PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LECTURE
GEOLOGY 1121/1421 - Georgia Perimeter College
Clarkston and Lawrenceville Campuses
A technology-supported distance learning course using GSAMS
Fall Semester 1998
Instructor: Dr. Pamela J. W. Gore, Professor of Geology
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Wide Web Address: http://www.gpc.edu/~pgore/gore.htm
Office phone: (404) 299-4099
Office room number: CC 2161 (Clarkston Campus)
Office hours on Clarkston Campus: MWF 10:30 am - 4:30 pm,
The instructor is available at other times via e-mail, phone, or by appointment
Lecture Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 10:55 am -12:10 pm
On Tuesday the instructor will be on the Clarkston Campus
On Thursday the instructor will be on the Lawrenceville Campus
Classroom: The class is held in the GSAMS (Georgia Statewide Academic and Medical System) classrooms on Clarkston Campus and on Lawrenceville Campus.
Clarkston Campus: CE-1100 (Distance Learning Room)
Lawrenceville Campus: GB-1230 (Distance Learning Room)
Classroom facilitator on Clarkston Campus: Brian de Gray
Classroom facilitator on Lawrenceville Campus: Scott Collins 770-339-2364
Phone numbers of classrooms:
Voice at Clarkston Campus: 404-298-3822
FAX at Clarkston Campus: 404-298-3922
Voice/FAX at Lawrenceville Campus: 770-339-5318
This course is part of the Georgia Geoscience On-line Project, one of approximately 47 Course Development Projects in the State of Georgia that has been funded by the Connecting Teachers and Technology Program of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Instructional technology integrated into this course includes use of the computer, Internet (World Wide Web and e-mail), and the GSAMS distance learning classroom.
Prerequisite: Students must have exited Developmental Math, English, and Reading, or be exempt from Developmental Studies.
Corequisite: The students in GEOL 1421 have a corequisite of GEOL 1421L, the laboratory.
Catalog description: Physical Geology is the study of the Earth and the processes which shape it. The course offers an overview of plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, mountain building, weathering, erosion, soil, origin of minerals and rocks, and water and energy resources. A fieldtrip is optional.
Required items (please bring to class):
Textbook and lab manual
Scantron Sheets (Form 882-ES) - old form 882 not accepted.
Must have box for "subjective" answers.
Your notebook and class notes, quizzes and assignments
Printouts from the Web relevant to the day's lecture topic
Paper, pencil and eraser (need for scantrons and for lab)
3.5" IBM formatted computer diskette (for computer assignments)
Other items as announced
Required textbook: Tarbuck, E.J. and Lutgens, F.K., 1999, The Earth, Sixth Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 638 p.
Recommended supplements available in bookstore:
Interactive CD-ROM, GEODe II, Geologic Explorations on Disk. Should be in back of textbook.
Required book for corequisite class: Busch, R.M. (ed.), 1997, Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, Fourth Edition, AGI/NAGT, Prentice Hall, 280 p.
TENTATIVE LECTURE SCHEDULE AND REQUIRED READINGS
1 An Introduction to Geology, Ch. 1
2 Crustal Deformation, Ch. 15 (section on faults only at this time)
Earthquakes, Ch. 16
See video, Nova: Earthquake!
3 The Earth's Interior, Ch. 17
Plate Tectonics, Ch. 19
See video in the Planet Earth Series - The Living Machine
4 * Quiz on Ch. 1, 15, 16, 17, 19
Matter and Minerals, Ch. 2
5 * Quiz on Ch. 2
Igneous Rocks, Ch. 3
Volcanoes, Ch. 4
See video, Volcanoes - Exploring the Restless Earth
6 * Quiz on Ch. 3 and 4
The Rock Cycle, p. 24 -26
Weathering and Soil, Ch. 5
Geologic work of groundwater, p. 285-288
Weathering and ore deposits, p. 559-563
Volcano project due
7 * Sedimentary Rocks, Ch. 6
Energy and Mineral Resources, p. 535-546
8 * Quiz on Ch. 5 and 6
Metamorphic Rocks, Ch. 7
Mineral resources and metamorphic processes, p. 558-559
9 Hydrologic Cycle
Running Water, Ch. 10
10 In-class Midterm exam (on all chapters above through Ch. 7)
See video, The Great River
Dr. Gore may be out of town part of this week
11 Groundwater, Ch. 11
12 * Quiz on Ch. 10 and 11
Crustal Deformation, Ch. 15 (we already covered faults; do the rest of the chapter)
13 Mountain Building and the Evolution of Continents, Ch. 20
14 The Ocean Floor and its Evolution, Ch. 19
Quiz on Ch. 15 and 20
15-16 Shorelines, Ch. 14
See video, The Beach - A River of Sand
See video, Portrait of a Coast
Mass wasting, Ch. 9
FINAL EXAM: Tuesday December 15, 1998 10:30-12:30 pm
Every effort will be made to cover the topics on the dates indicated, but some topics will require more time than others, so the dates listed can only be approximate, and may change.
Page numbers for the assigned readings are listed. PLEASE READ THIS MATERIAL BEFORE COMING TO CLASS. Be sure that you know all of the bold terms in the assigned pages. Be sure to think about the review questions at the end of each chapter. The textbook does not necessarily cover all of the material presented in this course.
LECTURE NOTES are available for most chapters on the World Wide Web. They should be printed out before coming to class to assist you with your note-taking and studying. See address of class home page at the beginning of this syllabus. You may, in addition, take notes in the conventional manner, if it increases your learning.
Students will be given an e-mail account with which to correspond with the instructor and classmates. You must check your e-mail regularly (at least twice weekly). Quizzes, assignments, announcements, and other important communications will be given via e-mail. It is your responsibility to check your e-mail or you may miss a quiz.
BASIS OF GRADING:
30% Midterm exam
30% Final exam (cumulative and comprehensive)
40% Homework assignments, reports, projects, and quizzes (counted equally).
Most quizzes will be online and are to be done outside of class.
Homework assignments (approximately weekly) will be done using the computer for each major topic.
Check e-mail for quiz and assignment information.
The lecture grade is separate from the lab grade.
below 60% F
POLICY ON EXTRA CREDIT:
There will be opportunities for extra credit projects or papers during the semester. Up to five earned points can be applied to your final class average.
An optional extra credit field trip to Stone Mountain is planned near the end of the semester for two points - one point for going and one point for submitting the worksheet.
Submit your ideas for extra credit to your instructor in writing for approval of topics PRIOR to doing the extra credit. Extra credit exercises must be done independently from other students. All extra credit must be typed using a computer word processor.
Possible extra credit projects (one point each):
1. Watch a one-hour (or two half-hour) geology-related TV documentaries or videos. Take and type detailed notes (several pages) to turn in, along with title, date, and time of show.
2. Attend Georgia Geological Society meeting (last Thursday of the month, Fernbank Museum of Natural History).
3. Attend other Geology public lectures or seminars as announced.
4. Visit and take detailed notes at a geology-related museum. Type. Take photos.
Weinmann Mineral Museum, Cartersville, GA
Elberton Granite Museum, Elberton, GA
QUIZ MAKE-UP POLICY:
Make-ups available only if you have spoken with me in advance, and for valid, legitimate, verifiable reasons (foe example, if you are ill, you must have a doctor's note). If you have a problem the morning of the test, you must e-mail me, call the classroom just before class begins, or call my office and leave a message with the secretary or on the voice mail BEFORE CLASS. You may or may not be allowed a make-up, at my discretion, depending in part on whether you have a doctor's note or similar officially verified reason. See me if you have any questions.
You are responsible for keeping track of your own grades throughout the semester, and you may use these grades to calculate your course grade as of the midpoint of the semester. (There is no guarantee, however, that the final course grade will be the same as the grade at the midpoint of the semester.) I DO NOT GIVE YOU A LIST OF GRADES; it is up to you to keep up with them yourself.
(1) POLICY REGARDING MISSED WORK:
You are responsible for all material covered in class, and all announcements made in class and through the e-mail. Absence from class does not relieve you of this responsibility. Please get the telephone number and e-mail address of at least two other students so that you can call them to find out what you missed. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to check the computer (Netscape and e-mail) and contact your classmates to get the lecture notes. If you missed any handouts, inform the instructor as to which ones you need, and they will be given to you. The instructor does not give lecture notes to students who miss class or who are unable to keep up with the class. See the class web page for this.
(2) ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and are responsible for all work missed when absent. Failure to attend class could have a detrimental result on the student's grade. Should a student wish to withdraw from the course, it is his or her responsibility to initiate the request. The instructor will not be responsible for withdrawing the student. The instructor reserves the right to withdraw a student when absences become excessive, particularly if the student has not communicated with the instructor about the reason for the absences. Five or more absences would be considered excessive.
Attendance will be taken in class. If you come late, please inform the instructor after class.
(3) WITHDRAWAL POLICY:
Student-initiated withdrawals: A student who officially withdraws from a collegiate level course by the midpoint of a course by the midpoint of the course will receive a grade of "W". A student who withdraws after the midpoint of the semester will receive a "WF" unless approval as a hardship withdrawal is received from the dean.
It is not the instructor's responsibility to withdraw students. If you choose to stop coming to class, you must complete the withdrawal process through the Registrar's Office by the specified dates, or you will receive an "F" for the course..
Lecture and lab are corequisites. Any student who withdraws (or is withdrawn) from a lecture must also withdraw (or be withdrawn) from the lab. Likewise, any student who withdraws (or is withdrawn) from the lab must also withdraw (be withdrawn) from the lecture.
The instructor reserves the right to withdraw a student for non-attendance, excessive absences, or other reasons (such as, but not limited to, safety violations, or continuing disruption of this class.)
(4) POLICY REGARDING LATE ASSIGNMENTS:
No assignments will be accepted after the instructor has corrected, graded, and returned them to the class.
Each assignment has a specific due date. You will be told this date when the assignment is given. The assignment will be due on the date specified. Late assignments will lose points (10% off for each class day late). No assignments will be accepted after they are two weeks late, or after the instructor has returned corrected and graded assignments, which ever comes first.
(5) POLICY ON QUESTIONS:
Feel free to ask questions of the instructor at any time, either in class, during office hours, or by e-mail. As you review your notes from each class, make a list of any questions you have on material presented or in the textbook. You should e-mail questions to the instructor as questions arise (or as problems with computers or assignments arise). At the beginning of each class you will have an opportunity to ask questions. If questions become excessive during a lecture, such that we are unable to stay on schedule, I may have to ask that you hold them until after class.
Please remember that I have at least ten hours per week scheduled to be in my office for your questions. I am also available by e-mail, and will generally reply the same day or the next day. (My e-mail may or may not be checked on weekends.)
No baseball caps or other hats to be worn in class. It is difficult to identify students wearing hats. (Medical exceptions may be granted.)
(7) BEHAVIOR POLICY:
Students are expected to maintain adult behavior at all times. Be punctual. If you are late, please enter quickly and quietly without disturbing the class or the instructor. (Be sure that you have been counted as present, however, before leaving class.) If you have to leave early, it is courteous to let the instructor know in advance. Talking or any other behavior which disrupts the lecture, or disturbs other students, or distracts the instructor (talking, whispering, note passing, or reading the newspaper during lecture, for example), may result in your being asked to stop the distracting behavior, to change your seat, or to leave the room. Continuing disruption will not be tolerated and you may be withdrawn from the course. Any behavior deemed disruptive and inappropriate for class will not be tolerated.
(8) POLICY ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:
Academic dishonesty (cheating and plagiarism) will not be tolerated. Students should read the sections on cheating and plagiarism in the Student Handbook and Georgia Perimeter College Catalog.
Cheating includes (among other things), use of unauthorized papers during a quiz or exam (no matter what the content), copying from another student's paper during a quiz or exam, allowing another student to copy from your paper during a test, unauthorized access to old exams or to an exam given to another section of the class, or the exam given to the class if you are taking it late for some reason, copying another student's homework assignments, using or turning in a photocopy of another student's assigned work, paying someone to write a paper or do an assignment for you, buying or downloading a term paper, or leaving the room during a test or exam without permission or before turning in your paper.
Plagiarism includes copying any sentence or sentences verbatim from the reference source without using quotation marks and without providing a complete reference (author, date, source of material, volume, pages, etc.), or printing out an article directly from a computer database (such as Encarta or off the World Wide Web) and turning it in as your own work. Students must read, synthesize, and write their own original sentences; learn to paraphrase. Even when paraphrasing, a complete reference must be provided to the paraphrased sentences. NEVER steal words directly from any source and present them as your own.
Students are responsible for doing their own work, even if they "work together". If two papers are turned in that show great similarity such that the instructor interprets it as evidence of cheating or plagiarism, both will be penalized.
A report will be filed with the Campus Dean of Student Affairs for any alleged cheating or plagiarism incident. (See procedure in Georgia Perimeter College Catalog). The case will be heard by the College Court. Penalties may include suspension or expulsion.
The faculty member is free to assign the grade he or she thinks is appropriate for the assignment or for the semester (regardless of any outcome from College Court).
Any student found by the instructor to have represented someone else's work as his/her own, will receive a zero for that quiz, exam, or assignment for the first offense. The second offense will result in the assignment of a grade of "F" for the course. (If several papers are turned in together or at the same time, and each contains evidence of cheating or plagiarism, they will be considered as separate offenses, and will result in immediate assignment of a grade of "F" for the course). This policy applies to cheating or plagiarism on extra credit work as well.
(9) You are expected to read and abide by the General Policies of Georgia Perimeter College as stated in the Student Handbook and College Catalog.
Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services (CDS). A CDS Counselor will coordinate those services.
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WELCOME TO GEOLOGY!
GUIDE TO WRITING COLLEGE PAPERS FOR GEOLOGY CLASSES
1. Must be typed on a word processor, not typewriter, and not handwritten.
2. Must be spell-checked and grammar-checked.
3. Must be proof-read by at least one OTHER person (include their signature and date at the end of your paper as proofreader).
5. Never in all uppercase.
6. No font size larger than 12 point.
7. No margins over 1 inch (standard setting with word processors)
8. Use subheadings to organize your work.
9. Staple in upper left corner.
10. No folders or plastic covers.
11. Illustrations are helpful (but not included in page count).
12. White paper only.
13. Two spaces after every period and colon.
14. Don't use its unless it is a contraction of it is.
15. Don't use were when you really mean where.
16. The plural of scientist is scientists with an s on the end.
17. Do not plagiarize. When quoting directly, use quotation marks and provide a reference.
18. Include references within your text, AND a list of references at the end.
19. Always put your name in the upper right corner. If multiple students are involved, alphabetize by last name.
20. Consult a style manual if necessary.
21. Number your pages, bottom center.
EXPECTED EDUCATIONAL RESULTS:
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
1. Understand the origin of the Earth.
2. Understand the reasons behind the distribution of oceans and continents, and the location of volcanic and earthquake belts; Plate Tectonics.
3. Understand how natural processes shape the land and how these natural processes affect people.
4. Understand how different types of rocks and minerals are formed.
5. Recognize and apply scientific inquiry in a variety of geological settings.
GENERAL EDUCATION OUTCOMES: