Structural Geology (GEOL 3300) Syllabus - Spring 2017

Lecture: T,Th 1 to 2:15 PM in DSC 280


Instructor: Harmon D. Maher Jr.
Email -> Phone 402 554 2662
Office hours - 8-9:30 AM M-Th ; other arrangements are easily made. I will be using Blackboard regularly to record grades, post readings, and to communicate with you.

Intended audience: This course is designed for geology and environmental studies - earth science option majors and minors. This is an upper division course and students should have had at least three geology courses as a foundation for this one, including physical geology and mineralogy. Some knowledge of basic physics (e.g. of vectors) is helpful, but the needed background will also be introduced as we work through the material.

Course goals: The objective is to teach material on structural geology critical to practicing geologic professionals, including recognition of structural features, and an enhanced understanding of earth dynamics and mechanics.

This photo is of Midterhuken, a mountain side in Spitsbergen, Norway. The layers are Permian and Triassic strata, and they have been deformed during the Tertiary. Structural geology is in part trying to understand the architecture, formation history and mechanics of features such as these.
Your primary source of course material will be this website, and so there is not a designated textbook. For those of you who would also like a text I highly recommend Structural Geology by Haakon Fossen, Cambridge Press (there is a second edition, but the first one will do quite fine). A suit of reference books will be available in the class room. You can not take these out of the room. You will be given a set of key terms and concepts you are responsible for learning each week, and this should be your focus. Wherever you can collect information from in order to understand and be able to use these terms and concepts will work.

Notebook: My suggestion is to get a big three ring binder to serve as your notebook. Your notebook should be reference material for the rest of your geologic career. Printing off the lecture notes from the web and then annotating them and adding additional material from the lecture can be a useful strategy. You will be allowed to use your notebook during the quizzes

Grading: This will be on a point system.

Grade distribution: >165+=A+; 165-160= A; 160-155= A-; 155-150=B+; 150-145 = B; 1445-140=B-;140-135 = C+: 135-120=C. You don't want to be any lower than this!

Expected time commitment: regular class attendance, 4 hours per week on average working outside of the class room (reading, studying, any take home questions).

Remember that your lab grade is separate from the lecture grade.

Topics covered (lecture outlines are available on the web).

Lab: Th 2:30-4:30.

As always, do not hesitate to ask questions!
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