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GO 125 Natural Disasters
Contes, Carla Alonso


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Course

GO 125 Natural Disasters

Semester

S1T 2012 DLA

Faculty

Contes, Carla Alonso

Degrees/Certificates

M.S. Michigan Technological University 2011
B.S. University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez 2009

Office Hours

By appointment

E-Mail

Carla.Contes@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


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Course Description:
GO 125 Natural Disasters (MGE): This course will study the earths 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.

Educational Philosophy:

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

Class Assessment:

Two homework assignments: You will need to turn in two homework assignments one due Week 3 and the other on Week 7. Students must submit all homework as one single .doc or .pdf format in to the dropbox before Sunday 11:59:59 CST each week the assignment is due.  The format will be a 2 page minimum 1.5  spaced, font 12pt Time New Roman and must include at least 2 references properly cited.

Quizzes: Quizzes must be takes every week. They are open book and will contain multiple-choice, short answers, fill in the blank and true false questions.

One PROCTORED, closed book, comprehensive final.

Discussions:  Discussions: Participation in discussions is compulsory. Respond at least 3 times per week. A response is more than just one sentence. The first post must be completed by Thursday 11:59 p,m CST to any DQ, a second (to another students response to another question) by Saturday 11:59 pm CST. Any last responses to another DQs must be made by Sunday 11:59 pm CST. The length of each post must be at least 75 words. Many of the discussions present questions that then lead the class to additional questions.  Posting comments in 5 minutes on Sunday night does not help your peers.  These will be graded based on content relevancy to the topic and well written grammar and spelling http://goto.intwg.com/

 

Grading:
  Quiz    1       5.5%               Quiz   6   5.5%                Discussions (17.6%;  2.2% each week)
                    Quiz    2       5.5%               Quiz   7   5.5%
                    Quiz    3       5.5%               HW 1      11%
                    Quiz    4       5.5%               HW 2      11 %   
                    Quiz    5       5.5%               Final        22%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late work will  be accepted.    


Every day a work is submitted late it is subject to a 10% penalty of the total points for up 7 days. After the 7th day no credit will be given.

However, the last day to submit ANY work is Sunday at 11:59:59 CST off the last week of classes.

 

In the case of extreme medical circumstances it is the instructor’s discretion to give a extension on work. Please contact your instructor with any of such circumstances or have any major problems completing assignments. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please follow online class room etiquette at all times: http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

COURSE SCHEDULE 
GO 125

        WEEK







   ASSIGNMENT

Go to the book’s website to access chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

1

 

ü  Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. :

·         Natural Disasters and the Human Population.

·         Energy Flows in Earth History and Natural Disasters 

·         Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes

ü  Watch the weekly PowerPoints.

ü  Participate on the weekly discussion threads (3). (2 posts to a discussion Question and one to another students post to another question)

ü  Take quiz 1.

ü  Go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

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2

 

ü  Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. :

·         Earthquake Geology and Seismology 

·         Tsunami versus Wind-cause waves

ü  Watch the weekly PowerPoints.

ü  Participate on the weekly discussion threads (3). (2 posts to a discussion Question and one  to another students post to another question)

ü  Take quiz 2.

ü  Go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

 

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3

 

 

ü  Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th :

·         Earthquake Lessons and Regional Settings

ü  Watch the weekly PowerPoints.

ü  Participate on the weekly discussion threads (3). (2  posts to a discussion Question and one to another students post to another question)

ü  Take quiz 3.

ü  Submit Homework 1 in the Dropbox.

ü  Go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

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4

 

ü  Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. :

·         Volcanic Eruptions

·         Volcano Case histories

·         Mass movements

ü  Watch the weekly PowerPoints.

ü  Participate on the weekly discussion threads (3). (2 posts to a discussion Question and one to another students post to another question)

ü  Take quiz 4.

ü  Go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

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5

 

ü  Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. :

·         External Energy Fuels Weather and Climate

·         Climate Change

·         Tornadoes, lightning, Heat and Cold

ü  Watch the weekly PowerPoints.

ü  Participate on the weekly discussion threads (3). (2 posts to a discussion Question and one to another students post to another question)

ü  Take quiz 5.

ü  Go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

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6

 

ü  Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. :

·         Hurricanes

·         Floods

ü  Watch the weekly PowerPoints.

ü  Participate on the weekly discussion threads (3). (two posts to a discussion Question and one to another students post to another question)

ü  Take quiz 6.

ü  Go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

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7

 

ü  Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. :

·         Floods

·         Mass extinctions (p. 465 PDF available on DOC SHARING)

ü  Watch the weekly PowerPoints.

ü  Participate on the weekly discussion threads(3). (2 posts to a discussion Question and one to another students post to another question)

ü  Take quiz 7.

ü  Submit Homework 2 in the Dropbox.

ü  Go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

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8

 

ü  Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. :

·         Impacts with space objects.

ü  Watch the weekly PowerPoints.

ü  Participate on the weekly discussion threads (3). (2 posts to a discussion Question and one to another students post to another question)

ü  Go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.  www.mhhe.com/abbott8e

ü  Take Comprehensive Final Exam (Proctored over Chapters 1-16 and Mass extinctions).

*remember to obtain a proctor, this is a closed book final

 

 

 

Discussion Questions: The first post to a DQ must be posted by Thursday 11:59 pm CST to any DQ, a second (to another students response to another question) by Saturday 11:59 pm CST. A third response to another DQ must be made by Sunday 11:59 pm CST. The length of each post must be at least 75 words.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .

Additional Information:





Discussions Grading Rubric



   
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
   

           

 


           

           

Exceeds Expectations


           

           

Meets Expectations


           

           

Does Not Meet Expectations


           

           

No Evidence


           

           

Content/Quantity


           

           

6 pts = 3 or
           more Discussion posts of at least 75 words each were made during the week


           

           

4 pts = Only
           2 Discussion posts of at least 75 words each were made during the week


           

           

2 pts = Only
           1 Discussion post of at least 75 words was made during the week – OR – none
           of the Discussion posts made were at least 75 words


           

           

0 pts = No
           Discussion posts made during the week


           

           

Relevance/Quality


           

           

8 pts = 3 or
           more Discussion posts contain well constructed sentences with comments or
           questions that are relevant and help continue the discussion


           

           

6 pts = Only
           2 Discussion posts contain well constructed sentences with comments or
           questions that are relevant and help continue the discussion


           

           

4 pts = Only
           1 of the Discussion posts contains well constructed sentences with comments
           or questions that are relevant and help continue the discussion


           

           

0 pts = None
           of the Discussion posts contain well constructed sentences with comments or
           questions that are relevant and help continue the discussion


           

           

Timeliness


           

           

6 pts = At
           least 1 Discussion post was made by midnight on Thursday, at least 1 more by
           midnight Saturday, and at least 1 more by midnight on Sunday


           

           

4 pts = 1
           Discussion post was made by midnight on Thursday, and at least 2 more by
           midnight on Sunday


           

           

2 pts = At
           least 1 Discussion post was made by midnight on Sunday, but none were posted
           by midnight on Thursday


           

           

0 pts = None
           of the Discussion posts were made before midnight on Sunday


           

           

TOTAL


           

           

18-20 points


           

(90-100%)


           

           

14-17 points


           

(70-85%)


           

           

1-13 points


           

(1-65%)


           

           

0 Points


           

(0%)


           

 


 


 


 


Bibliography:



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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