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Geomorphology Problem Set

Kathleen Nicoll
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University of Utah
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  • Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
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This page first made public: May 9, 2008

Summary

This is an example of an exam//problem set I assigned to my Geomorphology class, which is a General Education offering at the U of Utah. The questions are rather generalized, but they can be answered to varying degrees, depending on how advanced the student is, or how much Earth Science they can synthesized.

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Context

Audience

This problem set if presented in a course that is a general education course in Geomorphology. Most of the students are intro-level, and have not taken any other college-level science. There are no prerequisites to the course.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

The problem set addresses several core concepts in general science, including Earth processes. The exercise enables the assessor to evaluate key skills in interpretation, synthesis, and writing.

How the activity is situated in the course

Mid-term evaluation exercise.

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Description of the activity/assignment

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Integrates geomorphology into a core course in geology
Designed for an introductory geology course
Has minimal/no quantitative component
Uses geomorphology to solve problems in other fields

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