GEOL-1404-02 - Historical Geology
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2018 Course Syllabus
GEOL-1404-02 - Historical Geology
|Instructor||Taylor, Ronald Shearer|
|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||Interpreting Earth History (Manual), 8th edition, Waveland Press, 2015.|
|Attendance Policy||Every absence undermines the course grade. To receive credit for a lecture exam, quiz, lab exercise, or final exam, attendance is required. Only one missed lecture exam of the the three scheduled can be made up by using the score of the equivalent missed content as taken from the final exam. The three lecture tests and the final exam require memorization of earth cycles/sequences, whereas the opened-book exam topics require access of either a textbook with outline handouts or Wikipedia using a Smartphone. The video quizzes are based on the content of the teaching--not attending the showing of a video lowers the credit received for the accompanying quiz. Missed lab assignments cannot be made up because most assignments materials such as models, specimens, additional instructions from 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 lecture tests - 45%, Quizzes - 15%, Lab exercises - 15%, Final exam - 25%|
|Final Exam Date||May 22, 2018 - 6:00 PM|
Week 1: Introduction; Geologic Time
Week 2: Geologic Time; Minerals
Week 3: Plate Tectonics
Week 4: Lecture Exam; Rock Cycle
Week 5: Fossils
Week 6: Sedimentary Rocks; Depositional Environments
Week 7: Facies and Depositional Environments
Week 8: Lithostratigraphy; Biostratigraphy
Week 9: Physical Correlation; Facies & Sea-level changes
Week 10: Significance of Climate & Mass Extinctions; Life Evolution
Week 11: Lecture Exam; Paleogeographic maps
Week 12: Folded Sedimentary Rocks; Ancient Rocks
Week 13: Paleozoic orogenies; Cordilleran orogenies
Week 14: Hot Spot Geology; Tectonic Cycle
Week 15: Final review; Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||See Above|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Critical thinking skills
Empirical and Quantitative skills
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
CSLO 1 - Develops an ability to analyze, evaluate, & synthesize processes involved in Earth cycles, systems, and sequences.
CSLO 2 - Develops an ability to illustrate, describe, and discuss the intricate workings of a geologic cycle.
CSLO 3 - Demonstrates data-management & problem solving skills through lab assignments.
CSLO 4 - Demonstrates an ability to work together v]cooperatively in small groups on projects that require shared conclusions.
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|