HISTORICAL GEOLOGY ON-CAMPUS LECTURE
Georgia Perimeter College
Spring Semester 2011
Instructor: Dr. Pamela J. W. Gore, Professor of Geology
E-mail address: Pamela.Gore@gpc.edu
Dr. Gore's Home Page: http://facstaff.gpc.edu/~pgore/gore.htm
Office phone: (678) 891-3754
Office room number: CC-2161
Dr. Pamela Gore
Dept of Geology
Georgia Perimeter College
555 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021
Office hours on Clarkston Campus: MWF 1-4 pm, TuTh 2:30-4 pm
You are encouraged to call first to be sure your instructor is not in a meeting. The instructor is available at other times by e-mail, phone, or by appointment.
Regular communication is a very important part of this course. Please feel free to ask questions at any time by e-mail, by phone, or in person during office hours.
Weekly Lecture Schedule:
The Weekly Lecture Schedule lists assignments, quizzes, exams, and required readings.
This schedule is tentative and may change. All changes will be announced in class. There will be homework assignments. There may be additional quizzes.
Reasons you should take the Geology Lab:
It is strongly recommended that all students take the Historical Geology Laboratory to accompany this course. The reasons for taking lab include:
All students are required to take at least one science course with a lab to fulfill core curriculum requirements. If you haven't taken lab yet, do it now and get the requirement completed. Students may take two lab science courses.
Students who take lab with their science lecture tend to perform better in their lecture course than students who do not take the lab. You are more likely to get an A, B, or C in lecture if you take lab. Last semester, all of the students who got A’s and B’s in lecture, except one, were in the Lab, and most of the students who got a C were in Lab. Students who did not take Lab did not do as well in lecture. The additional time that you spend engaged with the subject matter in a hands-on fashion in Lab goes a long way toward helping you understand the course material that is covered in lecture. If you want to succeed in lecture, the best advice I can give you is to take the Lab.
Because of greater success of students taking lab, the College is moving toward having ALL SCIENCE STUDENTS TAKE LAB with every science lecture. This will go into effect soon. It is better to go ahead and register to take the lab now.
If you are already taking a full load (15 credit hours or more of campus-based classes), the lab is no additional charge. If you are taking less than 15 hours, the online lab will be an additional $99.00 (or current tuition and fees), and the on-campus lab is $80 (in state) or ($310 out of state) or current tuition and fee rate. If you register you will need to pay before the deadline or you could be purged from all of your courses for unpaid tuition bills.
If you decide to take the Geology lab, please register on your own, see the Department Chair or the Department Secretary in CC-2167 and one of them will be glad to add you into the lab class. Or you can call the Science Department office at 678-891-3766 before the end of late registration and they can add you into the lab.
Remember that if you register for Lab, you must register before it meets for the first time, attend Lab the first week and pay any additional tuition and fees you may owe at the time of registration.
Historical Geology is the study of the history of Earth and life through time. It provides an overview of evolution, fossils, dinosaurs, geologic time, radiometric dating, origin of the Earth, environments, and geologic history of North America. Optional field trip may be offered.
Exit or exemption from all Learning Support and ESL (English as a Second Language) requirements.
There is no Geology prerequisite for this course.
Teaching Objectives for this course are available at: http://facstaff.gpc.edu/~pgore/geology/historical_lecture/historical-objectives.html.
Teaching Objectives are a list of the minimum basic objectives for this course, as set forth by the Geology Curriculum Committee. Additional topics may be presented in the course, as deemed appropriate by the individual instructor. Exams and quizzes are designed to address the Teaching Objectives.
Required textbook and items for lecture:
Bring required materials every day unless you are otherwise directed.
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Exams and Quizzes:
33% Midterm Exam
below 60% F
A serious note about the final: If you score less than 70% on the final exam, you will not receive an A for a final course grade, and similarly, if you score less than 60% on the final exam, you will not will not receive a B for a final grade, and if you score less than 50% on the final exam, you will not receive a C for a final grade, regardless of your overall average plus any extra credit.
Grade Reporting: Course grades will not be mailed. Grades are available online at the end of the semester at http://sis.gpc.edu.
Do not contact the instructor via email or phone for grades. Graded assignments and tests will be returned to all students at the same time and final grades will be posted on the GPC iCollege website at the same time for all students.
Extra Credit:There will be opportunities for extra credit projects or papers during the semester. Up to five earned extra credit points can be applied to your final class average. Submit your ideas for extra credit by e-mail to your instructor for approval of topics. Extra credit exercises must be done independently from other students. All extra credit must be typed.
*Criminal background checks are required of all students working with K-12 students or schools. This requirement is already in place for Education majors. Background checks will be managed in cooperation of the Georgia Perimeter College Protective Services office.
School placement can be done by the student with the assistance of the faculty member, based on the needs of teachers in local schools, and on existing partnerships. Students will report on all phases of the activity following the format at: http://facstaff.gpc.edu/~pgore/STEM/TeachingProjectChecklist.doc, Task Template, and Rubric.
Science Department H1N1 Policy
This H1N1 influenza policy for the Science Division of GPC will supersede all policies found in the syllabi of individual science instructors for all courses offered during the Spring 2010 Semester.
The policies listed are given in a prioritized order of possible solutions to extended absences from class due to influenza; only proceed to the next numerical preference level if the previous level is not applicable to that student situation.
All students who have been absent because of the H1N1 flu are still responsible for the mastery of all the material presented in the course. It is only the avenues of how these students will make up the work and how they will be graded on that course content that will require some tailoring based on the situation (see below). It is the responsibility of the student to contact the college through the college’s absenteeism website link http://www.gpc.edu/absence within 24 hours of the onset of the illness.
FIRST LEVEL: All exams and laboratory exercises missed due
to illness must be made-up, however any penalties associated with late work will
be waived, and the time–frame for accepting late work will be extended. Missed
laboratory exercises will be made-up in “Open Lab Periods” as long as the
materials and lab set-up for the make-up will not interfere with the regularly
scheduled laboratory exercises. All missed quizzes and daily homework
assignments (if less than 20%of the total) will not be considered in the
determination of the student’s course grade.
SECOND LEVEL: All exams missed due to illness must be made-up. Missed laboratory exercises, which are unfeasible for open-lab make up, will not be counted in the determination of their lab grade as long as the missing exercises are equal to or less than 20% of the total lab exercises. All missed quizzes and daily homework assignments (if less than 20% of the total for those components) will not be counted in determining the course grade.
THIRD LEVEL: If make-up exams (such as lab midterm exams) are impractical given an extended absence and the nature of the instructional material then the student is to be given the following two options: First, the points for the missed exam can be added to the weight given to the final examination in the determination of the student’s course grade, or; Second, the student can be given an “Incomplete” that follows all the procedures and ramifications associated with GPC and Departmental policies associated with an “I” (see bolded section in FOURTH LEVEL below).
FOURTH LEVEL: An “Incomplete” can be awarded without any option for a passing grade if the H1N1 flu illness occurs very late during the semester. This fourth option is to be employed when the absence late in the term involves missed exercises, exams, and scheduled graded assignments (homework) that constitute more than 20% of the basis for a student’s course grade and can not be made up by the time instructors are required to enter final grades. This fourth level is also to be employed when a student misses the final exam AND has contacted the college through the college’s absenteeism website link http://www.gpc.edu/absence within 24 hours of the onset of the illness. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange as soon as possible with the instructor a time and date to make up the missed final exam. Students who receive an Incomplete in a science lecture or lab course will be automatically purged from any courses that they are registered for the following term that list as a pre-requisite the course with the incomplete. Students cannot take any part (lecture or lab) of the next part of a science sequence until they have completed the missed work, and the instructor has completed a change of grade form (from an I to a C or better) and the grade change has been processed by the registrar. If the missed exam and/or coursework is not completed and the change of grade processing completed by the last day of classes during the following term (including summer term) the final grade will become an F. If a student misses the final exam and has not contacted the instructor through the college’s absenteeism website link http://www.gpc.edu/absence, then the student is awarded a score of “0” for their final exam score in the determination of their final grade.
Once the student has completed the missed work/final exam it is the instructor’s responsibility to PROMPTLY grade the work, and complete and submit a change of grade form to the Dept. Chair who will sign and forward promptly to the registrar. Students should realize that it may take a week or more before the registrar can record the change of grade.
The midpoint of the semester is Tuesday March 15,
A student who officially withdraws by the midpoint of the course will receive a grade of "W". A student who withdraws after the midpoint of the quarter will receive a "WF" unless approval as a hardship withdrawal is received from the Dean.
If you choose to stop logging in to iCollege, or to stop reading and responding to e-mails from the instructor, you must complete the withdrawal process through the Registrar's Office by the specified dates, or you will receive an "F" for the course.
If you are thinking about withdrawing, please let the instructor know in advance.
iCollege (formerly WebCT) Information:
This class uses iCollege
(formerly WebCT) to enhance the on-campus course. iCollege is an online
course management system that runs with a web browser. Some of
your quizzes and exams will be given online in iCollege (formerly WebCT).
iCollege supplies a discussion/announcements area, internal class e-mail, quizzes, and course
For basic information, see the GPC iCollege page at the following address: http://icollege.gpc.edu.
Browser Check: You must check your web browser with the University System of Georgia Browser Checker http://www.usg.edu/usgweb/browserchecker/ to determine whether your computer and web browser will function properly with iCollege, the course management software.
Online iCollege Orientation: You must also work through the iCollege Student Orientation, which will introduce you to iCollege. The link to the Orientation is on the iCollege page, or go directly to http://www.gpc.edu/icollege/orientation/.
Obtaining your iCollege password: On or around the first day of classes, go to http://www.gpc.edu/getmylogin and follow the directions on the screen. You will need to enter your name, last 4 digits of social security number, GPC student number (900 number) and birth date. Read and agree to the computer usage policies. Click submit. Please write down your user name and password for your iCollege course(s). You may access this information 5 times, and after that you will have to call the Educational Technologies helpdesk for assistance at (678) 891-3460.
iCollege IDs may not be available before the first day of classes.
Accessing your course notes using iCollege: http://icollege.gpc.edu.
Technical Assistance: For technical assistance, please visit http://www.gpc.edu/icollege/help.html.
Logging Out of iCollege: Be sure you log out or close all copies of your web browser, so that others using the computer after you will not have access to your password-protected files. If you do not exit ALL copies of your web browser, someone using the computer after you could post messages to the e-mail and bulletin board under your identity!!
Policy on Academic Honesty: Academic dishonesty (cheating and plagiarism) will not be tolerated. Read
carefully the sections on
in the GPC Policy Manual. Statement of Non-discrimination:
Georgia Perimeter College supports the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive
Order #11246, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. No person
shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation,
national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied
the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity
of the college. Any individual with a grievance related to the enforcement of any of the
above provisions should contact the Assistant Director of Human Resources,
Ombudsperson. Americans with Disabilities Act Statement:
Cell phones, laptops and other devices that could be used to record answers are to be turned OFF and put away in all classes in any class testing situation (quizzes, tests, etc.). Students may NOT use cell phones as calculators. If you need a calculator for quiz or a test, you should bring a separate calculator. Everything must be off the table except materials needed for testing.
A report will be filed for any alleged cheating or plagiarism incident. (See procedure in Academic Affairs Policy Manual.) Penalties may include suspension or expulsion.
Cheating on an exam will jeopardize your grade and may get you expelled; if you receive a zero on an exam it will be extremely difficult to receive a passing grade for the course.
Policy on Academic Honesty:
Academic dishonesty (cheating and plagiarism) will not be tolerated. Read
carefully the sections on
in the GPC Policy Manual.
Statement of Non-discrimination: Georgia Perimeter College supports the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order #11246, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. No person shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the college.
Any individual with a grievance related to the enforcement of any of the above provisions should contact the Assistant Director of Human Resources, Ombudsperson.
Americans with Disabilities Act Statement:If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance of support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services. A CDS Counselor will coordinate those services.
Equal Opportunity Statement:No person shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of Georgia Perimeter College.
Affirmative Action Statement: Georgia Perimeter College adheres to affirmative action policies designed to promote diversity and equal opportunity for all faculty and students.
You are expected to read and abide by the general policies of Georgia
Perimeter College, as stated in the College Student Handbook, College
Catalog and in the GPC Policy Manual
Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
1. Understand and apply the major Geological Principles of Historical Geology.
2. Recognize and apply the methods of scientific Problem-solving and critical thinking.
3. Understand and discuss the interrelationships between the physical and biological history of the Earth.
4. Understand and apply the ways in which geologic materials are dated.
5. Understand the Geologic evidence for evolution.
6. Understand and know the classification of the major fossil groups.
7. Understand and apply data related to environments in which sedimentary materials are deposited.
8. Understand and discuss the origin of the Universe, Solar System, and the Earth.
9. Understand and discuss the origin of life and the various evidences from the fossil record the origin of life.
General Education Outcomes:
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
A. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook and handout materials.
B. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and group problem solving. Lecture material is presented that is not included in the textbook or handout material and is included as part of the exams or tests.
C. Students develop their writing skills through a variety of homework assignments, tests, and quizzes.
D. Students develop their speaking skills through class discussions, by asking questions in class as well as interactions with their peer in and out of class.
II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry as follows:
A. Students must apply the geological principles to explain various observed natural phenomena that occur on the Earth's surface as well as in the interior of the earth.
B. Students will develop their observation skill to be able to recognize the various geological features and life that lived on the earth through its history.
C. Students will develop the skills of inquiry by use of the scientific method to experience, evaluate, and synthesize data as applied to various geological problems.
III. This course addresses the general education outcomes of identification and evaluation of basic global, economic, and geographic forces as pertains to geology as well as to analyze how these forces shape the present and future, and possibly the past.
A. The study of Historical Geology will address the issues of the interaction of man/life and the earth.
B. The interaction of life and the environment as it pertains to earth materials and its history are included in this course.
IV. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual and at times group problem-solving and critical thinking skills as applied to geology.
A. A student will develop their ability to problem-solve and critically think by applying their acquired knowledge of geology to various problems that deal with historical geology issues.
A. Fundamental principles of Geology
B. Sedimentary Rock Record
C. Geologic time
E. Life on Earth
A. The Universe
B. The Earth
C. The Atmosphere
A. Precambrian Life & Tectonics
B. Paleozoic Life & Tectonics
C. Mesozoic Life & Tectonics
D. Cenozoic Life & Tectonics
Syllabus dated January 13, 2011.
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Georgia Perimeter College