GEOL-1403-85 - Physical Geology
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Fall 2015 Course Syllabus
GEOL-1403-85 - Physical Geology
|Instructor||Taylor, Ronald Shearer|
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|Course Description||Introduction to the study of the materials and processes that have modified and shaped the surface and interior of Earth over time. These processes are described by theories based on experimental data and geologic data gathered from field observations. Laboratory activities will cover methods used to collect and analyze earth science data.|
|Required Textbooks||The ChangingEarth: Exploring Geology & Evolution, 6th or 7th Ed., by Monroe & Wicander, Cengage Learning Pub., 2012 or 2014.|
|Attendance Policy||Habitual absenteeism leads to lower grades. Missed labs cannot be made-up. Missed quizzes that require viewing a video cannot be made-up. Please develop a partnership with a classmate whereby you can borrow for copying purposes the handouts from the missed class. Your reason for missing a class are considered personal and do not require a written excuse.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Three Exams - 45%, lab -15 %, Quizzes & projects -15%, Final Exam - 25%. All exams require closed book memorizations and opened book multiple-choice questions. Exams are hand graded & returned to the student for later review purposes. The natural cut-off point for course grades is sometimes lower than 90%. Such cases necessitate further grade adjustments downward by 10%, beginning with the adjusted "A" to "B" cut-off point.|
|Final Exam Date||December 3, 2015 - 6:00 PM|
Week 1--Introduction & Plate Tectonics
Week 2--Plate Tectonics & Minerals
Week 3--Minerals & Kinds of Rock
Week 4--Igneous Rocks & Activity; Exam I
Week 5--Rock Cycle & Sedimentary rocks
Week 6--Metamorphic Rocks & Topographic Mapping
Week 7--Geologic History & Geologic Mapping
Week 8--Rock Deformation & Earthquakes
Week 9--Modeling of Geologic Structures & Mountain Building
Week 10--Mass wasting & Streams
Week 11--Exam III & Groundwater
Week 12--Karst Topography & Glaciers
Week 13--Climate, Glaciers, & Deserts
Week 14--Oceans & Seafloor
Week 15--Review of Erosional Agents & Plate Tectonics, Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Weeks 1-4--Earth Matter in detail
Weeks 5-7--Earth Cycles, Principles, & Time
Weeks 8-10--Earth Structures & Construction
Week 11-14--Erosional Agents & Seafloor
Nov. 27--Deadline Date for submitting completed Video Quizzes & Lab Assignments
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO 1--Uses critical thinking skills. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading
CSLO 1--Develops an ability to analyze, evaluate & synthesize processes involved in geologic cycles & their effect on material distribution. Attains a solid foundational understanding of plate-tectonic theory and terminology. Tested by embedded completion, matching, and multiple-choice questions on exams.
PSLO 2--Demonstrates communication skills.
CSLO 2--Demonstrates an ability to effectively describe the intricate workings of a geologic cycle as a teaching project. Serves as an optional assignment and as a substitute for lab work and attendance deficiencies.
PSLO 3--Demonstrates empirical & quantitative skills
CSLO 3--Acquired skills include data-managment and problem solving through lab assignments that evaluate dynamic processes and their interactions.
PSLO 4--Teamwork skills.
CSLO--Demonstrates ability to work together cooperatively in small groupts on projects linking geologic events to climate changes and, in turn, to biologic history.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Upon successful completion of the lectures, students will:
1. Describe how the scientific method has led to our current understanding of Earth's structure and processes.
2. Interpret the origin & distribution of minerals, rocks and geologic processes.
3. Describe the theory of plate tectonics and its relationship to the formation & distribution of Earth's crustal features.
4. Quantify the rates of physical and chemical processes acting on Earth and how these processes fit into the context of geologic time.
5. Communicate how surface processes are driven by interactions among Earth's systems (i.e.,the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere).
6. Identify and describe the internal structure and dynamics of Earth.
7. Describe the interaction of humans withEarth (e.g., resource development or hazard assessment).
Upon successful completion of the laboratory assignments, students will:
1. Classify rocks & minerals based on chemical composition, physical properties, & origin.
2. Apply knowledge of topographic maps to quantify geometric aspects of topography.
3. Identify landforms on maps, diagrams and explain the processes that created them.
4. Differentiate the types of plate boundaries & their associated features on maps and profiles and explain the processes that occur at each type of boundary.
5. Identify basic structural features on maps, block diagrams & cross-sections and infer how they were created.
6. Demonstrate the collection, analysis, and reporting of data.
IN SUMMARY, THESE CSLO'S ARE INTEGRATED WITH THE PSLO'S (see above) AND ARE MEASURED BY SHORT-ANSWER TESTS & MEMORIZATION QUIZZES THAT ASSESS THE STUDENTS UNDERSTANDING OF THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF THE EARTH SYSTEMS.
|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.|
|Additional Information||There will be no make-up of missed lecture exams. The final exam grade will be substituted for one missed lecture exam. If a second lecture exam is missed, the student receives a grade of zero on it. Missed quizzes & lab work requiring use of lab equipment generally cannot be made up.|
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