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Student success

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.

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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:

Fall 2016 course schedule

Dates Lesson topic(s) Reading Exercise
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: Discharge
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 ---

Evaluation

Grades will be based on total scores for:

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.

Academic accomodations

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.

Academic integrity

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.