House Bill 2504 Fall 2013 Course Syllabus GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology
Fall 2013 Course Syllabus
GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology
|Instructor||Taylor, Ronald Shearer|
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|Course Description||Earth materials, minerals and rocks, weathering and soils, mountain building, volcanism, faulting and earthquakes, erosion, ground water and caves, glaciation and continental shorelines.|
|Course Prerequisites||Geol-1403. None|
1. The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology & Evolution, 6th Ed., Brooks/Cole Publ.,2011.
2. Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 14th Ed., McGraw-Hill Publ., 2011.
|Attendance Policy||Students with chronic absenteeism may be dropped from the class.|
|Course Grading Scale||
In reality, the natural cut-off point between "A" & "B" grades is sometimes lower than 90%. In such cases the adjusted cut-off necessitates further grade adjustments downward by 10% beginning with the "''A" to "B" cut-off point.
|Determination of Final Grade||Tests - 45%, Quizzes -10%, Lab work 15%, Final Exam 30%|
|Final Exam Date||December 5, 2013 - 8:00 AM|
Week 1--Introduction & Plate Tectonics
Week 2--Plate Tectonics & Minerals
Week 3--Minerals & Kinds of Rock
Week 4--Igneous activity & rock; EXAM I
Week 5--Rock Cycle & Sedimentary Rock
Week 6--Metamorphic rocks & Geologic history
Week 7--Geologic History & Map Reading; EXAM II
Week 8--Plastic rock & Brittle rock Deformation and Earthquakes
Week 9--Visual-spatial work in 3D with models; Mountain building
Week 10--Mass wasting & streams
Week 11--EXAM III; Groundwater
Week 12--Karst topography & Glaciers
Week 13--Glaciers, Climate, & deserts
Week 14-- Oceans & Seafloor
Week 15--Review & FINAL EXAMNO
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||NOV. 28- DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING VIDEO QUIZ BINDERS & COMPLETED LAB MANUALS.|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO Alpha--Demonstrates comprehension of content-are reading material.
PSLO 1--Uses critical thinking skills
PSLO 2--Demonstrates communication skills
PSLO 3--Demonstrates empirical & quantitative skills
PSLO 4--uses Teamwork skills
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
CSLO Alpha--Attains a "foundational" understanding of plate-tectonic theory & terminology. Embedded matching questions on Final Exam.
CSLO 1--Develops an ability to analyze, evaluate, & synthesize processes involved in geologic cycles O& their affect on material distribution. Tested by embedded completions & multiple-choice question on lecture exams.
CLSO 2--Demonstrates an ability to illustrate & describe the workings of a geologic cycle as a teaching project. Also serves as an optional lab assignment or a substitute for attendance deficiencies.
CLSO 3--Demonstrates dat management & problem solving skills for lab assignments that describe rapid geologic changes & offer quantitatively derived conclusions. Activities could incorporate teamwork.
CLSO 4--Demonstrates ability to work cooperatively on small group projects where geologic events are linked to climatic changes and in turn to major life events.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
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Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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