Geology 51-102 Physical Geology
Laboratory Schedule Spring 2013

Instructors: Lab Sections: Office: E-mail: Phone: Office Hours:
Elizabeth Gordon A02, A04, A05, A06, A07 Harrington 205 424-0265

T 10:20-12:00, Th 10:20-12:30, or by appointment.

Mary Jo Pankratz A03 Harrington 208 424-7115 T.B.A.
Eric Hiatt A01 Harrington 315 424-7001 10:30-11:30 M,W,F; 4:10-5:10 PM Friday's, and by appointment or chance.

** All Lab Sections meet in Harrington Hall 113 (starting Feb. 4, 2013).





Required text: Updated UW-Oshkosh Custom Physical Geology Laboratory Manual, 2013, 8th edition, Jones and Jones, McGraw Hill Publishers, ISBN: 9780077654092.

Note: Used, borrowed or shared lab manuals are NOT acceptable!

This version is cheaper than the standard one, and is the only one that is acceptable.

Image of lab manual cover

ATTENDANCE: The hands-on learning provided by this lab is essential to your understanding of geology, and is key to your overall success in this course.  As a consequence, attendance and completion of ALL laboratory exercises is mandatory, and a 10% penalty will apply to your lab grade for each lab missed.  Labs are informal and involve working with others. Rude, disruptive, and disrespectful behavior, such as talking, text messaging, or talking on a cell phone will not be tolerated and will result in a lowered course grade and possible removal from the course. In order to receive full attendance credit, you must complete your in-class lab assignments to the complete satisfaction of your lab instructor. If you know ahead of time that you will be missing a lab, you must contact your lab instructor before your lab meets to discuss your options.

GRADES: Your lab grade will be based on lab exams, attendance, and homework assignments. You will not receive a separate grade for lab.  You must pass the lab (lab grade >60%) in order to pass the overall 102 course.

LAB EXAMS: There are three scheduled exams (see Lab Schedule section below), and expect some unscheduled quizzes. The exams/quizzes will occur at the start of the lab.  There will be a lab exercise following each exam.

Lab Assignments:
Read through the assigned laboratories
BEFORE coming to lab. The instructors will give a brief introduction with the assumption that you will have already read the material. Labs are informal and involve working with others. You must work well with others and show respect to fellow students and instructors. Rude, disruptive, and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated and can result in a lowered course grade and possible removal from the course.

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with disabilities. Please contact Disability Services (424-3100 (voice) or 424-1319 (TTY)) or visit their web site at for the University’s accommodation request form and documentation requirements. Information related to an individual’s accommodation request will be kept confidential.

Academic Integrity: The Wisconsin Administrative Code states: “Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of sources, and for respect of others academic endeavors.” (§ UWS 14.01) Plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct are serious offenses with severe penalties. See the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Discipline Code for definitions of academic misconduct and details about procedures, sanctions, and other relevant information. Specific questions about the provisions in the Student Discipline Code should be directed to the Dean of Students Office. If you do not understand this statement, please see me as soon as possible.

Lab Schedule:

Week of: Lab # Topic and Assignment in Lab Manual: Reading in Lab Manual
Jan. 28 Labs do not meet! Read Chapters 1 & 2 in your Lecture Textbook  
Feb. 4 Earth Materials, Processes and Isostasy (read Chapter 1 in lecture text) 1st lab
Feb. 11

Topographic maps

Chp. 6

Feb. 18

Properties of Minerals; Mineral Identification and uses

Chps. 1 & 2
Feb. 25 Lab Exam 1 (here are review times)  
March 4 Igneous Rocks Chp. 3
March 11 Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks Chp. 4
March 18

Spring Break -- No Lab Sections Meet

Chp. 5
March 25 Lab Exam 2; Metamorphic Rocks Chp. 5
April 1 Geological Time and Geologic Histories Chp. 13
April 8 Structural Geology Chp. 14
April 15 Geologic Maps Chp. 15
April 22 Streams & Groundwater Chps. 8 & 9
April 29 Lab Exam 3  
May 6 LABS DO NOT MEET -- focus on lecture exams!  

If you need help with the course, you can come to one of the tutor sessions.

Here is a list of good resources to review writing, grammar, chemistry, math, and other sciences.


Lab A02L - EG
Lab A06L - EG
Lab A02L -EG
Lab A06L - EG
Lab A03L -MJP
Lab A03L - MJP
Lab A04L -EG
Lab A01L- EH
Lab A04L -EG
Lab A07L - EG
Lab A01L- EH
Lab A05L -EG
Lab A07L - EG
Lab A05L -EG
Geology Club
Geology Club
Geology Club

EG = Elizabeth Gordon EH = Eric Hiatt MJP = Mary Jo Pankratz


Important Dates:
Last day to drop without Late Drop Appeal: March 13
Spring Break: March 17-24.

Last day of classes: May 10.
Graduation: May 11.

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