GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Summer I 2015 Course Syllabus
GEOL-1403-01 - Physical Geology
|Semester||Summer I 2015|
|Instructor||Taylor, Ronald Shearer|
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|Course 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. Laboratory activities will cover methods used to collect and analyze earth science data.|
THE CHANGING EARTH: EXPLORING GEOLOGY & EVOLUTION 7TH ED., BY MONROE & WICANDER,
LABORATORY IN PHYSICAL GEOLOGY, 10TH ED., BY R.M. BUSCH, PRENTICE HALL PUBLISHING, 2014.
|Attendance Policy||GIVEN IN CLASS. ATTENDANCE IS EXPECTED.|
|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/LAB 25%, FINAL EXAM 30%|
|Final Exam Date||July 13, 2015 - 8:00 AM|
First week-Course introduction, Plate tectonics, Minerals, & Igneous rocks.
Second week-Volcanism/plutons, Lecture test I, Rock cycle, Weathering, Sedimentary rocks, Metamorphic rocks, Mountain Building.
Third week- Geologic time, Unconformities, Lecture test II, Structural Geology, Earthquakes, Subduction Zones, Mountain Building.
Fourth week- Mass-wasting, Stream erosion, Drylands, Landscapes, Groundwater, Exam III.
Fifth week-Waves & coastal erosion, Glacier erosion & climate change, Review for Final.
Sixth week-Final exam.
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
First week-Purchase of books by June 15.
Second week-Lecture test I
Third week-Lecture Test II
Fourth week-Lecture test III
Fifth week-July 9 deadline for submitting pocket-folder w/ completed quiz & lab materials.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the assigned reading material.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills – Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
GL 1403: Lecture and Lab
CLSO alpha- Demonstrates comprehension of physical geology concepts (PSLO alpha); measured by memorizations & data-llinkage testing.
CSLO 1- Use sequential data sets for predictions & conclusions (PSLO 1); measured by embedded test questions & homework completions.
CSLO 2- Demonstrate interpretation & utility of diagrams (PSLO 2); measured by opened book testing.
CSLO 3- Explain physical geology cycles (PSLO 3); measured by memorizations & by processes-to-materials linkage-testing.
CSLO 4- Share data-compilation responsibilities in small groups (PSLO 4); measured by group quizzes that summarize teaching videos.
|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.|
|Additional Information||I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grade you must come to my office, in person. I do not give additional work for grade improvement when requested by an individual for the obvious reason that my consent would be unfair to the rest of the class.|
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