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Success in Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) courses like Historical Geology (GEOL 1220) 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:

Spring 2014 Course Schedule

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Lab Exercise (chapter)

8-Jan:17-Jan Actualism, Relative Dating and Plate Tectonics 1 plate boundary characteristics (1)
22-Jan:24-Jan Modern Environments and Life 4 minerals (2)
27-Jan:31-Jan Sedimentary Depositional Environments 5 igneous and metamorphic rocks (2)
3-Feb:5-Feb Correlation and Dating of the Rock Record 6 sedimentary rocks & structures (2)
10-Feb:14-Feb Evolution and the Fossil Record 7 Hornbrook Fm. field trip
19-Feb:21-Feb Plate Tectonics: Historical & Modern Concepts 8 geologic dating (6)
24-Feb:28-Feb Continental Tectonics and Mountain Belts 9 fossilization and cladograms
3-Mar:7-Mar Geochemical Cycles 10 seafloor spreading
10-Mar:14-Mar Hadean and Archean History 11 geologic maps & cross-sections (9)
17-Mar:21-Mar Proterozoic History 12 facies and isopach maps
24-Mar:31-Mar Spring Break--no classes --- ---
2-Apr:4-Apr Early Paleozoic History 13 invertebrate fossils I (3)
7-Apr:11-Apr Middle Paleozoic Hhistory 14 invertebrate fossils II (3)
14-Apr:18-Apr Late Paleozoic History 15 plant fossils (3)
21-Apr:25-Apr Early Mesozoic History 16 vertebrate fossils (3)
28-Apr:2-May Cretaceous History 17 world paleoclimates
5-May:9-May Paleogene History 18 western U.S. paleoclimates
12-May:14-May Neogene and Holocene History 19 & 20 Sacramento River Canyon field trip
19-May 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 each writing assignment, a student will read an article of their choice from a set of two selected for the class and write an outline and 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 6 hours per week reviewing their notes and text 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 e-mail or phone, (2) schedules a time to make up the missed work before the next class session he or she attends, and (3) makes up the work as scheduled. Unexcused absences will be tallied in the online gradebook, and a student who incurs eight unexcused absences (including labs) will be dropped from the class. A student may withdraw before 18-Apr-2014 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.

Learning Disabilities

If you anticipate the need for reasonable accommodations to meet the requirements of this course you must register with the Disabled Student Services (DSPS). If you qualify for services through DSPS, bring your official notification of your accommodation needs to your instructor as soon as possible. Disabled Student Services is located in Eddy Hall and can be contacted by calling Donna Farris or Linda Rogers at 938-5297.

Make-up Policy for Missed Work

Writing assignments, online 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). Online study questions, field trips and the final exam cannot be made up.

Late Assignment Policy

Writing assignments and online activities 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. Online study questions will be penalized 1 point if they are turned in within 24 hours of the original deadline; after that they will not be accepted.

Academic Integrity

Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they discuss assignments, work on lab activities and prepare for exams. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she takes exams and writes his or her outline and abstracts. If I find evidence that any student is not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because he or she submits a writing assignment that is identical or nearly identical to another student's) I reserve the right to drop him or her from the class unless it is after the fourteenth week, in which case the student will receive a grade of F regardless of accumulated points.