Department of
    Earth Science
Northeastern Illinois University

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ESCI 121
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE
Spring 2012

GEOLOGY in the NEWS
A New Island in the Red Sea?
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Japan - massive earthquake and tsunami


Magnitude 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastate areas of Japan. 
What geologic factors contributed to this earthquake? 
Japan is widely considered as highly prepared, with building practices suited to an earthquake-prone area; how do the geologic factors explain the devastation?
                
Photo from AP/Reuters; for more images go to
              Japan earthquake/ tsunami - chicagotribune.com

 

Sections 1, 2, 3
(M W 11-11:50; various labs)
Section 5
(T Th 1:15 - 2:55)
 
 

 Announcements - information regarding text


Instructor and General Course Information

Emergency Information
 


 

Emergency Information:
It is recognized that a safe university environment is a shared responsibility of faculty, staff, and students, all of whom are expected to familiarize themselves with and cooperate with emergency procedures.
Web links to Campus Safety: Emergency Procedures and Safety Information can be found on NEIUport on the MyNEIU tab or as follows (for the Main campus): http://www.neiu.edu/~neiutemp/Emergency_Procedures/MainCampus/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sections 1, 2, 3
(M W 11-11:50; various labs)

Announcements - information regarding text

Schedule of Activities
("live" version of syllabus)

Course Requirements / Grading

Homework and Assignments
rubric for some assignments

 

 

General Course Information

Instructor/ Contact Info
printable course documents:
  intended topic schedule; important dates
  general course info
       (overview, goals, grading; rules & tips for success)
  LAB schedule:        Sec 1           Sec 2           Sec 3
  General Education program info
   
Course Description/Outcomes
   

 

Section 5
(T Th 1:15 - 2:55)

Announcements - information regarding text

Schedule of Activities
("live" version of syllabus)

Course Requirements / Grading

Homework and Assignments
rubric for some assignments

 

 

General Course Information

Instructor/ Contact Info
printable course documents:
  general course info (overview, goals, grading)
  tips for success in this class
  classroom/ lab rules
  General Education program info
   
Course Description/Outcomes
   
   

 

 

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
regarding  a text for this class No specific textbook is required; however, each student must have access to appropriate text references to adequately supplement course topics.  Any earth science or physical geology textbook, published by a scientific or academic publisher in the last 8 years, is appropriate.   

I have recommended a text by Tarbuck, et al., titled Earth Science.  Although the current edition is the 13th edition (Prentice Hall, 2011), older editions are perfectly appropriate and are widely available at reduced cost on internet sites.  If you have access to a different textbook but are unsure whether it is appropriate for this class, simply come and ask me.

Other resources for reading and reference will be provided in class, posted on the course webpage, or posted in Blackboard. 

   



 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
Instructor Info:
        Instructor:     Jean Hemzacek 
        e-mail
(usually the best way to reach me!):     J-Hemzacek(at)neiu.edu
                NOTE!   if typing my email address, make sure to replace the
(at) in this address with the @ symbol!
        phone/ voicemail: 
773  442 - 6056  (if on-campus, use last 4 digits as extension number)
        Office:  During office hours and in general, you can find me in BBH (Science) 225F. 
                       Mail may be left for me in the marked folder on my office door.

        Office Hours:  Monday  12:00 - 1:00                                  Wednesday   2:00 - 2:30
                                   Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00, 3:00 - 3:30;           Thursday   11:00 - 12:00
                                    or by appointment
            
Class meeting times: see your syllabus:         Section 5               Sections 1, 2, 3          and/or     LABS:  Section 1     Section 2     Section 3
Course Website: http://www.neiu.edu/~jmhemzac/121/home.htm
Text: No specific textbook is required; however, each student must have an appropriate textbook reference (earth science or physical geology textbook) published by a scientific or academic publisher in the last 8 years.  One example is Tarbuck et al.,  Earth Science, 11th, 12th, 13th edition (Prentice Hall). 
Other resources will be provided in class, posted on the course webpage, or posted in Blackboard. 

Course Documents:
printable versions of basic course documents are available through this page; see your section information at the top of the page
documents are in .pdf form;
if you do not have Adobe® Reader®
click here to download.
Course Description
(From the NEIU catalog)
Introduction to Earth Science, 3 cr.  Basic concepts of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and the solar system.  Discussion of topics of current interest in the earth sciences.  Laboratory involves the study of minerals, rocks, maps, and weather instruments. Lecture 2 hours, lab 2 hours. 
Course Prerequisite:
MATH 102 (Intermediate Algebra). 
This course satisfies the General Education Program Natural Science Laboratory requirement.

Course Outcomes:

 

 

 

 

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
Describe the earth as a dynamic planet– the product of various earth processes– and describe the interactions of earth processes in earth systems and cycles.
Describe the structure of the earth and the nature of solid earth materials, and apply the techniques and tools of mineral and rock identification/classification.
Explain the scientific theory of plate tectonics as a framework for interpreting earth form, process, and change over geologic time.
Describe the various physical processes that shape our planet– from within and on the surface– and correlate these processes to geologic phenomena including earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, continental movements, weather and climate, and the development of landscapes.
Analyze geologic data from a variety of published sources to interpret Earth processes.
Read  topographic maps, geologic maps, and weather maps well enough to analyze and interpret the data present, and articulate appropriate conclusions.

Emergency Information
It is recognized that a safe university environment is a shared responsibility of faculty, staff, and students, all of whom are expected to familiarize themselves with and cooperate with emergency procedures.

Web links to Campus Safety: Emergency Procedures and Safety Information can be found on NEIUport, on the MyNEIU tab or as follows (for the Main campus):
                  http://www.neiu.edu/~neiutemp/Emergency_Procedures/MainCampus/
 
 

 

 


 

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