Honors Marine Science
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Extra Help is available most mornings from 7:15 to 7:45, or afternoons by appointment
Marine science is designed to give a challenging and in-depth study of marine biology, marine ecology and the impact of humans on the marine environment.
Prerequisites include: Biology 1 Honors/CDM, Earth Science Honors and a Physical Science Course
- Develop the understanding and knowledge of the nature of science, its unifying concepts and connections to other disciplines
- Develop natural curiosity and inquiry skills
- Develop critical thinking and communication skills
- Develop the ability to reflect on personal learning experiences and assess development as a learner
- Demonstrate advanced proficiency and concept mastery of marine science topics
- Develop global content knowledge and skills necessary for successful completion of college and university work
These will be achieved through:
- Displaying a constructive and optimistic learning attitude
- Continuous collaboration with students and teacher
- Daily participation in classroom discussions and activities
- Designing and completing laboratory investigations and dissections and research projects that address ocean literacy questions and concepts
- Reading analyzing and reporting on key scientific discoveries and recent research in science
- Work to accomplish the expectations listed above
- Have a positive attitude
- Participate in discussions
- Come prepared for class, labs, tests, and activities
- Use and develop critical thinking and analytical skills
- Have high expectations of me! If I am doing something that does not help you learn, talk to me about it!
- Make learning your responsibility – I cannot force you to learn but I can help you with the content of this course.
I will do my best to provide a positive environment so that you can be successful and learn. I am excited to begin this learning experience with you!
** Subject to change as needed to accommodate every learner
Overview, history, geology, chemistry, and physics of marine science
Bacteria and plankton; plants and seaweed
Marine invertebrate zoology
Fish part I and part II
Marine reptiles, birds, and mammals
Marine mammals (continued)
Coral reef ecology
Review and final exam
Each graded assignment will have a specific point value (for example, a 100 question test might be worth 100 points or a 30 question quiz might be worth 50 points). To calculate your grade on the assignment you would do the following:
Total points earned / total points possible = Your Grade
** No credit will be given for plagiarism (school policy will be followed), shared work, or assisting others in completing individual assignments.
To help prevent plagiarism work will be completed in a variety of ways and submitted in a variety of ways as well.
When a student has a lawful absence, per MRSH policy, two days will be allowed for each day absent, for students to have ample time to make up missed work. The student is responsible for obtaining those missed assignments. If you do not make arrangements to make up work, no credit will be given for those assignments.
Late work will be accepted with a 20% deduction for the first day and 10% deduction for each day thereafter. It is important to me that you are learning the material, but it is equally important that you demonstrate responsibility and complete and return the assignments.
- Be in class on time, with materials needed and ready to learn when the bell rings
- Raise a hand when you want to make a comment or ask a question
- Do not interrupt others while they are learning
- Follow all verbal, written, and laboratory instructions
- Follow school rules, regulations, and policies of MRHS and UCPS
- Not following these rules will result in a warning, and if behavior continues, parents will be notified and consequences as set by the school will occur
- No food or drink in the laboratory area
- Closed toe shoes must be worn during certain lab activities. This will be communicated in advance.
- Long hair, ties, loose clothing must be tied back or secured while working in the lab. Any loose jewelry must be removed.
- Always read labels and directions before using any items in the lab. If labels or directions are unclear or confusing, ask!
- Always wear safety goggles, lab aprons and gloves when necessary in the lab. 10 points will be deducted from your grade each time you are not wearing your safety equipment.
- Always clean your work area and wash your hands when the lab is complete. 20 points will be deducted for failure to do this.
Material needed for this class:
- Pens/pencils, paper and Chromebook
- A notebook or three ring binder to hold notes and classwork/papers
- Gloves for dissecting (specimens are preserved in Carosafer solution)—choose gloves made without latex
- Wish list --- Tissues, wet ones or wipes for lab tables after labs
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