updated 09/ 14

Mike Strickler: Rogue Community College

Geology 101, 102, and 103

 

Website address: http://jersey.uoregon.edu/~mstrick

E-mail address: GeoMania@frontier.com

Object: The object of this course is to familiarize the student with the basic concepts and practices of the modern Earth Sciences, with a particular emphasis on Physical Geology. Since geology is a field-oriented science, one or more field trips will be planned for each term, and the student is encouraged to participate in them.

Text (101, 102, & 103): Physical Geology, by Monroe & Wicander (6th Ed.)

Lab Manual (101, 102, & 103): Lab Manual in Physical Geology (10th Ed.), by Busch

Class Schedule: Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Final grades: Lecture - Obtained by an average of 2 exams, 1 GeoFantasy Presentation, and the APE Factor.

The Exams: Tests are an unavoidable complication to all aspects of life, but I’ll try to make the ones you have to take here as enjoyable as possible (and a learning experience unto themselves). Expect what you see! I like a wide variety of questions, including multiple choice, matching (everybody's favorite), identification / manipulation / practicum, diagrams, and short and long answer essay.

Concerning notes: I am absolutely convinced that a person’s ability to understand and remember something is directly proportional to the number of times their brain has to juggle that particular bit of information. I strongly encourage note-taking; both during class discussions and while reading. As a reward for good note-taking, I will allow you to use one (1) page of notes during exams. Photocopies of any kind are not allowed, and the tests are not open book, nor are they open neighbor. All this means is that if you want to take the time to write it down you can use it during the test. Yes, this includes copying charts and diagrams.

Concerning make-up exams: Make-up exams are rarely practical, and are not possible at all without previous notification to the instructor — don't show up for the next class and expect to be able to take it. This is especially true for the lab practicum portions of each exam (mineral and rock identification, image identification, and others as may occur). Words fail to convey the importance of making it to class on test night!

GeoFantasy Presentation (101, 102, & 103): Research a topic of your choice, prepare a paper on that topic, and give a 15 to 20 minute presentation to the class. I feel this is an extremely important aspect of the course, and it will be pretty tough to get an “A” without putting the appropriate amount of energy into it. Your paper should be roughly two typed pages, and while this is not an English or Speech class, I expect you to write, and speak, coherently. The range of acceptable topics is quite liberal and should allow everyone the chance to research something of interest to them.

Concerning your oral presentation: Be sure to contact Media (956-7037) in advance to arrange for any A/V support you might need, and show up early enough to get yourself set before class starts. Do NOT read us your paper (an automatic point deduction). There are very few things more boring than someone delivering a “speech” in a fast monotone, which is what we usually get when someone reads a report out loud. Know what you want to say, prepare some note cards if you need the support (most do), and then talk to us about your topic. If you’ve chosen something you’re interested in, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you haven’t, your resulting grade will more than likely reflect your lack of enthusiasm (and preparation).

Concerning your written report: In these hectic days of modern times, it's so easy, and tempting, to find what we need on the Internet. Coupled with the ability to copy and paste, an assignment like this can take on a whole new dimension. Beware of plagiarism. I can usually spot it, and generally have a predictably negative reaction. ’nuf said.

Concerning timing: When confronted with something like this, I always figured that going as close to first as possible was a good plan: it was done and I could then focus on other issues as the term progressed, and it also got me out of the way before the teacher had a whole herd of others to compare me with. I also felt that it showed courage in the face of almost certain humiliation (or worse), and fervently hoped that my teacher would smile favorably on someone with (apparently) more guts than sense. In any event, I’ll be offering several of the highly coveted early spots on the first night of class. If you don’t manage to snag one of these, you’ll be stuck with the mob.

The APE Factor (Attendance, Participation, and Enthusiasm): Some of what we cover is in the book. Much is not. In addition, most, if not all of the labs (and demonstrations) are essentially impossible to complete out of the classroom. I highly encourage good attendance, and will credit you with up to 10 points each class session (the total number you receive will depend upon when you arrive and leave). Please don’t ask for excused absences. For several very good reasons, they don’t exist. Either come to class or don’t - as always, the choice is yours.

Concerning APEs: I can’t stress the importance of this category enough. I expect that we’ll cover quite a bit of territory throughout the term, and complete many labs and demonstrations, both announced and spontaneous. You will have real trouble keeping up if you don’t show up. I also feel that it is better to learn together, and generally appreciate a group that actively participates in the learning experience. I reserve the right to make a subjective appraisal of your participation in class, and enthusiasm for the subject, at the end of the term.


Class Syllabus: Geology 101 - Fall 2014

 

Mon. - 9/29 : Orientation; Intro to the Earth

Wed. - 10/1 : Intro to EarthTime; Lab Geologic Timeline

 

Mon. - 10/6 : Beginnings - The Universe, Solar System, and Earth

Wed. - 10/8 : The Earth (Includes PowerPoint: The Rock Cycle) (Ch. 1)

 

Mon. - 10/13 : Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics (PowerPoint) (Ch. 2)

Wed. - 10/15 : Plate Tectonics Lab #2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7 (A), 2.8 (except A.5)

 

Mon. - 10/20 : Earthquakes (PowerPoint) (Ch. 10 & 11); The Cascadia Subduction Zone (intro & group selections)

Wed. - 10/22 : Earthquakes and the Internal Structure of the Earth (Ch. 10 & 11); Lab #16.1 (B-D), 16.2, 16.3

Sat. - 10/25 : Field Trip (Josephine Ophiolite)

 

Mon. - 10/27 : The Cascadia Subduction Zone (public forum)

Wed. - 10/29 : Exam

 

Mon. - 11/3 : Matter and Minerals (Ch. 3)

Wed. - 11/5 : Mineral Identification (PowerPoint); Lab #3

 

Mon. - 11/10 : Minerals: Review Lab; Intro to Igneous Processes (PowerPoint) (Ch. 4)

Wed. - 11/12 : Igneous Processes and Rocks (Ch. 4); Lab #5

 

Mon. - 11/17 : Volcanism (PowerPoint) (Ch. 5)

Wed. - 11/19 : Volcanism (PowerPoint and Videos: bring popcorn and drinks and enjoy the show)

 

Mon. - 11/24 : Deformation and Mountain Building (PowerPoint) (Ch. 13)

Wed. - 11/26 : No class (Happy Turkey Day)

 

Mon. - 12/1 : Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Plutons

Wed. - 12/3 : Exam

 

Mon. - 12/8 : GeoFantasy Presentations (the mob)

Wed. - 12/10 : Pizza

 

 


Class Syllabus: Geology 102 - Winter 2015

 

Mon. - 1/5 : Orientation; G-101 Review (PowerPoint)

Wed. - 1/7 : Topographic maps (PowerPoint); Lab #9.2 (C), 9.3, 9.6

 

Mon. - 1/12 : Sedimentary Rocks and Processes (PowerPoint) (Ch. 7)

Wed. - 1/14 : Sedimentary Rocks; Lab #6

 

Mon. - 1/19 : No Class: Martin Luther King's Birthday

Wed. - 1/21 : Metamorphic Rocks (PowerPoint) (Ch. 8)

 

Mon. - 1/26 : Metamorphic Rocks (PowerPoint - classification); Lab #7

Wed. - 1/28 : Exam

 

Mon. - 2/2: Introduction to water and surface processes; Intro to Chemical Weathering lab

Wed. - 2/4 : Climatology (PowerPoint)

 

Mon. - 2/9 : Weathering (PowerPoint) (Ch. 6)

Wed. - 2/11 : Erosion and Mass Wasting (PowerPoint) (Ch. 14)

 

Mon. - 2/16 : No Class: President's Day

Wed. - 2/18 : Stream Dynamics (PowerPoint) (Ch. 15)

 

Mon. - 2/23 : Stream Dynamics (PowerPoint); Lab #11.2 (A, B, C, D), 11.3, 11.5

Wed. - 2/25 : Transition: Streams to Groundwater; Intro to The Love Canal

 

Mon. - 3/2 : Groundwater (Ch. 16); Group work on The Love Canal

Wed. - 3/4 : Groundwater; Lab #12.1, 12.2, 12.4; Group work on The Love Canal

Sat. - 3/7 : Field Trip to Lower Rogue River

 

Mon. - 3/9 : The Love Canal public forum

Wed. - 3/11 : Exam

 

Mon. - 3/16 : GeoFantasy Presentations (the mob)

Wed. - 3/18 : Pizza (review of mass wasting processes)

 


Class Syllabus: Geology 103 - Spring 2015

 

Mon. - 3/30 : Orientation; G-101 and G-102 Review (PowerPoint)

Wed. - 4/1 : Introduction to glaciers (PowerPoint) (Ch. 17)

 

Mon. - 4/6 : Alpine glaciers (PowerPoint); Lab #13.2, 13.4, 13.5

Wed. - 4/8 : Continental glaciers; (PowerPoint, SlideShow); Lab #13.3

 

Mon. - 4/13 : Arid Lands (PowerPoint) (Ch. 18)

Wed. - 4/15 : Arid Lands; Lab #14.1, 14.2, 14.4

 

Mon. - 4/20 : Oceanography and Coastal Processes (Ch. 19)

Wed. - 4/22 : Economic Geology: Introduction, Ore vs. Waste; Rock and Industrial Materials

 

Mon. - 4/27 : Economic Geology: Plate tectonics and primary mineral deposits

Wed. - 4/29 : Exam

 

Mon. - 5/4 : Intro to Paleontology and Evolution (PowerPoint) (Ch. 9); Lab - Evidence of Evolution

Wed. - 5/6 : Evolution and Geologic Time; Lab - Patterns of Evolution; Intro to Climate Change

Sat. - 5/9 : Field Trip to Upper Rogue River and Crater Lake

 

Mon. - 5/11 : Relative Age Dating (PowerPoint) (Ch. 9.4); Lab - Relative Dating; Group work on Climate Change

Wed. - 5/13 : Stratigraphic Columns and Stratigraphic Correlation (Ch. 9.5); Lab - Facies Changes; Group work on Climate Change

 

Mon. - 5/18 : Earth History (Archean and Proterzoic) (Ch. 13); Group work on Climate Change

Wed. - 5/20 : No class

 

Mon. - 5/25 : No Class: Memorial Day

Wed. - 5/27 : Earth History: the Origins and Evolution of Life; Group work on Climate Change

 

Mon. - 6/1 : Climate Change (Public Forum)

Wed. - 6/3 : Exam

 

Mon. - 6/8 : GeoFantasy Presentations (the mob)

Wed. - 6/10 : Pizza

 


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