NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Physical Geology

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Physical Geology
    B. Course Number: GE 114 - 30253
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: Virtual
  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 30435).

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    GEOL, by Wincander & Monroe, 2nd Edition ISBN-13: 9781133108696 & Introductory Physical Geology Laboratory kit with manual for Distance learning by Coast learning systems distributed by Kendell Hunt publishing company from the NMJC bookstore. Laboratory kit contains Introductory Physical Geology Laboratory Manual for Distance learning, by Greg P. Gardiner, laboratory tools, rock and mineral samples, and topographic maps. ISBN: 9781465270009.

    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
    

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


    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.

    Chapter Homework Assignments: Chapter readings and related assignment will be given every week. All assignments will be available on the first day of classes, however, one will be due each week and late assignments will lose points every day until all points are exhausted. Due dates will be given in your Canvas shells. You should use your learning modules page in Canvas as a guide to what assignments are coming due each week, and follow the modules in order.

    • 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 Oct. 5th, for instructor approval. The critique of the paper submitted will be due on November 10th. 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.

    Lab Assignments: Lab assignments will be delivered via a Moodle account that you can link into through Canvas. Just like your chapter assignments all lab assignments will be available on the first day of classes, however, one will be due each week and the lab and due date can be viewed in Canvas learning modules. Also, the labs will not be assigned in the order given in manual, so please refer to your learning modules for the lab due dates. On this page you will be given video, animations, and interactive activities to assist you with your lab assignment. These should be done before attempting your labs. After completing these activities you should then attempt to complete the assignment in your lab manual and return to Moodle to submit your assignment. You should try to work on all assignments well ahead of the due dates in order to give yourself ample time to contact your instructor in the event you need assistance or clarification on the assignment, and to give your instructor time to respond.

    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. This exam must be a proctored exam. The exam will be available in the NMJC testing center by October 24th and must be completed by Dec. 13 at 12 noon. If you are not within driving distance of the NMJC testing center you may make arrangements for a testing center in your area to proctor the exam. Review the file “What do I do if I cannot come to the NMJC for my practical and final exam?” in Canvas for instructions, requirements, and deadlines for setting up an alternative testing location. Note: Students are responsible for any additional fees that may be charged by a testing center off the NMJC campus.

    Final exam (30%): You will have a final exam that will be comprehensive, covering chapters 1-17. In preparation for this exam you should be preparing your 4 chapter exam reviews. The exam must be completed between the dates of Monday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 13th by 12 noon. Again, if you are not within driving distance of the NMJC testing center you may make arrangements for a testing center in your area to proctor the exam. Review the file “What do I do if I cannot come to the NMJC for my practical and final exam?” in Canvas for instructions, requirements, and deadlines for setting up an alternative testing location. Note: Students are responsible for any additional fees that may be charged by a testing center off the NMJC campus.

    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days up to 12 (noon) on Fridays and within 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Fridays of each week. With the exception of Problem/Solution and Critique assignments.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

    Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any homework, labs, and tests.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  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. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  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 10th)

    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 (Must be taken between the dates of December 11th and December 13th by 12 noon)  in the NMJC testing center, or pre-approved off campus testing center, or with Monitor system.

     

    LAB OUTLINE (LAB MANUAL)

    WEEK

    Labs from Lab Manual

    1

    Review Moodle, set up Moodle accounts

    2

    LESSON 9 GEOLOGIC TIME (Due Sept. 7)

    3

    LESSON 2 PLATE TECTONICS (Due Sept 13)

    4

    LESSON 5 MINERALS (Due Sept. 20)

    5

    LESSON 6 IGNEOUS ROCKS AND VOLCANISM (Due Sept. 27)

    6

    LESSON 7 SEDIMENTARY ROCKS (Due Oct. 4)

    7

    LESSON 8 METAMORPHISM AND METAMORPHIC ROCKS (Due Oct. 11)

    8

    LESSON 4 EARTHQUAKES AND SEISMOLOGY (Due Oct. 18)

    9

    LESSON 3 ROCK DEFORMATION AND MOUNTAIN BUILDING (Due Nov.1)

    10

    LESSON 10 MASS WASTING (Due Nov. 8)

    11

    LESSON 11 STREAMS AND GROUNDWATER (Due Nov. 15)

    12

    LESSON 13 GLACIERS (Due Nov. 22)

    13

    LESSON 1 TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS (Due Nov. 29)

    14

    THANKSGIVING BREAK (Nov 22-25)

    15

    LESSON 12 OCEANS AND COASTLINES (Due Dec.6)