North Seattle Community College                                                           Fall 2006

 

Geology 101: Physical Geology

Course meeting times:       MWF, noon - 2:20 p.m.

Lectures, discussions and labs will be held in Room AS 1623

 

Text: No official one. You are required to have a copy of any physical geology textbook with a copyright date of 1990 or more recent. Textbooks can be borrowed for the term from the supply in the classroom, or purchased from used book stores, on-line textbook companies or the NSCC Bookstore.

 

Other required materials:

• Clipboard (for field trips)

• E-mail address that you will check twice a week

 

Course purpose and goals: This course will introduce you to the study of the Earth, of both its materials and its processes that shape the materials. You will use these ideas to explain why the Pacific Northwest looks the way that it does. I hope you take away from the course an appreciation of earth materials and hazards, and how both influence our lives. I also hope that you gain insight as to how to approach a problem using science, and how science, in general, functions.

 

Prerequisites: There are none, though you will need to be able to work in groups, use your calculator, draw a graph and have the desire to apply some of your math knowledge to practical problems. Since there is no official textbook, you will also have to be adept at finding definitions for geological terms in various sources, should your primary reference not mention a particular term.

 

Instructor: Tracy Furutani                                      Office: IB 2328B

Phone: 528-4509                                                       Office hours: MWF, 11 — noon

e-mail: tfurutani@sccd.ctc.edu                                Course coordinator: John Figge

website: http://faculty.northseattle.edu/tfurutani/

 

Grading:        Group projects, 2 at 50 pts. each                                        100

                        Weekly assignments, 10 at 10 pts. each, best 9               90

                        Poster project and abstract                                                 50

                        Field trip report                                                                    50

                        Labs, 9 at 20 pts. each, best 8                                              160

                        Quizzes, 2 at 50 points each, best 1                                   50*

                        Final                                                                                       100*

 

                        Total                                                                                       600

*A total of the two quiz scores of greater than 90 automatically lets you out of the final.

 

Grades will be assigned as follows:

Your total points:     570 - 600         4.0

                                    540 - 569         3.7

                                    510 - 539         3.3

                                    480 - 509         3.0

                                    450 - 479         2.7

                                    420 - 449         2.3

                                    390 - 419         2.0

                                    360 - 389         1.7

                                    330 - 359         1.3

                                    300 - 329         1.0

                                    < 300               0.0

This schedule is subject to a minimal amount of change.

 

Group projects: There will be two group projects, one (at the beginning of the quarter) on geologic illustrations and the other (at the end of the quarter) called "The Berkeley Grant Proposal Game". These are multi-day affairs and you will be turning in a final report and/or an oral summation. Your group members will all receive the same grade; some points will be earned during the project and some will be earned at the presentation.

 

Labs: There will be eleven lab exercises, designed to help you understand geological concepts, summarize in-class field trips, etc. We will go over the labs during class, and the labs are due in class at the next meeting. Some labs require the use of samples and maps in the classroom, so it is important that you attend class to gain full use of these items. Some labs will be short field trips off-campus; transportation will be provided and you will be back on-campus by 2:20.

 

Homework: Each week or so, I will be handing out a list of geological terms I’ll assume you will know by the end of that week. This assignment isn’t turned in or graded but it will help you greatly on the tests, since I will not define geological terms on the exams.

 

Quizzes: There will be two fifty-minute long, short answer plus essay question quizzes during the term. They are based on the questions asked in the labs, as well as terms from the weekly assignment. The quiz is a diagnostic tool; a good score means that you have kept up with the material. The final is similarly structured, merely longer and comprehensive. In an effort to reward greater understanding toward the end of the quarter, if either of your quiz scores is lower than half of your final exam score, then that will be substituted for the low quiz score. This means that there will be no make-up quizzes, since the “0” on a missed midterm exam can be replaced by half of the final exam score. Quizzes are open-note and open-lab, so keeping your papers in order is a good idea.

 

Poster project: You may work on them individually or with one partner. The project will be the creation of a poster, a visual presentation of some geological topic. It must contain some of your own photographs and diagrams. I will have a list of topics available or you may discuss any ideas with me. In addition, the field trips are a good source of projects. Be sure to get my okay before proceeding, partly so that we both know you are working on the project and partly so that we can increase or decrease the scope of your project.  You will also write a 75-word abstract for your poster to be turned in by e-mail.

 

Field trip report: The best teacher is the planet itself. There is one field trip outside of class time: Saturday, September 30, to Mt. Baker. There will be another weekend field trip Sunday, October 29 to allow students who cannot go on the Mt. Baker trip a chance to view rocks in the Issaquah Alps area; even if you attended the Mt. Baker trip, you are welcome to attend the make-up trip for extra credit. You are required to go on this trip because you will write a three-page report on an aspect of the trip; the exact assignment will be explained in class. Please be prepared to walk short distances (less than a half mile) in rain and mud, and to jot notes while looking at rocks (this is where your clipboard comes in handy). For all trips, we will be using rental vans, which your lab fee has covered.

 

Cheating: Please don't. I will use the policy outlined in the Student Conduct section of the Student Handbook. Remember, a group project is the result of a roughly equal sharing of ideas from each member of the group. Collaboration is absolutely essential. Collaboration is also important during labs. A quiz or exam, however, is an evaluation of what each individual understands. Please do not collaborate on these endeavors. And, yes, plagiarism (of ideas or words without attribution) is cheating and will be referred to the Secret Punishment Committee.

 

Chemical sensitivities: Due to the increasing numbers of individuals developing chemical sensitivities and the increasing awareness of such conditions, everyone who attends this class is asked to refrain from wearing any fragrance or perfume. The greatest feasible efforts will also be taken to ensure a fresh air environment free of not only the above-mentioned fragrances but also potentially harmful substances such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, carpet odor, organic solvents, etc. Individuals who are unsure of the importance of this policy should see the Associate Dean for additional information.

 

Attendance: I will not take attendance during the quarter, but it is imperative that you attend every meeting; we will be covering a textbook chapter’s worth of material every two meetings. You may have personal reasons for missing class and to accommodate this, most of the components of the final grade (see above) drop the lowest score. For this reason, I will not offer makeup labs or quizzes. In addition, attendance at the field trips is necessary; please let me know as soon as possible if those dates are unworkable.

 

Cell phones: The use of pagers and cell phones is a symptom of our ever-increasingly wired society. For people such as myself with extremely short attention spans, these devices can easily destroy concentration. Please switch your devices to a “silent” setting during class.

 

Dates to remember:

            Last day to withdraw without a W                       October 6

            Last day to drop course                                          November 17

            Last day of instruction                                            December 11

            Final                                                                           December 13, 1 p.m.



The topics should be listed in the textbook you use in the table of contents; obviously, the exact chapter number will vary from book to book. In addition, you may discover that not all of the terms in the weekly assignment will be necessarily found in one chapter of your textbook!

 

September 25

Introduction; reading maps

Lab 1

26

27 Complete maps

Plate tectonics

Group Pr. 1 starts

Assignment 1

28

 

29

Minerals

Lab 2

(30th — field trip at 8 a.m.)

October 2 Minerals and igneous rocks

Group Pr. 1 presentations

3

4 Assignment 2

Igneous rocks

Group Pr. 1 presentations

5

 

6

Igneous rocks

Lab 3

Poster project handed out

9

Igneous rocks and volcanoes

10

11

Volcanic processes

Lab 4

12

 

13

Volcanic processes

Sample quiz 1

16

Sedimentary rocks

Assignment 3

17

18 Quiz 1

Metamorphic rocks

 

19

 

20 Metamorphic  rocks

Assignment 4

23

Dating methods (relative)

Lab 5

24

25

Dating methods (numerical)

 

26

27

Dating methods (numerical)

Field trip report due

(29th — field trip at 8 a.m.)

30 Lab 6

Structural geology

Assignment 5

31

November 1

Structural geology

2

 

3

Earthquakes

Lab 7

6 Assignment 6

Tour of UW Seismology Lab

Lab 8

7

8

Plate tectonics

Sample quiz 2

9

 

10

Veteran’s Day

13

Plate tectonics

Assignment 7

14

15 Stream processes

Quiz 2

Poster abstract due

Lab 9

16

 

17

Groundwater and resource extraction

Assignment 8

20

Resource extraction

Poster session

21

22

No class

23

Thanks-giving

24

27

Mass movement (landslides)

28

29

Mass movement

30

 

December 1

Mountain glaciers

4

Continental glaciers

 

5

6

Coastal processes

Group Pr. 2 starts

7

 

8

Coastal processes

11 Group Project 2: Berkeley Grant Game

12

13
Final, 1:00 p.m

14

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15