GO 151 History of the Earth
S2T 2013 DL
Contes, Carla Alonso
MS in Geology from Michigan Technological UniversityBS in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Required Textbook: The Earth Through Time, 9th Edition
by Harold L. Levin
October 2009, ©2010
Paperback, 624 pages
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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
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.
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.
are 8 assignments that must be submitted through the Dropbox.
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.
Exam (Core Assessment)
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.
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
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
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
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to the student.
6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance
or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are
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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.
The Science of
Early Geologist Tackle
Time and Geology
Rocks and Minerals
Life on Earth
The Earths Formative
Stages and the Archean
Early Paleozoic Events
Late Paleozoic Events
Life of the Paleozoic
Life of the Mesozoic
Life of the Cenozoic
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.
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