HONORS: GEOLOGY (110; 5 credits)

SPRING SEMESTER, 2017

 

INSTRUCTOR:   William N. Mode                                                               OFFICE:  Harrington 214

EMAIL:  mode@uwosh.edu                                                                           PHONE:  424-7004

OFFICE HOURS: 10:20 to 11:20 a.m., M, W, F; or by appointment or chance

TEXTBOOKS:           The Changing Earth (7th ed.), J. S. Monroe and R. Wicander

                                    Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology (8th ed.), C. E. Jones & N. W. Jones

                                    Honors Geology Course Manual (2017), W. N. Mode

MEETING HOURS:  Lecture: 9:40 to 11:10 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday in Harrington 217

                                     Discussion: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday in Harrington 217
                                     Lab: 3:00 to 5:10 p.m., Tuesday in Harrington 114

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Students will learn: 1) basic principles of geology and how to apply them in to laboratory, field, and other practical situations; 2) ways in which geology influences their life and ways in which humans influence geologic systems; and 3) to see connections between geology and other areas of human endeavor such as art, literature, and politics.  These objectives embody the goals of a liberal arts education. Because it deals with earth resources and hazards, this course addresses the USP signature question concerning sustainability.

INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEM:  This is a traditional lecture course with four scheduled examinations.  Laboratory and discussion require active participation by students.

ATTENDANCE:  Laboratory and discussion attendance is required, and I strongly recommend attending lecture.  Your chance for success in the course will be much greater if you attend every class session.

EXAMINATIONS:   Four required exams are given.  Exams will consist of a mixture of essay, short answer, matching, and multiple choice questions.  The Course Manual contains a study guide and sample exam questions.

            EXAM 1:        Thursday, February 23; covers Chaps. 1 5 & 8 in Monroe and Wicander.

            EXAM 2:        Thursday, March 16; covers Chaps. 6, 7 & 9 - 12 in Monroe and Wicander.

            EXAM 3:        Thursday, April 13; covers Chaps. 13 - 18 in Monroe and Wicander.

            EXAM 4:        Thursday, May 11; covers Chaps. 19 - 24 in Monroe and Wicander

COURSE PROJECT:  The course project will consist of journal writing each week, a 10-page paper due April 20, and a brief oral presentation of the paper in class.

FIELD TRIP:  The required field trip is scheduled for Saturday, April 29.

GRADING:    Lecture exams, the course project, and laboratory score will determine the grade for the course.  The course score will be determined by the four exam scores, given a weight of 15% each; the course project, 20%; and the laboratory score, 20%.  The laboratory score is determined by participation (20%) and four quizzes (20% each).  The grade scale will be no more rigorous than:

                                                93 - 100%   A
                                                90 - 92        A-

                                                87 - 89        B+

                                                83 - 86        B

                                                80 - 82        B-
                                                77 - 79        C+

                                                73 - 76        C
                                                70 - 72        C-

                                                67 - 69        D+

                                                63 - 66        D
                                                60 - 62        D-

                                                <60            F

 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

 

WK

LECTURE TOPICS

ASSIGNED READING IN

TEXT (required)

LAB

1

T: Fundamentals and plate tectonics

Th: Plate tectonics

Chapters 1 & 2 & p. 252-254

(Monroe & Wicander)

Jones2, Chap. 16 & 17, earthquakes and plate tectonics

2

T: Minerals

Th: Rocks and igneous

rocks

Chapters 3 & 4

Jones2, Chap. 1 & 2, Minerals

3

T: Igneous Rocks & Volcanism

Th: Metamorphic rocks

Chapters 4, 5, & 8

Jones2, Chap. 3, Igneous rocks

4

T: Weathering, erosion, and soil

Th: Exam 1

Chapter 6

Jones2, Chap. 4 & 5, Sedimentary & metamorphic rocks

5

T: Sediment and

sedimentary rocks

Th: Earthquakes

Chapters 7 & 9

 

Quiz on minerals & rocks; Jones2, Chap. 6, Topographic maps

6

T: Mountain building

Th: Mass wasting

Chapters 10 & 11

Jones2, Chap. 14, Structural geology

7

T: Running water

Th: Exam 2

Chapter 12

Jones2, Chap. 8 & 9, Streams and groundwater,

8

T: Groundwater

Th: Glaciers and glaciation

Chapters 13 & 14

Quiz on Chap. 16, 17, 6, & 14; and Jones2, Chaps. 10 & 12, Glaciation & dunes

9

T: Wind and deserts

Th: Shorelines

Chapters 15 & 16

Jones2, Chap. 11 & 13, Shorelines & geologic time

10

T: Geologic time & Evolution

Th: Exam 3

Chapters 17 & 18

Fossils

11

T: Precambrian earth

Th: Precambrian life

Chapter 19

Quiz on Chap. 8, 9, 10, 12, 11, & 13; and Paleozoic fossils

12

T: Paleozoic life

Th: Paleozoic earth

p. 167-168 and Chapters 20 & 21

Mesozoic fossils; Field trip, April 29

13

T: Mesozoic life

Th: Mesozoic earth

Chapter 22

Cenozoic fossils

14

T: Cenozoic earth and life

Th: Exam 4

Chapters 23 & 24

Quiz on fossils & field trip