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Cathy Baker

Arkansas Tech University
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


Geomorphology is an upper level course which provides a thorough background in land forms and the processes that shape the Earth's surface.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geomorphology
Course Type: Upper Level:Geomorphology/Surface Processes
Course Size:

less than 15

Course Context:

This is an upper level course that requires prerequisites of physical geology, historical geology, structural geology, and petrology. It is a required course for students in both the professional geology and environmental geology options of the geology major at Arkansas Tech University. The course has a required 3-hour laboratory and mandatory two weekend field trips. The course is field intensive with the majority of the weekly laboratories involved in field excursions.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to:

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Goals are met through:

Skills Goals

Skill goals include:

Employer feedback has indicated that students especially need well developed writing skills, and many of the skill goals in this course involve improving writing skills.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Skill goals are met primarily through completion of course in-lab exercises, field exercises, field trips, field notes, examinations, and site analysis.

Attitudinal Goals

Although not stated directly in course syllabus, it is my personal objective to improve students':


Students are evaluated using:


Syllabus (Microsoft Word 49kB May5 08)

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