/Six for second semester)- This type of binder
allows pages to be added at any time and to be placed in the proper location. Planning and organization
is very important in the study of science; therefore, put effort into this area of endeavor. Please include
 2 pens (black or blue ink only)
 2 pencils
 1 highlighter
 Lined notebook paper
 An inexpensive calculator (optional)
Please see me within the first week of school if you cannot get any of the above materials.
Upon completion of this class, students will have a general understanding of the physical sciences and their interaction
within the oceanic systems of the world. They will be ready for more advanced studies in the sciences. The goals of the
course are as follows:
 Develop critical thinking skills and move towards autonomous learning
 Understand, describe, and apply the procedures of science and understand their limitations
 Apply scientific principles to solve “real life” problems
 Understand the world around you through the development of inquiry and interests in science
Class Expectations
You are expected to arrive to class on time, bring your materials, your binder, and writing instrument to class every day.
Students are expected to be active learners because science is not a spectator activity.
1. Come to class on time and be ready to do your best.
2. Show respect for all.
3. Refrain from eating/drinking/grooming in class (water is acceptable)
Assessment, Evaluation and Grading
% of Grade
Test and quizzes
Laboratory Activities
Projects/In Class Assignments
Science journal/Binder
Grading Scale
A 93-100
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
D+ 67-69
D 63-66
D- 60-62
F < 59
C- 70-72
Tests and quizzes- Quizzes will be given weekly; tests will be given every unit.
Homework- Homework will be assigned everyday.
Labs- Lab write-ups will be completed with every lab. Remember to be safe.
Science Lab book- Note taking, reflection, and recording observations.
Projects-Projects will vary from traditional presentations to group work to models.
Attendance/Tardiness/Late work/Office Hours
 Consult the website when absent. Make up work ASAP.
 Absences/Tardiness will hurt your participation grade. Late homework will not be accepted
 Mr. Stephens is available every morning from 7:45-8:15
Science is a challenging subject for many students. From the first week, it builds new concepts on previous
ideas and concepts. Do not get behind in class; ask for help! Science is a discipline with a great past and
future; you will be part of that future. Disruptive, rude, or abusive behaviors will not be tolerated. I expect
students to work together cooperatively as we begin and continue this adventure. Respect for everyone in
the class (students and teacher alike) make the learning easier for all concerned. The bottom line: I will try
to make the class interesting; you must be a responsible learner.
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