Field Exercise: Caddy Canyon Debris Flow(s)
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
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This page first made public: May 29, 2008
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
1. Students should be able to identify and describe evidence of debris flows.
2. Students should be able to synthesize evidence to determine the causes and effects of the debris flow.
3. Students should be able to evaluate effectiveness of engineered structures designed to prevent damage from future events.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
1. collecting field data and observations
2. evaluating possible debris flow sources
3. calculating sediment production rates
4. evaluating sediment retention dams
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
1. integration of field observations and data analysis
2. development of improved engineered structures
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Designed for a geomorphology course
Addresses student fear of quantitative aspect and/or inadequate quantitative skills
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 397kB May29 08)