Oceanography A

Enrollment Message:

Student access to YouTube is required for this course.

This is semester one of a two-semester course in Oceanography. Students receive an introduction to oceanography including the history of marine science, a discussion of the origin of life (including the Big Bang Theory) and its connection to the ocean, an exploration of the energy of life, and an introduction to ocean life including simple life, invertebrates, and vertebrates. Students explore these topics through a variety of content including an etextbook, videos, and interactives. Each lesson includes a quiz or assignment and each unit culminates in a unit project and unit test. Through the lesson assignments and unit projects, students will demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways including presentations, creative projects, hands-on activities, writing and more. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to do the following:

• Understand and explain how scientists conduct research

• Explain why ocean exploration is necessary and important

• Explain the effects specific organisms have on oceanic ecosystems

• Recognize and understand the reasoning behind how scientists classify organisms

• Differentiate the characteristics of vertebrates and invertebrates

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Introduction to Marine Science

Unit 2: History of Marine Science

Unit 3: Origin of Life

Unit 4: Energy of Life

Unit 5: Simple Life

Unit 6: Invertebrates A

Unit 7: Invertebrates B

Unit 8: Vertebrates

Resources Included: Course eTextbook included: Life on an Ocean Planet. Current Publishing Corp. ISBN# 978-1-878663-34-4. Also includes ExploreLearning Gizmos, BrainPop videos, and Discovery Streaming videos.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/
Students must also have access to YouTube.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: N/A


School Level: High School
Standards: Next Generation Science Standards
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Blackboard
NCES Code: 03005
MDE Endorsement Code: DH - Earth/Space Science
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: (19-20) Trimester 3

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus