OCN 201L Science of the Sea Lab
Fall 2017 - M 2:00 - 5:00 pm - CRN 54455 - CR 1
University of Hawai'i Leeward CC

Instructor: Michael Lane
Office: MS 102
Phone Number: Leeward CC - 455-0502; Mobile - 782-6530
Email Address: mlane@hawaii.edu
Course Web Site: Lani Aina Kai - www.laniainakai.com
Office Hours:
Monday 11:50 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Wednesday 11:50 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 1:15 am - 2:15 pm
Friday 11:50 am - 2:00 pm
Textbook: Laboratory Exercises in Oceanography, Pipkin, B. et al., Third edition, 2002

11 laboratory exercises (100 pts each)
2 lab exams (200 pts each)

1100 pts
300 pts
400 pts
1800 pts
Course Description: An extension of the lecture course designed to introduce students to the basic techniques used in marine scientific study and to bring into sharp focus the principles learned in OCN 201. It may be taken either concurrently or separately after completion of OCN 201.
Grading Policies

Grades are earned based on the number of points accumulated by completing the laboratory exercises. Students must earn at least 1020 points to pass this course. If students have trouble completing the assignments, they should contact the instructor for advice.The instructor will assist students to select the appropriate mechanisms to help the students successfully earn credit for this course.

The laboratory exercises are due either at the end of the lab period or at the beginning of the next lab period, depending on the instructor's instruction.

Late work is not accepted.

Grading Scale: A - 100% => 90%
B - 89% => 80%
C - 79% => 70%
D - 69% => 60%
F - 59% => 0%
Laboratory Exercises:

Labs are exercises in observation, measurement, critical thinking, data collection, analysis, and problem solving. Students are required to complete one laboratory exercise each lab period. Most of the labs are conducted in the classroom, MS 102; however several labs are in the field. Travel time to and from the field locations are factored into the three hour lab period.

Inclement weather and other factors can cause a change in the lab location or topic, so check the course website often to obtain the latest class information.When in doubt, call or text the instructor's mobile phone number (782-6530) to see if the lab is postponed or moved.

Generally, labs are due at the beginning of the following lab period. During most labs, students can work in groups; however, some labs must be completed individually.

Makeup Labs:

To makeup a lab, students should contact the instructor the day of the missed lab to explain why the lab was missed. The makeup lab is due the following lab period, so the sooner the students contact the instructor, the more time will be available to complete the lab. The lab might be a take home assignment or the student might be required to complete the lab in MS 102. More often then not, the makeup lab will not be the same as the lab that was missed.

Makeup labs are worth 100 pts.


The presentation is an exercise in information searches, critical thinking, organization of material, and oral skills.

Each student will give a five-minute digital presentation about an oceanography topic.

The presentation is given using Keynote or PowerPoint. See the instructor if you are unfamiliar with either software. Students must submit a presentation topic by January 23 and conducting research on January 30. Students will submit a one-page draft outline on the presentation structure by February 13, and a one-page final outline on day of the presentation, either April 17 or 21.

Students must use at least three sources for their presentations and list the sources in their final presentation outline.

Lab Exams:

Lab exams are exercises designed to allow students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge of oceanographic processes. The exams consist of questions and activities from the previous labs. Questions will include obtaining data and information from graphs, tables, and maps, and solving math problems.

Lab exams are worth 100 points each.


To successfully complete the course, students should attend class regularly, participate in class discussions, check the course Web site regularly for information, and satisfactorily complete the mandatory assignments and exams. If students need help, they should contact the instructor. Students are expected follow the Board of Regents’ policy of academic dishonesty as stated on p. 171 of the current Leeward CC catalog.

Students should participate in classroom activities, pay attend during lecture, refrain from conversation that interferes with the learning of others, and respect the rights and dignity of fellow students. Discrimination based on gender, race, ethnic heritage, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of OCN 201, a student will be able to

  • explain and apply geological oceangraphy principles
  • explain and apply chemical oceangraphy principles
  • explain and apply physical oceangraphy principles
  • explain and apply biological oceangraphy principles
Students with Disabilites Statement:

Leeward Community College abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which stipulate that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education "solely by reason of a handicap." Students with documented disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of the Kako'o 'Ike (KI) program as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

The KI Office is located on the second floor of the Learning Commons building (to the right of the main Learning Commons entrance). Students may also contact the coordinator by phone at 455-0421.

Student Assessment Notification: With the goal of continuing to improve the quality of educational services offered to students, Leeward CC conducts assessments of student achievement of course, program, and institutional learning outcomes. Student work is used anonymously as the basis of these assessments, and the work you do in this course may be used in these assessment efforts.
Learning Resource Center:

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers free support for a wide range of Leeward CC content courses as well as computer skills support. Content tutors are fellow students who are available by appointment to help with course concepts and study strategies. For several science subjects, drop-in help is provided in science study areas. The LRC also offers online and phone tutoring and holds specialized workshops and group review sessions for some subjects.

For more information or to make an appointment, stop by the LRC on the second floor of the Learning Commons, call 455-0412, or visit the LRC website:

The Writing Center provides free writing support for Leeward CC students. The writing consultants are fellow students who are available--in person in the Writing Center, online via SKYPE, and by phone--to help with writing assignments for any Leeward CC class, scholarship essays, and college success skills (including time management, organization, note taking, and reading). They are available on both an appointment and drop-in basis.

For more information or to make an appointment, stop by the Writing Center located on the second floor of the Learning Commons; call 455-0409; or visit the Writing Center website:

Each website includes information about services for students and links to many online resources.

The Maka'ala Program:

It is desired that every student be successful at Leeward Community College. Therefore, if the instructor feels that you need extra support outside of the classroom in order to have a positive experience in class, the instructor will refer you to the College's Maka'ala Program to ensure that you have access to all of the resources you may need.

The Maka?ala Program is a campus-wide program that seeks to support to students early in the semester when they first begin experiencing difficulty in a class. If the instructor feels that you are having difficulty in class within the first 5 weeks of the semester, and working together to address your challenges shows that you would really benefit from being connected to resources outside of the classroom, the instructor will refer you to the program. Once referred, the Maka'ala Program will:

  • Send an email to your hawaii.edu account to let you know about my referral; and
  • Have a counselor follow up with you by phone or by email to find out what kinds of help you might need, to connect you with the necessary resources, and to help you devise a strategy for success.

The instructor will not refer you to the Maka'ala Program without telling you. However, if you are referred to the program, know that it has been done in an effort to connect you with all of the help you may need to do well this semester.

Maka'ala means "eyes that are awake,” and reminds us that it is the responsibility of everyone involved—instructors, support services AND students—to be alert, watchful and vigilant and to attend to students' success with “wide-open eyes.”

Title IX Statement:

The University of Hawaii is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect and is free of all forms of sex discrimination and gender-based violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these, the University has staff and resources on campus to support and assist you.  Staff can also direct you to resources that are in the community.

As a member of the University faculty, I am required to immediately report any incident of sex discrimination or gender-based violence to the campus Title IX Coordinator. Although the Title IX Coordinator and I cannot guarantee confidentiality, you will still have options about how your case will be handled.  My goal is to make sure you are aware of the range of options available to you and have access to the resources and support you need.

For more information regarding sex discrimination and gender-based violence, the University’s Title IX resources and the University’s Policy, Interim EP 1.204, go to: http://www.hawaii.edu/titleix.

Academic Dishonesty Policy:

Academic dishonesty cannot be condoned by the University. Such dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism (examples of which are given below), which violate the Student Conduct Code and could result in expulsion from the University.

Cheating includes but is not limited to giving unauthrized help during and examination, obtaining unauthorized infromation about an examination before it is administered, using inappropriate sources of information druing an examination, altering the record of any grades, altering answers after an examination has been submitted, falsifying any official University record, and misrepresenting the facts in order to obtain exemptions from course requirements.

Plagiarism includes but is not limited to submitting any document, to satisfy an academic requirment, that has been copied in whole or part from another individual's work without identifying that individual; neglecting to identify as a quotation a documented idea that has not been assimilated into the student's language and style, or paraphrasing a passage so closely that the readier is misled as to the source; submitting the same written or oral material n more than once course without obtaining autorization from the instructors involved' or dry-labbing, which includes (a) obtaining and usng experimental data from other students without the express consent of the instructor, (b) utilizing experimental data and laboratory write-ups form other sections of the course or from previous terms durng which the course was conducted, and (c) fabricating data to fit the expected results.

Fall 2017 OCN 201L Schedule
***Consult the Web site weekly as the schedule is subject to change on short notice***
Date Lecture Topic Exercise Location
August 21 Questions and Investigation In-class MS 102
  28 Scientific Research In-class MS 102
September 4 Holiday - Labor Day    
  11 Plate Tectonics In-class MS 102
  18 Presentation Research Information Search Internet/Library
  25 The Scientific Method: Isostasy In-class MS 102
October 2 Maps: Longitude and Latitude In-class MS 102
  9 Marine Sediments/Sea Floor In-class MS 102
  16 Mid-Term Exam Exam MS 102
  23 Seawater In-class MS 102
  30 Productivity In-class MS 102
November 6 Currents In-class MS 102
  13 Waves In-class MS 102
  20 Lab Final/Presentations Exam MS 102
  27 Lab Final/Presentations Exam MS 102
December 4 Tides In-class MS 102