House Bill 2504 Summer I 2012 Course Syllabus GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology
Summer I 2012 Course Syllabus
GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology
|Semester||Summer I 2012|
|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 edition, Brooks/Cole Publishing, 2011. 2. Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 9th edition, Prentice Hall Publishing, 2011.
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Graded activities the days of absences will be recorded as zeroes. Attendance is expected.|
|Course Grading Scale||The natural break between A & B course grades is usually slightly below 90. The remaining grade boundaries are lowered correspondingly by 10 points.|
|Determination of Final Grade||Tests - 45%, Quizzes and Lab work - 25%, Final Exam - 30%|
|Final Exam Date||July 9, 2012 - 8:00 AM|
Week 1: Course introduction; syllabus review; Geology's impact on History; Origin of the universe & solar system; Continental drift; Plate dynamics-why continents move; Magma--the building mush of rocks; Minerals-the building blocks of rocks.
Week 2: Crystallization-the rock cycle starts; Volcanoes-lava & ash;Lecture exam I; Kinds of rocks; Volcanic activity; Sedimentary rocks; Erosion -and land removal.
Week 3: Soil & clay minerals; Weathering; Mass wasting processes; Mass wasting types; Meta-
morphic rocks; Folding & flowing rocks; Geologic structures; Lecture exam II.
Week 4: Streams-major agent of erosion; Sculpting of the Landscape; Groundwater-the invisible reservoir; Karst topography; Glaciers-the power of ice; Ice sculpts the final scene; Jungles & deserts; Shorelines-factories of sedimentary rock.
Week 5:Lecture exam III; Faults & joints; Earthquakes-examining earth's faults; HOLIDAY; Orogenic styles; Continents collide & continents are made; final review.
Week 6: Final exam.
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Plate tectonics and Minerals; book requisitions deadline June 7
Week 2: Rocks and Rock-forming processes; Lecture exam I on June 12
Week 3: Structural geology and flowing rocks;Lecture exam II on June 21
Week 4: Erosional agents and processes
Week 5: Lecture exam on July 2; faults & earthquakes; Orogenic styles & processes
Week 6: Final exam on July 9
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||Demonstrate critical thinking skills as evidenced by the ability to analyze facts, synthesize factual information, and evaluate opinions in light of the facts presented throughout the course.|
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||The expected student-learning outcomes relate to the emphasis on the cognitive skills of (sequencing), (visualizing), and (evaluating) geologic information. (Sequencing) factual information is a methodology for understanding Earth cycles. (Visualizing) in 3-D, at different scales, is essential to attaining global and regional perspectives of a changing Earth. (Synthesizing) sequenced, visualized, and memorized factual data is critical to building the comprehensive theory of Earth dynamics. (Evaluating) synthesized geologic information enables one to better understand environmental issues and the problems of predicting and controlling natural hazards.|
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