Physical Science 108
Keystone College Weekender - January Trimester 2002
Grading Information
Miscellaneous Information
Instructor: Dr. Jerry Skinner; office: Capwell 208; phone 945-5141 extension 3108. E-mail:

Class Meetings: Capwell 309. 3 credits. B Schedule: Saturday 8-10 am; 1-3 pm. Sunday 10:10 am-12:10 pm; 3:10-5:10 pm. 

Texts :
Dolgoff, Anatole. 1998. Physical Geology, Updated Version. D. C. Heath and Company, Lexington, MA. 628 pp. 
Note:  The first 'non-Updated' version is passable, but there are differences.  It is your responsibility to know how the two texts differ.

Busch, Richard, ed. 2000. Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 5th ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. 276+ pp, and CD.

Barnes, John and W. D. Sevon.  1996.  The Geological Story of Pennsylvania.  PA Geol. Surv., Educational Series #4.  44 pp.


JAN 22-23 (We got postponed!)
JAN 29-30

    Course business; An Introduction to Geology
    Basic Geological Concepts:  Chapter 1
    Lab Exercise 1, Global Perspective & Plate Tectonics
    Plate Tectonics and the Ocean Floor:  Chapter  2
    Lab Exercise 7 and handout: Topographic Maps & Aerial Photos

FEB 12-14
    1st Lecture Exam. (Chapters: Introduction, 1, 2, labs)
    Earthquakes:  Chapter  3
    Lab Exercise 13, Earthquake Hazards and Human Risks
    Interior of the Earth:  Chapter  4
    Minerals:  Chapter  5
    Lab Exercise 2 and handout, Mineral Properties, Uses, and ID

MAR 4-6
    2nd Lecture Exam. (Chapters: 3, 4, 5, Earthquake lab)
    Igneous Activity:  Chapter  6
    Volcanism 7 Lab Exercise 3, Igneous Rocks and Volcanic Hazards
    Sedimentary Rocks:  Chapter  8
    Lab Exercise 4, Sedimentary Rocks, Processes and Environments
    Exercise (handout): Fossils

MAR 25-27
    Metamorphic Rocks:  Chapter  9
    Lab Exercise 5, Metamorphic Rocks, Processes and Environments
    Mineral ID Test.
    Geologic Time:  Chapter  10
    Lab Exercise 6, Dating of Rocks, Fossils, and Geologic Events

APR 8-9-Make-up Weekender (if necessary)

APR 15-17

    Streams:  Chapter  15
    Lab Exercise 8, Stream Processes, Landscapes, & Flood Hazards
    Rock ID Test.
    Groundwater:  Chapter  16
    Lab Exercise 9, Ground Water Processes, Resources, & Risks
    Glaciers and Climate:  Chapter  17
    Lab Exercise 10, Glacial Processes, Landforms, & Indicators of Climate Change
    3rd Lecture Exam [(Sunday 3:10 pm): Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]

APR 28-30
    Project/paper due Saturday at 8 am
    Plate Tectonics and Continental Crust:  Chapter  12
    Exercise 14, Structural Geology
    Paper/Project presentations (Sunday 10:10 am-12:10 pm)
    Final Exam - [(Sunday 3:10 pm): Chapters 15, 16, 17 and comprehensive.]



Three hour exams (3 @100)  300
Final exam 150
Research Paper (due April xx at 8 am) 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 785 pts.

Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assigned date. Late assignments are not accepted. 

Extra credit opportunities: my philosophy does not favor extra credit. I feel that you should earn your grade in the regularly planned assignments. However, you may gain a possible total of 20 points by the following activities: 

Extra Labs from your lab book  which have not been assigned may be done for a maximum of 10 points each.

Extra films: you may borrow a VCR tape and view it at home. You may gain a maximum of 5 points each by submitting a summary of the film. It must be typed, double-spaced, and be no longer than one page.