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MSCI 210 - Oceans and Society

Class Session: Monday, June 25, 2018 - Thursday, July 12, 2018

Credit: 3 semester hours of undergraduate credit

Instructor: Virginia Shervette

Note: Sections for this course: JA1 (Aiken), JA2 (Beaufort), JA3 (Lancaster), JA4 (Salkehatchie), JA5 (Sumter), JA6 (Union), JA7 (Upstate), and JA8 (Columbia).


Course Description

A nontechnical introduction to human interactions with the marine environment: marine organisms, marine systems, and the physical and chemical characteristics of oceans and estuaries. Not available for marine science major credit.


General Information

Course will be delivered via the Web utilizing pre-recorded online lectures and Blackboard. The URL and passwords for lectures will be posted in Blackboard by the instructor. High-speed Internet access is required for Adobe Connect. Students will also be required to participate in Blackboard discussions.


Course Delivery Type

A Web course is taught using one or more web delivery platforms such as Blackboard, Streaming Video, Adobe Connect etc. Students must have access to a high-speed Internet connection. More information will be provided by the instructor in the course syllabus.

(100% asynchronous - if course has any online or face-to-face meetings, live attendance will not be required. For any such sessions, there will be alternative ways to view or obtain the material covered).


Course Materials

Textbooks are available from the USC University Bookstore in the Russell House Student Union, Greene Street, Columbia, SC, 803-777-4160 (toll free at 888-654-5320). Online text ordering is available through the bookstore Web site at www.shopgamecocks.com. Delivery options are in-store pickup or UPS shipping (Ground, Second Day, or Next Day). Students are required to indicate their course section to order online; there will be a "J" prefix on the course SECTION number for this course. Contact the bookstore for questions about the online ordering system.


Syllabus Information

Enrolled students will be able to view in Blackboard.


Assignment Information

Enrolled students will be able to view in Blackboard.


Information is accurate as of August 16, 2018, 7:56 am (Subject to change)

Special Fee Notification

Students may be required to be proctored during online test completion. If students are unable to attend test proctoring sessions in person at the Distributed Learning office, additional fees may apply for online test proctoring if the course requires online testing.



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