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GO 125 Natural Disasters
Contes, Carla Alonso


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 125 Natural Disasters

Semester

S1T 2013 DL

Faculty

Contes, Carla Alonso

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MS in Geology from Michigan Technological University
BS in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez  

E-Mail

Carla.Contes@park.edu

Semester Dates

1/14 to 3/10

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

ITLE: Natural Disasters

EDITION: 8th ed.

AUTHOR: Patrick L. Abbott

ISBN: 0073369373

Copyright year: 
2012

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
GO 125 Natural Disasters : 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:

Discussions - Discuss the reading, lectures each week with the entire class. Weekly units include a discussion thread with various questions and topics for you to participate. At least 3 entries are due by the end of each week.  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 must be made by Sunday 11:59 pm CST. The length of each post must be at least 75 words (3 posts x 75 words/post = 225 words/week). One sentence answers will not be counted as participation. Any relevant discussion, whether questions, comments answers or all three, will earn points as part of your participation grade. In order to receive full credit for your posts you must use as a source AT LEAST TWO of the resources listed in the Webliography in addition to any other source you may find ( web article, book, publication...) Example: you can use one source from the Webliography in one post, another source from the Webliography in your second post and any other source on your third post. You can distribute your sources as you see fit within your 3 weekly posts

Quizzes - These are open book but you had better know the chapters well before taking the exam because 50 minutes goes by fast if you are still thumbing through your book trying to answer #3.To test your knowledge of the reading materials and PowerPoint Lecture there will be a weekly quiz or mini-exam. This 50 point weekly quiz is due at the end of the week. You may take the quiz one time. 

Homework -There are two homework assignments that are due Week 3 and Week 6. Each is worth 100 points. The homework is due at the end of those weeks and must be submitted in the Dropbox. 

Final Exam - The final exam, administered and due during week 8, will be comprehensive. You will have two hours to take this proctored exam, and it will be a closed book/ closed notes exam. 
The final proctored exam will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. The final chapter is stressed in the final but it is a comprehensive final covering all the chapters.  There test format will consist of different question styles they may or may not include: Multiple Choice, Matching, Short Answer, Sketch and Label, True/False and Fill in the Blank. You must start looking for a suitable proctor by week 2 and fill form out by week 6. Failure to take the final exam will result in an F.

Here is more information to help you prepare for and take the final proctored exam: 


•You must follow the Park University procedures for obtaining an approved proctor. Please refer to the Help and Resources page to review the requirements for locating a proctor and the procedure for completing a Proctor Request Form. 
•For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.
 
•A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor, by the 6th week of the term.
 
•Approval of proctors is at the discretion of the Online instructor.
 
•Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Turn-Around Time:  Assignments will be graded and in the gradebook no later than a week after the due date.  Final exams will be graded within a week of completion.  Portions of the quizzes will be graded and posted in the gradebook instantaneously. 


Grading:

ASSIGNMENT

DESCRIPTION

 

WEEKS

WEEKLY

POINTS

TOTAL POINTS

Discussion

This is a weekly requirement and determines your participation grade. You must post at least 3 times during each week. The first posting must be completed byThursday a second (to another students response to another question) by Saturday. And any last responses by Sunday. The posting should be related to the weekly topics and contain multiple sentences. Weekly discussions will be graded for content, relevance and timeliness.

 

  1-8

20

160

           

Homework

There are two homework assignments that must be submitted through the dropbox.

 

3 and 6

100

200

           

Quiz Exams

There are weekly quizzes that are meant to be comprehension of the material that week, so think of them as a mini exam. These can only be taken once. Their format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer.  They are open book, but I can not stress enough that studying for them would be a necessity.

 

   1-7

50

350

           

Final Exam

This is a proctored exam. It is NOT open book.  Your proctor form must be completed by week 6. The format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer..

 

8

200

200


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized 10% per day. Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed because of an unexcused absence. 

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 "WH". 
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.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • A couple of important pieces of information you need to be aware of as you begin this online class:

    • If you have ANY accessibility or issue of disability, please SELECT the Help and Resources link on the Course Home Menu. That takes you to the Online Student Help and Resource Page. On that page, there is a "menu" on the left side of the page. About half way down you will find a link to "Accessibility and ADA". SELECT that link and you will have access to ALL of the ADA and Accessibility information at Park University.
    • Working online brings with it the new world of "online etiquitte" - usually referred to as "netiquette." To find out more about the issues involving your online writing and postings please review the The Core Rules of Netiquette.



  • OWN AND READ the Textbook. This course has been designed with Natural Disasters 8th ed. by Patrick Abbott as the template.
    Read the Course Home page and Syllabus.
  • Read the Instructor OfficeCourse ScheduleCourse Overview, and Course Documents. It is also recommended that you print out this information for your reference.
  • Read the Course Announcements each time you log into the course.
  • Read your Park email regularly while you are taking this course.
  • Post an introduction about yourself in the Introductions page.
  • Read each Weekly Home Page.
  • Complete the assigned readings, learning activities, and assessments each week according to the class schedule.
  • New students should complete the Course Tour in the Help and Resources page.
  • Arrange for a proctor for the final exam according to Park policies.
  • Complete a proctored final exam. Students who do not complete the proctored final exam during the last week of class receive an automatic F.
  • Comply with all Park University policies and procedures

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

COURSE SCHEDULE 
GO 125

WEEK







ASSIGNMENT

1

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. - Chapters 1 and 2
    • Natural Disasters and the Human Population
    • Internal Energy and Plate  Tectonics
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 1.

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2

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. - Chapters 3 and 8.
    • Earthquake Geology and Seismology
    •  Tsunami versus Wind-Caused Waves
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 2.

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3

 

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. - Chapters 4 and 5.
    • Plate tectonics and Earthquakes
    • Earthquake Lessons and Regional Settings
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 3.
  • Submit Homework 1 in the Dropbox.

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4

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. - Chapters 6, 7, and 15.
    • Volcanic Eruptions: Plate tectonics and Magmas
    • Volcano Case histories: Killer Events
    • Mass Movements
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 4.

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5

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. - Chapters 9, 10, and 12.
    • External Energy Fuels Weather and Climate
    • Tornadoes, Lightning,  Heat and Cold
    • Climate Change
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 5.

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6

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. - Chapters 11 and 13.
    • Hurricanes
    • Floods
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 6.
  • Submit Homework 2 in the Dropbox

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7

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. - Chapters 14 and 17.
    • Fire
    • Mass extinctions                         (p. 465 in addition to a PDF file available on DOC SHARING)
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 7.

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8

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 8th ed. - Chapter 16
    • Impacts with space objects
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take Comprehensive Final Exam (Proctored over Chapters 1-16 and Mass Extinctions)

 

Discussion Questions Schedule: The first post to a DQ must be posted by Thursday 11:59 pmCST to any DQ, a second (to another student’s 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.

Note: For further understanding of concepts you can go to the book’s website to view chapter by chapter animations, practice quizzes and more.


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 95-96

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 95

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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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:

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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