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Course Syllabus--Introduction to Physical Geology GLY 1010 Instructor: Dr. Andrew Macfarlane Office: AHC 5, Room 379, phone 348-3980 e-mail: [email protected] Lecture hours: MWF 10:00-10:50 Office hours: Monday-Wednesday 1:00-3:00 PM, or by appointment General Information Welcome to GLY 1010, Introduction to Physical Geology. This course is an introduction to how our planet has become the way it is, and how it continues to evolve. If you want to major in the Earth sciences, this is the place to start. If not, this class will expand your understanding of your planet and its processes. In addition to satisfying our intellectual curiosity, our understanding of this great machine has profound implications for the way we obtain resources and interact with our environment, and thus for the future of ourselves and all species. This perspective will enhance your appreciation for the natural world and also help you make informed decisions about environmental and political issues. Textbook Exploring Geology , by Reynolds, Johnson, Morin, and Carter, 4th Edition is the only required text for the course. This is a unique textbook designed to help you learn geologic concepts and processes on your own. Nearly all the information in the book is built around illustrations and photographs, rather than being in long blocks of text. The entire book consists of a series of two-page spreads organized into chapters. Each two-page spread is a self-contained block of information about a specific topic and has a short list indicating what you should be able to do before you leave these pages. The items from these lists, for which you will be held responsible for knowing, are compiled into a What-To-Know List that is downloadable from this course’s website. The What-To-Know List is your guide to what is important, and all quizzes and exams are derived from this list. If, when studying from the book, you construct your own answer to each item on the What-To-Know List, you will likely receive an A in the class. Required reading is listed in each chapter’s What-To-Know List. Each two-page spread in the book has a unique number (e.g., 12.4), and these numbers are referenced for quizzes and other course assignments. Each chapter ends with an investigation concerning a problem associated with a “virtual place”. The textbook is available in hard copy format in the bookstore and also electronically as a smartbook at http://www.mheducation.com/highered/product/exploring-geology-reynolds-johnson/0078022924.html . The digital-only Connect version is the least expensive way to obtain the book and the online access required in order to do the homework assignments. The hardcopy with the access code also gets you access to the digital text. Whichever format you choose, be certain that you are getting the Connect access code, because this is an essential part of the course.
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