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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Geology - GEOL


Physical Geology GEOL-1403

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-10743

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/28/2013



Meeting Times


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

Contact Information


Professor: Dr. John Lee Mosley

Email: john.mosley@blinn.edu
Office: G-246
Phone: 209-8616
Website: http://www.blinn.edu/brazos/natscience/geol/Mosley/

Office Hours:          M-R  12:00-1:15

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


Textbook: Earth, An Introduction to Physical Geology 11th Edition, with Mastering Essentials of Geology, 2012, Lutgens,Tarbuck, and Tasa. Pearson Publishing.

Lab Manual: AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology 9th Edition, 2011, Busch (Ed.), Pearson Publishing

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 1:00-3:00 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.

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

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.

Major exams: Exams will be given several times during the semester.  Dates for those exams are listed below.

 

1403-303

1403-306

1403-311

Exam 1

Mon Sep 23

Mon Sep 23

Tue Sep 24

Lab Midterm

Mon Oct 07

Mon Oct 07

Tue Oct 08

Exam 2

Mon Oct 14

Mon Oct 14

Tue Oct 15

Exam 3

Mon Nov 04

Mon Nov 04

Tue Nov 05

Exam 4

Mon Nov 25

Mon Nov 25

Tue Nov 26

Lab Final

Mon Dec 09

Mon Dec 09

Thu Dec 05

Final Exam

Fri Dec 13

Fri Dec 13

Thu Dec 12

 

Attendance:  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).

Electronic devices:  Remember that 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, those around you or to me, you will be asked to leave the room.  You will need to see me before returning to class.

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

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


 

Physical Geology Tentative Lecture Schedule (sections 303 & 306)

Day / Date

Readings

Lecture Topic

Voc. Quiz

Reading Quiz

Mon Aug 26

 

Introduction to Geology

 

 

Wed Aug 28

Chapter 15

Plate Tectonics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Sep 02

 

Labor Day

 

 

Wed Sep 04

Chapter 15

Plate Tectonics

Voc. Quiz 1

Reading Quiz 1

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Sep 09

Chapter 2

Matter and Minerals

Voc. Quiz 2

 

Wed Sep 11

Chapter 2

Matter and Minerals

 

Reading Quiz 2

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Sep 16

Chapter 3

Igneous Rocks

Voc. Quiz 3

 

Wed Sep 18

Chapter 3

Igneous Rocks

 

Reading Quiz 3

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Sep 23

 

Exam 1

 

 

Wed Sep 25

Chapter 4

Volcanoes

Voc. Quiz 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Sep 30

Chapter 5

Weathering and Soil

Voc. Quiz 5

 

Wed Oct 02

Chapter 5

Weathering and Soil

 

Reading Quiz 4

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Oct 07

Chapter 6

Sedimentary Rocks

Voc. Quiz 6

 

Wed Oct 09

Chapter 6

Sedimentary Rocks

 

Reading Quiz 5

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Oct 14

 

Exam 2

 

 

Wed Oct 16

Chapter 7

Metamorphic Rocks

Voc. Quiz 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Oct 21

Chapter 18

Geologic Time

Voc. Quiz 8

 

Wed Oct 23

Chapter 18

Geologic Time

 

Reading Quiz 6

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Oct 28

Chapter 14

Earthquakes

Voc. Quiz 9

 

Wed Oct 30

Chapter 17

Geologic Structures

 

Reading Quiz 7

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Nov 04

 

Exam 3

 

 

Wed Nov 06

Chapter 9

Running Water

Voc. Quiz 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Nov 11

Chapter 9

Running Water

 

Reading Quiz 8

Wed Nov 13

Chapter 10

Ground Water

Voc. Quiz 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Nov 18

Chapter 11

Glaciers

Voc. Quiz 12

 

Wed Nov 20

Chapter 11

Glaciers

 

Reading Quiz 9

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Nov 25

 

Exam 4

 

 

Wed Nov 27

 

Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Dec 02

Chapter 12

Deserts

Voc. Quiz 13

 

Wed Dec 04

 

Shorelines

 

Reading Quiz 10

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Dec 09

Chapter 13

Shorelines

Voc. Quiz 14

 

 

Physical Geology Tentative Lab Schedule (sections 303 & 306)

 Day / Date

Readings

Lab Topic

Mon Aug 26

 

Introduction to Geology (video)

Wed Aug 28

 

 Geography Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Sep 02

 

Holiday

Wed Sep 04

pages 31-56

Plate Tectonics Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Sep 09

pages 57-88

Mineral Identification Exercise

Wed Sep 11

 

Mineral Identification Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Sep 16

pages 89-102

Igneous Rock Identification Exercise

Wed Sep 18

pages 103-126

Igneous Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Sep 23

pages 127-154

Sedimentary Rock Identification Exercise

Wed Sep 25

 

Sedimentary Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Sep 30

pages 155-174

Metamorphic Rock Identification Exercise

Wed Oct 02

 

Metamorphic Rock Identification Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Oct 07

 

Midterm (Rock and Mineral Identification)

Wed Oct 09

 

Midterm (Rock and Mineral Identification)

 

 

 

Mon Oct 14

pages 175-194

Geologic Time & Geologic Time Exercises

Wed Oct 16

 

Geologic Time & Geologic Time Exercises

 

 

 

Mon Oct 21

 

Earthquake Exercise, Geologic Structure Exercise

Wed Oct 23

 

Earthquake Exercise, Geologic Structure Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Oct 28

pages 349-362

Tsunami:  Wave that Shook the World

Wed Oct 30

 

Topographic Map Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Nov 04

pages 195-226

Surface Water Exercise

Wed Nov 06

 

Surface Water Exercise

 

 

 

Mon Nov 11

pages 249-271

Groundwater

Wed Nov 13

 

Groundwater

 

 

 

Mon Nov 18

pages 273-291

Shorelines

Wed Nov 20

 

Shorelines

 

 

 

Mon Nov 25

pages 333-348

Glaciers

Wed Nov 27

 

Thanksgiving

 

 

 

Mon Dec 02

pages 293-316

Glaciers

Wed Dec 04

pages 317-332

Deserts

 

 

 

Mon Dec 09

 

Lab Final