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Course Details

Course Code: SCIN138 Course ID: 3825 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

Geology encompasses the study of our planet, and students in this course will explore: how it formed, the nature of its interior, the materials of which it is composed, landforms, earthquakes and volcanoes, geologic resources, and geologic history. Current events that students learn about in the news, ranging from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, and more will fit into a larger picture of how Earth works and why such things happen. The laboratory component of the course provides students with practical activities which reinforces the content of the course in a virtual format. (Prerequisite: MATH111)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

CO-1 Recognize the general structure of the Earth and how it was formed, including the origin of elements and mineral structures.
CO-2 Recall how the Earth and living organisms have changed over the last four billion years.
CO-3 State the dynamic processes of rock formation and deformation, volcanism, and earthquakes within the framework of Plate Tectonic Theory.
CO-4 Compare and contrast igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, including formation processes.
CO-5 Recognize the geologic settings and formation processes for common landforms and soil types.
CO-6 Identify the principles and processes related to transport and storage of subsurface and surface water.
CO-7 State the physical and chemical properties of the oceans and atmosphere and how these affect climate.
CO-8 Identify present and future energy resources and associated challenges.

Grades for this course will be based upon the following assignments and exams:

Forums

Participation is mandatory and will count towards the course grade (16%). You are expected to provide a substantial and well-written comment in each session and a similar comment or reflection in reply to at least 3 other students’ contributions. Initial posts are due by Wednesday, 11:55 pm EST; and two replies are due by Sunday, 11:55 pm EST. If you have extenuating circumstances which prevent you from completing your initial forum posts or replies on time, contact your instructor before Wednesday so we can discuss other arrangements.

The initial post in the first forum (Introduction) must be at least 250 words long. Your response must be submitted before the end of the first week. This is a way of confirming your attendance in the course.

Exams

The exams covering the reading assignments in the online textbook provided in the classroom are on-line, open-book, and timed. They may include multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short essay type questions.

Laboratory Quizzes

Multiple-choice, fill in the blank, and T/F quizzes based on the Laboratory Exercises. Quizzes are not timed and can be accessed multiple times. Answers are submitted in the Tests & Quizzes Tool (left-hand menu) of the electronic classroom. Quizzes are due on Sunday evening (11:55 PM EST) of the week that they are assigned.

NameGrade %
Discussions 16.00 %
Week 1: Introduce Yourself 2.00 %
Week 2: Minerals- up Close and Personal! 2.00 %
Week 3: Scientific Method in Everyday Life 2.00 %
Week 4: Wasted! Mass Wasting 2.00 %
Week 5: Newsworthy Geological Events! 2.00 %
Week 6: Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink! 2.00 %
Week 7: So whats next for you? 2.00 %
Week 8: Geologic Field Trip 2.00 %
Laboratory Quizzes 25.00 %
Chapter 2: Earth's Interior- Week 1 Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Chapter 1: Introduction to Physical Geology- Week 2 Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Chapter 4: Plate Tectonics - Week 2 Lab Quiz- 2.50 %
Chapter 9: Volcanoes - Week 3 Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Chapter 13: Earthquakes- Week 3 Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Chapter 3: Topographic Maps- Week 4 Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Chapter 12: Crustal Deformation- Week 5 Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Chapter 5: Water- Week 6 - Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Chapter 6: Climate Change- Week 7 Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Chapter 14: Physiographic Provinces- Week 8 Lab Quiz 2.50 %
Exams 39.00 %
Week 1 Exam (timed and single access) 5.57 %
Week 2 Exam (timed and single access) 5.57 %
Week 3 Exam (timed and single access) 5.57 %
Week 4 Exam (timed and single access) 5.57 %
Week 5 Exam (timed and single access) 5.57 %
Week 6 Exam (timed and single access) 5.57 %
Week 7 Exam (timed and single access) 5.57 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Week 8 Final Exam (timed and single access) 20.00 %

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

CO-1 Recognize the general structure of the Earth and how it was formed, including the origin of elements and mineral structures.
CO-2 Recall how the Earth and living organisms have changed over the last four billion years.
CO-3 State the dynamic processes of rock formation and deformation, volcanism, and earthquakes within the framework of Plate Tectonic Theory.
CO-4 Compare and contrast igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, including formation processes.
CO-5 Recognize the geologic settings and formation processes for common landforms and soil types.
CO-6 Identify the principles and processes related to transport and storage of subsurface and surface water.
CO-7 State the physical and chemical properties of the oceans and atmosphere and how these affect climate.
CO-8 Identify present and future energy resources and associated challenges.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.