Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: GEOL-1104- Section: 71
Historical Geology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Karen Stelly
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Educational I - Room: 133
Hours:Virtual office hours by phone Mon-Sun 10am-5pm call or text - 409-554-3493
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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Course Information
Description This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1304, Historical Geology. Laboratory
activities will introduce methods used by scientists to interpret the history of life and major events in the physical development of Earth from rocks and fossils.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
Classify and interpret depositional environments using sedimentary rocks and fossils.
Taxonomically classify samples of geologically important fossil groups and use them to interpret the age of
rocks on the Geologic Time Scale.
Apply relative and numerical age-dating techniques to construct geologic histories including the correlation of
stratigraphic sections.
Reconstruct past continental configurations.
Integrate multiple types of data to interpret Earth history.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Ritter and Petersen, ISBN 9781478611455 Interpreting Earth History 8th edition (E-version is NOT recommended)
Lecture Topics

Class Schedule: (With due dates) All labs and quizzes are due by end of day Sundays.

Week and date

Lab assignment

Lab Topic

Lab Due Dates

Week 1

August 24

Bad Laura - no class

Week 2

Aug 31

Bad Laura - no class

Week 3

Sept 7/8

Lab 1

Chapters 3, 4 Sedimentary rocks and Depositional Environments

Week 4

Sept 14

Continue lab 1

Lab 1 worksheet due Sept 20

Week 5

Sept 21

Lab 2

Chapters 1, 2 Relative Dating and Radiometric Dating

Week 6

Sept 28

Continue lab 2

Lab 2 worksheet due Oct 4

Lab Quiz 1 due Oct 4

Week 7

Oct 5

Lab 3

Chapters 8, 9 Fossils, and Evidence of Evolution

Week 8

Oct 12

Continue Lab 3

Lab 3 worksheet due Oct 18

Lab Quiz 2 due Oct 18

Week 9

Oct 19

Lab 4

Chapters 5, 6 Stratigraphy and Physical Correlation

Week 10

Oct 26

Continue Lab 4

Lab 4 due Nov 1

Lab Quiz 3 due Nov 1

Week 11

Nov 2

Lab 6

Chapters 11, 13, 14 Plate Tectonics, Geologic Maps, and Canadian Shield

Week 12

Nov 9

Continue Lab 6

Lab 6 due Nov 15

Lab Quiz 4 due Nov 15

Week 13

Nov 16

Week 14

Nov 23


Lab Quiz 6 due Nov 29

Major Assignments
Final Exam Date December 6, 2020 - 8:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Lab worksheets 50%; Quizzes 50%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies All work must be your own work, including answering of questions and any drawing you must do.
Attendance Policy Class attendance will be met by submitting timely labs and quizzes.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other Technology Requirements:

You should have a computer with Windows 8 or more recent.
You should have MS Office, specifically Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
If you do not have Office already, you can down load a free version called OpenOffice available at https://www.openoffice.org/download/ (If you use this, you should save your documents as .docx files)
You should have a printer with scanner OR phone with camera for the purpose of making a digital image of some lab work
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.