GO151 History of the Earth

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GO 151 History of the Earth


SP 2010 HO


Hageman, Scott


Associate Professor of Geology

Office Location

SCI 105

Office Hours

MTWR 9-11             Other times by appt

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Class Days

MW                           Lab T

Class Time

1:30-2:45                   Lab 2:25-5:15

Credit Hours



The Earth Through Time, 8th Edition
Harold L. Levin, Washington University, St. Louis
ISBN: 978-0-471-69743-5
©2006          616 pages

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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:

Homework 2 (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 min of 6 page paper (NOT including figures), using a minimum of 6 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 6 different sources).  I prefer Chicago Style but APA and MLA documentation style is also acceptable.  [Technical Skill in Communication]


The course will use the traditional scale of 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, and below 60%=F.  
Exam 1 100 pts
Exam 2 100 pts
Exam 3 100 pts
Final (not comprehensive) 100 pts
Homework 1                   100 pts
Homework 2 200 pts
Lab Midterm                              100 pts    
Lab Final    (taken last day of lab)                                  100 pts
Lab Exercises 150 pts (approx.)

TOTAL                                 1050 pts


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. • Please set phones to vibrate or OFF in the classroom.  If you do receive notice of an emergency call 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.
If you miss an exam you MUST contact the instructor before the next class meeting to have the possibility of being granted a Make Up exam.             Only one Make Up exam is allowed unless circumstances are approved by the instructor.   Do not miss the final.

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!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


M Jan. 11 Introduction  M
W Jan. 13 Historical Geology   W
M Jan. 18 NO CLASS M
W Jan. 20 Time W
M Jan. 25 Earth Materials   M
W Jan. 27 Earth Materials   W
M Feb. 1 Sedimentary Rocks M
W Feb. 3 EXAM 1 W
M Feb. 8 Fossil Record M
W Feb. 10 Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics  W
M Feb. 15 NO CLASS M
W Feb. 17 Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics  W
M Feb. 22 The Archean M
W Feb. 24 The Proterozoic Era      W
M Mar. 1 The Proterozoic Era      M
W Mar. 3 EXAM 2 W
M Mar. 8 Paleozoic Events  M
W Mar. 10 Paleozoic Events  W
M Mar. 15 NO CLASS M
W Mar. 17 NO CLASS W
M Mar. 22 Life of the Paleozoic  M
W Mar. 24 Life of the Paleozoic  W
M Mar. 29 Mesozoic Events M
W Mar. 31 Mesozoic Events W
M Apr. 5 Life of the Mesozoic         M
W Apr. 7 Life of the Mesozoic           W
M Apr. 12 EXAM 3 M
W Apr. 14 Cenozoic Events W
M Apr. 19 Cenozoic Events M
W Apr. 21 Cenozoic Events W
M Apr. 26 Life of the Cenozoic M
W Apr. 28 Life of the Cenozoic W
M May. 3 Human Origins M
W May. 5 Human Origins W
M May. ? FINAL M




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