Geoscience Seminar

Course Details

Course Number: 4001  Spring 2014

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 304

Days & Times:

Friday, 1pm -1:50pm, BO 304



Course Attachments

Syllabus  GEOS 4001 Geoscience Seminar Syllabus-20131217-124058.pdf

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jesse Carlucci   
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Course Objectives

Geoscience seminar is designed to allow students to increase their ability to read, evaluate, and present scientific information.  The development of critical thinking, verbal and written communication skills will be stressed.


Course Expectations

During the semester, each student will complete the following:

 

-2 15 minute power point presentations on a scientific article of the student’s choice (50%)

-2 2-page review papers on the same articles (40%)

-Class participation (10%)

-Completion of the geoscience capstone examination (0%)


Grading Standards

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%.


Submission Format Policy

Essay Criteria:

 

Essays should adhere to the following format:

-2 pages long, double spaced, normal (default) margins. 

-Introduction and conclusions are required, but each should only be 2-3 sentences long.

-The body of the essay should answer ALL of the following questions:

            -What did you like about this essay in terms of content and style?

            -What did you dislike about the essay in terms of content and style?

            -Do you agree or disagree with the conclusions of the author(s)? Why or why not?

            -What did you not understand about this paper?

Power Point and Journal Paper Criteria:

 

-All journal papers selected for presentation must be from peer reviewed journals (popular science articles are not acceptable).

 

-All papers must be approved by Dr. Carlucci and will be posted publically on D2L at least two days prior to the presentation date.

 

-Power points must be at least ten slides long and include both images and text.  Professional formatting is required.



Note: 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.

Late Paper Policy

For all assignments, the late penalty is 5% per

working day (25% per week). No assignments will be accepted after Wednesday of finals week.


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 is required. Absences can only be excused by contacting me in advance. Absences presented after the class is over will not be accommodated except in rare circumstances. I reserve the right to drop any student from the class who has more than 3 unexcused absences. Attendance will be used to make decisions on the final grade score of students who are on the border between two letter grades.


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.