Geology 10 – Physical Geology SYLLABUS Spring 2016 Tues. / Thurs. 10:30-11:45 Room Sequoia 325 Instructor: Dr. Greg Wheeler Office: 1007 Placer Hall Office phone: 278-3919 email: email@example.com Office Hours: TR 2:30-4, W 1-2 or by appointment General Information The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of earth materials and geologic processes through study of planet Earth. Catalog Description Rocks and their mineral constituents, geological processes such as weathering, erosion, glaciation, mountain building, etc., volcanoes, earthquakes, folds, faults, the earth's interior, plate tectonics and earth resources. Field trip. Fee course. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0 Area B-1 Physical Science Student Learning Outcomes - students will be able to: Explain and apply core ideas and models concerning physical systems and mechanisms, citing critical observations, underlying assumptions and limitations. Describe how scientists create explanations of natural phenomena based on the systematic collection of empirical evidence subjected to rigorous testing and/or experimentation. Access and evaluate scientific information, including interpreting tables, graphs and equations. Recognize evidence-based conclusions and form reasoned opinions about science-related matters of personal, public and ethical concern. Required Text: Plummer, Carlson & Hammersley, Physical Geology. (15th Edition – ISBN 978-0-07-809610-5). It is important that you read the assigned sections before coming to class and again, more carefully after class. Exams There are a total of 5 exams in the course. All exams are worth 40 points, will be short essay, and last 45 minutes. The last exam is given during final’s week. I will discard the lowest score among the first four, but you must keep the last exam. There will be no makeup exam, for the first exam missed. Persons who miss more than one exam may make up the exam within one week of the test date. Make up exams will be harder than the original exam. Grades 160-136 = A 135-120 = B 119-88 = C 87-80 = D 79-0 = F Plus and minus grades may be assigned when point totals are near the point value border for a grade. Field Trip We will take a one-day field trip on ----??(Saturday). The field trip is mandatory, and will greatly aid in your understanding of many of the concepts in the course. Attendance and Class Objectives Regular attendance is required for you to do well in this class. I don’t post lectures or my slides online – you’ll need to be present to get the information. Please try to arrive on time. If you are late, please enter quietly to minimize disruption to the class. If you need to leave class early (i.e. for an appointment), please let me know beforehand and sit by a door to minimize class disturbance. Please turn all phones OFF while in class.