Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: GEOL-1303- Section: 71
Physical Geology (lecture)
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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 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.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes By the end of this course you will learn to:

Describe how the scientific method has led to our current understanding of Earth’s structure and processes.
Interpret the origin and distribution of minerals, rocks and geologic resources.
Describe the theory of plate tectonics and its relationship to the formation and distribution of Earth’s crustal features.
Quantify the rates of physical and chemical processes acting on Earth and how these processes fit into the context of geologic time.
Communicate how surface processes are driven by interactions among Earth’s systems (e.g., the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere).
Identify and describe the internal structure and dynamics of Earth.
Describe the interaction of humans with Earth (e.g., resource development or hazard assessment).
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.

Johnson, C., Affolter, M., Inkenbrandt, P., & Mosher, C. (2017). An introduction to geology. Salt Lake Community
College. Open Educational Resource. Retrieved from http://opengeology.org/textbook/
Lecture Topics
Class Schedule: (With due dates)

Lecture Schedule Fall 2020 Physical Geology Lamar-Port Arthur

Week and date

Reading Lecture Textbook


Lecture Topic

Discussion Topic

Lecture Due Dates

Discussion Due Dates

Week 1

Aug 24

Bad Laura

Week 2

Aug 31

Bad Laura

Week 3

Sept 7/8

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Understanding Science

Plate Tectonics

Discussion Board


Due during Week 1

Week 4

Sept 14

Chapter 3


DQ 1

Discussion Tectonics and Volcanoes

Due Thursday Sept 17

Week 5

Sept 21

Chapter 4

Igneous Processes and Volcanoes

Assignment 1 due Sept 27

Week 6

Sept 28

Chapter 5

Weathering, Erosion, and Sedimentary Rocks

TEST 1 Chapters 1-5 due Oct 4

Week 7

Oct 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Metamorphic Rocks

Geologic Time

DQ 2

Discussion Rocks

Due Thursday Oct 8

Week 8

Oct 12

Chapter 8

Earth History

Assignment 2 due Oct 18

Week 9

Oct 19

Chapter 9

Crustal Deformation and earthquakes

TEST 2 Chapters 6-9 due Oct 25

Week 10

Oct 26

Chapter 10

Mass Wasting

DQ 3

Discussion Mass Wasting

Due Thursday Oct 29

Week 11

Nov 2

Chapter 11

Chapter 12



Assignment 3 due Nov 8

TEST 3 Chapters 10-12 due, Nov 8

DQ 4

Discussion Problems with the Oceans

Due Thursday Nov 5

Week 12

Nov 9

Chapter 13

Chapter 14



Week 13

Nov 16

Chapter 15

Global Climate Change

DQ 5

Discussion Climate Change

Due Thursday Nov 19

Week 14

Nov 23

Chapter 16

Energy and Mineral Resources

Assignment 4 due Nov 29

Week 15

Nov 30

Last week

3 days only!

TEST 4 Chapters 13-16 due Wednesday Dec 2

Final exam



Due by Sunday Dec 6

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
Sum of Discussion Questions, Assignments, and Tests divided by total points available.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies All work must be your own work.
Attendance Policy Class attendance will be met by submitting timely Discussion Questions, assignments, and tests.
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
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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.