Spring semester courses
Mai ke kai, mai ke ola - Living resources of the sea (OCN331)
Philosophy: Our goal is to have a class open to students from a diversity of backgrounds that will provide them with a basic understanding of marine resource use, an issue affecting all of us.
Aquatic Pollution (OCN320 WI)
Philosophy: Empower ourselves to make informed decisions regarding future environmental issues.
Student Learning Objectives:
- Describe the important and diverse ways in which water systems interact with human activities.
- Recognize the fragility of Earth’s water systems and describe the challenges to balancing pristine ‘natural’ aquatic systems and human activities.
- Describe key ‘natural’ aquatic components and processes and the effects of human activity on these natural systems.
- Identify the compromises society must make between protecting natural systems and providing for the vital needs of growing populations.
- Distinguish science writing from scientific writing and formulate examples of each.
- Distinguish between primary and secondary sources and recognize that students are writing as secondary sources.
- Interpret scientific data (figures, tables) relating to water quality and critically evaluate the validity of such data.
- Apply federal, state, local laws to issues of water quality and water usage.
- Recommend course of action in venues where public opinion is being solicited by the government.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to explain how marine food web processes function to produce commercially important fisheries in various oceanic realms, and discuss reasons for limitations to fisheries catches.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast terrestrial and marine living resource management.
- Students should be able to integrate and frame the impact of indigenous fishery practices and the evolution of fishery technology to various commercially important fisheries throughout the world.
- Students will be able to discuss the basic principles of fisheries management, and deduce the practical and theoretical problems in their application.
- Students will be able to make links between the changing importance of aquaculture globally in supplying seafood to an increasing demand.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast the histories of fisheries and aquaculture in Hawaii, the Pacific Rim, and globally.
- Students will be able to estimate anthropogenic influences on the ocean such as climate change and pollution affecting fisheries.