Welcome to STPA 35, Society and the Sea, Fall 2004

Classes are 8-9:20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Center Lecture Hall 222.

The course outline is given here.

Please write a clear, scientific report of your term project. Try not to exceed about 10 pages. If you can write a shorter report that gets across your findings this is fine. A Hypertext Writing Guide given by M. Plonsky, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point may be helpful. The written report is due either November 30 or December 2, depending on when you present your oral report. Your notebook is due at the same time (just before you give your talk).

Michael Schallert will be the course Reader (mschallert@yahoo.com, 858 736-5523). He has office hours Wednesday afternoons from 2-4 in Warren Lecture Hall 2207. See Michael if you need additional discussion of your questions and and possible term projects.

Webcast on Thursday, 9pm, Sept. 30, 2004.

Some oceanographic websites:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography- SIO.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

The School of Oceanography Hawaii.

Ocean Planet Home Page

Discovery International-links



Fundamentals of oceanography website , links

Schedule for previous year (similar this year):

1. The origins of oceanography, Earth and its ocean, Appendices (Conversion factors, Useful data about Earth and its ocean, Presenting data, Careers in oceanography, Classification of marine organisms, People in oceanography, Geological time scale, Glossary). Lectures Week 1.

Captain Cook was a key figure in pioneering methods of navigation and survival for long sea voyages.

2. Lectures Week 2 cover plate tektonics and seawater properties.

3. Lectures Week 3 cover ocean sediments and the earth's atmosphere.

4. Lectures Week 4. Exam 1 is Tuesday 19 October 2004.

5. Lectures Week 5. Ocean currents and ocean waves this week.

6. Lectures Week 6. (plus review questions Exam 2) Guest Lecture Dr. Reinhard Flick of SIO Center for Coastal Studies, Thursday, Nov. 4.



7. Lectures Week 7. (Veteran's Day Holiday on Nov. 11, 2004) Exam 2 Tuesday, Nov. 9 (bring scantron form, #2 pencil, 1 page abstract of your term project).

8. Lectures Week 8. Chapters 13 and 14.

9. Lectures Week 9. Guest Lecture by Professor William Fenical of SIO on "Marine Drug Discovery" Tuesday Nov. 23. Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday, Nov. 25).

10. Oral presentations of term project talks all this week. Lectures Week 10.

11. Final Exam Tuesday December 7, 8-11.

Please bring one or two green 881-ES or 882-E scantron forms and a #2 pencil. The entire course will be covered, but emphasis will be on the Chapters not previously tested (13-15) plus guest and student presentations. Expect up to 100 questions.

Have a look at the Final Exam from STPA 35 in Fall 2001.


Exam 1

Exam 2