Chicago's Environmental Geology
Earth Science 109W,
Section 01, Fall 2012
Assignment 1: E-mail us!
class time, Friday, August 31, 2012.
Dr. Voglesonger and Dr. Sanders. Follow these rules. For
each rule you follow correctly, you will earn the number of
to the e-mail system you use most often. We want
to be able to contact you at the address you are most
likely to use. (1 point)
Address a message to both instructors at
the same time. Do not send two separate messages!
subject heading of the message, type your name (type
your own name, not the words "your name")
and the words, "Muddy Waters".
In the body of the message, write a few sentences
responding to the following two items:
Tell us something about yourself. This could be
something about your family, your background, your
career goals, your hobbies...whatever you would like us
to know about you. (1 point)
2) How does geology affect your everyday
life? (1 point)
hints on how to effectively e-mail your professors,
see this blog post.
Meet with Tif.
Due at class time, Friday, September 14, 2012. To
complete this assignment, you must schedule and attend a meeting
with Peer Mentor Tif Probst. At the end of that meeting, she
will give you a signed form. Turn in the form to earn credit
for this assignment.
#3: Reading the NEIU Catalog.
Due at class
time, Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Get an NEIU
catalog and put your name in it. Using sticky notes, tab
the following pages: FYE Program, the Earth Science
Department, your intended major, your intended minor, and a
list of the requirements you will have to meet in order to
graduate from NEIU. Turn in the catalog with the pages
#4: Avoiding Plagiarism.
Due at class time,
September 21, 2012.
Complete the online tutorial on "How to Recognize
. At the end of the tutorial is a quiz. By scoring 100% on
the quiz, you will earn a certificate. Print the
certificate and bring it to class with you to hand in.
Write a Letter... Due date and details TBA.
Meet with a Professor. Due at class
time, Friday, October 5, 2012.
Details are given in this document.
Annotating Readings. Due date and details TBA.
Assignment #8: Planning Your Future: Your Academic
Plan. Due Friday, October 19, 2012. Develop
a two-year academic plan for yourself. Use the form that
was distributed in class on September 26. If you want to
print out another copy of the form, go to the
Academic Advising Center "Advising Check Sheets" web page
and click the first link, the one for "Academic Plan
Assignment". To complete the assignment, fill out the
form, make an appointment with an advisor, meet with with the
advisor to go over your work, and have them sign the completed
form. Turn in the signed, completed form to get credit for
Future: Personality, Interests, Skills, Values.
Due at class time, Wednesday, November 21, 2012.
Find the MyPlan Website: Go to the
NEIU Career Services website at
. Click "Choosing a Major/Career" on the left hand side of
the page. Scroll down to "How to Choose a Major", and
click on the logo for MyPlan.
paragraph to the right of the NEIU logo, then click "Create Free
Create an Account:
time you log in, you will need to enter the NEIU license code.
The license code was given in class; if you were not in class,
send the instructors an e-mail and we will send it to you.
account for yourself. Write down your login and password and
put it somewhere you will be able to find it. You will
need it again in a week or two!
Assessments: Once you are logged in, find the
"Assessment" tab, and click it. Complete the four Career
Assessment 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.
Finally, click the Career
button to see your best-fitting top careers!
to Hand In: For each report, click "Printable View",
and print the report. Staple or clip all the reports together,
and hand them in at class time.
How to Create a FIRMette.
Hand this in as part of the "Do
We Need an Ark in Albany Park?" project report.
1) Go to
FEMA page on FIRMettes. Read the tutorial linked to
this page for more help.
2) Click Map Search. It may
take awhile for this to initialize; give it time.
the map to zoom in on your study area. (Note: study
areas were assigned in class on Friday of last week; if you were
absent, you must contact Dr. V immediately to find out what your
study area is.)
4) Click the "Box" button on the left of the
screen, and then use your mouse to draw a box around your study
area. A new window will open with a list of all the FIRMs
that cover your area. NOTE: Your pop-up blocker must
be disabled for this step to work!
5) Click the icon under "View".
A new window will open with an image of the FIRM that includes
6) Click the "Zoom In" button on the left of the
screen; then click the map image to zoom in on your specific
7) When you are confident you know exactly where
on the map your study area falls, click the "Make a FIRMette"
button at the left of the screen.
8) A pink rectangle,
outlined in green, will appear at the upper left corner of the
map. Use your mouse to drag the rectangle to your specific
9) At the left of the screen, under "3. Create
FIRMette", click Adobe PDF. Wait for your FIRMette to be
10) Inspect your FIRMette to see that it shows what
you wanted it to show. If it doesn't, click Back. If
you wish to go forward, click "Save your FIRMette". When
the File Download box opens, select "Save".
11) Save your
FIRMette to your flash drive or hard drive. Print.
Assignment #10: Planning Your
Due Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
1) Download the
worksheet that appears here.
2) Log in to MyPlan using the
account you already created.
3) Click "Assessment", and then
either "CareerMatch™" (near the top), or "Composite Score" (on
the left hand side).
4) Under "What Level of Education?",
select either Level 4 (Four-year degree) or Level 5 (Graduate
"Go!" A list of careers suited to YOUR test results and
educational goals will appear.
Looking at the top 10 (or so) careers, choose two that interest
you. Click on the career titles and read about them.
each career, click "Summary", and "Requirements" to find the
information required on the worksheet.
8) Fill out the worksheet, print it, and bring it
to class to hand in.
Muddy Waters is supported by the National
Science Foundation program
Opportunities for Enhancing
Diversity in the Geosciences
Department of Earth Science
| Northeastern Illinois University
Copyright 2012 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated
November 30, 2012.
Dr. Ken Voglesonger
Dr. Laura Sanders
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