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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

FA 2007 HO

Faculty

Hageman, Scott

Title

Associate Professor of Geology

Office Location

SCI 004

Office Hours

9-10 MWF     8-9 T  many other times by appointment

Daytime Phone

584-6475

E-Mail

s.hageman@park.edu

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

By Patrick Leon Abbott
Date  March 13, 2007
Format Paperback
Paperback
ISBN   007329232X / 9780073292328
 Natural Disasters 
Overview

This book focuses on natural disasters: how the normal processes of the Earth concentrate their energies and deal heavy blows to humans and their structures. It is concerned with how the natural world operates and, in so doing, kills and maims humans and destroys their works. Throughout the book, certain themes are maintained: * energy sources underlying disasters * plate tectonics and climate change * earth processes operating in rock, water, and atmosphere * significance of geologic time * complexities of multiple variables operating simultaneously * detailed and readable case studies.

Table of contents

1 Natural Disasters and The Human Population
2 Energy Flows in Earth History and Natural Disasters
3 Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes
4 Earthquake Geology and Seismology
5 Tsunami
6 Earthquakes in Western North America
7 More U.S. and Canadian Earthquakes
8 Volcanic Eruptions: Plate Tectonics and Magmas
9 Volcano Case Histories: Killer Events
10 Mass Movements
11 Atmosphere, Oceans, and Long-Term Climate Change
12 Short-Term Climate Change and Severe Weather
13 Hurricanes and the Coastline
14 Floods
15 Fire
16 The Great Dyings
17 Impacts with Space Objects

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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.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the major reasons for most natural disasters and the impact they have on societies around the world and through history.
  2. Recall the details associated with famous natural disaster events.
  3. Identify precursors to various natural disasters.
  4. Discuss the predictability of various natural disasters.
  5. Compare and contrasts the causes of Earth's worst natural disaster, mass extinctions.


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment (40% of course grade):
Portfolio: collection of 4 assignments. Each assignment is completely or partially related to each of the core learning outcomes.


Assignment 1 (final; 10%): CLO #1, #2, #3,#5
Assignment 2 (homework 1; 10%) CLO #2, #4
Assignment 3 (homework 2; 10%) CLO #5
Assignment 4 (Exam 1; 10%) CLO #2, #3, #4

Link to Class Rubric

Grading:
Your grade will be based on your score out of total points, approximately 600. For example, 432/600 = .72 *100 = 72% 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!



 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Aug. 20 Introduction 
        22 History/Energy Sources 
        24  Plate Tectonics 
        27  Plate Tectonics 
        29  Plate Tectonics 
        31  Tsunami
Sept.  3   NO CLASS (Labor Day)
          5  Earthquakes 
          7  Earthquakes 
        10  Earthquakes 
        12  Earthquakes 
        14  EXAM 1 
        17  Volcanoes 
        19  Volcanoes 
        21  Volcanoes 
        24 Volcanoes 
        26  Mass Movement 
        28  Mass Movement 
 Oct.  1  Mass Movement 
          3  Climate Change 
          5  Climate Change   
          8  Climate Change               
        10  EXAM 2
        12   Severe Weather  
      15-19 NO CLASS ( FALL BREAK) 
        22  Severe Weather 
        24  Severe Weather 
        26  Severe Weather 
        29  Hurricanes
        31  Hurricanes                        
Nov.  2  Hurricanes 
          5  Hurricanes/Coastal Settings  
          7  Floods 
          9  Floods 
        12  NO CLASS             
        14  Floods             
        16  EXAM 3 
        19  Fire 
        21  Fire 
        23  NO CLASS
        26  Fire 
        28  Extinctions 
        30  Extinctions 
Dec.  3  Extinctions 
         5  Impacts 
         7  Impacts
             FINAL   http://park.edu/calendar/finals.asp

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

 


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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Written work provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio Written work generally provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio, although discussion may be vague or incomplete for 1 of the assignments Written work provides vague or superficial discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio; or discussion is not included for 2-3 of the assignments Written work does not provide any discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Written work clearly and effectively integrates the concepts identified in all of the core learning outcomes Written work appropriately integrates the concepts identified in at least 4 of the 5 core learning outcomes Written work demonstrates minimal evidence of integrating the concepts identified in at least 3 of the 4 core learning outcomes; or only integrates concepts from 1-3 core learning outcomes Written work does not indicate an integration of concepts from any of the core learning outcomes 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Written work provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all of the assignments in the portfolio Written work generally provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all of the assignments in the portfolio; or written work does not provide analysis for one of the assignments in the portfolio Written work provides vague or superficial analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the portfolio; or written work does not provide analysis for 2-3 of the assignments in the portfolio Written work does not provide analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the portfolio 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
All assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes All but one of the assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 2-3 of the assignments within the portfolio fail to demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes None of the assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear or appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Multiple examples of terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used appropriately throughout the written work A variety of terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used throughout the written work, however 1-2 may be incorrectly used Only a few terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used in the written work; or 3-5 of the terms are incorrectly used Written work does not include the use of any relevant terms discussed in the course or related to the core learning outcomes; or all of the terms used are incorrectly applied 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
All written work within the portfolio is entirely error-free in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains only 1-2 errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains 3-4 errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains numerous errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation 
Civic Literacy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster.  The student is clearly able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. Only one of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. None the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. 
Values Literacy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life Only one of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life None of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life 

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