Instructor and Peer Mentor Contact Information:
|Instructor: Dr. Laura L. Sanders||Peer mentor: Marla Mojica|
L-Sanders [at] neiu.edu
Office Hours: TR 10:00-10:50 am, 1:30-2:30 pm, 7:20-8:00 pm, and by appointment.
Office: I will hold daytime office hours in S-130 and evening office hours in S-120. (My official faculty office is S-225H.)
Dr. Sanders at the Hoover Dam, Arizona/Nevada
M-Mojica [at] neiu.edu
Class meeting times:
12:15 p.m.-1:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday
Class location: Room 120 in the Science Building
Course Website: http://www.neiu.edu/~llsander/109/Fall2009/Sec02/syllabus.htm
Required Texts and Materials
1) "College Success Strategies", custom edition for NEIU, by Sherrie L. Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2009.
2) A Chicago-area street map: Maps may be purchased from a drug store, bookstore, auto club, or many other sites. You will be asked to hand this in on September 8; thereafter you must bring it to class with you every day.
3) Chrzastowski, Michael. 2005. Chicagoland: Geology and the Making of a Metropolis. Field excursion for the 2005 annual meeting Association of American State Geologists, June 15, 2005. Illinois State Geologic Survey, OFS 2005-9. This document is not available at the bookstore; more information will be provided in class!
4) Your NEIU planner (calendar). Bring this to every class.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
This outline will be adjusted
daily as the semester proceeds. Check back frequently for
* Reading assignments listed below are from the "College Success Strategies" book, and should be completed before class on the day shown.
* Other assignments are given on the Homework page.
* All field trips are required class activities. You must be present and dressed appropriately for the weather.
* To see a list of each day's learning objectives, click the date. Links will be added as the semester progresses.
|SEP 1 Welcome to NEIU! What is geology? What is FYE? Skills, concepts, and stories in this course. READ: Chapter 1.||SEP 3 Carved in stone: keeping a geologic record. Map your world: tools of the geologist. Flattening a hill: how can we illustrate landforms? READ: Chapters 11 and 15.|
|SEP 8 Rock your world: Earth materials. Homeworks #1 and #2 are due today. READ: Chapter 6.||SEP 10 Set up your planner. Observing rocks in the field. Geology of the NEIU campus. Homeworks #3 and #4 are due today. READ: Chapter 2.|
|SEP 15 Rocks, continued. Sediments: when rocks go to pieces. READ: Chapter 3. It's Fall Into Fun Week!||SEP 17 Soil: Don't treat it like dirt. READ: Chapter 12. It's still Fall Into Fun Week!|
|SEP 22 Planning your future: making an academic plan. READ: Chapter 5. Bring an NEIU Catalog to class with you!||SEP 24 Weather or not: Earth materials and weathering. Strategies for successful reviewing. READ: Chapter 15.|
|SEP 29 Strategies for successful test-taking. READ: Chapters 16 and 17. Preparing for our field trip on Thursday.||OCT 1 Rocks from around the world--in NEIU's back yard. The Bohemian National Cemetery. MEET AT THE CEMETERY!!|
|OCT 6 No class due to instructor illness. It's Green Week!||OCT 8 Exam #1. Get the review sheet here. It's still Green Week!|
|OCT 13 Miles of concrete...: where did our roads and buildings come from? READ: Chapter 10. Your Academic Plan is due today!||OCT 15 A mile of ice...and tons of gravel: The glacial imprint on Chicago. Geologic maps. READ: Chapter 8. The real dirt on Chicago.|
|OCT 20 How to find it: Using the NEIU Library to locate resources.||OCT 22 Topographic maps, cont'd. Using the USGS Map Locator. The Mega-Mosaic.|
|OCT 27 Making much of maps: Putting the information together. What's inside a hill? Geology of landforms.||OCT 29 Slope, relief, and the glacial legacy. Teamwork and goal-setting for the rock wall.|
|NOV 3 Glacial Chicago and the sluiceway.||NOV 5 Teamwork and the NEIU Rock Climbing wall.|
|NOV 10 Exam #2. Get the review sheet here.||NOV 12 Field trip to the Gompers Park Wetland: Solving an Urban Problem with Nature.||NOV 13 Last day to drop a course|
|NOV 17 What's a watershed? READ: Chapter 7.||NOV 19 Chicago's waterfall. Measuring slope and gradient from topographic maps.|
|NOV 24 Geologic research and critical thinking.||NOV 26 Thanksgiving Holiday; no class.|
|DEC 1 Intermorainal areas. Team planning. Planning your future: what is beyond NEIU?||DEC 3 Stream gradients. How much can you believe? Using geologic websites.|
|DEC 8 Measuring gradients using topographic maps.||DEC 10 Measuring gradients using field instruments. The story of Chicago's geology. Piecing together our geologic past. Course evaluations.|
DEC 15 Exam #3. 10:00-11:50 a.m. Note the unusual time! Please check right away to see if this conflicts with any other of your scheduled exams, and contact the instructor before September 8 if you find a conflict. Group presentations. Get the review sheet here.
completing this course, you will be able to
1. Correlate specific types of earth materials, including regional bedrock and surficial deposits, and resources used in Chicago, to their geologic origins (environments and major geologic forces involved).
2. Analyze the impact of past glacial processes on the geologic deposits and landscape of Chicago, through interpretation of map and field evidence; analyze map evidence to interpret basic topographic, geologic, and hydrologic features and processes of Chicago.
3. Interpret changes to the landscape effected by stream, lake, and coastal processes; predict continuing/ future changes from these forces.
4. Construct the story of Chicago's geologic history, by correlating information from your own class notes with geologic field and map data.
5. Evaluate the impact of geologic factors on human activities (including water and waste management, storm water and sewage treatment/control, construction, etc.) in Chicago.
6. Apply time management strategies, critical reading and analysis, geologic field interpretation, and writing and presentation skills in researching geologic characteristics of a specific area.
7. Demonstrate additional student outcomes with respect to future planning, academic skills, self-discovery, and transitions, as listed in the Freshman Colloquium Course Matrix.
Attendance at all class
sessions is expected. Attendance is part of the course grade.
w Students should bring the following to every class meeting: notebook, handouts, pencil and eraser, textbooks, Chicago street map, NEIU Planner.
w All course requirements must be completed to pass the course.
w The final date to drop the course, per University policy, is November 13.
w Students are expected to check their e-mail and the course website at least every other day to watch for course announcements and updates.
w Students are expected to participate in all course assessments. On some days, you will be asked to complete anonymous "minute papers", ungraded quiz-type questions, concept maps, or survey-type questions. This information will help me to determine the extent to which the course is meeting its goals. To provide me with the most information so that I can make the course better, I ask that you give me your most thoughtful, honest feedback-- the more, the better.
Evaluation and Grading Policies
Attendance and participation: 15%
Assignments (includes in-class assignments and homework): 39%
Exams (three, weighted equally): 36%
Group Project: 10%
* The grading scale is as follows: A 100-90%; B 89-80%; C 79-70%; D 69-60%; F 59% and lower.
* Late homework assignments will not be accepted unless there is an approved reason for missing the deadline.
* Make-up exams will be permitted only in a case where there is an approved reason for missing the exam, and only if I approve the excuse before the regularly scheduled exam begins. Missed exams that are not made up will result in a score of zero for that exam.
* Please note the schedule for the final exam and university policies governing final exams (inside the back cover of the Schedule of Classes.) No exceptions will be made other than those allowed by this policy.
Academic integrity: The NEIU policy on academic misconduct will be strictly enforced. A site from the University of Indiana explains and gives examples of plagiarism and provides helpful tips on how to avoid it. Cheating on homework, exams, quizzes, or other course components will result in a score of zero for that assignment or more severe penalties, as described in the NEIU policy.
Flexibility: This outline will change several times per week as the semester evolves. Check this page frequently for updates!
Copyright 2009 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated December 12, 2009.