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St. Philip's College · - · GEOL-Geology

Oceanography
GEOL-1345

  • Full Term Fall 2022
  • Section 002.24923
  • 3-3-0 Credits
  • 08/22/2022 to 12/10/2022
  • Modified 08/21/2022

Meeting Times

 

This is an online course.    The course description (Modules) are in the Canvas shell of the course.  Most assignments, homework, and most of the Fast Tests (quizzes) will be posted in MasteringOceanography.

Visit the Canvas shell at least twice a week;  Announcements in Canvas will communicate any changes to tentative schedule (below), as well as important dates.

**NOTE** If you are new to online classes, you are REQUIRED to take the St. Philip’s College Orientation to Online Learning course, OLRN 0001. The course will familiarize you with Canvas and provide helpful tips on being a successful online learner. Register for the free OLRN course the same way as any other course. See http://www.alamo.edu/spc/distance-learning/ or call 210-486-2239 for more information.

Contact Information

Instructor:  Robert L. Meeks  ([email protected])

Your e-mail will usually be answered within 48 hours.

Department: Natural Sciences

Location:
MLK Campus
Science Bldg (SCI) 206

 

http://www.alamo.edu/spc/natural-sciences/

Materials

Please DO NOT BUY THE BOOK. The electronic textbook and the student access code for this class has already been paid for as part of your Instructional Materials Charge.

Description

This course is an introduction to the basic biological, chemical, geological, hydrological, and physical features and processes of the oceans, including origin, evolution, uses, and resources. Some laboratory experiences may be included. This course fulfills the Life and Physical Sciences foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Empirical Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.

Prerequisite(s)

INRW 0420

MATH 0410

Outcomes

1 Through collaboration, research and/or written/oral communication, student will demonstrate an understanding of Earth's oceans to include types of organisms, their adaptations, and ecological niches.

2 Students will interpret Earth's Oceans using scientific method-based research.

3 Students will disseminate their knowledge of the oceans salinity, temperatures, circulation patterns, waves, and the ocean floor in written and/or oral communication.

4 Students will work together to demonstrate their knowledge of the Oceans resources and the problems that the oceans face.

Evaluation

Grading:

                           20% Module Quiz Averages

                           40% Chapter Homework (from Pearson:  Mastering Oceanography)

                           20% Discussions

                           20% Final Exam

  • Module Quiz:  Averages will be the average of the Module Quizzes in Pearson: Mastering Oceanography
  • Chapter Homework: From Pearson: Mastering Oceanography (you must go into Pearson to complete the work) - notice it is 40% of your grade and not optional.
  • Discussion: Module Class Discussions assigned and submitted in CANVAS
  • Final Exam: Comprehensive from all material in the course Module Quizzes  Completed online in Pearson: Mastering Geology
  • NO "extra work" given.

Letter Grade Equivalents:

  • A:  90-100
  • B:  80-89
  • C:  70-79
  • D:  60-69
  • F:  Below 60  

Course Policies

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Attendance

SmartStart. Student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets, and students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting or contact the instructor will be dropped. Students should verify the drop is completed

For fully online courses, an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day.

******A student who fails to check into class with their introduction and register in Pearson:  Mastering Geology/MyLab by 11:59pm cst the third day of class, will be dropped. 

Class Attendance

You must receive the professor's permission for absences from class.  If you MUST be absent you MUST contact the professor with the request for an absence.  Failure to do this may cause a loss of grade or being dropped from the course.  Not having internet service or computer issues are NOT excused absences.

Attendance is measured by your time-online each week, not missing any assignment due dates, discussions completed on time, and quizzes completed on time.  Course instructors may drop a student for excessive absences or for online classes non-participation as defined by assigned work not being turned in during the course of a week. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences.

Student Commitment to Success

You must agree to the Student Commitment to Success document assignment the first week of class and agree to do each of the items listed.

Pearson Mastering Geology

You must register in Pearson Mastering Geology by the end of the second day of school.

College Policies

Students are expected to abide by the policies, procedures, and rules set by the college.  See the Discipline area in the St. Philip’s College Bulletin for full explanation of all policies

IMPORTANT:    Flexibility is one key to learning.  The instructor reserves the right to modify or change the assignments, sequence of assignments, or weight of assignments as necessary and as reflected by the needs of individuals or the group during the semester. This course outline represents a tentative listing of information and modifications may be assigned as necessary and appropriate. If you are not in class, you may miss important information that directly affects your grade!

Professionalism:

An important part of this course is the growth students make toward becoming professional in whatever field they are moving.  Students are expected to submit work that represents their best effort.  All work submitted must be edited for grammar, spelling and correct sentence structure. 

Late Work:

  • Submit all assignments complete, according to instructions, and by date due. Only with prior consent of instructor will an assignment be accepted after that time.
  • Papers, exams or projects that are late due to severe illness or personal emergency are accepted without deduction of points, but only when adequate documentation and approval of instructor are provided. However, papers or projects submitted more than 3 days after the due date will not be accepted, regardless if excused absence

Class Participation, Recitation, and Submission of answers for questions:

An important requirement of this course is active class participation.  It is expected that you will be prepared for each interaction.  Throughout the semester you may be working in some groups to complete certain assignments. 

It is expected that each participant in a group contribute equally to the success of the group.    Below please observe a rubric that will be used to assist in grading this part of the course along with answering quiz questions.

 

 Online Discussions Rubric Criteria

Total points

Half points

0 points

Development of ideas

Well-developed ideas; introduces new ideas; stimulates discussion

Developing ideas; sometimes stimulates discussion

Did not enter the discussion/questions

Evidence of critical thinking

Clear evidence of critical thinking (application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Postings demonstrate

clarity of argument, depth of insight into theoretical issues, originality of treatment, relevancy, and sometimes included unusual insights and flashes of excellence. Arguments are well supported.

Some evidence of critical thinking. Postings tend to address peripheral issues. Generally accurate, but could be improved with more analysis and creative thought. Tendency to recite facts rather than address issues.

Did not enter the discussion/questions

 

 Guidelines for Posting Assignments

  1. Postings should be a minimum length of 250 words per response not yes or no.
  2. Postings should be submitted according to the guidelines in the course syllabus.
  3. Avoid posting that are limited to “I agree” or “great idea.” If you agree (or disagree) with a posting, explain why by supporting your statement with concepts from your readings or by bringing in a related example, experience, and web source to support your position.
  4. Address the questions as much as possible (avoid straying from the question).
  5. Use proper etiquette. Please refer to “Netiquette,” the do’s and do not do's of online communication as soon as possible. Netiquette covers both common courtesy online and the informal “rules of the road” of cyberspace http://www.albion.com/netiquette
  6. Postings should be as grammatically free of errors as possible. One way to avoid misspelled words is to first type your comments in a word processing format, then cut and paste to the discussion board.

Guidelines for Responses

  1. Posting should be substantively related to and reinforces the discussion question, text, and course readings.
  2. Posting should be thought provoking, challenging, and reflective.
  3. Posting should be submitted according to the deadlines in the course schedule.
  4. Posting should be grammatically correct: language clear, concise, and easy to follow with few to no typos.
  5. Posting should be supportive to the ideas of other learners

Students Must:

  1. Complete and submit all assignments on time.
  2. Must be prepared for all tests and quizzes. Students are expected to spend at least 10 hours a week working on course work.  You MUST be consistent in the timing of your work and not wait until the last minute to finish the assignments. (Please remember that computers sometimes have problems)
  3. In case of unavoidable absences from class the instructor MUST be notified immediately.
  4. Must check daily for class information
  5. Are expected conform to all dates
  6. Have dependable Internet access (you may use the computer labs of library)
  7. May ask questions at any time information is needed from professor
  8. MUST have technology available that is able to interact with this course.  Technology problems are not an excuse for not submitting work on time.

 

Schedule

GEOL 1345

OCEANOGRAPHY

SCHEDULE

FALL, 2022

Week

Chapter/Topics Assignments

Homework includes: Mastering Homework (HW), Videos,

PowerPoints : LISTED ON CANVAS MODULES

1 8/22/2022

Introduction to the class due 8/28/2022 11:00pm CST

0.1. Introduction to Mastering Oceanography

2 8/29/2022

Chapter 1

Introduction to Planet Earth

1.1. Read: Chapter 1: Introduction to Planet Earth

1.2. Complete: Chapter 1 Assigned Homework and RQ from Pearson Mastering

Due 9/4/2022 by 11:00pm CST

3 9/5/2022

Chapter 2

Plate Tectonics and the Ocean

Floor

2.1. Read: Chapter 2: Plate Tectonics and the Ocean Floor

2.2. Complete: Chapter 2 Assigned Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

Due 9/11/2022 by 11:00pm CST

4 9/12/2022

Chapter 3

Marine Provinces

3.1. Read: Chapter 3: Marine Provinces

3.2. Complete: Chapter 3 Assigned Homework and RQ from Pearson Mastering

3.3. Complete #1 Discussion

3.4 Quiz 1 Chapters 1/2/3

Due 9/18/2022 by 11:00pm CST

5 9/19/2022

Chapter 4

Marine Sediments

4.1. Read: Chapter 4: Marine Sediments

4.2. Complete: Chapter 4 Assigned Homework from and RQ Pearson Mastering

6 9/26/2022

Chapter 5

Water and Seawater

5.1. Read: Chapter 5: Water and Seawater

5.2. Complete: Chapter 5 Assigned Homework from and RQ Pearson

Mastering

7 10/3/2022

Chapter 6

Air-Sea Interaction

6.1. Read: Chapter 6: Air-Sea Interaction

6.2. Complete: Chapter 6 Assigned Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

6.3. Complete #2 Discussion

6.4 Quiz 2 Chapters 4/5/6

Due: 10/9/2022 by 11:00pm CST

8 10/10/2022

CHAPTER 7

Ocean Circulation

7.1. Read: Chapter 7: Ocean Circulation

7.2. Complete: Chapter 7 Assigned Homework and RQ from Pearson Mastering

9 10/17/2022

Chapter 8

Waves and Water Dynamics

8.1. Read Chapter 8: Waves and Water Dynamics

8.2. Complete: Chapter 8 Homework and RQ from Pearson Mastering

10

10/24/22

Chapter 9

Tides

9.1. Read Chapter 9: Tides

9.2. Complete Assigned Chapter 9 Homework and RQ from Pearson Mastering

9.3. Complete #3 Discussion

9.4. Quiz 3 Chapters 7/8/9

Due 11/30/2022 By 11:00 CST

11 10/31/2022

Chapter 10

The Coast: Beaches and

Shoreline Processes

10.1. Read Chapter 10: The Coast: Beaches and Shoreline Processes

10.2. Complete Assigned Chapter 10 Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

12 11/7/2022

Chapter 11

The Costal Ocean

11.1. Read: Chapter 11: The Costal Ocean

11.2. Complete Assigned Chapter 11 Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

13

11/14/2022

Chapter 12

Marine Life and Marine

Environment

12.1. Read: Chapter 12: Marine Life and Marine Environment

12.2. Complete Assigned Chapter 12 Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

12.3. Complete #4 Discussion

***Quiz 4 Chapters 10/11/12

Due: 11/20/2022 by 11:00pm CST

14 11/21/2022: Thanksgiving

Chapter 13

Biological Productivity and

Energy Transfer

13.1. Read: Chapter 13: Biological Productivity and Energy Transfer

13.2. Complete Assigned Chapter 13 Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

15

11/28/2022

Chapter 14

Animals of the Pelagic

Environment

Chapter 15

Animals of the Benthic

Environment

14.1. Read: Chapter 14: Animals of the Pelagic Environment

14.2. Complete Assigned Chapter 14 Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

15.1. Read: Chapter 15: Animals of the Benthic Environment

15.2. Complete Assigned Chapter 15 Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

16

12/5/22

Chapter 16: The Oceans and

Climate Change

16.1. Read: Chapter 16: The Oceans and Climate Change

16.2. Complete Assigned Chapter 16 Homework and RQ from Pearson

Mastering

16.3. Complete #5 Discussion

*16.4. Quiz 5 Chapters 13/14/15/16

Due 12/10/2022 by 11:00pm CST

ONLINE FINAL

FINAL EXAM: AVAILABLE 12/05/21

DUE BY: 12/10/22: 11:00pm CST

Additional Items

Prompt Response to Student Communication

Instructors endeavor to respond to student contact promptly. This will usually be within two business days. Extenuating circumstances, such as the instructor falling ill, may delay this ideal response time. Students are advised to provide appropriate subject lines in emails, and leave clear voice messages with return number and call-back instructions.

Commitment to Timely Grading

Instructors are committed to providing prompt feedback to submitted work. It is expected that instructors will provide this feedback within one week of the student's submission. This time-frame may be minimally delayed where extenuating circumstances prevent an instructor from meeting this commitment, or class submissions or assignment design are such that a delayed response is favorable.

Religious Holy Days

Students who will be observing religious holy days during the time-frame for this course, should be aware of their rights and obligations. It is the student's responsibility to notify their instructor of their religious holy day commitments, and the instructor's responsibility to provide opportunities for work to be completed. Students need to contact the instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements. Students should consult the handbook for specific rights and obligations. The handbook can be found by visiting the SPC homepage (http://alamo.edu/spc), and searching for "student handbook".

Academic Calendar and Important Dates

It is the student's responsibility to make themselves aware of pertinent dates. Please visit http://alamo.edu/spc and enter "academic calendar" in the search bar. Select the relevant semester time-frame for a list of all pertinent dates. 

Course Withdrawal

View the Academic Calendar for your semester. Please note the "Census Date" (drop date without academic penalty) and "Last Date to Withdraw" (incurs a "W" on transcript). See Registration in ACES  for the link to withdraw, and discuss the drop with your adviser to ensure correct completion. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the drop, and to discuss this with their adviser. The dates provided in the academic calendar are the absolute cut-off time frames, regardless if a student attempts to process a withdrawal outside of the Academic Calendar dates.

Technology

“The St. Philip’s College Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Department offers equipment loans, such as laptops and Internet hotspots, to actively enrolled St. Philip’s College students who meet eligibility requirements.  Requests are recommended at least 24 hours in advance, although we recommend a minimum of 48 hours. Equipment loans are done on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified students. To ensure the availability of equipment, you should make your request as early as possible.
 
 
Request a laptop or hotspot now - https://spclfapp.alamo.edu/Forms/SLPRF
 

 

Institutional Policies

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

A. Attendance:

SmartStart (Alamo Colleges Procedure F.6.1.1)

Students absences will be recorded from the first day a synchronous class meets (face-to-face/remote). Students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting or contact the instructor will be dropped. For fully online courses (asynchronous), an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day. It is a student's responsibility to verify the drop is completed.

For fully online courses, an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day.

Excessive Absence/Process

Excessive absences can result in an instructor dropping you from a class. If you stop attending class for any reason you should contact the instructor and the Admissions and Records/Enrollment Services office to officially withdraw from the class. If you are not dropped from the course or you have reached the six-drop rule you will receive the grade earned in that class.

Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the Internet, online activities that constitute “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors may drop a student for excessive absences or, in the case of an online class, non-participation as defined by assigned work not being turned in during the course of a week. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.


In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced, but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor as soon as possible. To officially withdraw from the class, a withdrawal request must be submitted in ACES via the “student course withdrawal” link. Contact your instructor, advisor, or the Admissions and Records office if guidance is needed.


Failure to officially withdraw from a class may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a “student course withdrawal” request in ACES.

B. Early Alert and Intervention (Alamo Colleges Procedure F.6.1.1)

Early Alert and Intervention

Your academic success is important to your instructors. If instructors notice that you are experiencing academic difficulties early in the term, they may send an email to your ACES account that will advise you about ways to address those difficulties. It is very important that you promptly respond to any Early Intervention communication. Your success depends on it. 

Six Drop Rule

Students are limited to a total of six (6) course drops during their undergraduate career, including a course(s) dropped at another institution as defined in the Texas Education Code, Title 3, Subtitle A, Chapter 51, § 51.907. A dropped course is defined as a course in which an undergraduate student at an institution of higher education has enrolled for credit but did not complete.

Carefully consider the number of courses to take and the time commitment required to be successful. Students with a cumulative total of six (6) drops may not drop the seventh course or any additional courses. Students will be awarded the grade earned at the end of the semester. A waiver may be available for the seventh or additional course(s) through the Admissions/Enrollment Services office.  Contact information can be found in the left-hand navigation bar under “Contact Information and Hours.”

 Repeating a Course (3-Peat)

The Alamo Colleges District will charge a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time for a college-level course. The State will no longer subsidize a student’s enrollment for the third or subsequent attempt. You should meet with an advisor to determine if you are repeating a course for the third time.

Excess Credit Rule

Texas Education Code, Title 3, Subtitle A, Chapter 54, Subchapter A, §54.014 allows public institutions of higher education to charge a higher rate of tuition to students that exceed the bachelor degree requirements by more than 30 hours. While this law only applies to senior institutions and not to community colleges, the Alamo Colleges District wants you to be aware of the impact on your cost of education. Early and regular advising is critical to ensure that you stay on track.

C. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges District learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.
In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges District provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

a. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
b. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
c. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by the stated deadlines;
d. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
e. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

a. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
b. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
c. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and for requests of assistance;
d. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
e. Check the Alamo Colleges District’s Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
f. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

a. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
b. Read and follow all syllabi;
c. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
d. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
e. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
f. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
g. Devote sufficient time for studying;
h. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
i. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
j. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
k. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

a. Update degree/certificate major selection and ensure that the contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact in ACES is accurate on a regular basis;
b. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
c. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
d. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
e. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
f. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
g. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).


D. Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner. If your course uses Instructional Materials Direct (IMD) or Open Educational Resources (OER), please do not buy textbook. The Instructional Materials (IM) charge will appear on your Tuition and Fees balance.

E. Licensed Concealed Campus Carry G.1.4.5 (Procedure) Rules Limiting Licensed Concealed Carry of Handguns

No open carry of firearms is allowed on all property owned, controlled, or leased by the College District, including vehicles operated by the Alamo Colleges District. Concealed carry of a handgun by persons licensed to carry may not be restricted except in locations signed as prohibited areas.

  • Special testing locations requiring a complete surrender of personal effects during testing will be signed as prohibited areas.
    • Persons may be required to place their purse, backpack or briefcase away from their person, but within their view during tests at the direction of their instructor or test administrator.
    • License holders carrying on campus intending to access prohibited areas must leave their weapons locked in their vehicles. College lockers are not authorized for storage of handguns by license holders.


Disciplinary Sanctions

Open carry, intentional display, unlicensed carry, and carry in spite of signed prohibition are subject to employee and student discipline, as well as possible prosecution. Unintentional display of a weapon by a license holder must be avoided. Police will exercise enforcement at their discretion.
If you see a person openly carrying or deliberately displaying a firearm:
         • Call the Alamo Colleges District Police 210-485-0911.
         • Do not confront the person or ask if the person has a permit.

F. Title IX policy

Information and policy regarding Title IX, Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation can be found in Board Policy H.1.2.

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS:
While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation will be given a grade of a "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades

The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.” Students may be required to sign an agreement outlining the requirements to satisfactorily complete the course.

 

College Priorities

A Personal Mission Statement is critical to your success as a student at St. Philip's College. The development of your mission statement will assist you in identifying your skills, abilities, and interests and how they relate to your values and principles toward the career you wish to pursue.

Once your Mission Statement is completed, access your ACES portal and schedule an appointment with your advisor.

 

Expectations in Remote Learning Courses

Remote Courses refer to Face-to-Face courses that are delivered via the internet.  A Remote Course requires attendance meetings on the day and time of the scheduled class session.  Virtual attendance and participation requires a reliable high-speed internet connection and modern and updated computer equipment. Instructors may require the use of certain programs and equipment for class sessions or testing.  Commonly required are microphones and web cams, either built into the computer or added on. 

Canvas course assignments and other learning technologies may not be fully functional on smart phones or tablets; therefore, access to a laptop or computer may be required by your instructor.  The attendance expectation and requirement for each course are established by the instructor and published in the course syllabus.  Students are expected to read, understand, and follow the course syllabus requirements.

College Policies

St. Philip’s College Mission Statement

St. Philip's College, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive public community college whose mission is to empower our diverse student population through personal educational growth, ethical decision-making, career readiness, and community leadership. As a Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution, St. Philip's College is a vital facet of the community, responding to the needs of a population rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. St. Philip's College creates an environment fostering excellence in academic and technical achievement while expanding its commitment to opportunity and access.

 The college fulfills its mission by offering:

1) General courses in arts and sciences leading to an associate degree.

2) Transfer education for students desiring to attend senior institutions.

3) Developmental courses that improve the basic skills of students whose academic foundations require strengthening.

4) Applied Science and technical programs leading to an associate degree or certificate designed to prepare students for employment and/or to update crucial skills.

5) Workforce and Career development training programs for business, industry and government.

6) Continuing education programs for occupational and educational enrichment or certification.

7) Counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their educational and professional goals.

8) Educational support services including library services, tutoring, open use computer labs and writing center.

9) Services and appropriate accommodations for special populations, to include adult literacy and distance education.

10) Quality social, cultural, and intellectual enrichment experiences for the community.

11) Opportunities for participation in community service and economic development projects.

Quality Enhancement Plan: Ethical Decision Making

St. Philip's College is committed to quality education, as such, the focus of the 2016 Quality Enhancement Plan is ethical decision-making which is the ability to connect values and choices to actions and consequences. The goal of the QEP is to engage students in specific measurable academic activities to enhance their ethical decision–making skill.

QEP Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Values: Students gain skills to assess their own values.
  • Ethical Issues: Students identify and are knowledgeable of ethical issues.
  • Perspectives: Students analyze various ethical perspectives.

 

Ethical Decision-Making Process

  • Stop and think to determine the facts.
  • Identify options.
  • Consider consequences for yourself and others.
  • Make an ethical choice and take appropriate action. 
         

Smoking-Free Environment (Alamo Colleges Policy C.2.13)

All of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District are tobacco free. Smoking is prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, offices, conference rooms, hallways, and all other rooms in buildings of the College District, and on property which is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise under the control of the College District. Smoke-Free Environment includes the prohibited use of tobacco products, vapor, or e-cigarettes.

Contact Phone Information

Alamo Colleges District DPS Emergency Phone Numbers:

  • Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911
  • General Phone (210) 485-0099
  • Weather Phone (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

 

Disability Services

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Support Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Support Services office.

Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. Faculty can only provide accommodations to students after receiving the letter of accommodation from the SPC Disability Support Services office. Letters of accommodation from other colleges and universities cannot be accepted by SPC faculty.

For further information, please contact the Disability Services office at (210) 486-2199 or SWC (210) 486-7175 or visit the office located:

  • MLK Campus – Safe SPaCe, Sutton Learning Center (SLC), Ste. 102
  • SWC –LIFEspace Office, Industrial Technology Center (ITSC) A-135


Mandatory Student Training for Online Classes:

If you are new to online classes, you are REQUIRED to take the St. Philip’s College Orientation to Online Learning course, OLRN 0001. The free, self-paced, online course will familiarize you with Canvas and will provide helpful tips on being a successful online learner. Register for the OLRN course the same way as any other course. Reference the Center for Distance Learning website or call 210-486-2239 for more information.

Prompt Response to Student Communication

Instructors endeavor to respond to student contact promptly. This will usually be within two business days. Extenuating circumstances, such as the instructor falling ill, may delay this ideal response time. Students are advised to provide appropriate subject lines in emails and leave clear voice messages with a return number and call-back instructions. A college-assigned student email account is considered the official electronic channel for communication between the District, colleges, and students (Alamo Colleges Policy F.7.1).

Commitment to Timely Grading

Instructors are committed to providing prompt feedback to submitted work. It is expected that instructors will provide this feedback within one week of the student's submission. This timeframe may be delayed where extenuating circumstances prevent an instructor from meeting this commitment, or class submissions or assignment design are such that a delayed response is favorable.

Religious Holy Days

Students who will be observing religious holy days during the timeframe for this course, should be aware of their rights and obligations. It is the student's responsibility to notify their instructor in advance of their religious holy day commitments, and the instructor's responsibility to provide opportunities for work to be completed. Students need to contact the instructor in advance to make arrangements. Students should consult the student handbook for specific rights and obligations.

 

Academic Calendar and Important Dates

It is the student's responsibility to make themselves aware of pertinent dates. Please review the academic calendar. Select the relevant semester timeframe for a list of all pertinent dates. When reviewing the semester’s academic calendar, please note the "Census Date" (drop date without academic penalty) and "Last Date to Withdraw" (incurs a "W" on transcript).

Course Withdrawal

It is the student's responsibility to initiate the drop and to discuss this with their instructor and advisor. The dates provided in the academic calendar are the absolute cut-off timeframes, regardless if a student attempts to process a withdrawal outside of the academic calendar dates. To initiate a course withdrawal, go to the Registration area in ACES and click the Student Withdrawal Request. Discuss the drop with your advisor to ensure its completion.