University of Wisconsin–Madison

General Geology (GEOSCI 100) Fall 2017

Purpose of this Course: This course will introduce you to the materials and processes that compose and shape the Earth, from its innermost core to the surficial environment in which we live. You will learn why tectonic plates shift gradually or suddenly causing earthquakes and why volcanoes erupt where they do. Moreover, you will gain a perspective on the vast array of tools and practices used by geologists to understand the dynamic planet we live on.

Capsule Description: I, II, SS; 3 cr (P-E). Geologic processes, the structure and history of the earth, minerals, and rocks. Discussion section. P: Not open to those who have had Geol 101, 106 or 109. Open to Fr.

Instructors:

Professor

John Valley

Room 345 Weeks Hall

Tuesday & Thursday
12:00 noon
– 1:00 PM
and by appointment

valley@geology.wisc.edu

Professor

Kurt Feigl

Prof. Kurt Feigl Room A248
Weeks Hall
Tuesday & Thursday
11:00 AM –
12:00 noon
and by appointment
feigl@wisc.edu
Teaching assistant

Cameron Batchelor

Room 440F Geology Library
4th floor
Weeks Hall
 Monday 9:00-11:00 AM  

 

batchelor2@wisc.edu

 

Teaching assistant

Allison Hartman

Room 440F Geology Library
4th floor
Weeks Hall
Monday
2:00 – 4:00 PM
 

ahartman4@wisc.edu

Lectures: Each student is required to attend two (2) lectures per week, one on Tuesday and one Thursday, in Room AB20 of Weeks Hall: Lecture 1 is 9:55-10:45 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lecture 2 is 1:20-2:10 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Discussion Sections: Each student is required to attend one period of discussion per week in Room A220, Weeks Hall. This room is located on south side of the building, on the second floor of Weeks Hall on the corridor overlooking the globe. You must attend the discussion section for which you enrolled unless you have prior permission from your teaching assistant. Bring your lab notebook and textbook to discussion section every week.


Required Resources: 

Essential Earth, 2nd ed. Jordan & Grotzinger (2012)
Essential Earth, 2nd ed. Jordan & Grotzinger (2012)
REQUIRED Textbook: Essential Earth – 2nd edition (2012) by Jordan and Grotzinger. Freeman Publishers. Almost all of this book will be assigned during the term, as described in the syllabus. A basic knowledge of the assigned parts, not all of which will be covered in lecture, is essential for your understanding of the subject. The accompanying CD is not required. At University Bookstore. Used copies may be available on line.

Discussion Manual
REQUIRED Manual for Discussion Sections of General Geology, published by Department of Geoscience.Required. Purchase in first discussionsection from a teaching assistant for $10. Make check payable to GeoClub.

TopHat
REQUIRED: Please purchase a subscription for TopHat according to the instructions at  https://learnuw.wisc.edu/toolbox/tophat.html

Recommended Resources:

Lecture Notes
We will attempt to post lecture notes on Learn@UW on the day of the lecture, or shortly hereafter. This service will continue as long as lecture attendance and participation do not suffer.
https://learnuw.wisc.edu Recommended.

Syllabus and Course Guidelines

Download download syllabus here

Grading:

Letter grades of A, AB, B, BC, C, D, or F will be based on a curve that determines the students’ relative standing with respect to other students. The overall curve and an absolute standard of achievement, as judged by the professors, will both be factors in grade allocation. Letter grades assigned to the mid-term test have only relative significance; the numerical score is what will be figured into the course final grade. Thus it is important to hand in all assignments. The weighting will be as follows:

Class Participation: The lectures, discussions and reading assignments, while roughly covering the same material, also provide unique aspects of the course. Students must display competence in both lecture and discussion to pass the course. Therefore, attendance is required. Since participation will be assessed using TopHat during lectures, bring your device to each lecture. 10%
Discussion Section: Discussion and group learning will be encouraged in sections. However, all written assignments are to be individual work, unless expressly stated otherwise by the instructor. If text is paraphrased or copied from another person or source, it must be referenced. Assignments will be due either at the end of your discussion section or at the beginning of your discussion section the following week. The TA will announce the due date for the assignments on a weekly basis. Discussion section assignments will be scored out of 10 points. Late assignments will be accepted up to one week after the due date. Late assignments will be scored out of 5 points and after one week a score of zero (0) will be assigned. You must attend the discussion section for which you enrolled unless you have prior permission from your TA. If you do not attend discussion, your assignment for that week will not be accepted and a score of zero (0) will be assigned. The lowest discussion score of the semester will be excluded from the calculation of the final grade. 35%
Midterm Exam: One 50-minute mid-term exam is scheduled as indicated on the schedule. The questions will include true/false, multiple choice and short answer types. A short essay question may be included. Bring #2 pencils and UW ID card to the exam for scantron forms. No books, notes or electronics may be used during the exam. No books, notes or electronics may be used during the exam. A make-up exam will not be provided unless requested by e-mail to both instructors at least 24 hours in advance and approved. 20%
Final Exam: The 2-hour final exam will be about half on the new material since the mid-term and half cumulative overview. The questions will include true/false, multiple choice and short answer types. A short essay question may be included. Bring #2 pencils and UW ID card to the exam for scantron forms. No books, notes or electronics may be used during the exam. No books, notes or electronics may be used during the exam. A make-up exam will not be provided unless requested by e-mail to both instructors at least 24 hours in advance and approved. 35%
Total: 3 credits

100%

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