GEOL-1404-01 - Historical Geology
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2015 Course Syllabus
GEOL-1404-01 - Historical Geology
|Instructor||Taylor, Ronald Shearer|
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|Course Description||A comprehensive survey of the history of life and major events in the physical development of Earth as interpreted from rocks and fossils. 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.|
|Required Textbooks||The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology & Evolution, 7th ed., by Monroe & Wicander, Brooks/Cole, 2015; Laboratory exercises in Historical Geology, 5th ed., by M.S. Stevens & J.B. Stevens, Thomson Custom Publishing, 2012.|
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Tests - 45%, Quizzes 15%, Lab 15%, Final Exam - 25%|
|Final Exam Date||May 7, 2015 - 8:30 AM|
Week 1: Course introduction; syllabus review; quizzes
Week 2: Evolution of Minerals; quizzes
Week 3:Solar System; quizzes
Week 4: Plate Tectonics; quizzes
Week 5: Exam 1; strategies of early life & origins of land, ocean, & air
Week 6:Geologic time; quizzes
Week 7: Earliest Life, climate & evolution; quizzes
Week 8: Exam 2; Early animals
Week 9: Life between Rodinia & first Extinction; quizzes
Week 10: Paleozoic life; quizzes
Week 11: Exam 3; Permian Extinction
Week 12: Deep Carbon; Dinosaurs take over; quizzes
Week 13: Cretaceous Extinction & Mammal Evolution
Week 14: Cenozoic birds and rise of mammals; quizzes
Week 15: Journey of Man; Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
April 30 - Submit Lab & Outline assignment completions
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO 1--Uses critical thinking skills. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
CSLO 1--Develops an ability to analyze, evaluate, & synthesize processes involved in geologic cycles and their effect on material distribution. Tested by embedded completion, matching, and multiple-choice questions on exams.
PSLO 2--Demonstrated communication skills.
CSLO 2--Demonstrates an ability to effectively illustrate and describe the intricate workings of a geologic cycle as a teaching project
PSLO 3--Demonstrates empirical & quantitative skills.
CSLO 3--Demonstrates and problem-solving skills for lab assignments that involve rapid geologic changes
PSLO 4--Teamwork skills.
PSLO 4--Demonstrates ability to work together cooperatively in small groups
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||See Above.|
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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