CHICAGO ROCKS! Geology in the City
ESCI 109, Section 01
Homework Assignments Dr. Sanders
Please note: not all graded assignments are listed here. Some graded assignments include work completed in class, and will not be posted to this page. Use these links to quickly go to your assignment of interest.
Homework #1 Homework #5: Academic Planning Homework #8: Field Trip Plan Homework #11: What's Beyond NEIU?
Homework #2 Team Project Overview Homework #9: Field Trip Report Homework #12: Your Top Career Choices
Homework #3 Homework #6: Team Organizing Homework #10: Poster Draft
Homework #4 Homework #7: Team Citizenship Contract Poster Presentation
Homework #1: Talk with your family and friends about this course. Ask them what they think you should know and be able to explain to them about the geology of Chicago by the time you have finished the course. Make a list their responses, include your own ideas as well, and put a star (*) next to the four responses you find to be the most thoughtful and/or the most interesting to you. Due Tuesday, September 8, 2009.
Homework #2: Read Chicago (and the rest of the Earth!) Rocks. At the end of the document are several links to web pages. Based on the first initial of your last (family) name, print out the appropriate readings. Then, annotate them based on the suggestions provided in your textbook (Chap 15). Come to class on Tuesday prepared to explain and use the four note-taking methods described in Chapter 11. Due Tuesday, September 8, 2009.
Homework #3: E-mail me! Include "Chicago Rocks! Section 01" in the subject line, and be sure to put your name somewhere in the message so I know who you are. Due Thursday, September 10, 2009.
Homework #4: Obtain a Chicago area street map such as the examples shown in class. Your map should be large enough to show Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Put your name on it, and turn it in. (Don't worry; you'll get it back!) You will be expected to bring this map to class every day for the rest of the semester. Due Thursday, September 10, 2009.
Homework #5: Academic Planning. In class, Bob Binkowski of the Academic Advising Office distributed a four-page worksheet (a few extras are in the classroom.) Fill out this worksheet, take it to your advisor, and they will go over it with you. When they are satisfied with it, they will sign off on it, and you can hand it in. Worksheets without an advisor's signature will not be accepted. Due Tuesday, October 13, 2009.
Team Project Overview
Project Goal: Investigate the geology of a specific geologic feature.
m See the assignments below for more information!
m Work as a team
m Perform library/web, map, and field research
m Communicate your findings to the class via a poster presentation.
m Several homework assignments will involve parts of the project.
m Poster Presentation: Following the project requirements, produce a poster that presents your findings.
m Team Citizenship Evaluation: At the end of the project, everyone will rate their own and their team members' participation. Individual grades will reflect the team grade, weighted by the results of the Team Citizenship Evaluation.
Several homework assignments will deal with this project. See details below. The team as a whole is responsible for meeting all deadlines.
Be sure you have a plan--and a backup plan!--for completing and turning in each required stage of the project. Each component will count as an assignment grade.
|Homework #6: Team Organizing. This
assignment is about team organizing and contact information. Each team
must make a plan to complete this task by no later than midnight on Thursday
night, November 19.
Smart teams will have a backup plan, in case their first plan falls through!
Each team must send a single e-mail addressed to Dr. Sanders *and* all the team members (the same e-mail to all!) It should have the following information:
|Homework #7: Team Citizenship Contract. Due Tuesday, November 24 at class time.|
In this task, the team will work together to write a team contract that every
member will sign. The contract spells out the group's expectations for all
team members with regard to good team citizenship.
FIRING AND QUITTING
If a team member is chronically non-cooperative, they may
be fired from the team, if and only if the rest of the team has
done all they can to resolve the situation, including the following escalating
steps: 1) attempt to resolve the situation directly with the team member; 2)
arrange a consultation of the whole team with the instructor; 3) send a memo to
the non-cooperating member warning that unless that person starts fulfilling
their responsibilities, he/she is off the team; 4) if one week passes without
significant improvement in the situation, the team may send a second memo
officially firing the person. Both memos must be copied to the instructor.
A student who is fired or who quits a team is responsible for finding a new team willing to take them on, or they will receive zeros for any further group assignments.
|Homework #8: Field Trip Plan (Due before your field trip and at the latest, Tuesday, December 1, 2009)|
has started exploring your study area, and by now you have an idea of
major geologic and/or topographic features you want to check out.
For this assignment, compose a preliminary plan for your field trip.
The team will visit the study area as a group to take
photos and collect information. Evidence of the team field
trip to the study area is required. Also required is photographic
evidence that the team had fun on the trip!
|Homework #9: Field Trip Report (Due within 4 days of your field trip.)|
|Submit a report of field trip(s) taken.
The report must be...
* two pages maximum
* either submitted in hard copy (to me in person, or in my "mailbox" on the door of Science Bldg Room 130), OR via email (as a Word file attachment).
At the top of page 1: Include heading information: team name, ESCI 109 section number, name of study area, and team member names.
Report format: Write the report in outline form, responding to the categories of questions given below, using the titles and numbering shown below.
|Homework #10: Poster Draft (Due at class time, Tuesday, December 8, 2009)|
|The poster draft is a sketch that shows where you
will place each of the required elements of your poster. (See the
poster presentation assignment,
below). The draft should be on plain
(unlined) paper of any size 8.5"x11" or larger.
On your draft, for each of the poster elements, either include a draft of the element OR sketch an outline showing its relative size, label it, and give a brief description. For example, a block of space can be indicated as covering about 1/8 of the poster area, with the label: "specific map of our area (includes parts of xxx and yyy topographic quadrangles)". Note that this is just an example! Your poster's elements will be of an appropriate size to show the necessary details for your study area.
For the draft of your poster, you do not need to turn in an "actual size" version: if you use 8.5 x 11 paper, though, you might consider outlining the spaces for elements on one sheet, numbering those spaces, and using an additional sheet of paper to give more room for descriptions of the elements that will be placed in each of those numbered blocks.
Your poster draft does not have to be typed, but it should be neat, so I can read the information!
|Poster Presentation (10 a.m., December 17, 2009. Poster must be set up and ready to go at exam time!)|
|Content: Your poster presentation
must include information--text, maps, illustrations, and/or photographs,
as appropriate--on the following:
Evaluation: A grading rubric can serve as your checklist for your final poster presentation.
|Homework #11: What's Beyond NEIU? (Due at class time, Tuesday, December 8, 2009.)|
|Log in to MyPlan at
http://neiu.myplan.com . Read
the paragraph to the right of the NEIU logo, then click "Create Free
Account". You will need to enter the NEIU license code (as given
in class; if you were not in class send me an e-mail and I will send it
to you). Create an account for yourself; it takes just a few
Once you are logged in, complete the four tests: Personality Test, Interest Inventory, Skills Profile, and Values Assessment. (Allow about 20 minutes for each test.)
After you have finished each test, you will be able to read a report on your profile. For each report, click "Printable View", and print the report. Staple or clip all the reports together, and hand them in at class time, Tuesday, December 8, 2009. This assignment is worth 10 points.
|Homework #12: Your Top Career Choices (Due at the time of your final exam!)|
Print out the worksheet that
w Log back in to MyPlan at http://neiu.myplan.com , using the account you have already created.
Click "Assessment", and then either "CareerMatch™" (near the top), or "Composite Score" (on the left hand side).
Under "What Level of Education?", select either Level 4 (Four-year degree) or Level 5 (Graduate Degree), and click "Go!"
A list of careers suited to your particular test results will appear.
w Looking at the top 10 (or so) careers, choose two that interest you. Click on the career title. Then click "Summary", and "Requirements" to find the information required on the worksheet. This assignment is worth 4 points.