House Bill 2504 Spring 2012 Course Syllabus GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology
Spring 2012 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.|
|Required Textbooks||1) The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology & Evolution, 6th ed., by J. S. Monroe & R. Wicander, Brooks/Cole publishing, 2012. 2) Laboratory in Physical Geology, 9th ed., by R. M. Busch, Prentice Hall publishing, 2012.|
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Makeup lecture exams are not given. The final exam grade is substituted for one missed lecture exam. When a second lecture exam is missed, the grade recorded for the missed exam is zero. A student is expected to attend all lectures and labs. Absence does not negate full responsibility for all material covered and any changes in course plan. Missed quizzes and most lab activities cannot be made-up.|
|Course Grading Scale||The natural cut-off point between the "A" and "B" course grades is generally lower than 90%. In such happenstances, the adjusted cut-off point necessitates further grade adjustments downward by increments of 10% beginning with the "A" to "B" cut-off point.|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Lecture Tests-45%, Quizzes- 12%, Lab work-13%. Final Exam-30%.
|Final Exam Date||May 10, 2012 - 8:00 AM|
Week 1: Course introduction and syllabus review; birth of Plate Tectonic theory; ch. 1 of TB; quiz and lab on Plate Tectonics, Chapters 1-2 of LM.
Week 2: Plate Dynamics and Minerals; chapters 2-3 of TB; quizzes and lab on Minerals, Chapter 3 in LM.
Week 3: Intrusive Igneous Rocks; chapters 4 & 5 in TB; quizzes and lab on Igneous Rocks; chapter 5 in LM.
Week 4: Extrusive Igneous Rocks; chapter 5 in TB; quiz on Volcanoes; lab on Composition of Igneous Rocks, chapter 5 in LM. LECTURE EXAM I.
Week 5: Recap exam; Weathering, Soil, & Erosion; Sedimentary Rocks; Chapters 6-7 in TB; quiz and lab on Sedimentary Rock & Sedimentary Structures; chapter 6 in lab manual.
Week 6: Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks; chapter 8 in TB; quizzes and labs on Metamorphic Rocks & Classification; chapters 7 & 8 in lab manual.
Week 7: Geologic Time & Unconformities; chapter 17 in TB; Quizzes and Labs on Age Dating in chapter 8 (LM).
Week 8: Rock Deformation; chapter 10 in TB; quiz and lab on chapter 9 in LM.
Week 9: LECTURE EXAM II; Mountain Building; chapter 10; quiz and lab on Maps; ch. 9 in LM.
Week 10: Recap Exam; Mass Wasting & Streams; chapters 11-12 in TB; quizzes and labs on Mass Wasting & Stream Processes; chapter 11 in LM.
Week 11: Stream Landforms & Groundwater Processes; chapters 12 & 13 in TB; quiz and lab on chapters 11 & 12 in LM.
Week 12: Groundwater Landforms & Valley Glaciers; chapters 13 & 14 in TB; quiz and lab on
Karst Topography & Valley Glaciers; chapters 12 & 13 in LM.
Week 13: LECTURE EXAM III; Exam recap; Continental Glaciers; chapter 14 in TB; quiz and lab on Glaciers in chapter 13 (LM).
Week 14: Deserts & Landforms, Coastal Processes; chapters 15-16 in TB; quiz and lab on chapter 14-15 in LM.
Week 15: Seafloor and Earthquakes; chapters 9 :& 16 in TB; quiz and lab on chapters 15 & 16 in LM.
Week 16: Review for Final Exam and Earthquake Hazards; chapter 9 in TB & chapter 16 in LM.
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Course Introduction & Birth of Plate Tectonic Theory
Seafloor Spreading, Plate Convergence, & Transform boundaries
Week 2: Plate tectonics, a Unifying Theory
Minerals - the Building Blocks of Rocks
Week 3: Magma, Intrusive Igneous Rocks, & Plutons
Lava, Extrusive Igneous Rocks, & Landforms
Week 4: Rock Cycle and Rock-forming Processes
LECTURE EXAM I (Feb. 9)
Week 5: Weathering, Erosion, Soils, Detrital Sediment, & Detrital Sedimentary Rocks
Chemical Sediment & Chemical Sedimentary Rocks
Week 6: Metamorphism and Classification of Metamorphic Rocks
Regional Metamorphism and Relationship to Plate Tectonics
Week 7: Relative Age Dating
Absolute Age Dating
Week 8:Rock Deformation (Elastic Stress & Plastic Strain Structures)
Rock Deformation (Rupture Strain) & Relationship to Plate Tectonics
WeeK 9:LECTURE EXAM II (March 20)
Origin of Mountains
Week 10:Mass Wasting & Stream Processes
Running Water, Local & Regional Landforms
Week 11:Ground Water Processes and Landforms
Week 12:Continental Glaciers
Ice Ages & Global Warming
Week 13:Deserts & Desert Landforms
LECTURE EXAM III (April 12)
Week 14:Coastal Processes and Types of Shoreline
Continental Margin & Seafloor
Week 15:Earthquakes & Continental Interior
Earthquake Hazards, Faults, & Human Risks
Week 16:FINAL EXAM REVIEW
FINAL EXAM (May 15)
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Uses Critical Thinking skills.
Uses Mathematical & Scientific Skills.
Demonstrates Technology Literacy.
Demonstrates Cross-cultural Cooperation & Understanding.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
(Uses critical thinking skills) - Higher order thinking skills are used when applying the scientific method, interpreting maps, testing for mineral and rock identification, learning how to identify geologic structures from virtual models, and arriving at the best explanation from a data set.
(Communicates well) - Communication skills are required when describing cycles, sequences, controversial environmental issues, and evidences for unifying scientific theories.
(Uses Mathematical & Scientific skills) - Mathematical skills are required when measuring earth materials & processes.
(Demonstrates technology literacy) - Individual use of smart phone applications are requested for keeping abreast of current solar system events, Earth hazards, and geological discoveries.
(Demonstrates cross-cultural Cooperation & understanding) - Fosters cooperation during lab activities and seeks both sides of environmental issues.
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