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GEOL 110 – Our Geologic Environment (3 cr. hrs.) Spring, 2019 (This course fulfils the LC6-Physical & Life Sciences requirement) Professor: Byron M. Straw O f fic e : Ross 3235K; P h o n e : 351-2470 E - ma i l; b y ro n . s t r a w @ u n T ext : Natural Hazards, Keller and DeVecchio (4 th ed.): Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Pearson Prentice Hall, 576 p. ‘electronic’, ‘used texts’ AND older editions are acceptable and MUCH cheaper! You can rent or buy, your option. O f fice h o ur s : For this class I typically have office hours by appointment only, however I am more than willing to meet, just let me know several days/times that work best for you and I will try my best to make it work). Given the online format of this class, some of you may not be on campus, and therefore cannot make it to my office hours personally. I am always willing to use the conferencing tool in Canvas, Zoom, to chat if needed. C o u rse D e s cri p tion: Geology 110 is an introductory geology course with a focus on catastrophic geologic events, earth materials, climate change, and geologic time. The objectives of this course are to provide you with a fundamental understanding and appreciation for the geologic world that surrounds you. A course schedule can be found on page 5. L e ctures: Copies of my lecture PowerPoint’s AND some video lectures (depending on the topic) can be downloaded under the “Course Materials” tab in Blackboard. I highly recommend reviewing these after you have read each of the chapters. The lectures provide important information and explanations of key concepts found within the text. D is c u s sion for u ms, q ui zze s , e x a ms a n d h o m e w o rk: All assignments for the week are located in folders under the “Assignments” link in Canvas. Additionally, each folder has the week number and date the assignments are due to help remind you. Each of the folders are set to open AND close at specific dates and times, therefore make sure you complete the work on time. For most sections we cover there will be a quiz, a discussion forum, and some type of homework. Additionally, three exams, including a comprehensive final, will be given throughout the semester. 1
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D is c u s sion F o rum s : Several discussion forums are assigned throughout the semester that will allow you to post your thoughts on particular topics. Some of the discussion forums require you to perform experiments or complete exercises before posting. Make sure to read the forum directions AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK TO ALLOCATE ENOUGH TIME for completion. All discussion forums will be graded, so participation is mandatory. In order to get the maximum points possible for the discussion forums all postings must be well thought out, written in a fashion that clearly states your thoughts and opinions, has correct spelling, grammar,
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