Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Geology - GEOL
Physical Geology GEOL-1403
Lect. TR 5:40–6:55 pm / Lab TR 7:05–8:20,
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.
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.
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 Earths 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.
Textbook: Earth, An Introduction to Physical Geology 10th Edition, 2010, Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Tasa. Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Inc., Upper Saddle, New Jersey, 07458. Lab Manual: AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology 9th Edition, 2011, Busch (Ed.), Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Inc., Upper Saddle, New Jersey, 07458.
Supplemental Data and Information:
Open Geology-aid Lab – Friday, G215 from 1:00-3:00 pm,
This course has both a lecture and lab components of which participation 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.
a. A total of 20 lab exercises will be assigned during the semester as shown in Section 11. Students will receive 2.5 points for correctly completing each exercise, for a total of 50 semester points. Lab exercises must be completed during the specified lab period, or during Open-Lab, or during office hours. Lab exercises cannot be completed “at home.”
Lab Work will involve identification of rocks and minerals and determination of their physical and chemical properties. Topographic and geologic maps will be interpreted with the objective of recognition of geologic landforms. Other diverse exercises will acquaint students with the practical aspects of geology.
b. The Final Exam will consist of two parts, with a total value of 200 points
Part 1 will consist of question bearing on Chapter 21, with a total value of 25 points
Part 2 will be a comprehensive review of Chapters 1-20 + 22 – 24, with a total value of 175 points.
c. Optional “Bonus Projects” will be announced throughout the semester that will have a cumulative value of 20-30 points, These projects permit students to earn additional semester points outside of the testing environment.
9. CRITERIA FOR GRADING AND DETERMINING FINAL GRADE:
This class has 4 lecture exams, 3 lab exams, 1 final exam, and 20 lab exercises. Course grade is based on a total of 1000 class points. Breakdown of the point distribution and grading scheme is shown below.
Criteria for determining Final Grade:
Lecture, Exams: 50%
Comprehensive Final Exam: 20%
Lecture Exams (4 exams @ 125 points each) 500 points total
Final Lecture exam 200 points total
Lab Exercises 50 points total
First Lab Quiz (rocks and minerals): 100 points
Second Lab Quiz (topographic maps & diverse exercises) 75 points
Third Lab Quiz (identification of land forms on topo maps) 75 points
Total Lab Quizzes 250 points
Point Distribution. Total = 1000 points
900-1000 points = A
800 -899 points = B
700-799 points = C
600-699 points = D
below 600 points = F
Make-ups: Make-up exams will be offered only under extreme circumstances, and must be organized with the instructor before the exam date.
Blinn College Policies
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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.
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:
- 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);
- representing the College District at an official institutional function;
- high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
- 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.
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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.
Students with Disabilities
Final Grade Appeal
Excused absences: Students must E-mail the instructor prior to missing class in order to be considered for an excused absence.
Student E-mail: Students will receive a weekly message with class materials for the week.
Attendance Policy Reminder: Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence. Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.
Problem Resolution: If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.
Lecture: Monday/Wednesday 5:40 – 6:55 pm Rm 216
Laboratory: Monday/Wednesday 7:05 – 8:40 pm Rm 216
Lecture Topic Reading Assignment Lab Exercise
Jan 15 Intro to Geology EARTH, Ch. 1, p 2-33
Jan 17 Intro to Geology EARTH, Ch. 1, p 2-33 Lab 1. Rock Cycle
Jan 22 Plate Tectonics EARTH, Ch. 2, p 72-99 Lab 2, Plate Tectonics
Jan 24 Minerals & Matter EARTH, Ch. 3, p 72-99 Lab 3, Mineral Properties
Jan 29 Minerals & Matter EARTH, Ch. 3, p 72-99 Lab 4, Mineral Identification
Jan 31 Igneous Rocks EARTH, Ch. 4, p 102-123 Lab 5, Igneous Rocks
Feb 5 Volcanoes EARTH, Ch. 5, p 126-163 Lab 6, Rock & Mineral Review
Feb 7 EXAM #1 Chapters 1- 5
Weathering EARTH, Ch. 6, p 165-187
Feb 12 Sedimentary Rocks EARTH, Ch 7, p 194-219 Lab 7, Sedimentary rocks
Feb 14 Metamorphic Rocks EARTH, Ch 8, p. 221-245 Lab 8, Metamorphic Rocks
Feb 19 Crustal Deformation EARTH, Ch 10, p 274-293 Lab 9, Deformation
Feb 21 Geologic Time EARTH, Ch 9, p 248 - 271 Lab Quiz #1
Feb 26 Geologic Time EARTH, Ch 9, p 248 - 271 Lab 10, Geologic Time
Feb 29 Earthquakes EARTH, Ch 11, p 296-323 Lab 11, Earthquake Hazards
Mar 5 EXAM #2 Chapters 6 – 11 BONUS PROJECT
Mar 7 Earth’s Interior EARTH, Ch 12, p 326-347 Lab 12, Topographic Maps 1
Mar 12 SPRING BREAK
Mar 14 SPRING BREAK
Mar 19 Divergent Boundaries EARTH, Ch 13, p 350-375 Lab 13, Topographic Maps 2
Mar 21 Convergent Boundaries EARTH, Ch 14, p 414-443 Lab 14 Topographic Maps 3
Mar 26 Planetary Geology EARTH, Ch. 24, p 36-69 Lab 15, Topographic Maps 4
Earth Evolution EARTH, Ch 22, p 595-625
Mar 28 Mass Movement EARTH, Ch 15, p 401-421 Lab Quiz #2
Running Water EARTH, Ch 16, p 466-501
Apr 2 Running Water EARTH, Ch 16, p 466-501 Lab 16 Stream Processes
Apr 4 EXAM #3 Chapters 12 – 16, 22 & 24 BONUS PROJECT
Apr 9 Groundwater EARTH, Ch 17, p 502-529 Lab 17, Groundwater
Apr 11 Shorelines EARTH, Ch 20, p 537-565 Lab 18, Coastal Processes
Apr 16 Glaciers EARTH, Ch 18, p 530-565 Lab 19, Glacial Processes
Apr 18 Deserts EARTH, Ch 19, p 515-535 Lab 20, Dryland Landforms
Apr 23 Energy & Min Resources EARTH, Ch 23, p 643-670 BONUS PROJECT
Apr 25 EXAM #4 Chapters 17 – 20 + 23 BONUS PROJECT
Apr 30 Climatic Change EARTH, Ch 21, p 567-59 Lab Quiz #3