Central Michigan University (Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate)
Physical Geology at introductory level, with emphasis on developing scientific and quantitative skills through experimentation, quantification, and problem solving. It satisfies the quantitative general education requirement and combines lecture and lab in 4 hours per week, 15 week semester. It includes a two week group project and a 5-7 page written report with calculations and graphs.
Be able to apply scientific method to geologic phenomena and understand its uncertainties
Estimate and quantitatively describe rates of geologic processes
Analyze and interpret experimental and observational data
Make predictions about geologic change using quantitative models or mathematical and physical laws
Extrapolate from simple models to Earth
Critical thinking skills
Working in groups
Writing and oral skills
Acquiring a positive attitude about math and science
Developing students' sense of the importance of Earth science
Results and student feedback from a two-week long student project and report
Before and after scientific literacy and math skills quiz
Goals have been met only in part. Need a better strategy to improve students' attitude towards math.
References and Notes:
Lab Manual: Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology, 12th edition, by Zumberge, Rutford, and Carter. ??? 2003. McGraw-Hill.