- Instructor: William Hirt
- Office: Science 217 (7-217)
- Office hours:MTh 2:00-3:15 PM, TF 11:00-12:15 AM, and F 12:30-1:45 PM
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Phone: 530·938·5255
- Lab Phone: 530·938·5157
- Section number (CRN): 7022
- Meeting times: MW 12:30-1:45 PM and W 2:00-4:50 PM
- Meeting place: Science 216 (7-216)
- Units: 4.0
- Degree applicability: UC, CSU and COS
Success in Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) courses like Physical Geology (GEOL 1210) depends on a student's preparation and participation as well as on the format of the course.
- Preparation: ENGL 1001 (College Composition) and MATH 0850 or 0851 (Elementary Algebra or Beginning Algebra I) are advisories for this course. Students who have successfully completed these advisories succeed in ESS courses like GEOL 1210 at a rate (68%) more than twice that of students who have not (32%). If you have not successfully completed ENGL 1001 and MATH 0850 or 0851 you are strongly encouraged to do so before you enroll in GEOL 1210.
- Participation: Students who participate in their Geology classes at least 85% of the time (as measured by attendance and the submission of assignments) succeed at a much higher rate (82%) than do students enrolled in the class as a whole (57%).
- Format: Students who enroll in online ESS courses are significantly less likely to complete them (57%) than are students who enroll in face-to-face or lab courses (70 and 72%, respectively). If you are a student who learns best by hands-on experience or in a group setting you are encouraged to take a lab or face-to-face class rather than an online class if possible.
- Textbook (required): Essentials of Geology, 12th ed. by Lutgens and Tarbuck (ISBN 978-0-321-94773-4)
Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:
- Correctly identify a variety of common rocks and minerals and explain what each tells us about the geologic processes that produced it.
- Establish the timing of the geologic events that have shaped a region, as depicted on a geologic map or cross-section, by applying relative and absolute dating principles.
- Distinguish the three types of boundaries that separate Earth’s lithosphere plates and explain how the stress at each is related to the deformation, seismicity and volcanism observed there.
- Sketch a cross-section of Earth’s interior and explain how the contrasting properties of different regions have enabled us to map the planet’s internal structure and link processes there to those occurring at the surface.
- Recognize common landforms from their topography and analyze how each is formed through the interactions between constructional processes and erosion caused by the movements of water, wind and ice.
- Analyze whether an observation, experimental result or proposed explanation is consistent with a scientific hypothesis for a natural phenomenon and effectively communicate this analysis to others.
Fall 2016 course schedule
|15, 17-Aug||Introduction to geology and plate tectonics||1 & 2||plate boundary characteristics|
|22, 24-Aug||Minerals and mineral resources||3||mineral identification|
|29, 31-Aug||Igneous rocks and intrusive activity||4||igneous rock identification|
|5, 7-Sep||Volcanoes and volcanic hazards||5||Shasta Valley field trip|
|12, 14-Sep||Weathering and soils||6||sediment analysis|
|19, 21-Sep||Sedimentary rocks and environments||7||sedimentary rock identification|
|26, 28-Sep||Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks||8||metamorphic rock identification|
|3, 5-Oct||Earthquakes and Earth's interior||9||Earthquake!|
|10, 12-Oct||Origin and evolution of the ocean floor||10||seafloor spreading|
|17, 19-Oct||Crustal deformation and mountain building||11||fold and fault structures|
|24, 26-Oct||Mass wasting and the work of gravity||12||pace and compass mapping|
|31-Oct; 2-Nov||Running water: streams and flooding||13||Virtual River: Flooding|
|7, 9-Nov||Groundwater and caverns||14||Shasta Caverns field trip|
|14, 16-Nov||Glaciers and glaciations||15||groundwater contamination|
|21, 23-Nov||Deserts and wind||16||topographic maps and profiles|
|28, 30-Nov||Shorelines and coastal processes||17||tsunami and storm surge|
|5, 7-Dec||Geologic time and Earth's history||18 & 19||geologic maps and sections|
|14-Dec||final exam, 1:00-2:50 PM||all||---|
Grades will be based on total scores for:
- online study questions (50 points);
- daily clicker questions (60 total points);
- two online assignments (20 points);
- two midterm exams (80 total points);
- three writing assignments (40 total points);
- a comprehensive final exam (50 total points);
- 17 weekly lab reports (scaled to 100 total points, one third of the lecture total).
There will be no alternate or "extra credit" assignments. For the writing assignment a student will read an article of their choice from a set of three selected for the class and write an outline, abstract and revised abstract of that article. The final grade will be computed from a total of 400 points, and will be scored as follows: > 90% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; and < 60% = F. The instructor reserves the right to adjust these percentages if such an adjustment is warranted by the class average, but under no circumstances will a student who earns a score of <65% or fails to turn in any of the writing assignments receive a satisfactory (A, B, or C) grade.
In addition to class time, a student should expect to spend about 8 hours per week reviewing their notes and text, answering online study questions and studying for exams. Completion of the writing and online assignments will require about an additional 12 hours during the course of the semester.
Attendance, withdrawal, and incomplete policies
Regular participation and punctual submission of assignments are required for satisfactory completion of this course. Absences will be excused if the student: (1) notifies the instructor by email or phone, (2) schedules a time to make up the missed work before their next class session, and (3) makes up the work as scheduled. If a student incurs more than six unexcused absences he or she will be dropped from the class. A student may withdraw before 18-Nov-2016 without receiving a grade, and is responsible for notifying the admissions office and completing all necessary forms. Arrangements for an incomplete must be made with the instructor, and an "I" will be granted only in the case of an unforeseen personal or family emergency.
Students have the right to request reasonable accommodations to college requirements, services, facilities, or programs if their documented disability imposes an educational limitation or impedes access to requirements, services, facilities, or programs. A student with a disability who would like to utilize accommodations is responsible for requesting necessary accommodations by identifying himself/herself to their instructor or the Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) office located in Eddy Hall 101 (Building 94) on the Weed campus. The DSPS office phone number is 530-938-5297 and applications for services are also available on the website at http://www.siskiyous.edu/dsps/documents/application.pdf . Students who consult or request assistance from DSPS regarding specific accommodations will be required to meet timelines and procedural requirements established by the DSPS office.
Make-up policy for missed work
Writing assignments, homework exercises, midterm exams, lab reports and daily clicker questions may be made-up if: (1) prior arrangements have been made with the instructor; and (2) they are completed before the next class period or before graded exercises are returned to the class (as appropriate). Field trips and the final exam may not be made up.
Late assignment policy
Writing and homework assignments will be penalized 1 point for each class period they are late and will not be accepted after the graded assignments have been returned to the class.
Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they work on their lab exercises and homework assignments, and as they prepare for exams. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she submits exercise results, takes quizzes and the final exam, and writes his or her outlines and abstracts. If I find evidence that any students are not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because they submit identical or nearly identical writing assignments) I reserve the right to assign them a score of zero on the assignment or assignments in question.