Amy Brock

Western Illinois University
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


This course is designed to introduce students to the processes that shape the surface of the Earth.

Course URL:
Course Size:

less than 15

Course Context:

This is an upper-level geology course that is not required for the major or minor. The prerequisite for the course is Introduction to Geology. It meets twice a week for a 1 hour lecture and once a week for a 2 hour lab. There is one mandatory 4-day field trip to view karst topography in southern Indiana and Kentucky.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to read and interpret topographic and geologic maps and construct cross sections.
Students should be able to interpret the geologic landforms present in a region and discuss what processes contributed to their formation.

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

The structure of the course is currently designed to introduce students to landform identification. The laboratory assignments support the lecture topics and the topic of the lab usually follows the same topic recently covered in lecture. Currently the assessment of these goals is by the student's exam score and scores on the laboratory assignments.


I currently assess student learning by their scores on exams and laboratory assignments.


Syllabus (Microsoft Word 59kB Apr25 08)