Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Geology - GEOL
Physical Geology GEOL-1403
Lecture: Mon - Fri 1:45 pm - 3:40 pm / Lab: Mon - Fri 3:50 - 5:45; Room 216
Instructor: Dr. Robert M. Goll
Office: Bookstore Bldg. G234
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 1:00 – 1:45 or by appointment
Telephone (Office): 979 209-7495
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.
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.
Five (5) “Advantage” Scantrons provided to the instructor during the first week of class
Lecture Notes: Copies of lecture notes are available on E-Campus (Go to - https://ecampus.blinn.edu/ ). Students are responsible for taking additional class notes.
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 total of 25 lab exercises will be assigned during the semester as shown in Section 11. Students will receive 2 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 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.
This class has 3 lecture exams, 3 lab exams, 1 final exam, and 22 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: 45%
Comprehensive Final Exam: 20%
Three (3) Lecture Exams @150 points each = 450 points
Final Lecture exam = 200 points
Lab Exercises = 50 points
Three (3) Lab Quizzes @ 100 points each = 300 points
Total = 1000 points
900-1000 points = A
800 -899 points = B
700-799 points = C
600-699 points = D
below 600 points= F
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.
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:
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.
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.
Lab and Lecture Assignments: Students must read the recommended chapters and Lab work before class. Lab exercises are due on the day of the class session. Lab exercises can be made up only under the supervision of the instructor.
Exam Format: The Lecture Exams and Final Exam contain a variety of question formats, including multiple choice, short answer, labels and essay questions. Exams will be taken in the class room unless special considerations apply. If you cannot take the exams at Blinn Campus contact your instructor so that other arrangements can be made.
Make-up exams will be offered only under extreme circumstances, and must be organized with the instructor before the exam date.
Final Exam: consists of two parts, each with a value of 100 points, for a combined total value of 200 points
Part 1 will consist of question bearing on Chapters 18, 19, 21, 23 and the handout.
Part 2 will be a comprehensive review of Chapters 1-20 + 22 – 24.
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.
A debit of 25 points is reduced from a student’s class record for failure to purchase a laboratory manual during the first two weeks of class.
A debit of 10 points is reduced from a student’s class points for each incidence of uncivil behavior.
Lecture Exam 1: July 15
Lab Quiz 1: July 18
Lecture Exam 2: July 22
Lab Quiz 2: July 24
Lecture Exam 3: July 29
Lab Quiz 3: Aug 5
Final Exam: Aug 6
Lecture Topic Reading Assignment Lab Exercise
July 9 Intro to Geology EARTH, Ch. 1, p 2-37 Lab 1. Rock Cycle
July 10 Plate Tectonics EARTH, Ch. 2, p 40-71 Lab 2. Plate Tectonics
July 11 Minerals & Matter EARTH, Ch. 3, p 74-105 Lab 3. Minerals
Lab 4. Minerals
July 12 Igneous Rocks EARTH, Ch. 4, p 108-135 Lab 5. Igneous Rocks
Volcanoes EARTH, Ch. 5, p 138-171 Lab 6. Review Exercise
July15 EXAM #1 Chapters 1- 5
Weathering EARTH, Ch. 6, p 174-190, NOT p. 191-197
July 16 Sedimentary Rocks EARTH, Ch 7, p 200-227 Lab 7. Sed. Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks EARTH, Ch 8, p. 230-253
July 17 Metamorphic Rocks EARTH, Ch 8, p. 230-253 Lab 8. Met. Rocks
Crustal Deformation EARTH, Ch 10, p 280-301
July 18 Crustal Deformation EARTH, Ch 10, p 280-301 Lab 9. Deformation
Geologic Time EARTH, Ch 9, p 256-277 Lab Quiz #1
July 19 Geologic Time EARTH, Ch 9, p 256-277 Lab 10. Geologic Time
Earthquakes EARTH, Ch 11, p 304-331 Lab 11. Earthquakes
July 22 EXAM #2 Chapters 6 – 11
Earth’s Interior EARTH, Ch 12, p 334-353 Lab 12, Topo Maps 1
July 23 Divergent Boundaries EARTH, Ch 13, p 356-379 Lab 13.Topo Maps 2
Convergent Boundaries EARTH,Ch 14, p 382-403 Lab 14. Topo Maps 3
July 24 Planetary Geology EARTH, Ch 24, p 672-702 Lab 15. Topo Maps 4
Earth Evolution EARTH, Ch 22, p. 610-641
July 25 Mass Movement EARTH, Ch 15, p 406-427 Lab Quiz #2
Running Water EARTH, Ch 16, p 430-459 Lab 16. Streams
July 26 Running Water EARTH, Ch 16, p 430-459 Lab 17. Streams
Groundwater EARTH, Ch 17, p 462-487 Lab 18. Groundwater
July 29 EXAM #3 Chapters 12 – 17 + 22 & 24
Shorelines EARTH, Ch 20, p 542-573 Lab 19.Shorelines
July 30 Glaciers EARTH, Ch 18, p. 490-517
July 31 Glaciers EARTH, Ch 18, p 490-517 Lab 20. Glaciers
July 31 Deserts EARTH, Ch 19, p 520-539 Lab 21. Deserts
Aug 1 Resources EARTH, Ch 23, p. 644-669 BONUS PROJECT
Aug 5 Climatic Change EARTH, Ch 21, p 576-607 Lab Quiz #3