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GO 141 Introduction to Physical Geology
Barwood, Henry J.


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 141 Introduction to Physical Geology

Semester

F2T 2010 DL

Faculty

Barwood, Henry L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty, Geology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD Virginia Tech  Soil Mineralogy and Colloid Chemistry
MS Auburn University   Clay Mineralogy
Bs Auburn University  Geology

Office Location

Troy, Alabama

Office Hours

M-F  6-9 PM CST

Daytime Phone

334-730-4860

E-Mail

Henry.Barwood@park.edu

Semester Dates

10/18 to 12/12/2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

GEOS SWP Park University, First Edition
ISBN Number: 9780558735739
Publisher: Pearson Higher Education

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Course Description:
GO 141 Introduction to Geology (GE): The study of the earth, the materials which make it up and the mechanisms which change it. Students will explore these materials and processes in the laboratory. 3:3:4.

Educational Philosophy:
 

The Instuctor treats all students with respect and expects the same from them. It is his job to present the material in a way that is understandable and to assist the student with problem areas. It is the Instructor's goal to have all students do well in the course and have an enjoyable educational experience.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and classify minerals (as the components of rocks) and the three rock types.
  2. Identify, locate, and interpret using maps.
  3. Explain plate tectonics as the driving force that shapes physical geology.
  4. Explain how and where physical processes form and impact the earth, such as floods, volcanoes, and earthquakes.


Core Assessment:

Portfolio: collection of 3 assignments. Each assignment is completely or partially related to each of the core learning outcomes.

Assignment 1 (lab midterm; 10%): CLO #1, #2
Assignment 2 (homework 1; 10% with writing component) CLO #4
Assignment 3 (homework 2; 10% with writing component and map work) CLO #3, 5

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Assignment

Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

 Discussion

10 pts each

80

8

 Labs

40 pts each

320

32

 Research Paper

32 pts each

160

16

 Quizzes

20 pts each

140

14

 PowerPoint

100 pts

100

10

 Final Exam

 200 pts

200

20

 TOTAL

 

1000

100

Grading:

Letter

Number of Points

Percentage

A

900 - 1000

90 - 100%

B

800 - 899

80 - 89.9%

C

700 - 799

70 - 79.9%

D

600 - 699

60 - 69.9%

F

0 - 599

00 - 59.9%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submitt assignments after the scheduled due date. The following is a list of valid reasons for submitting late work:

  • A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will acccept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.
  • An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).
  • Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.
  • Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer.
  • Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first cousins). I will require a copy of the obituary or a note from a minister or funeral director.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Each student is expected to conduct themselves with respect for the instructor and their fellow students. Posts and replies should be respectful, and language that is offensive will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

 WEEKLY SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

  • Post Your Introduction
  • Read Chapters 1, 2 & 5
  • Webliography
  • View PPT Lectures
  • Self Help
  • Discussion: (10 pts)
  • Lab Work: (40 pts)
  • Weekly Quiz: (20 pts)
  • Read Chapters 3, 6 & 7
  • Webliography
  • View PPT Lectures
  • Self Help
  • Discussion: (10 pts)
  • Lab Work: (40 pts)
  • Weekly Quiz: (20 pts)

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

  • Read Chapters 4 & 8
  • Webliography
  • View PPT Lectures
  • Self Help
  • Discussion: (10 pts)
  • Research Paper: (32 pts)
  • Lab Work: (40 pts)
  • Weekly Quiz: (20 pts)
  • Read Chapters 9 & 10
  • Webliography
  • View PPT Lectures
  • Self Help
  • Discussion: (10 pts)
  • Research Paper: (32 pts)
  • Lab Work: (40 pts)
  • Weekly Quiz: (20 pts)

WEEK 5

WEEK 6

  • Read Chapters 11, 12 & 13
  • Webliography
  • View PPT Lectures
  • Self Help
  • Discussion: (10 pts)
  • Research Paper: (32 pts)
  • Lab Work: (40 pts)
  • Weekly Quiz: (20 pts)
  • Proctor Form Due
  • Read Chapters 15 & 16
  • Webliography
  • View PPT Lectures
  • Self Help
  • Discussion: (10 pts)
  • Research Paper: (32 pts)
  • Lab Work: (40 pts)
  • Weekly Quiz: (20 pts)

WEEK 7

WEEK 8

  • Read Chapters 14 & 17
  • Webliography
  • View PPT Lectures
  • Self Help
  • Discussion: (10 pts)
  • Research Paper: (32 pts) 
  • Lab Work: (40 pts)
  • Weekly Quiz: (20 pts)
  • Read Chapters 18 & 19
  • Webliography
  • View PPT Lectures
  • Self Help
  • Discussion: (10 pts)
  • PowerPoint: (100 pts)
  • Lab Work: (40 pts)
  • Final Exam: (200 pts)

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 "F".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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   
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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   
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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   
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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   
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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   
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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   
Civic Literacy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective.  The student is clearly able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how geology influences them national and globally. At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective.  The student is clearly able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how geology influences 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   

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