Physical Geology

Course Details

Course Number: GEOS 1134  Fall 2013

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Earth - An Introduction to Physical Geology (11th)
Earth - An Introduction to Physical Geology (11th Edition) - Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Tasa
  ISBN: ISBN13 978-0-321-81393-0

Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology (Pearson)
Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology (Pearson Custom Library Publisher)
  ISBN: ISBN13 978-1-269-26515-7

MSU Faculty Member
William Scott Meddaugh   
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Course Objectives

 

Course Schedule

 

Week

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic(s)

Textbook Reading

Lab Section (Weekly)*

Research Paper Schedule

1

26-Aug

Course Overview.  What is Science? What is the Scientific Method? Geology as a Science. Why Study Geology? 

Pages 3-22

Initial Meeting.  Lab Safety and Expectations. Research Paper Information. Lab #1 (start)

 

 

28-Aug

Time and Geology - Relative Time and Absolute Time.  Age of the Earth.

Pages 303-325

   

 

30-Aug

Seismology and the Structure of the Earth.  Formation of the Solar System and Earth. 

Pages 23-40; Pages 395-422

   

2

2-Sep

Labor Day Holiday (Monday) - see note below  on impact of holiday to lab schedule

 

Lab #1 – Maps

 

 

4-Sep

Plate Tectonics as a Unifying Principle for Geology - Part 1.  The Pieces of the Puzzle - Scientific Method in Action

Pages 41-80

 

Distribution of Topic Suggestions and Research Paper Format Requirements

 

6-Sep

Plate Tectonics as a Unifying Principle for Geology - Part 2.   The Rock Cycle Defined and High Level Integration with Plate Tectonics.

Pages 41-80

   

3

9-Sep

Mineralogy - Part 1.  Basic Concepts

Pages 81-116

Lab #7 - Geological Dating

 

 

11-Sep

Mineralogy - Part 2.  Important Mineral Classes and Specific Minerals

Pages 81-116

   

 

13-Sep

Igneous Rocks and Minerals - Part 1.  Introduction

Page 117-129

   

4

16-Sep

Igneous Rocks and Minerals - Part 2.  Magma and Intrusive Igneous Activity

Pages 130-152

Lab #2 - Mineral Identification

 

Week

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic(s)

Textbook Reading

Lab Manual Section (Weekly)

Research Paper Schedule

 

18-Sep

Igneous Rocks and Minerals - Part 2.  Magma and Intrusive Igneous Activity (Continued)

Pages 152-196

   

 

20-Sep

Igneous Rocks and Minerals - Part 3.  Volcanoes and Associated Hazards

Pages 153-185

   

5

23-Sep

Igneous Rocks and Minerals - Part 4.  Plate Tectonics and Igneous Activity

Pages 188-197

Lab #3 - Rock Cycle

Optional Meeting with Dr. Meddaugh to Discuss Research Paper Topic and Plan (Office Hours Only)

 

25-Sep

Economic Geology of Igneous Processes

Page 802

   

 

27-Sep

Rock Weathering and Soils - Part 1 (Physical Processes)

Pages 197-230

   

6

30-Sep

Rock Weathering and Soils - Part 2 (Chemical Processes)

Pages 197-230

Lab #4 - Igneous Rocks

 

 

2-Oct

First Exam

     

 

4-Oct

Sedimentary Rocks - Part 1.  Clastic Sedimentary Rocks

Pages 231-240

   

7

7-Oct

Sedimentary Rocks - Part 2.  Limestone, Dolomite, and Evaporites

Pages 241-246

Lab #5 - Sedimentary Rocks

 

 

9-Oct

Sedimentary Rocks - Part 3.  Sedimentary Textures and Depositional Environments

Pages 253-268

 

Research Paper Final Topic Selection, Short Description, and Initial Reference List Due to Dr. Meddaugh by email

 

11-Oct

Sedimentary Rocks - Part 4.  Diagenesis and Lithification

Pages 250-252

   

8

14-Oct

Geology of Coal and Placer (Heavy Mineral) Deposits

Pages 247-249 and 782; 805

Lab #8 - Geological Structures

 

 

16-Oct

Geology of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Pages 783-788

   

 

18-Oct

Metamorphic Rocks - Part 1.  Metamorphism, Metamorphic Textures, Common Metamorphic Rocks

Pages 269-285

   

Week

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic(s)

Textbook Reading

Lab Manual Section (Weekly)

Research Paper Schedule

9

21-Oct

Metamorphic Rocks -Part 2.  Burial/Regional Metamorphism

Pages 284-302

Lab #6 Metamorphic Rocks

 

 

23-Oct

Metamorphic Rocks - Part 3. Contact and Hydrothermal Metamorphism; Economic Geology of Metamorphic Rocks

Pages 284-302; 804

   

 

25-Oct

Crustal Processes - Part 1.  Deformation - Folds and Fractures

Pages 335-360

   

10

28-Oct

Crustal Processes - Part 2.  Earthquakes

Pages 361-394

Rock and Mineral Lab Exam

 

 

30-Oct

Plate Tectonics - Divergent Boundaries and the Origin of Oceans

Pages 423-458

   

 

1-Nov

Plate Tectonics - Convergent Boundaries and the Origin of Mountains

Pages 459-486

   

11

4-Nov

Crustal Processes - Part 3.  Mass Wasting

Pages 487-514

Lab #9 - Earthquakes

 

 

6-Nov

Second Exam

 

   

 

8-Nov

Crustal Processes - Part 4.  Surface and Running Water

Pages 517-544

   

12

11-Nov

Crustal Processes - Part 4.  Surface and Running Water (Continued)

Pages 517-544

Lab #10 - Surface Processes

 

 

13-Nov

Crustal Processes - Part 5.  Ground Water

Page 555-590

   

 

15-Nov

Crustal Processes - Part 6.  Glaciers

Pages 591-634

 

Research Paper Due by 4pm

13

18-Nov

Crustal Processes - Part 7.  Winds and Deserts

Pages 635-662

Lab #11- Groundwater

 

 

20-Nov

Crustal Processes - Part 7.  Oceans and Shorelines

Pages 663-702

   

 

22-Nov

Earth System Science - Part 1.  Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Biosphere

TBA

   

14

25-Nov

Earth System Science - Part 2.  Cycles of Some Important Elements

TBA

Research Paper Presentations in Lab Sections

Research Paper Presentations During Lab Time (Oral or Poster Style) – Time Allocated for each Presentation is 5 Minutes.

Week

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic(s)

Textbook Reading

Lab Manual Section (Weekly)

Research Paper Schedule

 

27-Nov

Earth History - Part 1.  The First 4.0 Billion Years

Pages 741-778

   

 

29-Nov

Thanksgiving Holiday

     

15

2-Dec

Earth History - Part 2.  The Last 0.5 Billion Years

Pages 741-778

Lab Final Exam

 

 

4-Dec

Earth “History” - Part 3.  The Next 50-100 Years

TBA

   

 

6-Dec

Special Topic(s) - TBA

TBA

   

16

9-Dec

Final Exam

     

*Due to the Labor Day holiday on September 2, Labs #1 and Lab #7 may be combined.  Due to Thanksgiving Holiday some flexibility in scheduling research presentations will be needed.


Course Expectations

 

Course Expectations/Requirements                                                                                      

Lecture                

Attend lectures.  Come prepared for lectures by reading the textbook and any additional assigned readings in advance.  Use online tools for study/review.  Lectures highlight essential topics and vocabulary; textbook and online resources provide additional details as well as additional topics and review/self test opportunities.  It is in your best interest to use these resources.  Lecture and final exams will cover lecture content, textbook content, and assigned readings (plus related vocabulary).  All exams are cumulative; all prior material, topics, text and assigned readings will be included on exams.                                                                  

Lab        

Active participation in all lab sessions is required.  Completion of all lab assignments on time is expected. Lab attendance is mandatory.  If you are going to miss a lab you must email Dr. Meddaugh and your lab instructor (TA) in advance.  You may make up a missed lab by making suitable arrangement with your lab instructor (TA) and Dr. Meddaugh.  The exact procedure for doing this will be discussed during the first lab meeting.  Labs must be made up within one week or a lab exercise completion grade penalty will be imposed (20% for one week past due; 40% for two weeks past due).  After two weeks, a missed lab may not be made up.  Any missed lab will receive a lab completion grade of zero for that specific lab.  The overall lab completion grade will be a composite average of all assigned labs.  Lab exams will focus on lab session topics, exercises, and vocabulary.  Periodic “proficiency” quizzes may be given in lab; these will help assess your mastery of the lab material (and indirectly the lecture material as well) but will not count towards your final grade. Some Lab Book exercises may be assigned as homework.   

 

Research Paper

Reserach paper must be between 1750 and 2250 words (about 3-5 pages of text based on 11-pt or 12-pt font; word count per MSWord’s word count tool) and be no longer than ten total pages including illustrations and title page.  Papers must contain a summary of no more than 250 words (included in overall word count), at least three primary references, and be structured as follows: (1) Title page with title and author; (2) Summary; (3) Introduction (background and rationale for paper topic choice); (4) Discussion (basically what you learned and want to share with your colleagues as a result of your research); (5) Conclusion (highlight or restatement of most important learning’s from your perspective); and (6) references.  Figures and/or tables (with captions) may be included within text or at end of paper.  Format – MS Word; paper copy and electronic copy to be submitted.  More information of the research paper will be available during the first lab meeting.  Detailed format instructions will be provided during Week 2.  A research paper presentation is required per the course schedule.  The presentation may be PowerPoint or poster-based and are limited to five minutes with one additional minute for questions from attendees. 

The Research Paper is due as per the syllabus schedule.  Papers submitted up to one week late will be docked one letter grade (e.g. 10 points; thus a paper that would have received a 85% grade if submitted on time will receive a final grade of 75% if submitted one week late).  Research papers may not be submitted more than one week late. 

 

Students are expected to fully and completely abide by the University Honor Creed.  Attendance at all Lectures and Lab Sessions is expected.  If you cannot attend a lecture please notify Dr. Meddaugh by email.  If you cannot attend a lab session, notify your lab TA and Dr. Meddaugh by email in advance and arrange to make up a missed lab section as noted above (grade penalties may apply; see above).  Students with three or more unexcused lecture and/or lab absences may be dropped from the course.

Note - All electronic devices must be switched off (or remain unused in silent mode) during lectures and labs unless permission for their use is obtained in advance.             

 

        


Grading Standards

 

Grades

Lecture - Exam 1 = 10% of final grade; Lecture Exam 2 = 20% of final grade; Final Exam = 30% of final grade.

Lab - Completion composite grade = 15% of final grade; Lab Exam 1 = 10% of final grade; Lab Final Exam = 10% of final grade.                                                                               

Research paper - Grade = 5% of final grade. The research paper grade will be derived as follows - 75% derived from submitted text and 25% derived from presentation.  Presentation is limited to five minutes and may be followed by one minute for questions from peers, lab TAs, instructor, and/or guests.  Presentations may be PowerPoint or poster-based.   Presentation time limits will be strictly enforced!  More information of the research paper will be available during the first lab meeting.  Papers must be between 1750 and 2250 words (about 3-5 pages of text based on 11-pt or 12-pt font; word count per MSWord’s word count tool) and be no longer than ten total pages including illustrations and title page.  Papers must contain a summary of no more than 250 words (included in overall word count), at least three primary references, and be structured as follows: (1) Title page with title and author; (2) Summary; (3) Introduction (background and rationale for paper topic choice); (4) Discussion (basically what you learned and want to share with your colleagues as a result of your research); (5) Conclusion (highlight or restatement of most important learning’s from your perspective); and (6) references.  Figures and/or tables (with captions) may be included within text or at end of paper.  Format – MS Word; paper copy and electronic copy to be submitted.  Detailed format instructions will be provided during Week 2.

The Research Paper is due as per the syllabus schedule.  Papers submitted up to one week late will be docked one letter grade (e.g. 10 points; thus a paper that would have received a 85% grade if submitted on time will receive a final grade of 75% if submitted one week late).  Research papers may not be submitted more than one week late.     

Extra Credit

Limited extra credit opportunities will be available on an irregular basis through the first 14 weeks during the lecture portion of the course.  Each individual opportunity will be worth up to one extra credit point.  Generally, these opportunities will involve a short written response to a question or problem posed during the lecture.  (Therefore, bring paper and pen/pencil to lecture!).  Generally, the response/answer will be submitted at the end of the lecture period.   Note, however, that the question posed during lecture may be based on a talk presented outside of class time by a visiting lecturer on campus or other media opportunity.  There is no makeup for extra credit!  There will be no extra credit opportunities during lab.  You may earn up to 4 points of your final grade via the extra credit opportunities.  There will be six to eight total extra credit opportunities during the semester.  Each extra credit opportunity is worth a maximum of 1 point towards your final grade up to the maximum allowed of 4 total points.

Grading examples:                                                                                                                         

Example 1

Lecture Exams grades 90, 85, 92.  Lab completion grade 75.  Lab exams 95, 90.  Paper grade 80.  Extra credit = 0.   Final grade = 87                                                                      

Lecture Exams grades 90, 85, 92.  Lab completion grade 75.  Lab exams 95, 90.  Paper grade 80.  Extra credit = 3.   Final grade = 90

In the above note that earning three extra credit points was enough to move from a “B” to an “A” final course grade!

Example 2

Lecture Exams grades 70, 70, 80.  Lab completion grade 75.  Lab exams 80, 70.  Paper grade 70.  Extra credit = 0.   Final grade = 78.                                                     

Lecture Exams grades 70, 70, 80.  Lab completion grade 100.  Lab exams 80, 70.  Paper grade 70.  Extra credit = 3.   Final grade = 80

In the above note that full completion of all labs was enough to move from a “C” to a “B” final course grade.                

Example 3

Lecture Exams grades 70, 70, 80.  Lab completion grade 75.  Lab exams 80, 70.  Paper grade 70.  Extra credit = 0.   Final grade = 78. 

Lecture Exams grades 70, 70, 95.  Lab completion grade 100.  Lab exams 80, 95.  Paper grade 95.  Extra credit = 4.   Final grade = 91

Even though this student started with low grades overall, the student managed to get an “A” for the final grade by improving exam scores, getting a high lab completion grade, and making full use of the extra credit opportunities!

 

Final Letter Grade Definitions

A = >90%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69% F = <60%

Final letter grades will be based on rounding composite course grade to the nearest integer. 


Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance at all Lectures and Lab Sessions is expected.  If you cannot attend a lecture please notify Dr. Meddaugh by email.  If you cannot attend a lab session, notify your lab TA and Dr. Meddaugh by email in advance and arrange to make up a missed lab section as noted above (grade penalties may apply; see above).  Students with three or more unexcused lecture and/or lab absences may be dropped from the course.


Other Policies

Students are expected to fully and completely abide by the University Honor Creed.  Attendance at all Lectures and Lab Sessions is expected.  If you cannot attend a lecture please notify Dr. Meddaugh by email.  If you cannot attend a lab session, notify your lab TA and Dr. Meddaugh by email in advance and arrange to make up a missed lab section as noted above (grade penalties may apply; see above).  Students with three or more unexcused lecture and/or lab absences may be dropped from the course.

Note - All electronic devices must be switched off (or remain unused in silent mode) during lectures and labs unless permission for their use is obtained in advance.             


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.