GO 300 Introduction to Dinosaurs
FA 2009 HO
Associate Professor of Geology
M 9:00-11:30 T 8:00-8:45 W 9:00-11:00 R 8:00-8:45 F 9:00-11:30 Many other times by appt
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment (20% of course grade):
Write a term paper in MLA or APA format. The paper should be at least 10 pages in length excluding figures and literature cited. A well-defined introduction, body, and conclusions should be apparent. Information covered in the paper should include the following issues with dinosaurs:
1. Classify Dinosaurs and explain the complications of classifying them (CLO #1).
2. Paleoecology and life habits of a specific dinosaur group (CLO #2).3. Evaluate the functional morphology problems associated with at least two dinosaur groups (CLO #4).
4. Describe how dinosaur fossils are found in other countries and how this complicates classification and paleoecology studies. (CLO#1, 2)
5. Personal opinion of items 1-3 above (CLO#1, 2, 3)
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
There are two homework assignments that must be submitted through the dropbox at www.parkonline.org
Their format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer.
The term paper is written in a specific style (I prefer Chicago, but if you have been trained in MLA, or another let me know). The paper needs to be selected from a list of appropriate topics or approved. It is turned in to the dropbox www.parkonline.org
The format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer..
Total Points for Term: 700
EXAM 1 14.3 % PAPER 14.3 %
EXAM 2 14.3 % HW 1 14.3 %
EXAM 3 14.3% HW 2 14.3 %
A: 89.5% - 100%
B: 79.5% - 89.4%
C: 69.5% - 79.4%
D: 58.5% - 69.4%
F: 0% - 58.4%
Late Submission of Course Materials: SUBMISSION OF LATE WORK
Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized 10% per day. Students may NOT make up exams missed unless valid reasons for absences can be provided. Determining the validity of the absence and allowing a make up exam is at the discretion of the instructor.
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of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
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You are expected to:
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Last Updated:8/11/2009 12:01:12 AM