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GEOL121 Physical Geology Lab Syllabus Fall 2022GEOL 121 is an introductory physical geology lab that is designed to give you an overview of process and methods of geology. In this lab, you will learn to identify rocks and minerals, read the landscape using maps, measure and analyze surface and gro...Required Texts and Materials:Lab Coordinator:Dr. Sean BryanCourse ScheduleGrading: Grades for the course will be based on the percentages below:Page 1 of 7 GEOL121 Physical Geology Lab Syllabus Fall 2022 GEOL 121 is an introductory physical geology lab that is designed to give you an overview of process and methods of geology. In this lab, you will learn to identify rocks and minerals, read the landscape using maps, measure and analyze surface and groundwater, and interpret climate data. Most importantly, you will gain an understanding of how science operates by participating in inquiry activities. Student Learning Objectives: Inquiry & Analysis 1. Select or Develop a Design Process a. Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems in a given discipline. 2. Analyze and Interpret Evidence a. Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus. b. Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data. 3. Draw Conclusions a. State a conclusion based on findings. Quantitative Literacy 4. Interpret Information a. Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words). 5. Represent Information a. Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words). Required Texts and Materials: 1) See Canvas for electronic copies of lab activities. 2) #2 pencils 3) Calculator (with decimals and logarithms) 4) Regular access to a computer and the internet Lab Rooms: Michael Smith Natural Resources Building: Room #250 (Sections L24-L27), Room #336 (Sections L01-L23) Study Room: Michael Smith Natural Resources #338, this room will have duplicates of lab materials for you to work on labs outside of lab time. Lab Web Site: Go to the Canvas homepage at http://canvas.colostate.edu Log in using your eID. Under “Courses”, select 2022FA-GEOL-121. You can find help for using Canvas at http://info.canvas.colostate.edu/student-resources.aspx Lab Coordinator: Dr. Sean Bryan Office: NR324A Phone: 1-6577 [email protected] TAs: Your lab will be taught by a graduate teaching assistant. Your TA will be present during the entire lab time to assist you with the lab assignment. Your TA will be responsible for evaluatingPage 2 of 7 and grading your work throughout the semester. You may find your TA’s contact information on the course Canvas page. Course Schedule Workload expectations: The general workload expectation for a 1-credit lab at CSU is 3 hours/week. Some labs may take a bit more time than this, and some may take less, but this is generally what to expect. This means that you should generally expect about an hour of work outside of the lab time for pre-work and/or to finish the lab activity. Attendance: Lab attendance is required and will make up 10% of your course grade. If you are going to miss a lab, please contact your TA prior to the lab or a soon after as possible to arrange to attend a different lab section or obtain an alternative lab. Week of: Lab Topic Aug. 22-26 Introduction to the lab and the Nature of Geoscience Activity Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 Discovering Plate Tectonics Lab Sept. 5-9 Labs do not meet this week – Asynchronous Data Visualization Activity Sept. 12-16 Mineral Mystery Lab Sept. 19-23 Rocks Lab 1 (Sections L01-L23) Topographic Maps Lab (Sections L24-27) Sept. 26-30 Topographic Maps Lab (Sections L01-L23) Rocks Lab 1 (Sections L24-27) Oct. 3-7 Rocks Lab 2 Oct. 10-14 Spring Creek Field Trip (Sections L01-L23) GetWET Field Trip (Sections L24-L27) Oct. 17-21 GetWET Field Trip (Sections L01-L23) Spring Creek Field Trip (Sections L24-L27) Oct. 24-28 Earthquakes, GPS, and Plate Movement Lab Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 Rocks Lab 3 Nov. 7-11 Rivers and Flooding Lab (Sections L01-L23) Mountain Watersheds Lab (Sections L24-27) Nov. 14-18 Mountain Watersheds Lab (Sections L01-L23) Rivers and Flooding Lab (Sections L24-27) Nov. 21-25 Fall Break – No Lab Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 Climate Change Lab Dec. 5-9 Lab Final ExamPage 3 of 7 Grading: Grades for the course will be based on the percentages below: Lab Assignments 75 Quizzes and Lab Final 15 Attendance 10 Total: 100 % *Keep a copy of all work created for the course, including work submitted through Canvas course learning management system. Your 1 lowest Lab Assignment grade will be dropped from your final grade at the end of the semester. Final grades will be rounded to the nearest whole percentage point and assigned as follows: 90-100% A; 70-89% B; 70-79% C; 60-69% D; < 59% F Late Policy for Labs: Lab assignments will be turned in electronically through Canvas and are due at 11:59 pm the day before your next lab. Late labs will be deducted 10% for up to 1 week late; 30% will be deducted for between 1 week and 2 weeks late; 50% will be deducted for between 2 weeks and 3 weeks late. Labs will not be accepted after 3 weeks late. Please contact your TA if you miss a lab due to illness or other circumstances to discuss accommodations. Canvas Information & Technical Support Canvas is the where course content, grades, and communication will reside for this course. Login: canvas.colostate.edu Support: info.canvas.colostate.edu For passwords or any other computer-related technical support, contact the Central IT Technical Support Help Desk. Voice: (970) 491-7276 Email: [email protected] The Technical Requirements page identifies the browsers, operating systems, and plugins that work best with Canvas. COVID-19 Information All students are expected and required to report any COVID-19 symptoms to the university immediately, as well as exposures or positive tests (even home tests). • If you suspect you have symptoms, or if you know you have been exposed to a positive person or have tested positive for COVID (even with a home test), you are required to fill out the COVID Reporter. • If you know or believe you have been exposed, including


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