MEEM 1114 Syllabus Fall 11

MEEM 1114 Syllabus Fall 11 - Geology 1114-020 (Physical...

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Dr. M. E. Elwood Madden Fall 2011 Instructor: Text: Dr. Megan Elwood Madden SEC 952 (325-1563) Office Hours: by appointment- send me an email and we’ll find a time. Lecture: M/W 3:00- 4:15 pm Sarkeys Energy Center, A235 Final Exam: Monday, Dec. 12th 4:30-6:30 SEC A235 How Does Earth Work? (Gary Smith and Aurora Pun). ISBN-10: 0136003680 | ISBN-13: 978-0136003687 Lab Text: Available at university and off-campus bookstores Laboratory Investigations for Geology 1104/1114 This Dynamic Earth University of Oklahoma, Pearson/Prentice Hall Welcome to GEOL 1114 Physical Geology (for scientists and engineers) Geologists are detectives, problem solvers, treasure hunters, storytellers, and sometimes artists. During the course of this semester, we will explore a few of the many questions geologists work to answer: What is Earth made of? How and when did it form? How does Earth change with time? How do geologic processes shape the surface of Earth? How do we interact with our planet? Along the way, we will focus on how geologists go about answering these questions to connect observations and concepts within the broader question: How does Earth Work? How Does Earth Work? is also the title of our textbook, written by Gary Smith and Aurora Pun from the University of New Mexico. You are expected to read the textbook and learn the information presented there. At the beginning of each class period, we will address your questions and “muddiest points”. Dr. Elwood Madden and your laboratory TA are also available to answer questions during office hours. We will not spend much time in the “lecture” period rehashing material presented in the textbook. In fact, there won’t be that much lecturing going on here at all. Instead, we will apply the information you learn from the textbook to new problems and develop your observation, analysis, and critical thinking skills through interactive discussions and in class exercises. Therefore, if you want to learn and do well in this course, it is important to come to class and participate fully in the learning process. Since this course fills a general education science requirement, we will also be addressing these questions: How does science work? How do scientists evaluate evidence and arguments? What tools do geoscientists use? How does science affect my life? Through these and other questions we will work our way up Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning, shifting from concrete to evaluative/abstract thinking. You will reinforce your learning by reflecting on what you have learned, evaluating what you still need to learn to fully understand a process or concept, and applying this fresh knowledge to new problems. Learning at this level takes work; if you want to succeed in this course, then you will need to work hard. What I hear, I forget
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MEEM 1114 Syllabus Fall 11 - Geology 1114-020 (Physical...

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