House Bill 2504

Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2012
InstructorTaylor, Ronald Shearer
Phone(409) 984-6575
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
Hours:TR 8:00-8:30 & 11:00-12:00
Building:Madison Monroe Education (MMED)
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Course Information
Course Number10748
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 None
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
Major Assignments 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


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

Valley Glaciers

Week 12:Continental Glaciers

Ice Ages & Global Warming

Week 13:Deserts & Desert Landforms


Week 14:Coastal Processes and Types of Shoreline

Continental Margin & Seafloor

Week 15:Earthquakes & Continental Interior

Earthquake Hazards, Faults, & Human Risks



General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Uses Critical Thinking skills.

Communicates well.

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.
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.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.

Please do not ask me to allow you to improve your grade by doing additional work. If such an opportunity is not available to all it is not a point for further discussion.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations 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.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

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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