Structural geology introduces students to the nature of deformed earth materials, the processes of deformation, and the application of continuum mechanics in assessing deformation.
The course is divided into two components: lecture and laboratory.
Lecture will be evaluated through the following means:
Laboratory through the following means:
In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.
I will issue specific assignments in class and lab, and try to replicate these on WebCT. Completed work may be remitted to the professor in person, through his office mailbox (Bolin 102), or by electronic submission.
Late assignments will be provisionally accepted and at discounted credit. I will not take any late assignment after I returned the evaluated materials to the rest of the class.
Required. But don’t show up ill – if you have a fever, stay home. Absenteeism will be addressed on an individual basis, and the professor reserves the right to drop students with poor attendance. However, any excuse (for absence or otherwise) is better when delivered ahead of the absence.
The official source of internet information for this class is the WebCT/Blackboard site on the MSU network - it shall be considered the authoritative web source for the class for this semester. All assignment info, grades, official schedule, etc... will be on the WebCT site.
Structural geology ranks among the most challenging classes within the undergraduate geoscience curriculum. It incorporates attributes of inorganic chemistry and solid-state physics. It relies heavily on careful measurement and calculation. It requires practice for mastery. In short, plan on spending a good portion of each week on this class.