ESCI 121
Spring 2013
Section 07

Course Schedule

w The outline of topics will be updated several times each week.  Check frequently for changes!  

w Complete the readings before class on the day shown.

w For daily learning objectives, click the date.  Links will be added daily as the semester progresses.

CLASS ACTIVITIES  (Click the date for a list of daily learning objectives!)

(Class meeting time:  4:15-5:55 pm)
(Class meeting time:  4:15-5:55 pm)
JAN 8  Introduction to the study of Earth Science.  Introduction to this course.  Maps. JAN 10  Topographic maps.  Homework #1 is due by 2:00 p.m.  Friday, Jan 11--that's tomorrow!
JAN 15   Topographic maps, continued.  World map due (Homework #2) Density and Earth materials.  JAN 17  Density, continued.  Rock deformation and Earth's internal structure.  Geotectonics: a jigsaw exercise to find large-scale patterns in Earth's surface.
JAN 22  Geotectonics: finding patterns in geotectonic data.  Continental and oceanic crust.  Density. JAN 24  Geotectonics.  Lithosphere and asthenosphere.  Plate boundaries. 
JAN 29  Plate boundaries, continued.  Rocks and minerals.  Mineral properties and investigation tools.  Mineral properties and classification.  JAN 31  Quiz #1.  Get the review sheet here!
FEB 5  More mineral properties.  Using a mineral identification key.  FEB 7  Minerals, continued.  Igneous rocks and silicate minerals. 
FEB 12  Lincoln's Birthday Holiday--no class. FEB 14    Igneous and sedimentary rocks and minerals.  GeoTouring in-class work, cont'd.  Bring your textbook!  
FEB 19  Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and minerals.  GeoTouring in-class work.  Bring your textbook!   FEB 21 GeoTouring in-class work, cont'd.  Minerals practice quiz. 
FEB 26  No class due to snow!  This material will be covered on Feb 28.  FEB 28  Because of the Feb 26 snow day, Quiz #2 has been postponed.  Today:  Igneous rocks.
MAR 5   No class due to snow (again)!  MAR 7  Quiz #2.  Get the review sheet here! 
MAR 12  The Rock Cycle, and putting it all together.  How do they fit into the big picture of global geotectonics?  Intro to GeoTouring Points of Interest project.  MAR 14  Latitude and longitude.  Earthquakes: focus, epicenter. 
MAR 19  Spring Break; no class. MAR 21  Spring Break; no class.
MAR 26  GeoTouring Points of Interest: Poster Presentations!  Earthquakes:  P-waves and S-waves. Using Virtual Earthquake. MAR 28   Earthquakes:  finding epicenters and magnitudes. 
Last day to drop a course is March 30.
APR 2  Creating and analyzing earthquake maps using the ANSS earthquake information site.  APR 4  Quiz #3.  Get the review sheet here! 
APR 9  Earthquake Maps!  Weather:  air masses, weather maps.  APR 11  Weather, climate, weather variables, atmospheric structure.  Humidity, Clouds, Precipitation.
APR 16  Air pressure, air density.  Highs and Lows.  APR 18   Class cancelled due to flooding.
APR 23  Pressure, atmospheric circulation, wind.  Humidity and precipitation.  Clouds.  Fronts. Analyzing weather maps. APR 25   Clouds and precipitation.  Warm, cold, stationary and occluded fronts.  Weather Walk.  Course evaluations.
APR 30  Quiz #4.  Note the unusual time!  4:00-5:50 pm.  Get the review sheet here!  Please check right away for conflicts with your other scheduled exams, and contact me before Jan 20 if you find a conflict.  Grades are due at midnight on May 7.   
w Attendance at all class sessions is expected.  The NEIU policy on class attendance, published in the NEIU catalog, applies to this course.  Frequent in-class assignments will be given; in-class assignments cannot be made up

w 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.

Flexibility: This outline will change as the semester evolves.  Check this page frequently for updates!
Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

Copyright 2013 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated April 25, 2013.