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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Geology - GEOL


Physical Geology GEOL-1403

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_302 CRN-20883

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/10/2013



Meeting Times


MW 9:10 am - 10:25 am G214; MW 10:35 am - 11:50 am G215

Contact Information


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 Campus: 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. 

Course Requirements


Lecture Notes:  Students are responsible for taking their own lecture notes.

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Supplemental Data and Information:
Open Geology-Aid Lab:  Friday, G215 from 1:30-3:30 pm
E-Campus (Go to - https://ecampus.blinn.edu/).

Evaluation


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.

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 directed essays.  I will count the three best 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 drop the lowest 2.  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)

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


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.

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)

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


 Day

Date

Readings

Lecture Topic

 Voc. Quiz

Reading Quiz 

Mon

Jan-14

Chapter 1

Introduction to Geology

 

 

Wed

Jan-16

Chapter 1

Plate Tectonics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Jan-21

Chapter 2

Holiday

 

 

Wed

Jan-23

Chapter 2

Plate Tectonics

Voc. Quiz 1 

Reading Quiz 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Jan-28

Chapter 3

Matter and Minerals

Voc. Quiz 2

 

Wed

Jan-30

Chapter 3

Matter and Minerals

 

Reading Quiz 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Feb-04

Chapter 4

Igneous Rocks

Voc. Quiz 3

 

Wed

Feb-06

Chapter 4

Igneous Rocks

 

Reading Quiz 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Feb-11

 

Exam 1

 

 

Wed

Feb-13

Chapter 5

Volcanoes

Voc. Quiz 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Feb-18

Chapter 6

Weathering and Soil

Voc. Quiz 5

 

Wed

Feb-20

Chapter 6

Weathering and Soil

 

Reading Quiz 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Feb-25

Chapter 7

Sedimentary Rocks

Voc. Quiz 6

 

Wed

Feb-27

Chapter 7

Sedimentary Rocks

 

Reading Quiz 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Mar-04

 

Exam 2

 

 

Wed

Mar-06

Chapter 8

Metamorphic Rocks

Voc. Quiz 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Mar-11

 

Spring Break

 

 

Wed

Mar-13

 

Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Mar-18

Chapter 9

Geologic Time

Voc. Quiz 8

 

Wed

Mar-20

Chapter 9

Geologic Time

 

Reading Quiz 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Mar-25

Ch 10, 11

Earthquakes / Geo Structures

Voc. Quiz 9

 

Wed

Mar-27

Ch 11, 12

Earthquakes / Earth’s Interior

 

Reading Quiz 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-01

 

Exam 3

 

 

Wed

Apr-03

Chapter 16

Running Water

Voc. Quiz 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-08

Chapter 16

Running Water

 

Reading Quiz 8

Wed

Apr-10

Chapter 17

Groundwater

Voc. Quiz 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-15

Chapter 18

Glaciers

Voc. Quiz 12

 

Wed

Apr-17

Chapter 18

Glaciers

 

Reading Quiz 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-22

 

Exam 4

 

 

Wed

Apr-24

Chapter 19

Deserts

Voc. Quiz 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-29

Chapter 19

Deserts

Voc. Quiz 14

 

Wed

May-01

Chapter 20

Shorelines

 

Reading Quiz 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Day

Date

Readings

Lab Topic

Mon

Jan-14

 

Introduction to Geology (video)

Wed

Jan-16

 

 Geography Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Jan-21

 

Holiday

Wed

Jan-23

pages 31-56

Plate Tectonics Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Jan-28

pages 57-88

Mineral Identification Exercise

Wed

Jan-30

 

Mineral Identification Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Feb-04

pages 89-102

Igneous Rock Identification Exercise

Wed

Feb-06

pages 103-126

Igneous Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Feb-11

pages 127-154

Sedimentary Rock Identification Exercise

Wed

Feb-13

 

Sedimentary Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Feb-18

pages 155-174

Metamorphic Rock Identification Exercise

Wed

Feb-20

 

Metamorphic Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Feb-25

 

Midterm (Rock and Mineral Identification)

Wed

Feb-27

 

Midterm (Rock and Mineral Identification)

 

 

 

 

Mon

Mar-04

pages 175-194

Geologic Time & Geologic Time Exercises

Wed

Mar-06

 

Geologic Time & Geologic Time Exercises

 

 

 

 

Mon

Mar-11

 

Spring Break

Wed

Mar-13

 

Spring Break

 

 

 

 

Mon

Mar-18

pages 349-362

Earthquake Exercise, Geologic Structure Exercise

Wed

Mar-20

 

Earthquake Exercise, Geologic Structure Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Mar-25

pages 195-226

Tsunami:  Wave that Shook the World

Wed

Mar-27

 

Topographic Map Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-01

pages 249-271

Surface Water Exercise

Wed

Apr-03

 

Surface Water Exercise

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-08

pages 273-291

Groundwater

Wed

Apr-10

 

Groundwater

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-15

pages 333-348

Shorelines

Wed

Apr-17

 

Shorelines

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-22

pages 293-316

Glaciers

Wed

Apr-24

pages 317-332

Deserts

 

 

 

 

Mon

Apr-29

 

Lab Final

Wed

May-01

 

Lab Final