GLY 1101. Introduction to Physical Geology (4).F;S.
GEN ED: Science Inquiry Perspective (Theme: “Restless Planet: Earth, Environment, and Evolution”)
Introduction to the composition, origin, and modification of Earth materials through the study of the Earth’s interacting dynamic systems; study and application of the scientific method with reference to the principles of geology as demonstrated through use of case histories and laboratory material. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. (NUMERICAL DATA) (CORE: NATURAL SCIENCES) (ND prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)
Monday, 9:00-11:00 am
|Jan||15, T||Introducing geology, Ch. 1|
|24, R||Elements and minerals, Ch. 2|
|29, T||Igneous, intrusive activity, and the origin of igneous rocks, Ch. 3|
|31, R||Volcanism and extrusive rocks, Ch. 4|
|Feb||5, T||***TEST 1, Chs. 1-4***|
|7, R||Weathering and soil, Ch. 5|
|12, T||Sediment and sedimentary rocks, Ch. 6|
|19, T||Metamorphism, metamorphic rocks and hydrothermal rocks, Ch. 7|
|26, T||Time and geology, Ch. 8|
|28, R||***TEST 2, Chs. 5-8***|
|Mar||5, T||Mass wasting, Ch. 9|
|7, R||Streams and flooding, Ch. 10|
|12, T||***SPRING BREAK*** (NO CLASS)|
|14, R||***SPRING BREAK*** (NO CLASS)|
|19, T|| ***CLASS CANCELLED, ASSIGNMENT: The Sea Floor, Ch.
[Ten items from this chapter will appear on the final exam.
At least five of the items will come from the multiple choice
questions at the end of the chapter. The rest of the test items
for this chapter will be based on key terms.]
|21, R||***CLASS CANCELLED, ASSIGNMENT: The Sea Floor, Ch. 18***|
|28, R||Glaciers and glaciation, Ch. 12|
|Apr||2, T||***EASTER BREAK***|
|4, R||Deserts and wind action, Ch. 13|
|9, T||***TEST 3,
Chs. 9-10, 12-13***
|11, R||Waves, beaches and coasts, Ch. 14|
|16, T||Geologic structures, Ch. 15|
|23, T||Earth's interior, Ch. 17|
|25, R||Plate tectonics, Ch. 19|
|2, R||Earth's companions, Ch. 22 [Seven Stage in the Life of a Planet]|
|4, Sa||***READING DAY***|
READING: Physical Geology, 13th ed., by Plummer, Carlson and Hammersley. Web site: <http://www.mhhe.com/plummer13e>
|3||Tests (3 x 5%)||= 15%|
|Final Exam||= 60%|
TESTS: Each test accounts for 5% of your grade, and will consist of 50 to 60 multiple choice and true/false items covering the reading and lecture material, as described above.
Your grade on each test will be formulated as the percent correct responses, scaled in such a way that the class average is 75%. This is how it works. Suppose the class average is 67% correct responses on a test. I will add 8% to your score, so the class average is 75%. In fact, all components of your grade will be treated in this way. Letter grades are assigned accordingly: 93+ A, 90-92 A-, 87-89 B+, 83-86 B, 80-82 B-, 77-79 C+, 73-76 C, 70-72 C-, 67-69 D+, 63-66 D, 50-62 D-, 0-49 F.
FINAL LECTURE EXAM: The final exam (approx.
160 items) will be comprehensive and counts for 60% of your final grade
for the course. The final exam will consist entirely of multiple choice
and true/false items, as follows:
~20 items from TEST 1 (Chs. 1, 2, 3, 4)
~20 items from TEST 2 (Chs. 5, 6, 7, 8)
~20 items from TEST 3 (Chs. 9, 10, 12, 13)
~40 new items from Chs. 14, 15, 17, 19, 22
~5 items from Ch. 18, The Sea Floor
~50 Key Terms. These items focus on bold-face key terms in your textbook. Each of these items is formulated in the following way. The sentence(s) where the key term is presented will be provided but with the key term omitted. You will select the correct term from five possibilities (a, b, c, d, e).
~5 Key Term items from Ch. 18, The Sea Floor
LABS: Performance in lab accounts for 25% of your grade for the course.