SyllabusG390 - Geology 390 course Syllabus, Spring 2011...

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Geology 390 course Syllabus, Spring 2011 Living on the Edge: Global Climate Change and Earth History (Geol 390) Instructor: Dr. Robert MacKay Office Phone: 360-992-6086 Office Location: Clark Building WSUV 225L e-mail: rmackay@clark.edu Office hours: M,T,W 9:00AM to 10:00 AM ; W 1:00 to 2:00 PM or by arrangement Course Web Page: http://www.atmosedu.com/Geol390/ Other important information related to our course is on Angel . Welcome to Geology 390 Living on the Edge: Global Climate Change and Earth History. The course is a general science distribution course for non- science majors and has been specifically designed for student success. If at anytime you have any questions send me an e-mail or post your question on the General Questions Discussion forum on Angel. I am here to help guide you through your learning process. This course meets Tuesday and Thursday from 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM. Students wanting to receive an A for this course should plan on spending 6 to 9 hours per week working through the reading, assignments, and learning activities designed for course success. Course description This course introduces students to Global Change Science through lecture presentations, classroom discussions, assigned readings, and activities designed specifically to complement lecture topics. The course is designed to increase student understanding and appreciation of Earth as an evolving ecosystem. Topics will include: Systems Science; The sun, atmosphere, Oceans, Solid Earth, and Biosphere; The integrated climate system; climates of the past, present and future; Ice Ages, Global Warming, and Ozone Depletion. Geology 390 fulfills 3 credits of physical [P] science for general education requirements (GERs). It does NOT fulfill any requirements for laboratory [L] credit. 1
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Geology 390 course Syllabus, Spring 2011 Required Materials. Text Book: The Earth System Kump, Kastings, and Crane, 3 rd edition. A calculator that adds, multiplies, and divides Access to MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or open office suite (free) [ http://download.openoffice.org/ ] When submitting written work save your files in MS Word .doc format (or docx) or .pdf format whenever possible. Also try to name your files without any spaces. Example ThisFile.doc as opposed to This file.doc . Questions: Posting questions on the discussion board is a great way to go as some of your fellow classmates may have some good ideas. Sending me an e-mail directly is also a good way to get questions answered in a timely manor. Assessment: 2- Exams (30%) + Final (30%): 60% for all exams Research Paper (15% )(See Research paper for specifics) All other Homework (25%) A (100-93%) A- 93-90% B+ 90-87% B 87-83% B- 83-80 % C+ 80-77% C 77-70% D+ 70-67% D 67-63% D- 63-60% F less than 60% Exams: The readings, homework, and quizzes are meant to prepare you for exams. The idea is to go back over these things to solidify your knowledge 2
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Geology 390 course Syllabus, Spring 2011 and understanding. Exam study guides include sample exam questions and
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2011 for the course GEOL 390 taught by Professor Mackay during the Spring '10 term at Washington State University .

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