Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: GEOL-1104- Section: 71
Historical Geology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Karen Stelly
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Education Annex - Room: 133
Hours:By phone: 409-554-3493 Sunday - Saturday 9am-6 pm Central Time
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
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 Co-requisite: GEOL 1304 Historical Geology Lecture
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 Interpreting Earth History, 8th edition, Ritter and Petersen, Waveland Press, Inc ISBN 9781478611455
Lecture Topics
Chapters 3, 4 Sedimentary rocks and Depositional Environments (34 pts)
Chapters 1, 2 Relative Dating and Radiometric Dating (77 pts)
Chapters 8, 9 Fossils, and Evidence of Evolution, (63 pts)
Chapters 5, 6 Stratigraphy and Physical Correlation (87 pts)
Chapters 7, 12 Facies and Sea Level Change, and Index Fossils (81 pts)
Chapters 11, 13, 14 Plate Tectonics, Geologic Maps, and Canadian Shield (54 pts)
Major Assignments
Final Exam Date May 8, 2019 - 8:00 AM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Evaluation Method:    

Assessment type    Number of assessments    Points each assessment    Total available points
Lab assignments    6    Various    396
Lab quizzes    6    25    150

For lab, the grade is 50% assignments and 50% quizzes.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late Policy: All assignments, tests, labs, and quizzes have due dates posted. Any work submitted within 7 days after the due date will have a 10% penalty assessed, and between 8-14 days late will have a 20% penalty assessed. No work will be accepted after 7 days without permission of instructor prior to the original due date.

Make-up Policy: The late policy applies to all assignments, tests, labs, and quizzes.

Attendance Policy Attendance: Your attendance will be considered by posting of assignments and taking 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 I expect all work will be original by the person whose name is on the submitted assignment. If working in groups, there should still be originality in explanations, such that I can determine if you understand the material or not.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.