NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Physical Geology

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Physical Geology
    B. Course Number: GE 114 - 30251
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 217
    H. Email Address: RNeu@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 4:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 9:30:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 9:30:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday at 5 pm.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s): GE 114L - Physical Geology Lab
    N. Class Location: HH230
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course will study earth materials including the origin of minerals and rocks, erosion and deposition, earth movements and mountain building, volcanism, earth resources, oceans, and meteorology. Concurrent enrollment in GE114L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This is an introductory geology course that will fulfill the requirements for laboratory science. It is transferable to most other colleges and universities. The course will consist of 3 credit hours of lecture and 1 credit hour of lab(CRN 30249 Tuesday 1PM or CRN 30250 Thursday 6PM).

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    GEOL, Wincander & Monroe, 2nd Edition includes Earth Science CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card ISBN-13: 9781133108696, & Physical Geology Lab Manual (GE114), Roene Neu, available in the NMJC bookstore.

    Suggested:

    You may be required to use a calculator, colored pencils, scissors, and ruler (with metrics).

    Optional Book: Dictionary of Geological Terms: Third Edition, ISBN: 978-0385181013

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Attendance 10%
    4 Chapter Exams 30%
    Class/Lab Assignments 30%
    Rock & Mineral Practical 10%
    Final Exam 20%

    Attendance (10%): This course will be covering a great deal of material at a rather quick pace and your “presence” is absolutely essential to your success. You get 100 points a day and 50 points will be deducted if you are late, or fail to participate.

    Chapter Exams (30%): You will be given four chapter exams covering Chapters 1-17. Look at your schedule for the exact chapters covered on each exam. No make-up exams will be given regardless of the excuse. To make-up for any problems technical or personal the lowest of your four exams will be dropped (This does not include the Final Exam). So if you miss an exam, it will count as your lowest exam at the end of the semester and will be dropped. If you take all four of your exams the lowest will be dropped & the average of your three remaining exams will be used. All exam reviews are posted in CANVAS on the first day of classes. You should complete and save each review, as that the four chapter reviews will become your review for the final exam, as will your four chapter exams (Note: Do not discard your chapter exams when they are returned by your instructor, they will be needed to study for the final exam).

    Class/Lab Assignments (30%): This will include anything other than the exams. It will also include the field/virtual trips, problem/solution assignment & article critique.


    • Problem/ Solution Assignment (Critical Thinking): This assignment is posted in Canvas, and can be started as early as the first week of classes. The assignment and instructions will be available on the first day of class, and the assignment will be due on October 25th.

    •"Journal article critique”: A 2 page critique minimum will be required. Article must be submitted by October 25th, for instructor approval. The critique of the paper submitted will be due on November 16th. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated on this paper. Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero on the paper. It is your responsibility as a student to be familiar with what would be viewed as plagiarism.

    Late assignments: As discussed under attendance…If any assignment is late, you will lose points. For every day that your assignment is late, 10% points will be deducted from your grade.

    Rock & Mineral Practical (10%): Your rock & mineral practical will be an identification exam. You well be required to identify rocks and minerals learned in lab. You will find a review sheet in your Canvas learning modules. The exam is tentatively set for October 5th.

    Final exam (20%): You will have a final exam that will be comprehensive, covering chapters 1-17. In preparation for this exam you should be preparing your four chapter exam reviews. December 12th, 12-1:45pm in Heidel Hall room 230

    Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any homework, labs, and tests.
  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline – specific knowledge skills, and scientific and academic values.
    The course content of Physical Geology (GE 114)Supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of: the physical and chemical properties of the lithosphere and hydrosphere (minerals, rocks, soils, and water); geologic time and earth history; and crustal materials and dynamics in the context of plate tectonics theory.
    2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the physical Earth, plate tectonics, volcanism, weathering & erosion, earthquakes, deformation & mountain building, mass wasting, running & ground water, glaciers, wind & deserts, and the ocean as it relates to geologic processes.
    3. Demonstrate competence in fundamental geological skills and quantitative analysis including: mineral, and rock identification; interpretation of topographic and geologic maps and cross-sections with basics of three-dimensional conceptualization; and the ability to collect and interpret field and laboratory observations.
    4. Make critical and independent inquiry in the geosciences including: the ability to gather and evaluate peer-reviewed literature
    5. Effectively communicate knowledge and interpretations using written, oral, and graphical skills both on a formal and extemporaneous basis.
    6. Gain an understanding of the societal relevance of earth systems.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    1.This class utilizes Canvas software to manage assignment collection and return, to distribute handouts, and to administer quizzes and other assignments. A link to the Canvas log on page can be found on the NMJC home page at www.nmjc.edu. Click on the " Canvas " link to log on to your Canvas courses. For students, your logon id is your student ID. Your password is your birthday: MMDDYY. You should submit your essays in either RTF (rich text) or DOC (Microsoft Word). To read graded assignments, you will need to download Windows Journal Viewer, which is available for free on Microsoft’s website, and the quickest way to get the program is to search for “Windows Journal Viewer” from www.google.com. Journal Viewer is available on computers in NMJC labs.

    2. NMJC uses www.turnitin.com plagiarism prevention software. Plagiarism is a form of theft and a violation of intellectual property rights. According to turnitin.com, plagiarism includes turning in a paper that you did not write, taking significant portions of your essay from a source without giving credit, altering the wording while retaining the ideas of an un-credited source (paraphrasing), using multiple sources to create a “patchwork” paper without giving credit, and using or turning in an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors. Turnitin.com also states that plagiarism occurs when quotations are not enclosed in quotation marks, quotations and paraphrases are not cited, citations for quotations and paraphrases are incomplete or inaccurate, and citations are used correctly for a source in one place that is used elsewhere without citation. Your papers will be analyzed for plagiarism by turnitin.com after you have submitted them to Blackboard . Furthermore, any form of cheating, plagiarism, or disruptive behavior will result in an automatic grade of “F’ for the semester. More information on plagiarism can be found in The Harbrace.

    3. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    WEEK

    Chapter Readings and Assignments Schedule

    1

    Inros/Pre-course Questions/Zero Module

    2

    Ch. 1 Understangind Earth Ch.16 Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles

    Labor Day (No classes, Monday Septmber 4th)

    3

    Ch. 2 Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory

    4

    Ch. 3 Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks

    Exam 1 (Ch.1-3 and 16)

    5

    Ch. 4 Igneous Rocks/Intrusive acivity Ch. 5 Volcanoes/Volcanism

    Article for Critique (Due Oct. 3rd)

    6

    Ch. 6 Weathering, soil, and Sedimentary Rocks

    7

    Ch. 7 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks

    8

    Ch. 8 Earthquakes and Earths Interior

    Exam 2 (Ch. 4-7)

    9

    Ch. 9 Deformation, Mountain Building, and the Continents

    Rock and Mineral Practical Exam (Proctored Exam)

    10

    Ch. 10 Mass Wasting

    Critique of Article due (November 16th)

    11

    Ch. 11 Running Water

    Exam 3 (Ch.8-11)

    12

    Ch. 12 Ground Water

    13

    Ch. 13 Glaciers and Glacitation

    Thanksgiving Break (Nov.22, 23, 24th)

    14

    Ch. 14 The Work of Wind and Deserts

    15

    Ch. 15 Oceans, Shorelines, and shoreline Processes

    Exam 4 (Ch. 12-15)

    16

    Final Exam (Dec 12th at 12 (noon)) Comprehensive

    LAB OUTLINE (Lab Manual)

    Week

    Labs from Lab Manual

    1

    Exercise One: Metaphors of geologic time (GTS)

    2

    Exercise Two: Minerals

    3

    Exercise Three: Igneous rocks

    4

    Exercise Four: Sedimentary rocks

    5

    Exercise Five: Metamorphic rocks

    6

    Exercise Six: Earthquakes

    7

    Exercise Seven: Absolute Age

    8

    Exercise Eight: Relative age Principles (Steno) & unconformities

    9

    Exercise Nine: Topographic Maps

    10

    Exercise Ten: Geologic maps and geologic structure

    11

    Exercise Eleven: Latitude/ Longitude, Compass, GPS

    12

    Exercise Twelve: Streams and Groundwater