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GO 141 Introduction to Physical Geology
Verma, Carol


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

GO 141 Introduction to Physical Geology

Semester

F2T 2011 DLA

Faculty

Verma, Carol

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Distance Learning

Office Hours

On Line, email, fax or call

Daytime Phone

1 937 470 2216

Other Phone

1 937 470 2216

E-Mail

Carol.Verma@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.parkonline.org/

Semester Dates

Oct 17 - Dec11, 2011

Class Days

Online, class week is 12.00AM Monday - 11:59PM EST Sunday each week

Class Time

Online, class week is 12.00AM Monday - 11:59PM EST Sunday each week

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK WITH LAB MANUAL
 
This course requires a customized textbook and lab manual package from
Pearson Publishing Company.

The following are components of this set created by the publisher:
GEOS lab manual (Custom) for Park University GO141
Essentials of Geology, 10th Edition, by Lutgens, et. al. (Looseleaf)

The ISBN for this textbook and lab manual package is: 9780558735739

Order Here: MBS Bookstore  

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov
http://www.ametsoc.org
http://www.usgs.gov
http://en.wikipedia.org
http://www-das.uwyo.edu/~geerts/cwx/notes/notes.html
http://geology.com

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Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov
http://www.ametsoc.org
http://www.usgs.gov
http://en.wikipedia.org
http://www-das.uwyo.edu/~geerts/cwx/notes/notes.html
http://geology.com

Course Description:
Course includes identification of rocks and minerals; their origin, destruction, recycling; surface processes of wind, water, and ice in changing the earth's surface; interior forces that cause earthquakes; mountain building; and plate tectonics.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

To provide a positive learning experience for the student.
Try to minimize the fear of online participation.
 
 Encourage students to post questions and interact with each other.

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:

1. Discussion:
 
Students will participate in 8 discussions. These discussions are open and free form. Students will receive a 100% grade for any participation that is relevant to the subject matter covered in those chapters posted on time, and a 0% grade if they fail participate. Relevant participation includes asking or answering questions (there is no such thing as a stupid question), debating issues, or giving examples. First discussion post by Thursday midnight EST each week. Second by Sunday 11:50PM EST each week.

 
2. Quiz:
 
Students will take 7 online quizzes(weeks 1-7, open book) on chapter readings, One quiz will be administered every week except week 8. These quizzes contain fill-in-the-blank, short answer and multiple choice and true false questions. When the quizz is administered, the point value of each question will be visible. 
 
3. Research Papers: 5 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 EST
4. 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 EST
5. 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 EST
     
6. Final Exam:
 
Under approved proctor supervision, closed book no notes, review sheet will be posted.

Grading:

Grading Scale –The total points earned will be added. The resulting score can also be expressed as a weighted sum of the average percent earned in each of the six categories; each category constitutes a percentage of the final score. 
 
Discussion  eight weeks, 10 points each, total 80 points
Research Paper weeks 3-7 , 32 points each  total 160 points
Labs seven weeks, 40 points each, 320 points
Quiz seven weeks, 20 points each, total 140 points
Power point week 8, 100 points
Final week 8, 200 points 
Total possible points for class 1000
 
The final percentage score will be calculated by dividing the total points earned by the maximum possible score of 800. The final score earns a letter grade according to this scale:
 A = 90%-100%;
 B = 80%-89%;
C = 70%-79%;
D = 60%-69%;
F = 0%-59%.
 
 This is your minimum letter grade; in the event that overall scores are lower than expected, the instructor reserves the right to award higher letter grades.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of Late Work Given the possibility of late adds and problems with ordering books, there is an automatic one-week grace period for the first week of work. Because grades are due immediately after the end of term, work will not be accepted after the last day of the term, Sunday midnight EST, week 8.
 
Normally work is due at the end of the week(Sunday night) that it is assigned unless otherwise indicated. Work submitted after the deadline is subject to up to a 5% per day penalty. Work that is more than a week late may not be accepted. Late penalties may be waived for medical and work emergencies, at the descretion of the instructor. If you anticipate problems finishing any work on time, contact your instructor to make arrangements.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.

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 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 .



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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