SCIE103 Physical Geology
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Science
- I. Course Number and Title
- SCIE103 Physical Geology
- II. Number of Credits
- 4 credits
- III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
- IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better)
Math Placement test score of 5 or higher or MATH095 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
Format is lecture-laboratory and includes in-class and/or online presentation of content and laboratory material.
Topics are presented in various modes which may include, but are not limited to, any or all of the following: traditional and/or online lectures, group and/or individual activities, small group discussions, computer simulations and library research.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This laboratory-based course introduces the basic principles and processes of geology. Emphasis is on a wide range of topics, including rocks and minerals, topographic maps, surface processes, hydrologic systems, plate tectonics, and the earth’s interior.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- identify the major rocks and minerals;
- describe the rock and hydrologic cycles; and
- describe the dynamics of plate tectonics.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- accurately translate descriptive problems into mathematical formulas and solve them.
- apply the scientific method by explaining and identifying its components in a variety of situations.
- evaluate and graph data.
- demonstrate an understanding of problem solving by recognizing the problem, reviewing information about the problem, developing plausible solutions, and evaluating the results.
Mathematics or ScienceStudents will:
Critical Thinking and Problem SolvingStudents will:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- scientific method
- minerals, rocks, the rock cycle
- radiometric dating, geologic time scale
- topographic maps
- weathering, erosion, mass wasting
- plate tectonics, earth’s interior, plate boundaries
- earthquakes, volcanism, mountain building
- hydrologic cycle
- rivers, groundwater, glaciers
- oceans, shorelines and energy
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course The evaluative tools include any or all of the following as specified by the individual instructor’s course format: objective examinations, class participation, field trip and research reports, online activities and discussion, quizzes, projects and papers.
- Core (if applicable)
Math or Science: The evaluation and graphing of data as obtained during laboratory exercises are assigned.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: At least one critical thinking writing assignment related to one of the Planned Topics is assigned. Problem solving exercises related to data obtained during laboratory exercises are included.
Other Evaluative Tools: Exams, quizzes, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor’s course format are utilized.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor’s format.
- VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
- Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 12/07; Core Goals/Objectives added 11/04; Revised 7/2010; 5/2013