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INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE
Instructor Contact Information:
Laura L. Sanders
L-Sanders (at) neiu.edu
Hours: Tuesday 4:40-5:10
pm and 7:20-7:50 pm
Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm
pm and 7:20-7:50 pm
Class meeting times: 3:00-4:40 pm, Tuesday and
Prerequisite: MATH 102
Tarbuck and Lutgens, Earth Science, 11th
(Prentice Hall, 2006). Other readings will be provided.
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OUTLINE OF TOPICS AND READINGS
outline will be adjusted daily as the semester proceeds.
Please check back frequently for updates.
assignments listed here are for the Tarbuck and Lutgens textbook
unless otherwise noted.
Reading assignments should be completed before
coming to class on the day listed.
* To see a list
of each day's learning objectives, click on the date.
These will be added as the semester progresses.
Goals: Upon completion of this course,
the student will be able to
Introduction to the study of Earth Science. Read:
Preface, p. 1-5.
12 Large-scale patterns in Earth's surface. Read: Chapter 8.
17 No class.
19 Plate tectonics. Read:
24 Minerals. Read:
26 Minerals, continued. Atoms
and compounds. Read: Chapter 2.
31 The Rock Cycle. Read: Chapter 3.
2 Sedimentary Rocks. Read: Chapter 3.
7 Sedimentary Minerals and
the review sheet for Exam #1 here.
|FEB 9 Exam
14 Igneous Minerals and Rocks. Chapter 3.
16 Igneous Minerals and Rocks, continued.
21 Igneous Rocks. Volcanoes. Read: Chapter 9.
23 Lab Quiz #1.
Volcanoes. Read: Chapter 9.
28 Mountain building and
Metamorphic Rocks. Read:
building. Read: Chapter 10.
7 The Rock Cycle.
9 Earthquakes. Read: Chapter 7.
14 Earthquakes. Get
the review sheet for Exam #2 here.
|MAR 16 Exam
|MAR 21 SPRING BREAK; no class.
SPRING BREAK; no class.
|MAR 28 The Hydrologic Cycle. Read: Chapter 5. Get
the homework here; it's due on Tuesday, April 4.
|MAR 30 Class cancelled.
|APR 4 The Hydrologic Cycle. Read: Chapter 6. Streamflow homework
|APR 6 The
Hydrologic Cycle. Read:
|APR 11 Coastal processes. Read: Chapter 15.
|APR 13 Coastal processes. Read: Chapter 15.
|APR 18 Weather and climate. Read: Chapter 16.
|APR 20 Weather and
climate. Read: Chapter 17.
|APR 25 Weather and
climate. Read: Chapter 18.
27 Weather and climate. Read: Chapter 19. Geologic time. Read: Chapter 11.
|MAY 2 Exam #3 and Lab Quiz #4
2:00-3:50 pm. Note
the unusual time! Please check right away to see if this
with any other of your scheduled exams, and contact me in the first
week of the semester if you find a conflict.
Describe the processes involved in plate tectonics 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
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
* Describe the basic geology of Illinois and the United
Describe coastal processes.
* Describe the hydrologic cycle and the processes involved
in the cycle.
* Use weather maps to predict the weather.
* Describe how earth science principles and concepts are
used in everyday life.
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.
Students are expected to have an e-mail account and to check their
at least every other day.
Students should bring the following to every class meeting: textbook,
handouts, pencil and eraser.
All course requirements must be completed to pass the course. The
final date to drop the course, per University policy, is Friday, 17
are expected to participate in all course assessments.
In addition to the course goals, each class day
its own goals. Each day, you will receive a list of expected
outcomes. You also can find these from the outline
of topics in this syllabus; just click on each date. I want
learn how well certain concepts are getting across and how the class is
feeling about the material and the course as we go along. At the
end of each class period, you will assess this, anonymously. On
“green sheets”, assessment questions will help me find out how well the
day’s outcomes were achieved. This may be done in the form of an
ungraded quiz-type question, a concept map, or survey-type
This information will help me to determine the extent to which the
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
honest feedback-- the more, the better.
Academic integrity: The NEIU policy on
integrity will be strictly enforced. A site
from the University of Indiana explains and gives examples of
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
as the semester evolves. Please allow for flexibility in topics
assignments. Check this page frequently for updates!
Evaluation and Grading
assignments will not be accepted.
Three exams, weighted equally:
Three lab quizzes, weighted equally:
credit will be given.
The grading scale is as follows: A 100-90%; B 89-80%; C 79-70%; D
69-60%; F 59% and lower.
exams and quizzes will be permitted only in a case where there is an
reason for missing the exam, and only if I approve the excuse before the regularly
scheduled quiz begins. Missed exams/quizzes that are not
made up will result in a score of zero for that exam/quiz.
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
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