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Geology 1311: Introduction to Earth Science I Fall 2009 Section 14192 T 4:30 ­ 6:20 p.m. Instructor: Tina L Carrick Office: Geology 317 Phone: 747-5440 Lab Website: password: geol1311 E-mail: [email protected]; Office Hours: Wednesday 2:30-3:30 pm; or by appointment Grading: Exams (50%); Homework/Class work/Attendance (17%); Lab (33%) Text: Earth Science and the Environment (3rd edition) by Thompson and Turk Course Objectives: This course serves as an introduction to the topics of earth materials, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, earth's atmosphere and climate. Students will also grow their scientific reasoning skills in the areas of construction and use of scientific models, making observations, data analysis and reasoning from evidence, and understanding the impact of Earth systems on human society and vice-versa. SCHEDULE** Week Aug 25th Sept 1st Sept 8th Sept 15th Sept 22nd Sept 29th Oct 6th Oct 13th Oct 20th Oct 27th Nov 3rd Nov 10th Nov 17th Nov 24th Dec 1st Lecture Topic Introduction, Ch. 1 Plate Tectonics, Ch. 6, 7.3 Earth Structure, Ch. 7.6, 7.7, Ch. 9 Earthquakes, Ch. 7.1-7.4 Exam I Minerals, Ch. 2 Rock Cycle, Metamorphic Rocks, Ch. 3 Igneous Rocks and Processes, Ch. 3.2, 8 Exam II Composition of the Atmosphere, Ch. 17 Energy Balance in the Atmosphere, Ch. 18 Moisture, Ch. 19.1-19.5 Air Pressure and Wind, Ch. 19.6-19.7 Exam III; Weather Patterns, Ch. 19.819.11 Climate and Climate Change, Ch. 20, 21 Lab Topic No Lab Geography and Topography Plate Tectonics Locating Earthquakes Structures and Geologic Maps Minerals Rock Cycle and Igneous Rocks Metamorphic Rocks Atmosphere Temperature and Pressure Energy Balance Moisture Wind and Weather Maps Climate Classification Atmospheric CO2 and Climate Change

Dec 8th Final Exam (4:00 ­ 6:45 p.m.) **Actual schedule may vary slightly from the one outlined here.

Class Policies: I follow University Policies as outlined in the academic regulations in the 2006-2008 Undergraduate Catalog ( This includes the scholastic dishonesty policy as outlined in the UTEP Handbook of Operating Procedures that can be accessed under the student affairs link at Cellular phones and pagers are to be turned off or placed in silent mode during class. Conducting telephone conversations during class time is prohibited. Attendance Policy: Class members are expected to attend all classes and laboratories. I reserve the right to drop you from the course if you miss more than 4 class meetings. Absences for University-recognized activities (e.g. sports, professional conferences, etc.), and religious holidays will be excused provided that you tell me at least a

week ahead of time. See the 2006-2008 Undergraduate Catalog for further details. Missed Exam Policy: NO MAKE-UP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN!!! If you are sick on the day of the exam, you must call me before exam time. If you must be out of town on exam day, you must arrange to take the exam early. NO EXTRA CREDIT work will be given in this class. Drop Date: October 30th - Last day to drop a class with an automatic W. HOW TO SUCCEED: · · · Come to class! Review material regularly - multiple short study sessions over a period of weeks are more effective than a single "cram" the night before an exam. Form a study group. Each member should study material on their own before meeting with the group for discussion and comparison. Write out definitions and answers to essay questions and/or say them out loud; use a computer, the chalkboard in an empty classroom, or something else-don't just passively read your notes! Draw your own version of pictures and diagrams in the text. Ask questions in class. Use web page to get notes, study guides... Combine class notes, textbook, old homework, and web materials - each provides a different perspective. Treat the review handout like a practice test-where do you think I get test questions?! Pay attention to the news and current events to see how they relate to geology. Do the homework assignments. They can really help (or hurt) your grade. Tutoring is available from the University tutoring service in the Library. Attend the lab faithfully. Your lab grade probably will help your overall course average. Read your text in SMALL doses; don't plan on one massive reading session the night before the exam. Be sure to look at the pictures and diagrams in the text; if you only read one thing in there, make sure it's those. Be sure you can draw your own versions of key diagrams

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ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS PLANNING CAREERS AS TEACHERS: Congratulations ­ you already know what you want to do when you grow up! Seriously, the Earth Science courses that you take at UTEP are very important to your future success as a teacher. You've probably read in the paper about how K-12 students in El Paso are struggling to meet state standards in all subjects. Current teachers are under a lot of pressure to assure that their students do well on the standardized tests (a.k.a. the TAKS). This class is designed to help you learn the scientific concepts you will need to teach your own students, and to show you techniques for teaching that make science more fun and lead to greater learning for everyone. Future elementary school teachers ­remember ­ you are going to be the science teacher (and the math teacher, and the social studies teacher . . . .). Speaking of standardized tests ­ to become certified as a teacher, you will also have to pass a "content" exam and a "pedagogy exam" required by the State of Texas. The content exam will include some questions on the material you learn in this class. So, when the semester is done, hang on to your textbook and your notes! You will need them to study for your certification exam.



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