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Structural Geology

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Peter Davis
,
davispb@plu.edu

Pacific Lutheran University
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Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate
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Summary

A structural geology / tectonics course

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Course Type: Upper Level:Structural Geology/Tectonics, Entry Level:Physical Geology
Course Size:

15-30

Course Context:

This is an upper-division course with a required laboratory component and a prerequisite of a Geologic Principles course taught in the department, or instructor consent.

Course Goals:

(I have not taught this class yet, so these are hypothetical)

- Students should be able to analyze and interpret the structural history and processes of a field site from hand and thin-section samples and geologic maps

- Students should be able to prepare and present orally and a written and illustrated document summarizing their analysis

- Students should also be able to formulate new researchable questions based on their findings.


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

(I have not taught this class yet, so these are hypothetical)

In this course the lecture portion will introduce both the geological problems and tools for the analysis process. Laboratory will provide focused time to observe, test and formulate their own analysis of the course materials that will be assessed in laboratory reports and evaluated during in-class examinations as well as a semester long project report, an analysis of the tectonic development of an area of their choosing.

Skills Goals

- Student writing
-Accessing and critically reading the geologic literature.


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

I will structure this course such that it supports the students as much as possible in the completion of their own projects (Analysis of the tectonic development of an area of their choosing)

Assessment


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