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Syllabus

GES 115 Survey of Geology Fall 2000

Lecture: MW 9-9:50, SLC 270

Laboratory: A1:R 1-2:50; A2:R 3-4:50, SLC 435

Professor: Sid P. Halsor Office: SLC 439

Phone: 408-4611 e-mail: shalsor@wilkes.edu

Office Hours: MW 10-11, W 12-1, R 9-10 (and by appointment)

Textbook: Murck and Skinner, 1999, Geology Today-Understanding Our Planet, Wiley

I. Course Objectives

This course is about the single planet in our solar system that operates as a constantly changing dynamic system with shifting continents and expanding and contracting ocean basins. The dynamics of Earth‚s surface are driven by the slow but steady outward flow of heat from the planet‚s interior. If the Earth had no trapped heat (like its moon and neighboring planet Mars) its surface would be static, barren and void of life.

The central goal of this course is to examine Earth as a system in motion with moving parts propelled by powerful geologic forces. The concept of a dynamic Earth will provide a unifying context for the study of fundamental concepts in geology and the nature of planet Earth, its composition, structure, and history. The methods and tools that geologists use while conducting their work will be examined as well as the impact that geology has on our everyday lives.

II. Schedule of Lecture and Lab Topics/Exams

Date Topic Text Lab

Aug 28/30 Geology, You, and the Big Picture 1 No lab

Sep 6 Earth Materials 2 Minerals I

Sep 11/13 Plate Tectonics 4 Minerals II/Quiz 1

Sep 18/20 Igneous Rocks and Volcanoes 6 Igneous Rocks/Quiz 2

Sep 25/27 Sedimentary Rocks 8 Sedimentary Rocks/Quiz 3

Oct 2/4 Exam/Metamorphism 10 Metamorphic Rocks/Quiz 4

Oct 9/11 Metamorphism/The Rock Cycle 11 Exam

Oct 16/18 Geologic Time 3 Rates of Geologic Change Oct 23/25 Glaciers and Climate Change 14 Contour Maps/Quiz 5 Oct 30/1 Rivers and Streams 12 Topographic Maps/Quiz 6

Nov 6/8 Groundwater 12 Groundwater Pollution/Quiz 7 Nov 13/15 Exam/Folds and Faults 9 Geologic Structures/Quiz 8

Nov 20 Folds and Faults 9 No lab (Thanksgiving Recess)

Nov 27/29 Earthquakes 5 Geologic Maps/Quiz 9

Dec 4/6 Contemporary Issues in Geology Exam

III. Grade-Point Distribution Points

Lecture (60% of total):

2 midterm exams @ 100 pts 200

1 final exam 100

Laboratory (40% of total):

2 lab exams @ 50 pts 100

9 lab quizzes @ 5 pts 45

Sum of laboratory assignments 55

Total (bases for final grade) 500

Important note: Accompanying this syllabus is a Departmental statement on guidelines and policies for survey level courses. This document applies to this course and contains important information you should know on course eligibility, drop/add, grading, and attendance.

 
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