GS 108 Oceanography Course Outcomes

GS 108 Oceanography Course Outcome Statements

1) Students will have an effective understanding of the basic concepts, processes, and analytic tools as they are currently understood in the science of oceanography. These include fundamental scientific theories such as plate tectonics and the origin and evolution of planet Earth including the oceans. GS 108 will expose students to a diversity of topics within the realm of oceanography and explore the relationships among other scientific disciplines. (ex: chemistry of water in oceanography; principles of motion of waves, tides and currents, biological diversity and evolution of life in the ocean)

2) Through inquiry-based, hands-on laboratory activities and field experiences students will develop specific experimental skills and knowledge leading to the ability to identify, implement, and interpret scientific information as it relates to oceanography. Students will apply their knowledge and skills and employ logical scientific methodologies in a variety of numerical and descriptive problem solving situations.

3) Students will enhance their communication skills through oral and written activities such as poster presentations, term papers, computer presentations, test essay questions, interactive questioning and lab write-ups.

4) Students will be able to evaluate and articulate the application and relevance of specific oceanographic topics to the world around them at a personal, community, and global level. As a result, students will understand the significant role of science and oceanography in particular in modern society. Moreover, students will become more scientifically literate citizens capable of formulating informed logical opinions regarding the application of science and technology to solving such problems as pollution, energy demands, minerals extraction, and population growth.