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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Geology - GEOL


Historical Geology GEOL-1404

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-21066

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 01/22/2014



Meeting Times


TR 12:00 – 2:40 pm G-216

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 historical geology with emphasis on changes in Earth and life through time. Topics include an overview of the rock cycle and plate tectonic theory, with emphasis on stratigraphic principles, the fossil record, evolutionary theory and paleogeographic map interpretation. Laboratory work includes basic study of rocks, interpretation of depositional environments and tectonic settings, stratigraphic sequence analysis and fossil interpretation. Three class hours and three lab hours per week.

Requisites

Prerequisites: GEOL 1403 or permission of instructor.

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. Relate topics from physical geology to Earth's history (e.g., plate tectonics, rock cycle).
  2. Analyze the formation, classification and interpretation of sedimentary rocks and apply stratigraphic principles to interpret the rock record.
  3. Apply relative and absolute dating principles to interpret the geologic history of rock units.
  4. Explain evolutionary theory and relate it to changes in the fossil record through time.
  5. Identify and classify fossils (including mode of preservation) and apply them to interpret age and environment of strata.
  6. Characterize each time period of Earth's history (beginning with its origin) with regard to changes in the paleogeography, environment, and biota.

Materials


Bryan

Textbook: Earth Systems History, 3rd Edition, Stanley, 2009; W.H. Freeman and Company

Laboratory Manual: Blinn College Historical Geology Lab Manual (Fall 2012 Edition): Prentice Hall Custom Publishing.

Brenham

Textbook: Visualizing Earth History, 1e, by Loren Babcock 2009 (Wiley).

Laboratory Manual: Historical Geology Lab Manual: Prentice Hall Custom Publishing.

Course Requirements


This course has both lecture and lab components.  Participation in each is required.  This includes 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 Historical Geology.  There will be approximately 22 quizzes.  I’ll count the 20 best.  Please see the schedule for quiz dates and subjects. There will be no make-up quizzes.  (20 x 5pts = 100pts)

 

Major Exams:  Three major exams will be given at regular intervals throughout the semester.  Exams will be in pyramid form and consist of multiple choice questions, true/false questions and/or directed essays.  Make-up is possible with proper documentation.  If your absence is properly documented and approved, you must take the test in the learning center as a conventional exam without the pyramid option.  No exam grades are dropped. (3 x 100pts)

 

Lecture Final Exam:  The final exam is comprehensive.  It will consist of multiple-choice, true/false questions and/or directed essays.  It will be given during the scheduled final exam period.

(1 x 200pts)

 

Lab Work:  Lab meets at the after lecture and will meet 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.  Grades will be taken on lab activities.

 

Lab Exercises:  There will be numerous lab exercises.  Each lab exercise will count for 10 points.  I will count the best 15 exercises.  There will be no make-up exercises. (15 x 10pts = 150pts)

 

Lab Midterm and Lab Final:  A lab midterm and a lab final will determine a large 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 100pts = 200pts)

Lecture Exams

Section

301

Exam 1

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Exam 2

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Exam 3

Thursday, April 10, 2014

 

 

Lab Exams

Section

301

Lab Midterm

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lab Final

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

 

 

Final Exam

Section

301

Date

Tuesday, May 6, 2013

Time

10:15 – 12:15

Room

G-216

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 3 lecture exams, 2 lab exams, 1 final exam, 22 quizzes, numerous lab exercises, and weekly reading assignments.  Course grade is based on a total of 950 class points.  If we fail to reach 950 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:

Quizzes   (best 20)

20 x 5   =   100

Lecture   Exams (all 3)

3 x 100   = 300

Lab   Exercises (best 15)

15 x 10   = 150

Lab   Midterm

1 x 100   = 100

Lab   Final

1 x 100   = 100

Final   Exam

1 x 200   = 200

Total   Class Points

                950

 

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 quiz you will receive a zero for that assignment. If you know you will be absent in advance, please let me know and alternate arrangements may be made.

 

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.

 

Student E-mails.  Students are assigned a Blinn College E-mail address that must be checked regularly for official Blinn College communications and course information.  I will be using only the student’s BLINN Email account through eCampus to contact you about the class; students should check their account regularly.

Schedule


 


 
 

Historical Geology Tentative Lecture Schedule   (section 301 )

Day / Date

Readings

Lecture Topic

Quiz

Tue Jan 14

Chapter 8

Plate Tectonics

 

Thu Jan 16

Chapter 8

Plate Tectonics

Quiz #1

 

 

 

 

Tue Jan 21

Chapter 2

Rocks and Minerals

Quiz #2

Thu Jan 23

Chapter 5

Sedimentary Environments

Quiz #3

 

 

 

 

Tue Jan 28

Chapter 6

Correlation and Dating the Rock Record

Quiz #4

Thu Jan 30

Chapter 6

Correlation and Dating the Rock Record

Quiz #5

 

 

 

 

Tue Feb 04

Chapter 7

Evolution and The Fossil Record

Quiz #6

Thu Feb 06

Chapter 7

Evolution and The Fossil Record

Quiz #7

 

 

 

 

Tue Feb 11

 

Exam 1

 

Thu Feb 13

Chapter 3

The Diversity of Life

Quiz #8

 

 

 

 

Tue Feb 18

Chapter 3

The Diversity of Life

Quiz #9

Thu Feb 20

Chapter 11

Origin of the Solar System , Hadean and   Archean

Quiz #10

 

 

 

 

Tue Feb 25

 

Lab Midterm

 

Thu Feb 27

Chapter 11/12

Archean and Proterozoic

Quiz #11

 

 

 

 

Tue Mar 04

Chapter 12

The Proterozoic Eon

Quiz #12

Thu Mar 06

 

Exam 2

 

 

 

 

 

Tue Mar 11

 

Spring Break

 

Thu Mar 13

 

Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 

Tue Mar 18

Chapter 13

Early Paleozoic

Quiz #13

Thu Mar 20

Chapter 13

Early Paleozoic

Quiz #14

 

 

 

 

Tue Mar 25

Chapter 14

Middle Paleozoic

Quiz #15

Thu Mar 27

Chapter 15

Late Paleozoic

Quiz #16

 

 

 

 

Tue Apr 01

Chapter 16

Early Mesozoic

Quiz #17

Thu Apr 03

Chapter 16

Early Mesozoic

Quiz #18

 

 

 

 

Tue Apr 08

Chapter 17

Cretaceous

Quiz #19

Thu Apr 10

 

Exam 3

 

 

 

 

 

Tue Apr 15

Chapter 18

The Paleogene

Quiz #20

Thu Apr 17

Chapter 18

The Paleogene

Quiz #21

 

 

 

 

Tue Apr 22

Chapter 19

The Neogene

Quiz #22

Thu Apr 24

Chapter 19

The Neogene / Holocene

 

 

 

 

 

Tue Apr 29

 

Lab Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tentative Lab Schedule

Day / Date

Lab Topic

Tue Jan 14

Rock    Overview

Thu Jan 16

Plate Dynamics

 

 

Tue Jan 21

Rock and Mineral Review

Thu Jan 23

Relative and Absolute Dating

 

 

Tue Jan 28

Sedimentary Rock Classification

Thu Jan 30

Sedimentary Rock Interpretation

 

 

Tue Feb 04

Stratigraphy and Geologic Maps

Thu Feb 06

 Stratigraphy and Geologic Maps

 

 

Tue Feb 11

Moon and Planets

Thu Feb 13

Meteorites & Impact Materials

 

 

Tue Feb 18

Precambrian Rocks

Thu Feb 20

Rock Review

 

 

Tue Feb 25

Interpreting the Rock Record

Thu Feb 27

Rock Review

 

 

Tue Mar 04

Fossil Preservation

Thu Mar 06

Fossil Preservation 

 

 

Tue Mar 11

 Spring Break

Thu Mar 13

 Spring Break

 

 

Tue Mar 18

Paleozoic Paleogeography and Paleoenvironments

Thu Mar 20

Paleozoic Marine Fossils

 

 

Tue Mar 25

Paleozoic Plant Fossils

Thu Mar 27

Paleozoic Vertebrates

 

 

Tue Apr 01

Mesozoic Terrestrial Fossils

Thu Apr 03

Mesozoic Marine Fossils

 

 

Tue Apr 08

Dinosaur Diversity

Thu Apr 10

Dinosaur Diversity

 

 

Tue Apr 15

Craters and Impacts in Earth History

Thu Apr 17

 

 

 

Tue Apr 22

Cenozoic Fossils

Thu Apr 24

Lab Review

 

 

Tue Apr 29

Interpreting the Fossil Record