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FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
 

CAREERS IN EARTH SCIENCE

AVERAGE SALARY FOR GEOSCIENTISTS:  $79,160

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MUDDY WATERS
Chicago's Environmental Geology
Earth Science 109W, Fall 2010

Field Notebooks

FIELD NOTEBOOK GRADING  (Click for this rubric in a convenient Excel table format.)

Each entry in your field notebook will be worth 20 points.  For each of our field expeditions, your notes should include the following:

  w Date  (1 point)

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Field location (1 point)

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Time of arrival at field site (1 point)

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Team members' full names (1 point)

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Field conditions  (for example, the weather) (2  points)

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Description of the field site: What type of field site is it, and what are your observations of the surrounding area? (2 points)

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Description of activities:  What did you do? (3 points)

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Methods and equipment used:  What equipment did you use?  How did you collect samples and/or make measurements? (2 points)

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Measurements made: What measurements did you make?  What were the results? (2 points)

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Samples collected: What kind of samples did you collect?  How many did you collect?  How are the samples labeled? (2 points)

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Time of Departure (1 point)

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Clarity and Legibility also are important and count for 2 points. Your field notes do not have to be written in complete sentences, but need to be written so that someone else can read and understand them.

Your field notes may include other things as well, such as sketches or other information that you think is important to have, but the list above will help you to think about what information you need to have in your notebooks.  For most of our field trips, the list above will give you enough information to write up field reports and complete other assignments. 

Some field trips may require more information.  If this is the case, we will let you know ahead of time and add points as necessary to the assignment.


Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

Copyright 2010 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated September 18, 2010.

Your Instructors:
Dr. Ken Voglesonger

Dr. Laura Sanders

Your Peer Mentors:

Brian Dix

Sarah Paulis