Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: GEOL-1304- 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 9 am-6 pm Central Time
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description A comprehensive survey of the history of life and major events in the physical development of Earth as interpreted from rocks and fossils.
Prerequisites Prerquisites: GEOL 1303 or 1403 Physical Geology
Co-requisite: GEOL 1104 Historical Geology Laboratory
Learning Outcomes Describe how the application of the scientific method has led out current understanding of Earth history.

Explain the historical development of geology as a science and how it was influenced by early interpretations of fossils and the theory of evolution.

Communicate how principles of relative and numerical age dating have been used to develop the Geologic Time Scale.

Describe the processes involved in the formation and differentiation of the earth and identify major milestones in the physical evolution of the planet.

Identify the major milestones in the evolution of life from its initial inorganic staged, through development of the major animal and plant groups, to mass extinctions.

Explain how rocks and fossils are used to interpret ancient environments.

Identify the major tectonic events in the geologic evolution of North America.
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.

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Evolution of the Earth, 8th edition, Prothero and Dott, McGraw Hill, ISBN 9780072826845
Lecture Topics
Chapter 1: Time and terrestrial change
Chapter 2: Floods, fossils, and heresies
Chapter 3: Evolution
Chapter 4: Relative geologic time scale
Chapter 5: Numerical dating of the Earth
Chapter 6: Origin and early evolution of Earth
Chapter 7: Mountain building and drifting continents
Chapter 8: Precambrian history
Chapter 9: Early life and its patterns
Chapter 10: Early Paleozoic
Chapter 11: Later Ordovician
Chapter 12: Middle Paleozoic
Chapter 13: Late Paleozoic
Chapter 14: Mesozoic
Chapter 15: Cenozoic
Chapter 16: Pleistocene Glaciation
Major Assignments
Final Exam Date May 8, 2019 - 12:00 AM   Through  May 12, 2019 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Assessment type    Number of assessments    Points each assessment    Total available points
Lecture assignments     4     50     200
Discussion      4     50     200
Tests      4     100     400
Final exam     1     200     200
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late Policy: All assignments and tests 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 14 days without permission of instructor prior to the original due date.

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

Discussion Rules: Response to discussion question is due no later than Thursday of each discussion week. Student must reply to three fellow learners responses each discussion week. The DQ response is worth 20 points, and each reply to classmate is worth 10 points each. DQ responses posted between Friday and Sunday will lose 1 point per day. DQ responses posted after discussion week will not be awarded points.
Attendance Policy Attendance: Your attendance will be considered by discussion, posting of assignments, and taking 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 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.
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