A student who completes this course successfully will be able to:
- Describe the general physical properties of planet earth and its internal structure.
- Discuss the chemical composition, properties, and classification of minerals.
- Discuss the formation, properties, and classification of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks as well as the interrelationship among three types of rocks.
- Explain the external and internal processes which influence the evolution of landscapes, the distribution of geological resources, and their relationships to plate tectonics.
Make sight identification of common rocks and rock-forming minerals
Demonstrate basic map skills used by geologists.
Discuss the effects of human activity on the terrestrial environment.
General Learning Outcomes
The student completing the course successfully will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Scientific method and the basic concepts in physical geology and the ability to utilize laboratory skills to observe geological phenomena.
(B) I use regular lessons checks throughout the course that require the students to give correct responses to objective questions about the material covered and reteaching as necessary. Some of the lesson checks are done using clickers.
(A)Requiring the students to demonstrate an understanding of pertinent topics through written work.
(B)Requiring, that at the end of the course the students are able to respond correctly to a significant number of questions on a survey derived from professional geological organization (like GSA).
References and Notes:
National Geographic Learning was used most recently.
For laboratory work we use :
R. M. Busch . AGI and NAGT Laboratory in Physical geology, 9th edition.