UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

COURSE PROPOSALS

Form NC:

New Course Proposal

FORM NC

(2/00)

Discipline:

Geology

Form NC #:

3

Date:

9/14/00

 

I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Geol 1012f. Oceanography. (Sci; 4 cr.; may not count toward geol major or minor, not offered 2002-2003)

Physiography and geological evolution of ocean basins; marine sedimentation; coastal processes and environments; chemical evolution, and chemical and physical properties of seawater; ocean-atmosphere interactions; deep-ocean circulation; waves and tides; marine ecosystems. (4 hrs lecture)

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Oceanography was a major (and popular) component of the earth science course that was formerly taught here at UMM. The earth science course was also a requirement for those going on to teach that subject in secondary education. Thus this offering will appeal to students who are preparing to be teachers and seek to gain a broader training in the sciences. This course will also benefit those who wish to acquire a specific teaching minor in the earth sciences. Finally this course will add to the breadth of non-laboratory science courses offered to fulfill General Education Requirements in the Physical and Biological Sciences.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2001

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Keith A. Brugger

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)

No

To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?

None

Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):

Lecture

Course requires:(check all that apply):

 

Laboratory sections

 

Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

The specific goals of this course are to introduce students to basic concepts in oceanography as outlined in the course description, as well as gain an appreciation for a physical environment that comprises 70% of the Earth’s surface and greatly influences global systems (e.g. weather and climate). The overarching goal is to use the subject matter to illustrate how the scientific method can be used as a mean to understanding the natural world.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

Success in achieving these goals will be assessed by exams and problem sets.

Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):

 

Date

Step #

X

09/18/00

1)

Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)

X

9/28/00

2)

Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)

 

 

3)

Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)

 

 

4)

Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)