PHSC 110

Global Change:

Introduction to Earth Systems

Spring 2008

Info for the Final Exam

Chapter 2 & 3 Test materials

Instructor:  Dr. Jerry Skinner, Capwell Hall 208, 945-8404. email: or

Office Hours:  Office hours: M 11-12 & 1-2, T 11-12, R 11:30-12:30, F 11-12.

Class Meetings: T-Th 9:30 - 10:45 am in Capwell Hall 212.   Compressed schedule meeting time:  11:00-11:45 am.         


The Earth System, Second EditionKump, L. R., J. Kasting and R. Crane.  2004.  The Earth System, 2nd ed.  Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.  420 pp.  ISBN 0-13-142059-3.

Ward, P. D. and D. Brownlee.  2002.  The Life and Death of Planet Earth.  How the new science of astrobiology charts the ultimate fate of our world.  Henry Holt & CO, NY.  240 pp.  ISBN0-8050-7512-7.

Other assigned readings which will be provided to you.

Course Description (from the College Catalog):  PHSC 110 Global Change - Introduction to Earth Systems: Provides an introduction to the Earth system, and to the forces and processes that shape the present-day global environment. Structured around three major themes: global change, time scales of change, and understanding the Earth system. Focuses on global-scale human-induced changes (global warming, loss of biodiversity, and ozone depletion) in the context of the long-term evolution and natural variability of the Earth system.

 Course Policies:

Attendance, Exams, and Assignments
Please attend all lectures and read assigned materials beforehand.  While attendance is not mandatory, it is recorded every day.  Quizzes may not be made up.  Late assignments will not be accepted.  Participation will be considered in the final grade; obviously, any day you are absent will be averaged into your participation grade as a zero.

Grading Policy:

Two exams @100 pts  = 200 pts
Comprehensive final = 100
Weekly quizzes @10 pts = 100
Participation 2 @ 50 pts = 100
Assignments = 200
GRAND TOTAL  = 700 pts.

Grading scale:

    B+ 87-89.9 C+ 77-79.9 D 60-69.9
A > 93.0% B 83-86.9 C 73-76.9 F < 60%
A- 90-92.9 B- 80-92.9 C- 70-72.9    

Course Schedule (Subject to modification)

Week    Topic Read Assignment
JAN   14 Course business

Introduction:  global warming and ozone depletion

 1 EarthAware

Ward & Brownlee Prologue & 1

  21 Global warming and ozone depletion

EarthAware due Tuesday.

 1 Environmental Organization

W & B 2

  28 Mass Extinction and Biodiversity

Environmental Organization due Tuesday.

 13 Rate Your Legislator

W & B 3

FEB 4 Mass Extinction and Biodiversity

Legislator due Tuesday.

Test 1-Thursday

 18 W & B 4

Car Shopping

  11 Systems

Car Shopping due Tuesday.

 2 W & B 5

Home Lighting Survey

18 Daisy World

Home Lighting Survey due Tuesday

 2 W & B 6
  25 Global Energy Balance; Paper topic due  3 W & B 7
MAR 3 Spring Break Week   W & B 8
  10 Atmospheric Circulation

Oceanic Circulation


W & B 9
  17 Carbon Cycle 8 W & B 10


  24 Plate Tectonics

Letter due Friday

W & B 11
APR 7 Long-term Climate Regulation 12 W & B 12
  14 Pleistocene Glaciations 14 W & B 13
  21 Discussion of W & B   W & B Epilogue
  28 Review/catch-up; paper due.    
MAY 5 Finals Week    

The Fine Print:

Keystone College does not discriminate in any of its programs on the basis of disability. While there is not a deadline for the disclosure of a disability by a student, in order to facilitate the documentation and accommodation processes, students are encouraged to voluntarily and confidentially disclose any disability requiring an accommodation prior to the beginning of class.  This disclosure should be made to Robert Iannuzzo, Vice President of Enrollment, Keystone’s Section 504/ADA Coordinator.  Students who disclose a disability, and who are seeking an accommodation, ultimately will be expected to provide documentation verifying the disability.

Academic Honesty – Division of Natural Science and Mathematics
All students are subject to the College's policy and procedure on academic dishonesty: see page 79 of the Keystone College 2006-2007 catalog. 

The Natural Science and Mathematics Division recognizes that any form or degree of academic dishonesty challenges the principles of truth and honesty which are among the most important founding principles of science and mathematics discovery.  Keystone College treats academic dishonesty as a serious violation of academic trust.  It penalizes all students found to have engaged in such behavior.
Academic honesty within the College and the Natural Science and Mathematics Division must be a cooperative enterprise of faculty, students and administrators. Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following:

  • The illegitimate use of study materials or electronic devices in any form during a quiz or examination.

  • Copying answers from the quiz or examination paper of another student

  • Plagiarizing or falsifying materials or information used in the completion of any assignment which is graded or evaluated as the student's individual effort. Plagiarism includes submitting as one's own the ideas or work of another, including the laboratory data, written materials or the computer files of another, regardless of whether that information is used verbatim or in paraphrased form.  The same applies to anything derived from the Internet, including research papers purchased online. 

  • Obtaining, through theft, bribery, or collusion, or otherwise improperly securing an examination paper prior to the time and date for the administration of the examination. Also, use of an examination paper previously administered (e.g., during an earlier term) without the consent of the instructor who authored the examination.

  • Impersonating a candidate at an examination or availing oneself of such an impersonation in any traditional or online class. 

  • Intentionally interfering with any person's scholastic work, for example, by damaging or stealing laboratory experiments, computer data files or library materials.

  • It is presumed that material submitted by a student for an assignment is original to that assignment and, therefore, submitting the same work for more than one course without the consent of the instructors of each course in which the work is submitted is considered dishonest.  Submission of previously graded work from prior assignments is considered dishonest.

  • Aiding or abetting any act of academic dishonesty including but not limited to such offenses as described above.