of Earth Science
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE
Dr. Laura L. Sanders
L-Sanders (at) neiu.edu
S-225H--but look for
me first within the Earth Science Department area, from S-114 through S-130
1:30-2:50 pm; T 7:20-9:45 pm; R 1:30-2:45 pm
Class meeting times:
5:40-7:20 pm, Tuesday and Thursday:
102 (Intermediate Algebra)
single textbook is required. However, each student should have access to a general
geology textbook (or physical geology textbook) published by a scientific
publisher in the last 8 years. One example is Tarbuck and
Science, 11th edition
(Prentice Hall, 2006). Other readings will be provided or will be posted
on the web.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
This outline may be adjusted
daily as the semester proceeds. Please check back frequently for
* Reading assignments
should be completed
before coming to class
on the day listed.
* Assignment due dates listed here are approximate; for more information check
the homework page.
To see a list of each day's learning objectives, click the date. Links
will be added as the semester progresses.
Course Goals: Upon
completion of this course, the student will be able to
Introduction to the study of Earth Science. Pre-course
AUG 28 Earth's internal structure. Density.
World map due.
2 Large-scale patterns in Earth's surface. World map / geotectonics
SEP 4 Geotectonics.
SEP 9 Plate tectonics. Mineral
properties and tools. Rock Your State due.
Mineral properties and classification. Mineral key due.
SEP 16 Rock key due. Mineral properties and
18 Exam #1.
Get the review sheet here!
SEP 23 Sedimentary minerals and rocks.
Sedimentary Minerals and Rocks, contd.
Metamorphic minerals and rocks.
Metamorphic and igneous review.
The Rock Cycle.
Get to Know a Volcano! due.
OCT 9 Revisiting "Rock Your
State!" and Geotectonics.
Get the review sheet here!
Maps, latitude and longitude. Volcanoes.
OCT 23 Earthquakes. Earthquake maps in living color! due.
Measuring EQs; finding the epicenter; tsunamis.
OCT 30 EQs and Plate Boundaries. EQ maps and patterns
NOV 4 Topographic maps.
Exam #3. Get the review sheet here!
Topographic maps, contd. Watersheds.
Topographic maps, cont'd. Streams.
Streams and flooding.
Stream patterns. Stream table. Ground
water model, mapping. How
much water is in the stream? due.
Analyzing stream graphs.
NOV 27 Thanksgiving Holiday; no class.
DEC 2 Weather: fronts and forecasting.
DEC 4 Geologic time scales. Presentation due.
DEC 9 Exam Section 06 6:00-7:50
Note the unusual time! Exam #4.
Please check right away to see if this conflicts with any other of your
scheduled exams, and
contact me before September 2 if you find a conflict.
Get the review sheet here!
* Use real-time data from publicly-accessible scientific monitoring
stations to analyze Earth processes.
* Describe the processes
involved in geotectonics and tell how they relate to geologic phenomena such
as earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, continental movements, and the
development of landscapes.
* Explain the relationships between atoms, compounds, minerals, and rocks.
* Use the techniques and tools of mineral and rock identification.
* Describe the rock cycle and the processes involved in the cycle.
* Describe the geologic time scale and explain how relative and absolute age
dating are used.
* Use topographic maps and geologic maps.
* Describe the hydrologic cycle and the processes involved in the cycle.
* Use weather maps to predict the weather.
Attendance at all class
sessions is expected. Students who do not attend regularly will not be given
the benefit of the doubt in cases of borderline grades and may be downgraded to
a lower grade at the instructor's discretion if absences are excessive. All
course requirements must be completed to pass the course. The final date to
drop the course, per University policy, is
Students are expected to check their e-mail at least every other day to watch
for course announcements and updates.
Students should bring the following to every class meeting: notebook, handouts,
pencil and eraser. Also bring your textbook if possible.
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.
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 as the
semester evolves. Check this page frequently for updates!
Evaluation and Grading
in-class and at-home assignments): 32%
Four exams (weighted equally):
* The grading scale is as follows: A 100-90%; B 89-80%; C 79-70%; D 69-60%; F
59% and lower.
* Homework assignments will include in-class assignments as well as those done
outside of class.
homework assignments will not be accepted
unless there is an approved reason for missing the deadline, and only if I
approve the excuse before the assignment is due.
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.
Department of Earth Science
| Northeastern Illinois University
© 2008 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated
November 18, 2008.