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 Course Title:   Life in the Sea

 Title Abbreviation:   LIFE IN THE SEA

 Department:    BIOL

 Course #:    190

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    260607

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013


 Course Description  

Introduction to the organisms in the sea with special emphasis on intertidal life of our area. Non-major, general interest. Field trip required.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 0
U of W Ocean 101
WSU Bisc LXX
WWU WWU 1XX

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the common tide pool organisims of Puget Sound and recognize the ecological relationships amoung marine organisms and their physical environment.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.4 Use scientific concepts and principles to understand the natural world, human behavior and culture, and relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. The classification of the living world with special consideration of marine organisms.
  2. General characteristics of the phyla and classes as represented in the ocean.
  3. Acquaintance with the common sea weeds and animals of the Pacific Northwest seashore.
  4. Introduction to the effects of tides and currents on marine organisms.
  5. General overview of the marine plankton. A laboratory experience in the recognition of common organisms.
  6. The process of photosynthesis and its relationship to the oceanic food web.
  7. An introduction to the physiology of organisms as it pertains to environmental ecology.
  8. Consideration of cultural perspectives on the marine organisms used by humans.