I. ASCRC General Education Form Group XI: Natural Science Dept/Program Geosciences Course Title Prerequisite Course # Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Natural Hazards None Credits 103 3 II. Endorsement/Approvals Complete the form and obtain signatures before submitting to Faculty Senate Office Please type / print name Signature Date Instructor Dr. Michael Sperazza Phone / Email [email protected] Program Chair Dr. William Woessner Dean III. Description and purpose of the course: General Education courses must be introductory and foundational. They must emphasize breadth, context, and connectedness; and relate course content to students’ future lives: See Preamble: http://www.umt.edu/facultysenate/gened/GEPreamble_final.htm Examination of volcanism, earthquakes, landslides, floods, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and asteroid impacts. Emphasis on processes, recognition and consequences of catastrophic events, and how to minimize their societal impacts. IV. Criteria: Briefly explain how this course meets the criteria for the group. See: http://www.umt.edu/facultysenate/ASCRCx/Adocuments/GE_Criteria5-1-08.htm Criteria 1: Course explores a discipline in the Course explores the scientific study of natural sciences and demonstrates how the earthquakes, volcanoes and natural hazards, scientific method is used within the discipline including analysis of the application of the to draw scientific conclusions. scientific method to these studies. Criteria 2: Courses address the concept of analytic uncertainty and the rigorous process required to take an idea to a hypothesis and then to a validated scientific theory. Discussions and independent reading assignments regarding the geoscientific processes used to study earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and asteroid impacts includes considerable analysis of methods and uncertainties involved. Criteria 3: Labs engage students in inquirybased learning activities where they formulate a hypothesis, design an experiment to test the hypothesis, and collect, interpret, and present the data to support their conclusions. Exercises geared to test hypotheses regarding earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and asteroid impacts involve inquiry-based analysis through experimental design and the collection, interpretation, and presentation of data. V. Student Learning Goals: Briefly explain how this course will meet the applicable learning goals. See: http://www.umt.edu/facultysenate/ASCRCx/Adocuments/GE_Criteria5-1-08.htm Learning Goal 1: Understand general principles Addressed through lectures, independent associated with the discipline studied reading, and laboratory assignments involving analysis of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and asteroid impacts. Lectures, laboratories, and independent Learning Goal 2: Understand the methodology and activities scientists use to gather, validate, assignments will involve analysis of the and interpret data related to natural processes methods and activities used to study earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and asteroid impacts. Learning Goals 3 and 4: Detect patterns, draw Laboratory assignments will focus directly conclusions, develop conjectures and on the use of the scientific method hypotheses, and test them by appropriate means (development of hypotheses, experimental and experiments. 4. Understand how scientific design, detection of patterns and laws and theories are verified by quantitative formulation of conclusions) to study and measurement, scientific observation, and verify hypotheses regarding earthquakes, logical/critical reasoning volcanoes, landslides, floods, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and asteroid impacts. Learning Goal 5: Understand the means by Lecture and laboratory activities involving which analytic uncertainty is quantified and the analysis of earthquakes, volcanoes, expressed in the natural sciences landslides, floods, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and asteroid impacts will specifically consider the quantification of analytic uncertainty and its expression in relevant data sets. VII. Syllabus: Paste syllabus below or attach and send digital copy with form. ⇓ The syllabus should clearly describe how the above criteria are satisfied. For assistance on syllabus preparation see: http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/syllabus.html Current syllabus attached. *Please note: As an instructor of a general education course, you will be expected to provide sample assessment items and corresponding responses to the Assessment Advisory Committee.