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Course Syllabus Course Information Course Number Course Title Section Time Location Credit Hours Instructor Details GEOL 101 Principles of Geology 503 TR 12 45 2 pm HALB 101 3 Hiroko Kitajima HALB 159 979 458 2717 kitaji tamu edu Tuesdays 2 4 pm Instructor Office Phone E Mail Office Hours Course Description Course Prerequisites Course Learning Outcomes Physical and chemical nature of the Earth and dynamic processes that shape it plate tectonics Earth s interior materials it is made of age and evolution earthquakes volcanism erosion and deposition introduces physical and chemical principles applied to the Earth None Not open to students who have taken GEOL 103 or GEOL 104 Upon completion of this course students will be able to Describe how the scientific method has led to our current understanding of the Earth s structure processes and evolution Interpret the origin and distribution of minerals rocks and geologic resources Use the theory of plate tectonics to explain the formation and distribution of the Earth s crustal features Quantify the rates of physical and chemical processes acting on the Earth and how these processes fit into the context of geologic time Communicate how surface processes are driven by interactions among the Earth s geosphere hydrosphere atmosphere and biosphere Describe the internal structure and dynamics of the Earth Evaluate human interactions with the Earth including sustainable development of natural resources and the assessment and mitigation of hazards Page 1 of 5 Course Syllabus Resource Materials Grading Policy Tarbuck Lutgens and Tasa Earth An Introduction to Physical Geology 13th Edition previous editions also work Grades will be based on three exams homework and in class activities 85 Exams 25 Midterm Exam 1 on October 3 Tue during class time 25 Midterm Exam 2 on November 9 Thr during class time 35 Final Exam on December 12 Tue 8 00 10 00 am 15 Homework and in class activities All grades will be rounded to the nearest whole number and converted to a letter grade as follows A 90 100 B 80 89 C 70 79 D 60 69 F 60 The final grade distribution may be adjusted at the discretion of the instructors Students may not use any notes books phones or calculators on any exam or quiz unless otherwise directed Students are responsible for attending all classes Please refer to University Attendance Policy No makeup exams or homework or in class activities will be arranged for unexcused absences When a student is scheduled for three final examinations in one day the student may request rescheduling of one of the examinations through his her dean The final examination schedules are available at https aggie tamu edu registration and records classes final examination schedules Late Work Policy No late submissions will be accepted Work submitted by a student as makeup work for an excused absence is not considered late work and is exempted from the late work policy For excused absence please refer to Student Rule 7 in its entirety for information about makeup work including definitions and related documentation and timelines Page 2 of 5 Course Syllabus Required Reading Chapters 1 2 and 24 Chapters 2 and 3 Chapters 4 and 5 Chapters 5 and 6 Chapters 7 and 8 Chapters 23 and 9 Chapters 9 and 10 Chapters 10 and 11 Chapters 11 and 12 Chapters 13 and 14 Chapters 15 and 16 Chapter 17 Chapters 18 and 19 Chapters 20 and 21 Course Schedule Week Dates 1 August 22 24 2 August 29 31 3 September 5 7 4 September 12 14 5 September 19 21 6 September 26 28 7 October 3 5 8 October 12 17 No class on October 10 9 October 19 24 10 October 26 31 11 November 2 7 12 November 9 14 Course Topics Calendar of Activities and Major Exam Dates Course Topics Introduction to Geology Plate tectonics Solar systems Plate tectonics Minerals Igneous rocks Volcanoes Volcanoes Weathering and soil Sedimentary rocks Metamorphic rocks Energy and mineral resources Geological time Midterm Exam October 3 Geological time Crustal deformation Crustal deformation Earthquake Earthquake Earth Interior Ocean floor Mountain building Mass wasting Running water Midterm Exam 2 November 9 Ground water Glaciers Deserts and Wind 13 November 16 21 No class on November 23 Shorelines Climate Changes 14 November 28 30 December 12 Tue 8 00 10 00 am Final Exam Other Course Information Technology Requirement and Support Some of the in class activities require students to bring their own personal computers or tablets to the classroom During the classes excluding exams students are allowed to use laptops or tablets but not cell phones Please keep your cell phones on silent mode and put them away in your bag or pocket All of the course materials will be uploaded on Canvas Please refer to Keep Learning website about learning resources University Policies Attendance Policy The university views class attendance and participation as an individual student responsibility Students are expected to attend class and to complete all assignments Please refer to Student Rule 7 in its entirety for information about excused absences including definitions and related documentation and timelines Page 3 of 5 Course Syllabus Makeup Work Policy Students will be excused from attending class on the day of a graded activity or when attendance contributes to a student s grade for the reasons stated in Student Rule 7 or other reason deemed appropriate by the instructor Please refer to Student Rule 7 in its entirety for information about makeup work including definitions and related documentation and timelines Absences related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 may necessitate a period of more than 30 days for make up work and the timeframe for make up work should be agreed upon by the student and instructor Student Rule 7 Section 7 4 1 The instructor is under no obligation to provide an opportunity for the student to make up work missed because of an unexcused absence Student Rule 7 Section 7 4 2 Students who request an excused absence are expected to uphold the Aggie Honor Code and Student Conduct Code See Student Rule 24 Academic Integrity Statement and Policy An Aggie does not lie cheat or steal or tolerate those who do Texas A M University students are responsible for authenticating all work submitted to an instructor If asked students must be able to produce proof that the item submitted is indeed the work of that student Students must keep appropriate records at all times The inability to authenticate one s work should the instructor request

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