About this CourseUndergraduate, academic year, on-campus, mixed lower and upper division students majoring in Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Education.
Syllabus for Evolution of Earth Surface (Acrobat (PDF) 505kB Apr23 18)
The module is used sparingly in this course to introduce students to mass movement processes and how we can track their creeping movement with geotechnologies. The experience is broken down into two sessions: a 3-hour lecture/lab introducing the students to GPS/GNSS followed by a 1-day field trip to a field site with an actively creeping landslide. All data processing is done by the instructor and was delivered to the students as a completed product. They used these results to evaluate change in terms of accuracy and precision, as well as to analyze the geomorphic significance.
My Experience Teaching with GETSI MaterialsModule was modified and streamlined to fit the needs. The Unit 1 lecture was immediately followed with the Unit 2 lecture introducing students to kinematic systems. We then went into the field on campus and learned about the hardware and completed a concept sketch to let these ideas gel. On the weekend, we took these skills and applied them to track movement of ~80 monuments on a creeping landslide.
Relationship of GETSI Materials to my Course
The module is one of many week-long projects that the students do. It would be great to have it more integrated through the semester, but we do not return to GNSS again.