GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Fall 2016 Course Syllabus
GEOL-1403-01 - 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 Changing Earth: Exploring Geology & Evolution, 6th or 7th Ed., Monroe & Wicander, Cengage Learning, 2012 or 2014. Laboratory Manual not required.|
|Attendance Policy||To receive credit for all tests, quizzes, and lab exercises, attendance is mandatory. The 3 tests and the final exam feature memorizations of foundational information as well as multiple-choice questions taken with an opened-textbook. Only one of the tests can be missed as scheduled; the score for the one missed test is taken from the content of the Final Exam. The video quizzes are based on the content of the teaching videos & outlines--not attending the video downgrades your score! Missed lab assignments are also downgraded because most labs require materials such as specimens, models, maps, protractors, and other handouts provided by the instructor.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Three Tests - 45%, Quizzes - 15%, Lab Exercises - 15%, Final Exam - 25%|
|Final Exam Date||December 1, 2016 - 8:00 AM Through December 1, 2016 - 10:30 AM|
Week 1: Course introduction; thinking like a geologist; plate tectonics; quizzes & labs
Week 2: Ocean seafloor; hotspots; Minerals; quizzes & labs
Week 3: Silicate minerals; igneous rocks; quizzes & labs
Week 4: Volcanic rocks; plutons; plate tectonics & igneous rocks; test I
Week 5: Rock cycle; sedimentary rocks; weathering; topographic maps; quizzes & labs
Week 6: Depositional environments; sedimentary rocks; geologic time; quizzes & labs
Week 7: Mountain building; metamorphic rocks; geologic time; test II
Week 8: Plastic deformation, folded sedimentary rocks; brittle deformation; faults, quizzes & labs
Week 9: Faults & earthquakes; dynamic earth hazards; geologic maps; quizzes & labs
Week 10: Mass wasting & streams; landscape & processes; quizzes & labs
Week 11: Groundwater; test III; quizzes & labs
Week 12: Karst topography; glaciers & glaciation; quizzes & labs
Week 13: Continental glaciation; drylands & jungles; quizzes & labs
Week 14: Ocean water; deadline for submitting quizzes & lab assignments is Nov. 22
Week 15: Review for final exam and final exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||A/A|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA - Reading and comprehension of terminology as pretested and retested at end of course
PSLO 1 - Uses critical thinking skills
CSLO 1 - Develops as ability to analyze, evaluate, & synthesize processes involved in geologic cycles and their effect on material distribution. Tested by embedded completion, matching, & multiple choice questions on exams.
PSLO 2 - Demonstrates communication skills
CSLO 2 - Demonstrates an ability to effectively illustrate and describe the intricate workings of a geologic cycle as teaching project. Serves as an optional assignment for extra credit.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO 3 - Demonstrates empirical & quantitative skills
CSLO 3 - Demonstrates data management and problem-solving skills for lab assignments that involve rapid geologic changes and best conclusions.
PSLO 4 - Teamwork skills
CSLO 4 - Demonstrates ability to work together cooperatively in small groups on projects connecting (linking) geologic events to climatic changes and, in turn, to life history.
|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||Consult with your instructor for special accommodations|
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