Physical Geology-GLG 101   CLASS PROCEDURE SHEET
Cochise College      

Geology Home Page                   

Roger Weller, geology instructor
wellerr@cochise.edu


 

COCHISE COLLEGE
 

Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers, and lifelong learning.

  

Cochise College is committed to continuous improvement in order to provide the best possible service.  A key part of this commitment involves assessing student learning outcomes.  Assessment, which occurs apart from the regular grading of student work, is conducted by faculty using tests, research papers, projects, presentations or standardized examinations to discover how well students who have passed a course actually achieved the expected learning goals. Faculty members analyze the results so they can develop strategies to help improve student learning in future classes.

 

 

 

GLG 101
 Introduction to Geology I-Physical

Semester: Spring 2018

 

  CRN

  Meeting Days

  Meeting Time

  Site

  Building

Room

  10842

  MW

  9:15 a.m. to noon

Sierra  Vista

  Science

  1105


 

COURSE PROCEDURE SHEET

 

  Instructor Information:

          Instructor Name:  Roger N. Weller

          Phone Number:  378-0905 (h)

          Email Address: weller@cochise.edu   and     proton3@gmail.com

 

 

Course Content
 

  Plate tectonics - a scientific revolution

  The rock cycle

 Matter and minerals

 Magma, igneous rocks, and intrusive activity

  Volcanoes and volcanic hazards

 Weathering and soil

 Sedimentary rocks

  Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks

 Geologic time

Crustal deformation

Earthquakes and earthquake hazards

 Earth's interior

 Divergent boundaries: origin and evolution of the ocean floor

 Convergent boundaries: origin of continents and mountains

 Mass wasting: the work of gravity

Running water

 Ground water

 Glaciers and glaciation

Deserts and winds

 Shorelines

 Energy and mineral resources

 Geology of the solar system


 

Course Description:
 An introduction to the physical aspects of the Earth's crust. Includes scientific measurements, maps, and the scientific method; the hands-on identification and assessment of rocks and minerals; and basic geology—earth composition, surface processes, subsurface processes, investigative tools, geologic structures, geologic resources, and Earth history

 

  Prerequisites:  None

        

  Course Objectives:
 

  Required Materials and Supplies:
 

No textbook!  This will save you a bunch of money.
(So you can spend it on rocks at the Tucson Gem and Mineral shows in January/February.)


Access to the Internet.  The course materials are all located at
http://skywalker.cochise.edu/wellerr/aawellerweb.htm

or go to Google and search for “Roger Weller”; the first page that pops up is the geology home page.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page and open up Roger Weller's Geology Class.

        

 

Class Information:

 

 Performance measures, conditions and standards. 
The student will be evaluated on the basis of performance on the following:

 

  Classroom tests (lowest test score will be dropped)
  Final (cannot be dropped)
  Internet term paper project (details on Geology web page listed above)

 

 

Grading Scale and Distribution

 

 GRADING SCALE

 

  SAMPLE DISTRIBUTION

 A

 90 %

 

   

   

  B

 80 %

   

  Term Paper

  20%

  C

70 %

 

  Tests

  60%

  D

 60 %

   

  Final Exam

  20%



Grade Standards—for Cochise College

 

 A:  The highest academic grade possible; an honor grade which is not automatically given to a student who ranks highest in the course, but is reserved for accomplishment that is truly distinctive and demonstrably outstanding.

 B:  A grade that denotes achievement considerably above acceptable standards and mastery of course materials

 C:  Indicates a satisfactory degree of attainment and is the least acceptable standard for graduation from college or additional studies within the discipline.  This grade implies completion of the minimum outcomes identified in the course curriculum.

 D:  Denotes a limited understanding of the subject matter, meeting only the minimum requirement for passing the course.  This grade will not transfer to another institution of higher education nor is it acceptable for additional studies within the discipline.

 F: Indicates inadequate or unsatisfactory attainment, serious deficiency in understanding of course material, or failure to complete requirements of the course.

 (Note:  The section above on grade standards is strongly recommended for inclusion on the course procedure sheet but is not required.)

 


Examination Schedule: 
All tests will be announced one week in advance.
Final will be on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 during regular class hours.
 

 Note:  The class schedule examination schedule and lectures in this
class are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances
(such as major earthquakes or volcanic eruptions).

 

  Instructor Policies:

  Academic Dishonesty:
Any student caught cheating on a test will receive a grade of zero % on that test and this score will not be dropped in the calculation of the student’s grade.  A second offense will result in a grade of F and will be reported to the academic Standards Committee

Plagiarism is the improper use of, or failure to attribute to, another person’s writing or ideas (intellectual property).  It can be a subtle as the inadvertent neglect to include quotes or references when citing a source or as blatantly unethical as knowingly copying an entire presentation or paper verbatim and claiming it as your own work.  You can find this definition along with more information about plagiarism at http://www.plagiarism.org

Cochise College does not tolerate plagiarism in any form.  Students who resort to copying without proper citation cheat the author, the college and themselves.  By policy (number 3010), Cochise College may impose various sanctions as a result of academic dishonesty up to and including suspension and expulsion.  As the instructor for this class, I fully support the college’s policy.  If I discover plagiarism, I may impose any (or all) of the following penalties:  written or verbal warning; loss of credit for the work involved; reduction in your final grade; or assigning a failing grade for the course.  I may also recommend to the college administration that you be removed from this class or even by expulsion from the college.

   

   I will not hesitate to uphold commonly accepted academic honesty standards in your work for this class. If you have questions about plagiarism, ask me.  You can    also find answers to questions about plagiarism at Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab web site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/

 

 Attendance
Students who miss more than three class/lab sessions may find themselves dropped from the course.  If you must be absent, please make arrangements with the instructor prior to leaving.  Students have until Monday of the week that precedes the final to officially drop from the course with a grade of W.

 

Incomplete Grades
These are highly discouraged, because if not made up in 1 semester, the grade reverts to an F.
Successful completions of incompletes are less than 10%.



       
Students with Disabilities:  

     
 
The instructor is committed to the principle of universal learning.  This means that our
        class activities, Moodle space, and interactions are as inclusive as possible.  Mutual respect, civility, and the ability to observe
        others without prejudice are crucial to universal learning.  If you anticipate issues related to the format or requirements of this
        course, please discuss your concerns with the instructor.  If you determine that formal, disability-related accommodations are
        necessary, it is very important that you register with
the Disability Services Office at 520-515-5337 or 520-417-4023).  
       The Disability Services Office will then notify your instructors of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations.



Mission:
Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers, and lifelong learning.

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Assessment:
 Cochise College is committed to continuous improvement in order to provide the best possible service.  A key part of this commitment involves assessing student learning outcomes.  Assessment, which occurs apart from the regular grading of student work, is conducted by faculty using tests, research papers, projects, presentations or standardized examinations to discover how well students who have passed a course actually achieved the expected learning goals. Faculty members analyze the results so they can develop strategies to help improve student learning.
 

Class Schedule

Lectures will follow  the sequence of topics listed in the Physical Geology Illustrated Vocabulary.
Tests will follow lecture topics-

Test1- minerals, crystals, radioactivity, gemstones
Test 2- volcanoes and igneous rocks
Test 3- weathering, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, landslides
Test 4-glaciers, rivers, groundwater, caves, sand dunes
Test 5 (final)-earthquakes, plate tectonics, folds, faults


other topics will also include planetary geology