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Tectonics

Graham Andrews

California State University at Bakersfield
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University with graduate programs, primarily masters programs
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Summary

Bi-weekly seminar focused on the reading of short, high-impact journal articles on "hot-topics" in tectonics.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Course Size:

less than 15

Course Context:

This is a seminar-style upper level course for Geology majors; most already have taken structural geology and field school, some taking geophysics concurrently. The course is reading-intensive and emphasizes critical reading, synthesis of concepts and ideas between papers, and succinct explanation. Course is assessed by a term paper (mock research grant proposal and budget) and participation.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to formulate new research questions in tectonics.
Students should be able to assess competing ideas between different papers (critical reading).


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

Students have to prepare a 5 page research grant proposal including references, fully itemized budget, and vita.

Skills Goals

critical reading
research proposal writing
oral communication

Attitudinal Goals

improving students' sense of healthy skepticism

Assessment

Students have to prepare a 5 page research grant proposal including references, fully itemized budget, and vita.

Syllabus:

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