HONORS: GEOLOGY (110; 5 credits)

SPRING SEMESTER, 2014

 

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 (6th ed.), J. S. Monroe and R. Wicander

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

                                    Honors Geology Course Manual (2014), 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.

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 27; covers Chaps. 1 5 & 8 in Monroe and Wicander.

            EXAM 2:        Thursday, March 20; covers Chaps. 6, 7 & 9 - 12 in Monroe and Wicander.

            EXAM 3:        Thursday, April 17; covers Chaps. 13 - 18 in Monroe and Wicander.

            EXAM 4:        Thursday, May 15; 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 24, and a brief oral presentation of the paper in class.

FIELD TRIP:  The required field trip is scheduled for Saturday, May 3.

GRADING:    Lecture exams, the course project, and laboratory score will determine the grade for the course.  The overall average for the course will comprise the average of the four exam scores, given a weight of 60%; 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 - 63        D-

                                                <60            F

 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

 

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LECTURE TOPICS

ASSIGNED READING IN

TEXT (required)

LAB

1

T: Fundamentals and plate tectonics

Th: Plate tectonics

Chapters 1 & 2

(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

Th: Volcanism

Chapters 4 & 5

Jones2, Chap. 3, Igneous rocks

4

T: Metamorphic rocks

Th: Exam 1

Chapter 8

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

5

T: Weathering, erosion, and soil; Sediment and

sedimentary rocks

Th: Earthquakes & Sea floor

Chapters 6, 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, & 15; 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

Th: Paleozoic earth

Th: Paleozoic life

Chapters 20 & 21

Mesozoic fossils*; Field trip Saturday, May 3

13

T: Mesozoic earth

Th: Mesozoic life

Chapter 22

Cenozoic fossils*

14

T: Cenozoic earth and life

Th: Exam 4

Chapters 23 & 24

Quiz on fossils & field trip

*If weather permits, we will take a two-hour field trip in Winnebago County on one of these three weeks.