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GO 141 Introduction to Physical Geology
Hassinan, Wael


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

S1T 2011 DL

Faculty

Hassinan, Wael

Office Location

Online

E-Mail

Wael.Hassinan@Park.edu

wael99@cox.net

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:
Author - Hassinan 

ISBN-13: 9780558735739

Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall

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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.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and classify the common minerals and igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
  2. Explain plate tectonics as the driving force that shapes physical geology.
  3. Recognize geologic landforms and know how they are formed.
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:

Core Assessment
Quizzes
Discussions
Labs
Research Papers
PowerPoint Presentation

Grading:

Core Assessment:
The Core Assessment will be the Final Exam. This will cosist of 100 Multiple Choice questions based on Chapters 1 - 19 from the textbook.


Quizzes:
There are Quizzes for Weeks 1 - 7. Each quiz has a mix of 20 Multiple Choice and True/False questions. The Quizzes are worth 20 pts each.


Discussions:
There are eight weekly Discussions:

  • Post your initial response to each Topic by Wednesday, midnight (CT)
  • Respond with two additional comments to other students' responses to the Topic by Sunday, midnight (CT) 
  • Include credible sources in your postings
  • Use your own wordings and avoid copying and pasting from the internet
  • The Grading Rubric can be found in each week's Discussion area

Labs:

There are eight weekly Labs:
 

  • With the exception of the Week 1 Lab, each Lab assignment comes from the Lab Manual. Each Lab is a series of questions and/or activities related to a particular Geological Feature
  • Details and Grading Rubrics for each week’s Lab can be found on the “Lab” page under each week
  • All Labs are worth 40 pts. All Labs should be posted to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday

Research Papers:

There are five Research Papers:
  • Weeks 3 – 7: Each week a paper (700 word minimum) on a selected Geological Feature: Volcano, Groundwater, Shoreline, Plate Boundary, Earthquake
  • Details and Grading Rubrics for each week’s Research Papers can be found on the “Research Paper” page under each week
  • All Research Papers are worth 32 pts. All Research Papers should be posted to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday

PowerPoint Presentation:
  •  Week 8 - Prepare a PowerPoint that summarizes the five Geological Features
    Details and a Grading Rubric for this assignment can be found on the “PowerPoint” page under Week 8
    This project is worth 100 pts. The PowerPoint should be posted to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments are late if they are not posted by 11:59p.m.M.S.T. the day they are due. Late assignments receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late. Assignments more than five days late will not be accepted unless the student/learner and instructor have negotiated and mutually agreed upon an alternative submission date in advance. Technological issues are not considered valid grounds for late assignment submission. In the event of an Argosy server outage, students should submit assignments through email to the instructor and post to the appropriate folder when systems are restored.

Note: Although late Week 8 assignment submissions can be accepted (with any appropriate deductions) prior to 3 AM M.S.T Day 4, no extensions of the due date beyond this point can be made, regardless of circumstance, unless an Incomplete has already been approved.

Late Discussion Board Posts:

Participation in the threaded discussions is a core aspect of Park University’s learning environment. It is critical to the success of the classroom environment that students contribute to the threaded discussions in a timely manner. Please note that students can only earn participation points during the current week. For example, students must actively participate during Week 2 in order to earn participation points for Week 2. Students will not receive participation points for Week 2 if they respond in the discussion threads after the due date. No points will be earned for DQs' responses posted after the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is an online class and requires adherence to some basic rules of online etiquette. Mainly, avoid making disparaging remarks about others, particularly other participants, in the classroom discussions. Do not use offensive or lewd language, and avoid steering too far off topic in topical discussions. Remember that private conversations, including conversations with the instructor, are best carried out through email, where you may be able to express yourself more directly.

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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