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    Online Graduate Certificate in Costal Studies

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Membership(s): SOC Program Membership(s): SOCAD . PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Graduate Certificate - Certificate-Graduate Enrollment: 250 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Postal, Threaded Discussion Board Subject: Natural Sciences METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses WebCT

    The Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies is intended for professionals seeking career enhancement as well as for recent college graduates seeking careers in planning and management in government, industry, and other activities depending on or affecting the coastal zone or its resources. The program can also be of value for enhancement of careers in education. It focuses on contemporary problems and conflicts arising from increased use of coastal areas and emphasizes the evaluation of alternative policy management solutions. The program is also appropriate for professionals who have already earned a graduate degree in their professional field but who would benefit from academic study of applications of coastal zone management in their current profession. The Graduate Certificate has been offered online since Spring 2002.

    Upon successful completion of four courses at a graduate level and attainment of the Graduate Certificate, students will have acquired:

    An understanding of the international, national and local importance of ocean and coastal issues, and sensitivity to cross-cultural and international perspectives familiarity and up-to-date knowledge of an interdisciplinary scope of scientific and policy concerns effecting the oceans and coastal zone

    The experience of first-hand (i.e. online) discussion and information-exchange with their peers and recognized experts in a variety of related fields and locations, nationally and internationally

    An excellent base of online contacts, organizations and research centers for further study and professional development

    Competence and familiarity with use of a range of current information technologies
    Coastal studies combine elements of ecology, geology, physics, engineering, economics, law, the social sciences, and management. Because of this diversity, applicants with any undergraduate major will be considered for admission. The admission and matriculation process will require that applicants submit proof of their undergraduate degree, and all documentation and processing will be made through the Oceanographic Center Administrative Office.
    Online students are provided NSU computer accounts but must obtain their own Internet service providers and computers. All prospective distance students applying to enter an OC-based course or program must attest to their ability to access a computer with a modem to be considered for admission.Online students are provided NSU computer accounts. Students may use either an IBM-compatible PC or an Apple-Macintosh computer.

    The following minimum computer system requirements are specified on Oceanographic Center website:

    � Pentium (or Celeron) 200mhz
    � Sound card and Speakers
    � 32MB
    � Internet Explorer 5.0 or Netscape Navigator 4.5 or higher
    � 56K Modem
    � Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, Me, XP
    � CD ROM
    � Personal e-mail address
    � Microphone
    � Internet Service Provider
    � Office 97, 2000, XP including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    � New release of Virus Program (Dr. Solomon, McAfee, Norton, Antivirus,etc).
    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The NSU Library system provides access to over 10 million volumes, 200 online databases, and 28,000 full-text journals. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned. Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students and carries textbooks for all the university抯 courses. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term.
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose. A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.


    Students are expected to maintain high grade point averages (GPA > 3.0) that reflect their course grades attained throughout the program.Students are expected to complete degrees within 2 years, and within 5 years in the case of part-time students.
    To earn the Graduate Certificate, students must successfully complete 12 credit hours by attaining a C grade or higher in any four of the graduate courses offered by the Oceanographic Center.
    Oceanographic Center distance learning students have the support of Distance Library Services through the William S. Richardson Library . The Manager of Library Services provides assistance in locating research materials and directs students to an online library tutorial. Online/distance students may order books, request copies of journal articles, obtain library instructional material on the web or via postal mail, and use NSU抯 Alvin Sherman Library to access databases that include full-text and full-image documents. NSU抯 library system provides off-campus students almost all of the library services available to on-campus students.

    The Help Desk of the university抯 Office of Information Technologies (OIT) provides assistance with many online technology issues via phone or email support. Examples of services include help with connecting to the university from home; configuring a PPP connection; troubleshooting email account problems; navigating through WebCT; setting up Outlook, Netscape Navigator, and Internet Explorer; and other technology issues.

    The school, using WebCT as an online course management system, provides a range of tools and methods to support faculty-to-student interaction including online discussion boards, chat rooms, white boards, email, telephone, and a system for online submission, review and grading of assignments. Professors also use email, the telephone, and fax.

    The IZone within NSU抯 Office of Information Technologies maintains a website which provides students with an online orientation, including tutorials, to WebCT, email, and other methods necessary for coursework completion.
    Coastal studies combine elements of ecology, geology, physics, engineering, economics, law, the social sciences, and management. Because of this diversity, applicants with any undergraduate major will be considered for admission. The admission and matriculation process will require that applicants submit proof of their undergraduate degree, and all documentation and processing will be made through the Oceanographic Center Administrative Office.


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