Geology
Physical Science 108
Keystone College
Fall  2007

Schedule
Grading Information
Miscellaneous Information
Assignments
Links to Geological Sources
 


Instructor:

 

Dr. Jerry Skinner; office: Capwell 208; phone 945-8404. E-mail: jerry.skinner@keystone.edu  

Office hours: T 9:30 am-1030 am; W 10 am-noon; R 9:30 am-10:30 am; F 1-2 pm.


Class Meetings: Capwell 309. 3 credits. M-F 11 am-12:45 pm.  Compressed Schedule meeting time:  12:30 pm - 1:40 pm
Texts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Plummer C., D. Carlson, and D. McGeary.  2007.  Physical Geology, 11th ed.  McGraw-Hill, Boston.  ISBN 0-07-282692-4.

Judson, S., W. Bonini, D. Rhodes, and L. Rossbacher.  2000.  The Lab Book:  Problem Solving in Geology, 2nd ed.  Prentice-Hall, Inc.  Upper Saddle River, NJ.  ISBN 0-13-624586-2.

Barnes, John and W. D. Sevon.  1996.  The Geological Story of Pennsylvania.  PA Geol. Surv., Educational Series #4.  44 pp.   (This will be handed out in class.)


New York Times Online:  Geology
     (The first time you visit, you will have to sign in.  Don't worry, it's FREE!)
Discover Channel's  Planet Earth Guide

The Learning Channel's Planet Earth Guide


Course Web site  http://academic.keystone.edu/JSkinner/Trad99Syllabus.html



Tentative Course Schedule
Week of   Lecture Topic
Read
JAN  15 Course business; An Introduction to Geology:  Assignment:  Virtual Tour  
22 Basic Geological Concepts 
Lab Exercise 7 and handout: Topographic Maps & Aerial Photos
1
  29 Plate Tectonics and the Ocean Floor 
Lab Exercises 18 & 19 Plate Tectonics & Divergent Plate Boundaries
16
FEB 5 1st Lecture Exam. (Chapters: Introduction, 1, 2, labs) 
Earthquakes 
Lab Exercises 20 & 21: Transform Plate Boundaries & Convergent Boundaries
15
12
Interior of the Earth. Lab Exercise:  17, Seismology
 
19 Minerals 
Lab Exercises 1 & 2:  Minerals and Crystal Growth; Mineral Identification
2
  26 2nd Lecture Exam. (Chapters: 3, 4, 5, Earthquake lab) 
Igneous Activity
3 & 4
MAR 5 Mineral ID Test.
Volcanism 
 
12 Spring Break  
19 Weathering, Soils, and Sedimentary Rocks
Lab Exercise 4, Sedimentary Rocks, Exercise (handout): Fossils
5 & 6
26 Metamorphic Rocks 
Lab Exercise 5, Metamorphic Rocks
7
APR 2 Rock ID Test.
Geologic Time 
Lab Exercise 6:  Geologic Time
18
  9 3rd Lecture Exam: Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 
Streams 
Lab Exercise 9:  Stream Erosion and Deposition
9
16 Groundwater 
Lab Exercise 11:  Groundwater
10
23 Glaciers and Climate; Earth History
Lab Exercises 12 & 13:  Valley & Continental Glaciation

Paper/Project presentations on Thursday

11, 19
  30 Finals Week  

 GRADING POLICY

 
A 93 - 100%
A- 90 - 92.9
B+ 87 - 89.9
B 84 - 86.9
B- 80 - 82.9
C+ 77 - 79.9
C 73 - 76.9
C- 70 - 72.9
D+ 67 - 69.9
D 60 - 66.9
F less than 60%

Three hour exams (3 @100)  300
Final exam 100
Research Paper 100
Project Presentation 25
Lab assignments (8 @ 10 pts) 80
Lab practical quizzes (2 @ 40 pts) 80
Subjective evaluation of lab performance 25
Field trip attendance 25
Total 735 pts.

Written Assignments:
All assignments that are not a part of your lab book must be typed.  Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assigned date. Late assignments are not accepted. 

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