SO503 Spring 2015 Syllabus

Course home page Shows & Readings (USNA only)

We will use EOS as the source for many of the readings for the course, and this syllabus will be updated as the semester progresses. Some of the labs may be modified to relate to concepts in EOS.

Week Mon Wed Thur Deliverables Key concepts
1 1/5 1/7
Course Intro
1/8
Lab 1 starts
2 1/12

Lab 1 starts
1/14

Lab 1 starts
1/15
MatLab version of Lab 1
Lab 1 due in Dropbox by 1000 Thur
  • ASCII files, delimited and columns
  • Types on the computer
  • Filtering and smoothing
  • Trig on the computer
  • If-then-else
3 1/19 (but class on 1/20) 1/21 1/22
Anatomy of a Scientific Paper
  • Discuss the parts of a scientific paper
  • Discuss the citation style used in science, and the preponderance of journal articles in the references cited
  • Discuss the weaving of geology, biology, climatology, and GIS in this paper's tracing of past climates and snakehead distribution.
  • Paper analysis checklists
4 1/26
GIS version of Lab 1
1/28 1/29  Scientific societies
MatLab Wind
Lab 2 due in Dropbox by 1000 Mon
  • AGU
  • GSA
  • AMS
  • Discuss the role of scientific professional societies in holding meetings, publishing papers, and publishing newsletters.
  • Describe the funding of scientific research with grants, and the difference between "hard" and "soft" money.
  • Understand the role of "big science" versus individual research projects.
  • Know the major funding agencies for earth sciences: NSF and ONR, and the difference between NRL and ONR.
5 2/2 2/4
Lee Research (start 3rd)
2/5
Petruncio research (start 3rd)
Lab 3 due in Dropbox by 1000 Mon
X-week 6 2/9
Henderson research (start 3rd) then Swick
2/11
Exam 1
2/12
J.Smith research (start 3rd)

Matlab Cross Correlation
Lab 4 due in Dropbox by 1000 Mon
7 2/16 2/18 2/19
8 2/23 2/25 2/26
Lab 5 due in Dropbox by 1000 Wed
9 3/2
Ice Goat meets Moby Dick
3/4 3/5
10 3/9
Matlab and Lidar Point Clouds
3/11 3/12 Lab 6 due in Dropbox by 1000 Wed
Lab 7 due in Dropbox by 1200 Friday
Spring break 3/16 3/18 3/19
11 3/23 3/25 3/26
CTD station locations
Paper topic due by 1000 Thursday
X-week 12 3/30 4/1
3/2
CTD station extraction
13 4/6
Exam 2
4/8 4/9 Reference list, correctly formatted
14 4/13 4/15 (work on project) 4/16 (work on project)
15 4/20 4/22 4/23
16 4/27
Paper due
4/29
Last day classes
4/30 Paper
Exams 5/4 5/6 5/7