Geology (Gly 1103-101), Spring 2014
Introduction to Environmental and Applied Geology


GLY 1103. Introduction to Environmental and Applied Geology (4). F;S.
GEN ED: Science Inquiry Perspective (Theme: “Restless Planet: Earth, Environment, and Evolution”)
 
A survey of the chemical and physical processes that change the earth’s crust and surface creating geologic hazards and environmental problems for people; human perturbations of the environment that directly and indirectly affect geological change and human life, such as mining, waste disposal, and agricultural practices; and the principles of origin, distribution, availability, environmental consequences of use, and exploration of the earth’s mineral and water resources. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. (NUMERICAL DATA) (CORE: NATURAL SCIENCES) (ND prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)  -  Appalachian State University Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2010
 

INSTRUCTOR

Prof. R. N. Abbott
Room 121, Rankin, Phone: 262-3055
e-mail: abbottrn@appstate.edu
Web-site homepage: http://www.appstate.edu/~abbottrn

OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 am, 2:00-4:00 pm
Thursday, 9:00-10:00 am, 2:00-4:00 pm

 

Calendar of Topics, Tests and Assignments
  TOPICS, READING  
Jan 13 Overview of our Planetary Environment, Ch. 1   [Handout: "7 Stages..."]   
15 Overview of our Planetary Environment, Ch. 1 
17 Overview of our Planetary Environment, Ch. 1
20 ***MLK Day*** (NO CLASS)
22
***Class Canceled (snow day)***
24 Overview of our Planetary Environment, Ch. 1
27 Rocks and Minerals, Ch. 2
29 Rocks and Minerals, Ch. 2 [ROCK CYCLE practice]
31 Plate Tectonics, Ch. 3
Feb   3 Plate Tectonics, Ch. 3   
  5 Plate Tectonics, Ch. 3
  7 Earthquakes, Ch. 4
10 Earthquakes, Ch. 4
12 Earthquakes, Ch. 4; Volcanoes, Ch. 5
14 ***Class Canceled (partial snow day)***
17 Volcanoes, Ch. 5
19 Volcanoes, Ch. 5
21 ***TEST 1, Chs. 1-5***
24 Streams and Flooding, Ch. 6
26 Streams and Flooding, Ch. 6
28 Coastal Zone and Processes, Ch. 7
Mar   3 Coastal Zone and Processes, Ch. 7   
  5 Mass Movements, Ch. 8
  7 ***Class Canceled (snow day)***
10 ***SPRING BREAK*** (NO CLASS)
12 ***SPRING BREAK*** (NO CLASS)
14 ***SPRING BREAK*** (NO CLASS)
17 Mass Movements, Ch. 8
19 Ice and Glaciers, Wind and Deserts, Ch. 9
21 Ice and Glaciers, Wind and Deserts, Ch. 9
24 Ice and Glaciers, Wind and Deserts, Ch. 9
26 Climate - Past, Present, and Future, Ch. 10
28 Climate - Past, Present, and Future, Ch. 10
31 ***TEST 2, Chs. 6-10***
Apr   2 Water Resources, Ch. 11   
  4 Water Resources, Ch. 11
  7 Soil as a Resource, Ch. 12
  9 Soil as a Resource, Ch. 12
11 Mineral and Rock Resources, Ch. 13
14 Mineral and Rock Resources, Ch. 13
16 Energy Resources - Fossil Fuels, Ch. 14
18 Energy Resources - Fossil Fuels, Ch. 14
21 ***EASTER BREAK***
23 Energy Resources - Fossil Fuels, Ch. 14
25 Energy Resources - Alternative Sources, Ch. 15
28 Energy Resources - Alternative Sources, Ch. 15
30 ***TEST 3, Chs. 11-15***
May   2 REVIEW  
  3 ***READING DAY***
  6
***FINAL EXAM, Comprehensive (Tuesday, 3:00-5:30 pm)***
 

READING: Carla W. Montgomery -- "Environmental Geology, Ninth Edition." Web-site: [http://www.mhhe.com/montgomery9e]
 

GRADING:
3 Tests (3 x 5%) = 15%
  Labs = 25%
Final Exam = 60%
Total =100%

TESTS: Each test accounts for 5% of your grade, and will consist of 40 to 60 multiple choice and true/false items covering the reading and lecture material. Be familiar with all Key Terms and Concepts in the Summary at the end of each assigned chapter.  NOTE, some test items will come from the web-site for the text book [Montgomery9e].  At the web-site, go to the Online Learning Center, Student Edition, and choose a chapter.  Some test items will be selected from the items in the Online Quiz.

***TEST KEYS***

Your test 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.

LABS: Performance in lab accounts for 25% of your grade for the course.

FINAL EXAM: The final exam is comprehensive and counts for 60% of your final grade for the course.  The final exam will consist of approximately 60 multiple choice and true/false items selected from the TESTS (see above), and approximately 40 multiple choice and true/false items based on key terms listed at the end of each, assigned chapter. Specifically, the final exam will be formatted as follows:


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY CODE
As a community of learners at Appalachian State University, we must create an atmosphere of honesty, fairness, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of each other. Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of an Appalachian degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form and will oppose any instance of academic dishonesty.  This course will follow the provisions of the Academic Integrity Code, which can be found on the Office of Student Conduct Web Site: www.studentconduct.appstate.edu.


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