Introductory Geology I & General Geology for Teachers
Geol 1121K and Geol 7021

The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary!

Syllabus - Fall 2009
  • Classroom: 306 Aderhold
  • Class time: MW 5:30-6:45
    additional requirement for Geol 7021 students are listed in the grading scheme below!

Course Description:

  • Broad view of the earth emphasizing internal processes including minerals, rocks and the
    rock cycle, the structure of the earth's interior, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanism

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Instructor: Dr. Babaie; Associate Professor, Dept. of Geoscience/Computer Science
  • e-mail: hbabaie@gsu.edu
  • voicemail: 404-413 5766
  • website: www.gsu.edu/~geohab
  • office: Sparks Hall, room: A454
  • office hours: MW: 4:30-5:00 or by appointment

  • Textbook and Lab Manua
    l:

  • Text: Marshak, Essentials of Geology, 3rd ed., W. W. Norton & Co.
  • Manual: Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 8th ed., Busch, Richard M.
  • Labs: begin the 2nd week of class and are held in room 300 Kell Hall
    Note: Lab Manual and $10 "lab fee" are required for the 1st lab session
  • OURSE OBJECTIVES - upon successfully completing the course, students of this course should be able to explain the following topics:

    • The origin of Earth and the Moon and their internal structure
    • How plate tectonics works
    • What minerals are, and how they are identified
    • How magma and igneous rocks form; how igneous rocks are classified
    • Volcanic products and volcanic eruption
    • Sedimentary rocks, their classification and environment of deposition
    • Metamorphism, and metamorphic rocks
    • Earthquake and how they are measured
    • Deformation of rocks and mountain building
    • Geologic Time and principles for relative dating
    • Energy and mineral resources

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    Wk
    Day
    Date
    Subject Reading Notes
    1
    M
    Aug
    17
    Introduction and logistics
    Prelude
    Scientific Method
    W
    19
    The Earth in Context Chap 1
    2
    M
    24
    Plate Tectonics Chap 2  
    W
    26
    Plate Tectonics; cont'd Chap 2  
    3
    M
    31
    Atoms, molecules, atomic bonding Chap 3
    W
    Sept
    2
    Minerals; Rock Group Chap 3; Interlude A (IA)  
    4
    M
    7
    Labor Day
    No class
    W
    9
    Test 1, 30 questions; 40 minutes Chapters 1-3, IA  
    5
    M
    14
    Magma Chap 4  
    W
    16
    Igneous rocks Chap 4  
    6
    M
    21
    Volcanic rocks Chap 5  
    W
    23
    Volcanic Hazard Chap 5  
    7
    M
    28
    Weathering Interlude B (IB)  
    W
    30
    Sedimentary rocks Chap 6  
    8
    M
    Oct
    5
    Test 2 -- 60 questions; 70 minutes Chapters 4-6, IB  
    W
    7
    Metamorphism Chap 7  
    9
    M
    12
    Metamorphic Rocks & Environment.
    Rock cycle
    Chap 7, Interlude C (IC)  
    W
    14
    Earthquake Chap 8
    10
    M
    19

    Geological Society of Am., Mtg.

    Work on Res. Paper!
    No class
    W
    21
    "
    "
    11
    M
    26
    Seismic Hazard Chap 8  
    W
    28
    Seeing Inside Earth Interlude D, Box D.1  
    12
    M
    Nov
    2
    Crustal Deformation Chap 9  
    W
    4
    Mountain building Chap 9  
    13
    M
    9
    Geologic time, relative/absolute age Chap 10  
    W
    11
    Energy Resources Chap 12  
    14
    M
    16
    Energy Resources cont'd "  
    W
    18
    Presentation of Res. Papers Res. Paper due
    15
    M
    23
    THANKSGIVING WEEK   no class
    W
    25
    THANKSGIVING WEEK   no class
    16
    W
    Dec
    2
    Test 3 - Comprehensive; 70 minutes All chapters & Interludes

    Grading System Geol 1121K Geol 7021
    Test 1 20 20
    Test 2 35 30
    Test 3 45 35
    Research Paper 03 10 (mandatory)
    Presentation of paper 03 (optional) 05 (mandatory)
    Total
    106 100

    Grading Scheme:
    Numerical Range
    Grade
    100-96
    A+
    95.9 - 93.0
    A
    92.9 - 90.0
    A-
    89.9 - 87.0
    B+
    86.9 - 83.0
    B
    82.9 - 80.0
    B-
    79.9 - 77.0
    C+
    76.9 - 70.0
    C
    69.9 - 60.0
    D
    <60.0
    F

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