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GO 151 History of the Earth
Hageman, Scott

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GO 151 History of the Earth


FA 2006 HO


Hageman, Scott

Office Location

SCI 004

Office Hours

MWF  9-10;   TR  8-9;    Other times easily arranged.

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Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours


The Earth Through Time 7th Ed. by Harold L. Levin. New York: W.B. Saunders Company, 200, 5xx p.

Additional Resources:
Aug. 22 Introduction 24 Historical Geology 29                      Earth Materials 31   Sedimentary Rocks Sept.        5                     Sedimentary Rocks/ Fossil Record  7   Fossil Record              12                     Earth Structure 14     Plate Tectonics 19   Plate Tectonics 21                      EXAM 1 26 The Primordial Earth (Hadean and Archean) 28   Proterozoic Oct. 3   Early Paleozoic Events 5 Early Paleozoic Events / Late Paleozoic Events 10   Late Paleozoic Events 12 Life of the Paleozoic 16-20 FALL BREAK 24               Life of the Paleozoic 26 EXAM 2 31 Mesozoic Events Nov. 2 Mesozoic Events 7   Life of the Mesozoic 9 Life of the Mesozoic             14 Life of the Mesozoic 16                       EXAM 3   21   Cenozoic Events 23 No Class (Thanksgiving) 28 Cenozoic Events 30     Life of the Cenozoic Dec.        5 Life of the Cenozoic / Human Origins   7   Human Origins FINAL EXAM December ____ at _____________ in room Sci 005. Last Day to Withdraw:  October 27, 2006

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Course Description:
This is a survey of the history of the earth, including its continents, oceans, and life.  The course will be divided into two parts: (1) An introduction into how the earth's history is recognized from the earth's materials and structures and (2) an examination of the past life and major geologic events that have been recorded.  3:3:4

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Classify fossil specimens based on identification of preservation type and morphological features.
  2. Discuss major life adaptations and mass extinction events throughout Earth's history.
  3. Express how continents and oceans are formed and how they have changed with time.
  4. Compare and contrast life, climates, and ecology of the past and present.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
CLASS ASSESSMENT:  Exams, homework, paper, lab exercises. CORE ASSESSSMENT Paper worth 20% of total course grade The Core Assessment for this course will challenge the student to become familiar with Earth's History in terms of the evolution of continents, life, and climate.  The student must write a 6 page research paper (NOT including figures), using a minimum of 8 sources, in which they conduct an historical geology analysis.  The analysis must cover the geology at different time periods.     The paper must include the following parts: 1) Introduction: Must include a clear thesis statement about the historical geology of the locations and time periods selected. (Content of Communication) 2) Life adaptations and mass extinctions: Summarize three life adaptations (evolution). One from each of the following:  Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic   [CLO#2; Analysis]  Include the following: • Identify and fully explain one example from the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic. • For each life adaptation discussed, explain how it helped or hindered the groups chances      of survival in the mass extinction(s) that followed. 3) Landmass and ocean evolution: Describe and analyze the geologic history of a country or US state.  [CLO#3; Application]  Include the following: • Explain all the landmasses and depositional environments (marine and non-marine) that         have occurred throughout geologic time at the selected location. • Construct maps that support your analysis and show the changing environments with       time. 4) Life, ecology, and climate of reefs: Evaluate by comparing and contrasting modern reefs with a reef from the Paleozoic and Mesozoic. [CLO#4; Evaluation]  Include the following: • Fully explain the organisms present, their ecology, and climate required to thrive. • Maps and figures to support your evaluations. 5) Conclusion:       Summarize how this paper demonstrates that historical geology is a key to understanding the       modern environment.  Then propose an action plan to educate people about mass       extinctions and climate change and how likely it is to have another one in modern       times.[CLO#2,3,4; Synthesis] 6) Works Cited: List, alphabetically, any sources you cited within the paper (Note: You must have at least 8 different sources) using either APA or MLA documentation style.  [Technical Skill in Communication]

Your grade will be based on your score out of total points, approximately 1000. For example, 720/1000 = .72 *100 = 72% C. The course will use the traditional scale of 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, and below 60%=F. EXAM 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, and Final = 10% each; 40% total. Lab Midterm and Lab Final = 9% each; 18% total. Lab exerciese = 12%.  Homework 1 and 2 = 5% each; 10% total.   Paper (core assessment) = 20%.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
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 will need to make arrangements prior to their absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
• Students are held responsible for acquiring all materials and information missed during a class session from another student. • Wireless (cellular) phones and/or pagers must be either turned to the silent mode (vibrate only) or OFF in the classroom.  If you do receive notice of an emergency call/page quietly leave the classroom to make or receive a call in the hall or outside of the building.   • The instructor will strive to create an informal and comfortable classroom environment for class discussion. However, this is an educational forum and the instructor expects students to act accordingly.  Students will treat fellow students and the instructor with respect.   • Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. • Americans With Disabilities Act:  Park University is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112 – The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.  With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens.  The instructors are required by law to provide “reasonable accommodation” to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability.  It is the students responsibility to inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. • Don't show up late!  If you do, DO IT QUIETLY!! • Do not go to the bathroom every class period. • Do not talk loudly to others during class. • Do not ask me for my book or notes. • Please do not ever feel like you can not talk to me. I get paid to help you!

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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