Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: GEOL-1303- Section: 71
Physical Geology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Karen Stelly
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Educational I - Room: 133
Hours:Virtual office hours by phone Mon-Sun 10am-5pm call or text; 8-10pm text only - 409-554-3493
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
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.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes By the end of this course you will learn to:
1. Describe how the scientific method has led to our current understanding of Earth’s structure and processes.
2. Interpret the origin and distribution of minerals, rocks and geologic resources.
3. Describe the theory of plate tectonics and its relationship to the formation and distribution of Earth’s crustal features.
4. Quantify the rates of physical and chemical processes acting on Earth and how these processes fit into the context of geologic time.
5. Communicate how surface processes are driven by interactions among Earth’s systems (e.g., the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere).
6. Identify and describe the internal structure and dynamics of Earth.
7. Describe the interaction of humans with Earth (e.g., resource development or hazard assessment).
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 Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Required Textbook & Materials: An introduction to geology. Salt Lake Community College (It's free!)
Lecture Topics
Week 1 Understanding Science; Plate Tectonics; Minerals
Week 2 Igneous Processes and Volcanoes; Weathering, Erosion, and Sedimentary Rocks
Week 3 Metamorphic Rocks; Geologic Time; Earth History; Crustal Deformation and earthquakes    
Week 4 Mass Wasting; Water; Coastlines    
Week 5
July 5 Deserts; Glaciers; Global Climate Change; Energy and Mineral Resources    
Major Assignments

Week 1 Introductions
Week 2 Discussion 1 plate tectonics, Assignment 1, Test 1
Week 3 Discussion 2 rocks and minerals, Assignment 2, Test 2    
Week 4 Discussion 3 ocean problems, Assignment 3, Test 3    
Week 5 Discussion 4 climate change, Assignment 4, Test 4; Final Exam
Final Exam Date July 10, 2021 - 12:01 PM   Through  July 10, 2021 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
There will be 4 short (50 questions, 100 points) exams, the final will be comprehensive (100 questions, 200 points). Lecture is 75% of grade, lab is other 25%.
Assignments 200 (50 points each of 4 assignments)
Discussion     200 (50 points each of 4 DQ’s)
Test 1 100 (2 points each of 50 questions)
Test 2 100
Test 3 100
Test 4 100
Final exam 200 (2 points each of 100 questions)
Total 1000
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Grading Policy: Grading will be done over the 7 days after due date. Labs will have some questions with only one correct answer, while others will require explanation. All explanations must be unique to each student. Assignments must be unique in entirety.

Late Policy: Work will be accepted within 5 days or the end of the semester. Work posted after 5 days must be approved by instructor.

Procedure for Review of Test Grades: If the student has an issue about his/her grade, the instructor must be contacted no later than three (3) days after receiving the grade.

Discussion Rules of Engagement:
Response to discussion question (DQ) is due no later than Thursday of each discussion week (early is always good!). Students must reply to two (2) peers or instructor each discussion week for participation points. Participation posts may be posted any of the 7 days of the given discussion week. The DQ response is worth 30 points, and each reply to peers is worth 10 points each. DQ responses posted between Friday and Sunday will lose 1 point per day. DQ responses or participation posted after the discussion week will not be awarded points.
Point earning responses to the DQ must address each part of the DQ, be as thorough as possible, with a minimum of 200 words.
Point earning participation posts must either, add something new to the topic, or provoke deeper thinking. These can be accomplished by sharing a relevant website, posing a question deeper than 'what do you think,' sharing something you looked up, sharing a personal experience deeper than 'I didn't know that,' or 'I learned something new from your post.' No word limit on the participation posts! Just add something new!
**Rules do not apply to introductions; length requirement only for response to the DQ itself, participation posts may be shorter, just add something new to the topic.

Technology Requirements
You should have a computer with Windows 8 or more recent.
You should have MS Office, specifically Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
If you do not have Office already, you can down load a free version called OpenOffice available at (If you use this, you should save your documents as .docx files)
You should have a printer with scanner OR phone with camera for the purpose of making a digital image of some lab work
Attendance Policy Class is asynchronous. As long as you meet assignment/discussion/test due dates, you will be fine.
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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal ( When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other In the event an internet signal is lost or other cause of test interruption, the student must contact instructor right away either by email or text to phone. After verification of test interruption, the test will be reset.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.