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GO 125 Natural Disasters
Hageman, Scott


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

GO 125 Natural Disasters

Semester

SP 2006 HO

Faculty

Hageman, Scott

Title

Associate Professor

Office Location

SCI 004

Office Hours

MWF  8-10   many other times by appointment

Daytime Phone

584-6475

E-Mail

scott.hageman@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.park.edu/shageman

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Prerequisites

NONE

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Natural Disasters, 5th Edition


 Patrick Leon Abbott, SAN DIEGO STATE U-SAN DIEGO

Softcover
©2006, ISBN 0073040770  

 
Table of Contents

1 Natural Disasters and Their Energy Sources
2 Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes
3 Basic Principles of Earthquake Geology, Seismology and Tsunami
4 Some Earthquakes in Western North America
5 More United States and Canadian Earthquakes
6 Volcanic Eruptions: Plate Tectonics and Magmas
7 Volcanic Eruptions Continue
8 Mass Movements
9 Climate Change
10 Severe Weather
11 Hurricanes and the Coastline
12 Floods
13 Fire
14 The Great Dyings
15 Impacts with Space Objects  


Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
This course will study the earth's natural processes and phenomena that impact the earth.  These natural impacts will be studied which result in massive damage to the earth and to its inhabitants.  The course will explore how humans cope with natural disasters.  Humans typically measure the damage in terms of loss of life or economic loss, but the end result is that these natural disasters influence human culture and population distribution.  3:0:3

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Recall the details associated with famous natural disaster events.
  2. Identify precursors to various natural disasters.
  3. Discuss the predictability of various natural disasters.
  4. Compare and contrasts the causes of Earth's worst natural disaster, mass extinctions.
  5. Discuss the major reasons for most natural disasters and the impact they have on societies around the world and through history.
Grading:
Your grade will be based on your score out of total points, approximately 600. For example, 432/600 = .72 *100 = 79% C. The course will use the traditional scale of 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, and below 60%=F.
Exams: 3 exams worth 100 points; 1 final worth 100 points. = 400

Homework: 2 homework assignments worth approximately 100 points each = 200
EXAM 1     16.6%                FINAL   16.6%
EXAM 2      16.6%               HW 1     16.6%
EXAM 3      16.6%               HW 2     16.6%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework is due at the start of class. Homework turned in late will be counted off 10% per day, so you have 10 days to submit it before it becomes worth 0 Points. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events must turn in all homework PRIOR to their absence. Other exceptions: students who miss class due to an extended illness requiring hospitalization will be allowed to make up missed homework assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Make-Up Examinations
Three lecture examinations and one final are scheduled for this semester.  BE THERE!  The final must be taken on the scheduled date. Do not make early travel arrangements!  A make-up exam will be given ONLY if the student contacts the instructor before the next scheduled class meeting and gains approval from the instructor for a make up exam (584- 6475 OR scott.hageman@park.edu).  

Students will be allowed one make-up test. If the student misses two tests, they will be allowed one make-up and the second missed test will be scored as a zero. The make-up tests will be comprehensive and will be given on the day of the final examination.  

Exceptions: Athletes and students who know they will be missing class due to other school sponsored events or other reasons deemed acceptable by the instructor can make arrangements to take the exam before the miss.  


Extra Credit = NO!!!!!   It is a students responsibility to get work done on time in an acceptable form, therefore no extra credit will be given during this course.


The Please Don't List- 1. show up late. 2. If you do show up late do it quietly. 3. Do not go to the bathroom every class period. 4. Do not talk loudly to others during class. 5. Turn off the cell phones and pagers for 50 minutes (your parents and grandparents somehow survived without them). 6. Do not ask me for my book or notes. 7. Please do not ever feel like you can not talk to me. I get paid to help you!


*The schedule and procedures for this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Jan.   9 Introduction
        11 History/Energy Sources
        13  Plate Tectonics
        16  NO CLASS (MLK)
        18  Plate Tectonics
        20  Plate Tectonics
        23  Tsunami
        25  Earthquakes
        27  Earthquakes
        30  Earthquakes
Feb.      1  Earthquakes
         3  EXAM 1
         6  Volcanoes
         8  Volcanoes
        10  Volcanoes
        13  Volcanoes
        15  Mass Movement
        17  Mass Movement
        20  NO CLASS (President's Day)
        22  Mass Movement
        24  Climate Change  
        27  Climate Change              
Mar.      1  Climate Change
         3  EXAM 2
      6-10  NO CLASS ( SPRING BREAK)
        13  Severe Weather
        15  Severe Weather
        17  Severe Weather
        20  Severe Weather
        22  Hurricanes                        
        24  Hurricanes
        27  Hurricanes
        29  Hurricanes/Coastal Settings        
        31  Floods
Apr.      3  Floods
         5  Floods            
         7  EXAM 3
        10  Fire
        12  Fire
        14  NO CLASS (Good Friday
        17  Fire
        19  Extinctions
        21  Extinctions
        24  Extinctions
        26  Impacts
        28  Impacts
May          FINAL http://park.edu/calendar/finals.asp

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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