SYLLABUS

HISTORICAL GEOLOGY - GEOLOGY 1310

Spring 2006

Instructor: Dr. G. Michael Grammer, Office: 1123 Rood Hall
Office hours: MW
1:00-2:00 pm or by appointment.
E-mail:
michael.grammer@wmich.edu


Lecture Meetings: MWF 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Rood Hall, Rm. 1118
Lab Periods: Tuesdays, Rood Hall, Rm. 1192
Texts: Earth System History, 2nd Edition, Steven M. Stanley, 2005, W.H. Freeman and Company (Required)
Lab Manual: Interpreting Earth History, M.S. Petersen and J.K. Rigby, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill (Required)
Class format will be lectures and discussions utilizing the text as a primary source with additional resources derived from other textbooks and the World Wide Web.


Historical Geology is a time-sequence analysis of the Earth's geologic record based on rocks and fossils preserved in the outermost portions of the Earth. This analysis includes interpretation of physical and biological events throughout the history of the Earth. The lecture portion of the class will provide you with a basis for, and an appreciation of, the geologic methods used to unravel and interpret the historical rock record. The lab portion of this course is intended to give you hands-on familiarity with some of these geologic methods and the physical (rock) and biological (fossil) evidence utilized in the study of historical geology.


GRADING STRUCTURE

3 Lecture Exams

40%

Final Exam

10%

Quizzes (Lecture)

10%

Laboratory Total

40%

GRADE DETERMINATION

PERCENTAGE

GRADE

GRADE VALUE

94 - 100%

A

(4.0)

88 - 93.9%

BA

(3.5)

82 - 87.9%

B

(3.0)

76 - 81.9%

CB

(2.5)

70 - 75.9%

C

(2.0)

65 - 69.9%

DC

(1.5)

60 - 64.9%

D

(1.0)

< 60%

E

(0.0)


There will be three (3) one-hour lecture exams during the semester, each worth 20% (however, I will count only two of them therefore they are worth 40% of your grade). I will drop the lowest of the 3 lecture exams, or one may be used in lieu of an exam that you are forced to miss due to sickness, family issues, etc. there will be no other make-up exams offered (and no make-ups for quizzes). Exams will be based about 80% on lecture material, which as stated above will come from the principal text as well as other resources. It is, therefore, to your advantage to attend all lectures.

Quizzes will be given (unannounced) approximately once per week the purpose of the quizzes is to make sure you are keeping up with the lectures and reading, AS WELL AS to identify any questions or problems you might have on the material. The quizzes are worth 10% of your grade.

The final exam is mandatory and will be cumulative. It is worth 10% of your grade.

Academic Honesty: The issue of academic integrity is a very serious one. Please familiarize yourself with your responsibilities under the heading of Academic Honesty on pages 274-276 of the WMU 2003-2005 Undergraduate Catalog. You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.

 


DATE

SUBJECT MATTER

TEXT ASSIGNMENT

 

Introduction to Earth History and Geologic Time

Chapter 1

 

Review of Rocks and Minerals, Development of the Geologic Time Scale

Chapters 1, 2 and 6

 

Relative Dating, Absolute Dating and Stratigraphic Methods

Chapter 6

 

Sedimentary Rocks, Depositional Processes and Key Environments

Chapter 5

Feb. 10

Exam #1

 

 

Environments and Distribution of Life on Earth, Fossilization

Chapters 3 and 4

 

Evolution and the Fossil Record

Chapters 3, 4 and 7

 

Plate Tectonics and Mountain Building, Influence on Earth History

Chapters 8 and 9

Mar. 17

Exam #2

 

 

Precambrian History Archean and Proterozoic Eons

Chapters 11 and 12

 

Paleozoic Era

Chapters 13-15

Apr. 10

Exam #3

 

 

Mesozoic Era

Chapters 16 and 17

 

Cenozoic Era

Chapters 18-20

April 27

Final Exam (Cumulative)

 


LECTURE EXAM DATES:

February 10

March 17

April 10

FINAL EXAM DATE:

April 27 from 2:45-4:45 p.m. in Rood Hall, Rm. 1118