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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Geology - GEOL


Historical Geology GEOL-1404

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_300 CRN-21216

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/10/2013



Meeting Times


TR 12:00 - 2:40 pm

Contact Information


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 EarthÂ’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 EarthÂ’s history (beginning with its origin) with regard to changes in the paleogeography, environment, and biota.

Materials


Bryan:  Textbook: Historical Geology 6th  Edition, Wicander & Monroe, 2009 (Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning).  Laboratory Manual: Blinn College Historical Geology Lab Manual (Fall 2012 Edition): Prentice Hall Custom Publishing.

Lecture Notes: Lecture notes and other class materials will be posted in ECampus.

Course Requirements


This course has both lecture and lab components in 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.

Students are expected to attend the lecture/lab class meetings.  Lecture will clarify and expand upon the material presented in the textbook and supplemental resources (posted in ECampus).  Students should feel free to ask questions and contribute to class discussions.  Lab will consist of hands-on activities intended to complement the lecture topic. Students are expected to practice the relevant observational and critical thinking skills needed to analyze and interpret specimens, data, etc.  In-class question sets will be completed during each class meeting; these provide students an opportunity to check their understanding and identify any areas of weakness in preparation for major exams and lab tests. Weekly (or biweekly) homework assignments also help students master the course content.  Assistance with class work and lab skills is available at the weekly Friday Open Lab period, or during the instructor’s office hours.

Evaluation


Major Exams:  Three major exams will be given at regular intervals throughout the semester.  Exams will consist of multiple choice questions, true/false questions and directed essays.  Make up possible with proper documentation. (3 x 100pts)  No exam grades are dropped.

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 labs in the second half of the semester.  The lab exams are practical exams involving identification and interpretation of specimens.  Due to the nature of lab exams, no make-ups will be given.  No lab test grades are dropped.

Lab Exercises:  A lab exercise will be carried out as part of each class meeting.  Students should come prepared with lab worksheets posted in ECampus (new material is available each Sunday for the upcoming week).  Credit is awarded upon completion of the exercise and review by the instructor.  If a student misses class, a score of zero will be given.  Making up the exercise will only be possible if I deem the absence excusable.

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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.

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, 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

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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.

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).

Course Policies


a. 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 applies to attire as well as language, behavior, and cell phones.  Please dress appropriately for the academic classroom and laboratory.

Civility Notification Statement.  If a student is asked to leave the classroom or have access to the online classroom denied 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, http://www.blinn.edu/admnpolicy/incivility_protocol.pdf

b. 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 (2 lecture classes or 2 lab class) 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 (4 lecture classes or 4 lab classes) 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 this semester with a Q is April 12th, 2013.

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 weeks’ worth of absences (four unexcused 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 (unless a special arrangement has been made with me in advance).

c. 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 faculty member 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, (Link at; 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.

d. 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 http://www.blinn.edu/Disability/index.html .

Note:  Do this as soon as possible so that documentation and accommodations can be arranged.  It may take a couple of weeks to get the forms if you wait.  I cannot give any accommodation to students without the Disability Coordinator’s consent.

e. Final Grade Appeals Policy.  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, (Link at; www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf ).

f. 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).

g. 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, dbohlmeyer@blinn.edu.

h. Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

i. 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


Week

Day

Date

Reading

Lecture Topic

Lab Topic

           

1

T

Jan-15

Chapter 1

Rock Cycle

Rock  Overview

 

R

Jan-17

Chapter 3

Tectonic Cycle

Plate Dynamics

   

 

     

2

T

Jan-22

Chapter 2

Rocks and Mineral

Rock and Mineral Review

 

R

Jan-24

Chapter 4

Geologic Time

Relative and Absolute Dating

   

 

     

3

T

Jan-29

Chapter 6

Sedimentary Rocks

Sedimentary Rock Classification

 

R

Jan-31

Sedimentary Environments

Sedimentary Rock Interpretation

   

 

     

4

T

Feb-05

Chapter 5

Stratigraphy

Stratigraphy and Geologic Maps

 

R

Feb-07

 

Exam 1

 
   

 

     

5

T

Feb-12

Chapter 1

Early Solar System History

Moon and Planets

 

R

Feb-14

Early Solar System History

Meteorites & Impact Materials

   

 

     

6

T

Feb-19

Chapter 8

The Precambrian: Archean and Proterozoic

Precambrian Rocks

 

R

Feb-21

Chapter 9

Rock Review

   

 

     

7

T

Feb-26

 

Lab Midterm

Interpreting the Rock Record

 

R

Feb-28

Chapter 7

The Fossil Record: Taxonomy

Rock Review

   

 

     

8

T

Mar-05

Chapter 7

The Fossil Record: Taphonomy

Fossil Preservation

 

R

Mar-07

 

Exam 2

 
   

 

     

9

 

Mar-12

 

Spring Break

 

 

 

Mar-14

 

Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

T

Mar-19

Chapters

10 - 13

Paleozoic

Paleozoic Paleogeography and Paleoenvironments

 

R

Mar-21

Paleozoic

Paleozoic Marine Fossils

   

 

     

11

T

Mar-26

Chapters

10 - 13

Paleozoic

Paleozoic Plant Fossils

 

R

Mar-28

Paleozoic

Paleozoic Vertebrates

   

 

     

12

T

Apr-02

Chapter

14 - 15

Mesozoic

Mesozoic Terrestrial Fossils

 

R

Apr-04

Mesozoic

Mesozoic Marine Fossils

   

 

     

13

T

Apr-09

Chapters

14 - 15

Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Diversity

 

R

Apr-11

Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Diversity

   

 

     

14

T

Apr-16

 

K/T Extinction

Craters and Impacts in Earth History

 

R

Apr-18

 

Exam 3

 
   

 

     

15

T

Apr-23

Chapter

16 - 18

Cenozoic

Cenozoic Fossils

 

R

Apr-25

Cenozoic

Lab Review

   

 

     

16

T

April-30

Chapter 19

Lab Final

Interpreting the Fossil Record

   

 

Holocene / Review for Final Exam