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MASC101 Marine Environment

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Course information #

Introduction to marine sciences emphasizing physical, chemical, biological, and geological phenomenon in oceanic and coastal environments. Human use of, and impact on, marine resources.

Schedule #

Days of lesson: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

Time Slot: 09:30 - 10:45

I took this course during Spring 2022 under Prof. Harvey Seim.

Course breakdown #

The breakdown of the course is as follows:

  1. Attendance 5%
  2. Homework 15%
  3. Mid-Term Exams 40%
  4. Cumulative Final Exams 40%

Prerequisites #

There are no prerequisites for this course

Course details #

The course consists of the following topics.

  1. The Ocean Planet
  2. Plate Tectonics
  3. Water & Seawater
  4. The Atmosphere
  5. Ocean Circulation
  6. Waves
  7. Tides
  8. Coasts
  9. Life in the Ocean
  10. Coastal Ocean and Estuaries
  11. Marine Ecology

Assignments #

The homework is doable. Usually the front few questions are available from the slides (either the images / text). The final question usually involves a little bit more thinking and inference from the textbook / slides.

Ratings #

Workload 3/10 (Low Workload) #

The workload for this course is on the lighter side.

My main strategy for studying for this course is to be present for all the lectures and listening actively. Watching Crash Course Geography also contributed greatly to my understanding of the module.

Before taking any of the exams, practicing the study guides really help as exam questions are very similar to the ones in the study guide.

Organization 7/10 #

The module is relatively well structured. Each lecture is somewhat related to all the previous topics and follows a sensible ordering.

Learning 8/10 #

The Professor made the lectures very fun and I really enjoyed learning the content. His enthusiasm make the lecture content much more interesting.

Enjoyment 7/10 #

I really enjoyed the course and felt that I have learnt a lot from it. The content is very interesting and I learnt a lot more than what I expected when I first enrolled into the course.

Usefulness 3/10 #

As a computer science major, the contents of this course was not very useful to me.

Overall 7/10 #

Actual grade: A-

  1. MASC101 on Coursicle
  2. Midterms Study Guide
  3. Finals Study Guide
  4. Introduction To Ocean Sciences
  5. Introduction to Ocean Sciences 4th Edition
  6. Crash Course Geography