Syllabus Entrance
Printer Friendly
Email Syllabus

GO 151 History of the Earth
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 151 History of the Earth

Semester

S2T 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

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:


Required Textbook: The Earth Through Time, 9th Edition

by Harold L. Levin

ISBN 978-0-470-38774-0

October 2009, ©2010

Paperback, 624 pages

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
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.


Course Description:
GO151: History of the Earth This is a survey of the history of the earth, including its continents, oceans, and life. The course will be divided into two parts: (1) An introduction into how the earths history is recognized from the earths materials and structures and (2) an examination of the past life and major geologic events that have been recorded. 3:3:4

Educational Philosophy:

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Classify fossil specimens based on identification of preservation type and morphological features.
  2. Discuss major life adaptations and mass extinction events throughout Earth's history.
  3. Express how continents and oceans are formed and how they have changed with time.
  4. Compare and contrast life, climates, and ecology of the past and present.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Introduction: Introduce yourself to the rest of the class by entering the introduction thread found under Course Home. This should be completed during the first week. Although this is not a graded assignment, we would like to know more about you. 

Each week you will have regular learning activities:

Lectures:  Presentations and supplemental websites.  The PowerPoints are an extremely helpful tool to help guide you through key information.  

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.   A response is more than just one sentence. The first post must be completed by Thursday 11:59 pm CST to any Discussion question (DQ), a second (to another students response to another question) by Saturday 11:59 pm CST and any last responses ( to another DQ or response to a post by me or another student)  must be made by Sunday 11:59 pm CST. The length of each post must be at least 75 words. 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...) For a total of 3 cited sources. 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. (Please use MLA or APA citation Styles).

Quizzes: These are open book but you had better know the chapters well before taking the exam because 40 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 30 point weekly quiz is due at the end of the week. You may take the quiz one time. 

Lab Exersices: There are 8 assignments that are due by the end of each week by Sunday 11:59 pm CST. Each is worth 25 points. The assignments 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.

Grading:

ASSIGNMENT

DESCRIPTION

 

WEEKS

WEEKLYPOINTS

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 by Thursday 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lab Exercises

There are 8 assignments that must be submitted through the Dropbox.

 

1-8

25

200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quizzes

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 cannot stress enough that studying for them would be a necessity.

 

   1-7

30

210

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Exam (Core Assessment)

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


Grading Breakdown

A = 90%-100%;

B = 80%-89%;

C = 70%-79%;

D = 60%-69%;

F = 0%-59%.

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.


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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All assignments are due on the day indicated in the syllabus. Unless arrangements are made in advance with the professor, late work will automatically receive a reduced grade.

Attendance and active participation are essential in this course. A principal portion of your final grade will reflect your preparation and role in class discussions. Active participation occurs when the student responds to posted coursework and discussion questions in a manner that reflects the weekly assignments.  Brief responses to discussion threads or last minute responses do not help the overall class learn from your comments so please be responsible about your postings throughout the week.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

COURSE SCHEDULE 
GO 151

WEEK







ASSIGNMENT

1

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in The Earth Through Time 9th ed
    • Chapter 1,2 and 3
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 1.
  • Complete Lab exercise 1

----------------------------------------------

2

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in The Earth Through Time 9th ed
    • Chapters 4, 5 and 6.
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 2.
  • Complete Lab exercise 2

----------------------------------------------

3

 

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in The Earth Through Time 9th ed
    • Chapters 7 and 8
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 3.
  • Complete Lab exercise 3

----------------------------------------------

4

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in The Earth Through Time 9th ed
    • Chapters 9 and 10
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 4.
  • Complete Lab exercise 4

 

----------------------------------------------

5

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in The Earth Through Time 9th ed
    • Chapters 11 and 12
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 5.
  • Complete Lab exercise 5

----------------------------------------------

6

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in The Earth Through Time 9th ed
    • Chapters 13 and 14
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 6.
  • Complete Lab exercise 6

----------------------------------------------

7

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in The Earth Through Time 9th ed
    • Chapters 15 and 16
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Take quiz/mini-exam 7.
  • Complete Lab exercise 7
  • Review for Proctored Final Exam

----------------------------------------------

8

 

  • Start with your weekly reading in The Earth Through Time 9th ed
    • Chapter 17
  • Watch the weekly PowerPoints
  • Participate on the weekly discussion threads
  • Complete Lab exercise 8
  • Take Comprehensive Final Exam (Proctored over Chapters 1-17)

Week

Topic

1

The Science of Historical Geology

1

Early Geologist Tackle History’s Mysteries

1

Time and Geology

2

Rocks and Minerals

2

The Sedimentary Archives

2

Life on Earth

3

Plate Tectonics

3

The Earths Formative Stages and the Archean

4

The Proterozoic

4

Early Paleozoic Events

5

Late Paleozoic Events

5

Life of the Paleozoic

6

Mesozoic Events

6

Life of the Mesozoic

7

Cenozoic Events

7

Life of the Cenozoic

8

Human Origins

Discussion Questions Schedule: The first post to a DQ must be posted by Thursday 11:59 pm CST 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. Remember to also cite your 3 required sources of information. (Please use MLA or APA citation Styles).

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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:

Copyright:

This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:2/24/2013 9:15:30 PM