WVC Logo Introduction to Oceanography Ocean 10: 4 units Lecture/Lab

General Information

Professor Robert Lopez
Email: robert_lopez@westvalley.edu, office SM47A Office Hours

Course Syllabus, Fall 2006 and Schedule  
Welcome to Oceanography.  This is a four-unit lecture / lab course in oceanography designed to introduce you to the world ocean, both the living sea and the physical-chemical sea.  This course fulfills the GE natural sciences lecture/lab requirements and is transferable to UC and CSU. 

Lecture Text: Garrison, T, Essentials of Oceanography,4th Edition: Brooks/Cole, 2006.

Companion Website: http://www.brookscole.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&product_isbn_issn=0534408877&discipline_number=30 

Lab Text: Lopez, R., Ocean 10 Laboratory Exercises, Spring 2006.  

I will hand out the weekly lab exercises. Questionnaires (Pre-labs) for each lab must be submitted at the beginning of lab session.
PowerPoint Lecture Series:
Ocean Intro: Lecture 1
Origins: Lecture 2
Margins and Basins: Lecture 3
Plate Tectonics: Lecture 4
Ocean Sediment: Lecture 5
Minerals and Igneous Rocks: Lecture 6
Seawater: Lecture 7
Coasts: Lecture 8
Life in the Sea: Lecture 9
Intertidal: Lecture 10
Waves: Lecture 11
Tides: Lecture 12
Atmosphere and Ocean Circulation: Lecture 13
Origins: Lecture 14

Field Trip Status: Field trips for Spring 2006.

Greyhound Rock Beach

This field trip is our extra credit trip. Go to the link http://www.beachcalifornia.com/greyh.html

Here are directions to Greyhound rock which is north of Santa Cruz (just north of Davenport) near Waddell Beach. We will meet at 10 AM and spend about 2 to three hours at the park.

Natural Bridges Field Trip

This trip to UC Santa Cruz's Long Marine Lab and to the Natural Bridges tide pools.  The trip is mandatory (100 pts) and will be on Saturday, November 4 from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM.  There is no cost for this trip.  Low Tide:  Saturday, November 4; -0.4 ft. at 3:35 PM; Meet at back entrance to Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz.

DOWNLOAD THE Natural Bridges Field Trip Worksheet 

Some interesting links to lecture topics
To view a full streamed video lesson of the Ocean World that includes some topics covered in the first two weeks fo class go to:

Water Planet and Origins Click Here You must have Windows Media Player installed on your system and a fast Internet connection.

Other Links:
Link to World Oceans - Lecture 1
Link to JFK and the Sea - Lecture 2
One reason why oceans are important

Study Question Homework Assignments
Ocean World, Voyaging
Latitude, Longitude, Charts
Continental Margins and Ocean Basins
Minerals, Igneous Rocks, Ocean Sediment
Water Properties

Diversity of Life
Life in the Sea
Intertidal Community

EXAM IV: Final Exam
Atmosphere and Ocean Circulation
Uses and Abuses of Ocean

page modified by: Robert Lopez
last revised November 14, 2006