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. These will include specific assignments from the required laboratory textbook. Completed work may be remitted to the professor in person, through his office mailbox (Bolin 102), or by electronic submission.
Late work penalizes everyone as it requires slowing my grading to accommodate it.
Unless otherwise specified, assignments are due at the beginning of your lab one week from their issue.
I will only permit one late assignment per student this semester. And late assignments will be provisionally accepted only with my express approval. These will be evaluated at discounted credit.
Start early - complete the assignments on time.
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 D2L 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 D2L site.
Most students state that structural geology is the most challenging class within the undergraduate geoscience curriculum. It incorporates attributes of geometry and spatial reasoning. It relies heavily on careful measurement and calculation. It requires practice for mastery. You cannot do structural geology unless you master the techniques covered in the exercises. In short, plan on spending a good portion of each week on this class.
And you will be rewarded for your efforts. Structural geology is used extensively in field course. And most geologists and some environmental scientists utilize these techniques professionally. The concepts covered here better aid an understanding of the dynamics of the lithosphere and can be generally applied to the deformation of materials.