When you successfully complete this course, you should be able to:
Christiansen, E. H. and Hamblin, W. K., Dynamic Earth, Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2015.
Christiansen and Hamblin’s physical geology textbook, Dynamic Earth, is an outgrowth of an earlier text by these two authors that was the industry standard for many years. The graphics and illustrations are superbly done, and the text is carefully written. Each chapter in the text contains the following useful features: an introductory statement, an outline of major concepts, a list of key terms, and a few review questions. Also included in the back of the book is a glossary of terms. Instructions on how to access the supplemental material on the textbook website should also be included with the text. Near the start of the book you will find a helpful section on how to use the textbook.
You should receive a set of twenty numbered rocks and minerals to be used with lessons 3–6.
You should also receive a small test tube and stopper that you will use in lesson 4.
Each chapter in your book will be aligned with a separate lesson (25 lessons in all). These lessons include an introduction, a list of major objectives, practice/review questions, and an assignment. Each of the assignments (except lesson 23) are worth 10 points (240 points total for the lessons), even though some may be more difficult and time consuming than others. These assignments are all completed online through your course website. For each of them, you will receive feedback and a grade.
Lesson 23 is worth 60 points and includes an assignment to take a fieldtrip near your home and then write a report about the trip. A grading rubric for this report is included with the assignment. This assignment is intended to help you synthesize the things you have learned throughout the course and make observations about different rocks, minerals, and geologic processes that lead to interpretations about the geologic history of the area you visit.
Every student is different. Some of you may find it useful to read through the practice/review questions before reading the chapter; others may want to skim through the reading and then go over these questions before going back for a more careful examination of the chapter; and still others may prefer to read the lesson in detail before attempting the review questions. Try to find the method that works best for you.
As your instructors, we will try our best to provide you with timely, courteous, and helpful feedback on your assignments and on any other questions you may have. In return, we expect you to carefully read your text and syllabus where the answers to most of your questions can be found. We expect you will find this course to be rigorous and informative. You should keep in mind that it is a university level course, and will require a university level effort. It will be helpful to us and to you if you will work on the course regularly, submitting assignments in a timely, but unhurried manner. It is best not to allow large gaps in between lessons, nor to try and cram all the lessons into too short a period of time.
Two midcourse examinations will be given, the first after you have completed lessons 1–8 and the second after you have completed lessons 9–16. These examinations will focus on the materials from the included lessons, but the second midcourse will also rely on information and terms you learned for the first midterm. Each midcourse exam is worth 50 points and consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. Before taking the midcourse exam, be sure to read the “Exam Preparation” page.
The final exam is comprehensive and worth 100 points (one point for each of the 100 multiple-choice questions). The examinations are intended to test your knowledge of basic physical geology, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge to situations you may not have encountered in either the text or the assignment questions. In order to perform well, you should review carefully and thoroughly prior to taking the final exam and read “Preparing for the Final Exam.”
Your grade in this course will be based upon the following assignments and exams:
|24 Lesson Assignments||240 points (10 each)||48%|
|Fieldtrip Report||60 points||12%|
|2 Midcourse Exams||100 points (50 each)||20%|
|Final Exam||100 points||20%|
Your letter grade will be based on these percentages.
|A−||92% to 89%|
|B+||88% to 85%|
|B||84% to 81%|
|B−||80% to 77%|
|C+||76% to 73%|
|C||72% to 69%|
|C−||68% to 65%|
|D+||64% to 61%|
|D||60% to 57%|
|D−||56% to 53%|
|E (fail)||below 53%|
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