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GEOL 1122

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Historical Geology   
Prerequisite(s)   Exit or exemption from all Learning Support and ESL requirements   
Corequisite(s)   GEOL 1122L   
Catalog Description   
This course is the study of the history of Earth and life through time. It provides an overview of evolution, fossils, dinosaurs, geologic time, radiometric dating, origin of the Earth, environments, and the geologic history of North America. The field trip is optional.
Expected Educational Results   
A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
a.  Currently accepted theories of the formation and evolution of the Earth.
b.  Currently accepted theories of the origin and evolution of life.
c.  The development of modern historical geology, its scope, methodology and challenges.
d.  The Geological Time Scale as well as the times of selected geotectonic episodes and paleontological events.
e.  The relationship of selected orogenic episodes to plate tectonics and continental drift as well as the accumulation of geological resources, and the evolution and distribution of life forms.
2.  Recognize and apply the methods of scientific problem-solving and critical thinking.
3.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the classification of the major fossil groups.

General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook, handout materials, and/or web materials.
2. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and group problem solving.  Lecture material is presented that is not included in the textbook, handout materials, and/or web materials and is included as part of the exams or tests.
3. Students develop their writing skills through a variety of homework assignments, tests, and quizzes.
4. Students develop their speaking/communications skills through class discussions and/or web bulletin boards, by asking questions in class as well as interactions with their peers in and out of class, and through electronic media.
II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry as follows:
1. Students must apply the geological principles to explain various observed natural phenomena that occur on the Earth's surface as well as in the interior of the earth.
2. Students will develop their observation skill to be able to recognize the various geological features and life that lived on the Earth through its history.
3. Students will develop the skills of inquiry by use of the scientific method as applied to various geological problems.
4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the changing nature of science, its scope and limits.
III. This course addresses the general education outcomes of identification and evaluation of basic global, economic, and geographic forces as pertains to geology as well as to analyze how these forces shape the present and future, and possibly the past.
1. The study of Historical Geology will address the issues of the interaction of man/life and the Earth.
2. The interaction of life and the environment as it pertains to Earth materials and its history are included in this course.
IV. This course addresses the general education outcomes of solving and critical thinking skills as applied to geology.
A student will develop their ability to problem-solve and critically think by applying their acquired knowledge of geology to various problems that deal with historical geology issues.

Course Content   
I.  Introduction
A. Fundamental Principles of Geology
B. Overview of Rocks and Minerals
C. Sedimentary Rock Record
D. Geologic Time
E. Evolution
F. Diversity and Classification of Life on Earth
G. Earth Structure and Tectonics
H. Earth’s Interior
I. Plate Tectonics
J. Crustal Deformation
K. Earthquakes
II.  History
A.  Origin of the Universe, Earth, Atmosphere and Life
B.  Paleogeography, Paleoclimate, Tectonics, Sedimentary Rocks, and Life of the:
1.  Precambrian
2.  Paleozoic
3.  Mesozoic
4.  Cenozoic

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
1. Unit tests, quizzes, homework, and a final exam will be used to determine the final course grade.  Other work that the individual instructor deems appropriate may be substituted for the above or added to the above assessment tools to determine the final course grade.
2. A College Geology Assessment Final Exam will contain objective questions that will assess the educational outcome objectives for this course.  Each instructor must include these questions on their final exam.  Each instructor must tabulate the outcomes from these assessment questions, and send the results to the Geology Assessment Coordinator.
This course will be assessed every semester.  Common questions will be included in the final exam.  The construction of these assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Geology Faculty Curriculum Committee.  This Geology Faculty Curriculum Committee will meet every year to review the course and to evaluate the results from the prior year's assessment.  This review will re-evaluate the assessment test, the teaching objectives, and Common Course Outline, and modify any or all of these.  From this review, modifications or changes to the course will be implemented.

Last revised April 8, 2005

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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