Environmental Geology Course Outline, Spring 2002
01542 GEOL-1010-003 MWF DSC 285
- Harmon D. Maher Jr.
- Office hours: MWF 10-11AM, T&TH 12-1PM
or by appointment (I'm in alot).
- Contact information: 402 554 4807, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office 266 in Durham Science Center
Basis for grade.
- The grading scale is as follows (339 points
- > 270 points -> A+
- > 260 to 270 -> A
- > 250 to 260 -> A-
- > 240 to 250 -> B+
- > 230 to 240 -> B
- > 220 to 230 -> B-
- > 210 to 220 -> C+
- > 200 to 210 -> C
- > 190 to 200 -> C-
- > 180 to 190 -> D+
- > 170 to 180 -> D
- > 160 to 170 -> D-
- The design is that taking the tests plus
two write-ups will be the norm.
- Points are awarded for the following:
- 3 exams each worth 100 points ( past performance
indicates that the average grade is in the low 70s).
- 6 points each for up to 6 write-ups of recent
geologic events with environmental consequences (description).
- 2 points for each participation in the 3
- Consideration will be given if the first
exam result is anomalously low (i.e. the rest are high). The
penalty for cheating is failure of the course.
Make-up policy. If notice is given at least 24 HOURS before the test
is administered arrangements for taking the test at a different
time can possibly be made at my discretion. If a test is missed
without notifying me prior to the test time, then a make-up test
can be arranged for some time during finals week. This make-up
test will consist of 5-6 essay questions.
8th edition, Environmental Geology. If you truly have difficulty
affording the text please see me and I'll be happy to loan you
Time commitment for this course: A standard formula is that for each credit hour a
student should spend 2-3 hours a week on that course (equivalent
to 30-45 hours of work for a full time student). For three credits
the commitment is then 6-9 hours, translating into at least 3
hours a week outside the lecture. Students who put in this amount
of time usually do quite well in the course.
The first third of the course focuses on surface
geologic processes and related environmental concerns. In italics
are three short in-class labs that will be conducted.
- Introductory thoughts - Chapt. 1 & 2.
- Population dynamics and environmental stresses
- Chapt. 1.
- Soils - Chapt. 3
- Mass wasting - Chapt. 6 - Slope stability
in - class lab.
- Fluvial and lacustrine processes - Chapt.
- Coastal processes - Chapt. 9
- Karst and eolian processes. none (depend
on lecture and web notes)
- Exam 1
The second part of the course focuses on the
surface manifestation of deep- seated geologic processes, specifically
focusing on earthquakes and volcanoes.
- Plate tectonic theory - Chapt. 2
- Earthquake activity - Chapt. 7. Earthquake
hazard map in -class lab.
- Volcanic activity - Chapt. 8
- Exam 2
The third part of the course focuses on geologic
resources, associated environmental concerns, and on waste disposal.
- Water resources - Chapt. 10 & 11
- Energy resources - Chapt. 15
- Industrial rock and mineral resources - Chapt.
- Waste disposal - Chapt. 12. Waste disposal
site selection in-class lab.
- Exam 3 - assigned time during finals week.
Hippocrates - "Be mindful,
when visiting a new city, of the air, the soils and the water."
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