Phil Farquharson's Oceanography Teaching Page

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Physical Oceanography, Spring 2016
End of a very short era...
LJ Beach and Tennis Club

Things to ponder before taking an online class:

Syllabus and Schedule

Class Introductory PowerPoint:

SDCCD Blackboard login:
Click HERE (new window)

A video to explain how to get going in Blackboard.
Simply click HERE

Trujillo and Thurman, 11th Edition

Recommended textbook:
Essentials of Oceanography,
by Trujillo & Thurman, 11th Edition
ISBN-13 978-0-321-83405-0

REQUIRED: We used MODIFIED MasteringOceanography through Blackboard

DO NOT buy the Mastering code anywhere other than through the Miramar bookstore or Blackboard!!!

See info below...


  1. buy the eText, WITH the Mastering Code at the Miramar bookstore
  2. Buy Modified Mastering through Blackboard, with or without the eText
  3. buy a used copy of Essentials 11th Edition online (usual places) and buy your code alone or with e-Book through Blackboard

MyLab & Mastering Resources

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Get the Adobe Acrobat file reader here (for PDF files)


Ugly Word, Even Uglier Deed!!!
(read the syllabus!)

PowerPoint Presentations

San Diego by the Sea
Class Introductory PowerPoint:
Here's a link to the Chapter PowerPoints:
(opens in a new window)
Powerpoint Handouts, in Flash and outline (PDF) format
these are based on Trujillo & Thurman, 11th edition

Many animations, plus voice-overs! (10th edition of the text)
Click here (new window)

Catalog Description:

This course allows students to pursue an understanding of the major features and processes of the world's oceans. Students learn about the origin and history of ocean basins, atmospheric and ocean circulation, and the dynamics of waves, tides, and coastlines. They explore the oceans as a resource for people and analyze and evaluate human impacts on marine environments. Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU. CSU General Education. IGETC. UC Transfer Course List.


(Advisory) ENGL 049 and ENGL 048 and MATH 034A, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W5/R5/M20.


The Endless Voyage Video Series:
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea Writing Assignment (archive)

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

  • Read about SEAPLEX (Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition) Project HERE.
  • See the Scripps Exploration Magazine article HERE.
  • Oprah Shines Light on Great Pacific Garbage Patch: HERE new window)
  • Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic: HERE. new window)
(a life-changing book for me!)
How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science by Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano
Book's web site
Word ot the day: Nurdles! (look at the Videos)
Websites of some interesting oceans-related videos:

The Big Chill Homework Assignment (fall 2009)
A Few General Local References:
A Few General Oceanography Links:

Welcome !!!

Final Page update 7 June 2016