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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Geology - GEOL


Physical Geology GEOL-1403

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-21046

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 01/23/2014



Meeting Times


Physical Geology - 10743 - GEOL 1403 - 303
MW 9:10 am - 10:25 am G214; MW 10:35 am - 11:50 am G215

Contact Information


Instructor:  Dr. John L. Mosley

Office:  Bookstore Bldg., G246

Office Hours:          MW 12:00-1:15

                              TR 3:00-5:00

 

Telephone (Office):  979-209-8616

E-mail:  John.Mosley@Blinn.edu

Description


General principles of physical geology. An introduction to the origin, composition, structure and dynamics of planet Earth. Topics are explored within the general context of plate tectonic theory and include: minerals and rocks, weathering and erosion, geological time, earthquakes and volcanoes, mountain building, oceans, landforms and natural resources. Laboratory work involves the practical application of geological principles such a rock and mineral identification, geological and topographic map interpretation, and geological data analysis. Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week. Credit: Four semester hours.

Requisites

Prerequisites: Exemption or passing score on reading section of THEA or alternative test or completion of READ 306 with a grade of C or higher.

Core Curriculum Statement


This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.

Outcomes


  1. Examine and analyze rock and mineral specimens and their occurrence and determine their context within the rock cycle.
  2. Comprehend plate tectonic theory and evaluate its significance to geology. Relate the nature of EarthÂ’s internal structure and tectonics to geological phenomena (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes, deformational structures, etc.).
  3. Understand geologic time and the rock record, including formation of Earth and Solar System. Be able to apply principles of relative and numerical dating.
  4. Recognize the role of surficial processes (water, wind, ice and gravity) and identify resulting landforms; identification and interpretation of landforms based on topographic maps.
  5. Relate geology to human affairs; assess geohazard risk (earthquake, volcanoes, floods), and natural resources.

Materials


Bryan

Textbook: Essentials of Geology 11th Edition, with Mastering Essentials of Geology, 2012, Lutgens,Tarbuck, and Tasa. Pearson Publishing.

Lab Manual: AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology 9th Edition, 2011, Busch (Ed.), Pearson Publishing

Course Requirements


This course has both lecture and lab components of which participation is required, this include reading the assigned material before coming to class.  Good reading habits and reading comprehension skills are important to doing well in this course.

Evaluation


Quizzes:  Count on a short quiz at the beginning of each lecture.  This is to see if you are present and are keeping up with the reading.  They will be based on the fundamentals of Physical Geology. Please see the schedule for quiz dates and subjects.

 

Vocabulary Quizzes:  These will be based on the vocabulary terms located at the end of each chapter.  There will be 14 vocabulary quizzes.  I will drop the lowest 2.  There will be no make-up quizzes. (12 x 5pts = 60 pts.)

 

Reading Quizzes:  These are based on the reading assignments.  There will be 10 reading quizzes and I will drop the lowest 2.  There will be no make-up quizzes. (8 x 5pts = 40pts)

 

Major Exams:  Four major exams will be given at regular intervals throughout the semester.  Exams will consist of multiple choice questions, true/false questions and short essays.  I will count your best three exams.  I drop the lowest major exam grade.  There will be no make-up exams.

(3 x 100pts)

 

Lecture Final Exam:  The final exam is comprehensive.  It will consist of multiple-choice questions.  It will be given during the scheduled final exam period. (1 x 200pts)

 

Lab Work:  Lab meets twice a week.  You are expected to be present in each lab for the full class time.  Lab assignments are designed to build on previous lab work.  A grade will be taken for each lab topic covered.

 

Lab Exercises:  There will be 12 lab exercises.  Each lab exercise will count for 10 points.  I will count your best 10.  There will be no make-up exercises. (10 x 10pts = 100pts)

 

Lab Midterm and Lab Final:  A lab midterm and a lab final will determine the majority of the lab portion of your grade.  The midterm will evaluate your understanding of the lab activities in the first part of the semester.  The lab final will evaluate your understanding of the lab activities in the second half of the semester.  Due to the nature of lab exams, no make-ups will be given.

(2 x 150pts = 300pts)

 

 

1403-303

1403-306

Exam   1

Mon Feb   10

Mon Feb   10

Lab Midterm

Mon Feb   24

Mon Feb   24

Exam 2

Mon Mar   03

Mon Mar   03

Exam 3

Mon Mar   31

Mon Mar   31

Exam 4

Mon Apr   21

Mon Apr   21

Lab Final

Mon Apr   28

Mon Apr   28

Final Exam

Fri May 2

Fri May 2

Blinn College Policies


Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies


This class has 4 lecture exams, 2 lab exams, 1 final exam, 14 vocabulary quizzes, 10 reading quizzes, 12 lab exercises, and weekly reading assignments.  Course grade is based on a total of 1000 class points.  If we fail to reach 1000 points, your grade will be based on a simple percentage of the points you earned relative to the possible points you could have earned.  A breakdown of the point distribution and grading scheme is shown below.

 

Point Distribution:

Vocabulary   Quizzes (best 12 of 14)

  12 x 5 =   60

Reading   Quizzes (best 8 of 10)

    8 x 5 =   40

Lecture   Exams (best 3 of 4)

3 x 100   = 300

Lab   Exercises (best 10 of 12)

10 x 10   = 100

Lab   Midterm

1 x 150   = 150

Lab   Final

1 x 150   = 150

Final   Exam

1 x 200   = 200

Total   Class Points

              1000

 

Grade Scale:  

A= 100% - 90%; B= 89% - 80%; C= 79% - 70%; D= 69% - 60%; F= 59% less.

 

Missed Classes and Exams: The single best way of improving your grade in this course is to be present for every class meeting with the reading assignment completed.  This way you will have a basic understanding of the lecture material.  If you are absent for a lecture exam or quiz you will receive a zero for that assignment.  Remember that I drop 1 lecture exam, 2 vocabulary quizzes and 2 reading quizzes, therefore missed lecture exams and quizzes will not be made up.  If you know you will be absent in advance, please let me know and alternate arrangements may be made.

 

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services.  The last day to drop this semester with a Q is April 11th, 2014.

Attendance Policy Reminder:   Students accumulating two weeks’ worth of absences will be dropped.

How attendance will be implemented in my class:  Attendance is taken in each lecture and lab class, missing either a lecture or a lab will count as an absence.  A lecture sign-in sheet will be distributed during lecture and a lab sign-in sheet will be distributed for students to sign upon completion of the lab work.  It is the student's responsibility to sign each time!  You must be present from the start of the lab class to the end in order to receive credit for the lab.

Electronic Devices.  All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District Civility Policy (Administrative Policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

If your electronic device is a distraction (to you, to the class or to me) you will be asked to leave.

Schedule


 

 


 

Physical Geology Tentative Lecture Schedule   (sections 303 & 306)

Day / Date

Readings

Lecture Topic

Voc. Quiz

Reading Quiz

Mon Jan 13

 

Introduction to Geology

 

 

Wed Jan 15

Chapter 15

Plate Tectonics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Jan 20

 

MLK Holiday

 

 

Wed Jan 22

Chapter 15

Plate Tectonics

Voc. Quiz 1

Reading Quiz 1

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Jan 27

Chapter 2

Matter and Minerals

Voc. Quiz 2

 

Wed Jan 29

Chapter 2

Matter and Minerals

 

Reading Quiz 2

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Feb 03

Chapter 3

Igneous Rocks

Voc. Quiz 3

 

Wed Feb 05

Chapter 3

Igneous Rocks

 

Reading Quiz 3

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Feb 10

 

Exam 1

 

 

Wed Feb 12

Chapter 4

Volcanoes

Voc. Quiz 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Feb 17

Chapter 5

Weathering and Soil

Voc. Quiz 5

 

Wed Feb 19

Chapter 5

Weathering and Soil

 

Reading Quiz 4

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Feb 24

Chapter 6

Sedimentary Rocks

Voc. Quiz 6

 

Wed Feb 26

Chapter 6

Sedimentary Rocks

 

Reading Quiz 5

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Mar 03

 

Exam 2

 

 

Wed Mar 05

Chapter 7

Metamorphic Rocks

Voc. Quiz 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Mar 10

 

Spring Break

 

 

Wed Mar 12

 

Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Mar 17

Chapter 18

Geologic Time

Voc. Quiz 8

 

Wed Mar 19

Chapter 18

Geologic Time

 

Reading Quiz 6

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Mar 24

Chapter 14

Earthquakes

Voc. Quiz 9

 

Wed Mar 26

Chapter 17

Geologic Structures

 

Reading Quiz 7

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Mar 31

 

Exam 3

 

 

Wed Apr 02

Chapter 9

Running Water

Voc. Quiz 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Apr 07

Chapter 9

Running Water

 

Reading Quiz 8

Wed Apr 09

Chapter 10

Ground Water

Voc. Quiz 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Apr 14

Chapter 11

Glaciers

Voc. Quiz 12

 

Wed Apr 16

Chapter 11

Glaciers

 

Reading Quiz 9

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Apr 21

 

Exam 4

 

 

Wed Apr 23

Chapter 12

Deserts

Voc. Quiz 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Apr 28

 

Shorelines

 

Reading Quiz 10

Wed Apr 30

Chapter 13

Shorelines

Voc. Quiz 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

Physical Geology Tentative Lab Schedule   (sections 303 & 306)

 Day / Date

Readings

Lab Topic

Mon Jan 13

 

Introduction to Geology (video)

Wed Jan 15

 

 Geography Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Jan 20

 

MLK Holiday

Wed Jan 22

pages 31-56

Plate Tectonics Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Jan 27

pages 57-88

Mineral Identification Exercise

Wed Jan 29

 

Mineral Identification Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Feb 03

pages 89-102

Igneous Rock Identification Exercise

Wed Feb 05

pages 103-126

Igneous Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Feb 10

pages 127-154

Sedimentary Rock Identification Exercise

Wed Feb 12

 

Sedimentary Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Feb 17

pages 155-174

Metamorphic Rock Identification Exercise

Wed Feb 19

 

Metamorphic Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Feb 24

 

Midterm (Rock and Mineral Identification)

Wed Feb 26

 

Midterm (Rock and Mineral Identification)

 

 

 

Mon Mar 03

pages 175-194

Geologic Time & Geologic Time Exercises

Wed Mar 05

 

Geologic Time & Geologic Time Exercises

 

 

 

Mon Mar 10

 

Spring Break

Wed Mar 12

 

Spring Break

 

 

 

Mon Mar 17

pages 349-362

Earthquake Exercise

Wed Mar 19

pages 227-248

Geologic Structure Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Mar 24

pages 195-226

Topographic Map Exercise

Wed Mar 26

 

Topographic Map Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Mar 31

pages 249-272

Surface Water Exercise

Wed Apr 02

 

Surface Water Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Apr 07

pages 273-292

Groundwater

Wed Apr 09

 

Groundwater

 

 

 

Mon Apr 14

pages 333-248

Shorelines

Wed Apr 16

 

Shorelines

 

 

 

Mon Apr 21

pages 333-348

Glaciers

Wed Apr 23

pages 317-332

Deserts

 

 

 

Mon Apr 28

 

Lab Final

Wed Apr 30

 

Lab Final