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Geology is the earth's history of itself

- Daniel Webster

Syllabis: Gey 113 (Historical Geology), Spring, 2008:
Lecture: 1:40-2:55 TTh, Folsom 303
Lab: Lab: 3:00-5:00 T; Folsom 302 (The "Rock Lab").

Text:

Historical Geology, Evolution of Earth and Life through Time: Wicander and Monroe (5th ed.), or you can buy the older 4th edition at reduced cost (reading assignments are given for both editions below)
Lab Text:
by Kevin McCartney, available at bookstore.
Instructor:
Kevin McCartney (office: 302 Folsom, hours: 10:45-12:00)
office phone 768-9482; home phone 492-4766
email: mccartnk@umpi.maine.edu


Grading
No make-up exams unless a valid excuse is given before the missed test.
(lecture; 3/4 of total credit) (lab; 1/4 of total credit) grades
Quiz 1 & 2 (geologic time scale) 25 pnts
Test 1 125 Map Quiz 25 pnts A = 90% (720 pnts)
Test 2 125 pnts Map Midterm 75 pnts B = 80% (640 pnts)
Test 3 125 pnts Fossil Quiz 25 pnts C = 70% (560 pnts)
Final (cumulative) 175 pnts Fossil Final 75 pnts D = 60% (480 pnts)
Geologic Time poster 25 pnts F = below 60% (480 pnts)
Total Lecture 600 pnts Total Lab 200 pnts 800 pnts total

A steady improvement in test scores may be used in revising grade upwards. Otherwise, grades will not be curved. Attendance can be taken into account in the case of borderline grades.

If you have a disability and need an accomodation or assistance in this course, please make an appointment to talk with me. If you prefer, you may contact Student Support Services, South Hall.


Below is a tentative schedule of Historical Geology lectures and labs (L)
(Spring, 2008)
Click lecture for day´s quote
Assignments need to be read before class.
# lab # date lecture/lab title reading:
Lab
material
Wicander
4th Ed.
Wicander
5th Ed.
1 1/15 Introduction, What is Historical Geology? ch. 1:2-13 ch. 1:2-13
L1 1/15 Review of Rocks Lab Ch. 1
2 1/17 Our changing view of earth history 4:57-63 4:61-67
3 1/22 Reading the Strata - Geologic time scale 4:57-69, 5:86 5:78-85
L2 1/22 Application of Hutton/Steno Principles Lab Ch. 2
4 1/24 Our changing view of life 5:79-86 5:85-91
5 1/29 Absolute time and radioactivity 4:63-69 4:57-69
L3 1/29 Radioactive dating Lab Ch. 3
2/1 Last day to Add/Drop
6 1/31 Radioactive and other dating methods 4:63-69 4:68-74
7 2/5 Plate Tectonics 3:33-52 3:36-57
L4 2/5 Correlation of Strata Ch. 5-7
8 2/7 Plate Tectonics in earth history
significance of ig. and met. rocks
3:33-52 3:36-57
9 2/12 Evolution 7:115-132 7:123-134
L5 2/12 Geologic structures in map and side view Ch. 5-7
10 2/14 TEST 1
14 2/16 PLANETHEAD DAY
(click for youtube video)
February 16 - 24 V A C A T I O N
11 2/26 Beginnings and Structure of the Earth 1:4-9 1:5-11
L6 2/26 More work on Cross sections Ch. 5-7
12 2/28 The Precambrian 8:137-145
9:154-160
8:148-157
9:167-177
13 3/4 The development of atmosphere and biosphere 8:145-150
9:160-168
8:157-163
9:178-184
L7 3/4 Lab Midterm
14 3/6 What is (and what is not) science? 7:127-133 7:137-144
15 3/11 The Diversity of life 7:129 7:139
L8 3/11 Biologic Taxonomy Lab Wk 9
16 3/13 The Early Paleozoic 10:175-192 10:190-205
17 3/18 The Late Paleozoic 11:195-213 11:210-227
L9 3/18 Diversity of Life, Higher taxonomy Lab Ch.
10-13
18 3/20 TEST 2
3/21 Last day to withdrawl without penalty
19 3/25 Life, Cambrian to Devonian 12:217-228 12:232-242
L10 3/25 Quiz, Paleozoic fossils Lab Ch.
10-13
20 3/27 Life, Devonian-Permian; mass extinction 12:225-231
13:235-246
12:241-245
13:250-267
March 31 - April 8 - Spring V A C A T I O N
There is a planned geology field trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
21 4/8 The Mesozoic 14:256-274 14:273-290
L11 4/8 Mesozoic Fossils Lab Ch.
10-13
22 4/10 Life (non-vertebrate), Triassic-Recent 15:274-282 15:296-199
18:373-376
4/11 Trip to Geological Society of Maine meeting, Bowdoin (optional)
23 4/15 Vertebrate life (dinosaurs and etc.) 15:283-299 15:300-310
L12 4/15 Cenozoic Fossils Lab Ch.
10-13
24 4/17 Extinction 15:297-298 15:316-317
25 4/22 The Cenozoic 16:305-324 16:322-344
L13 4/22 Finish Fossils, vertebrate groups Lab Ch.
10-13
26 4/24 TEST 3
27 4/29 Humans 19:372-383 19:398-409
L14 4/29 Lab Final
28 5/1 The Ice Ages (Pleistocene) 17:329-345 17:348-368
Final Exam: Classtime, Tuesday

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