(See 'Lectures' on the main Web page for the schedule of classes!)
Course Title: Introductory Geology II
Course Number: Geol 1122
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Course Instructor: Dr. H. A. Babaie

Office: Sparks Hall, Room A-454
Phone #: 404 413-5766
Fax: 404 413-5768
Office Hours: R: 1:00-2:00 or other times by appointment
GoSolar for Students (See policies below!)

Course Description: Broad view of the earth emphasizing external processes including sedimentary environments, the hydrological cycle, the origin of geological environments, geological dating methods, and an overview of the fossil record through geological time. 

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

Schedule of Lectures
You can reach the information for the course assignments and requierments by clicking on the "Introductory Geology II" on my website at: and then selecting the "Lectures" menu items on the leff of the page!

Course Assignments: See the table below for the required and optional assignments.
The required readings and due dates for assignment are all given in the 'Lectures' page, which is accessible from the Web site!

Students are responsible for learning the Powerpoint Lecture notes which are also available on the Lectures page on course's website.

See Lectures for information on required exams, Quizzes, research paper, Geotours, and due dates!

Course Requirements: The course requires completing three (3) Conceptual Assignments online, three classroom exams, and writing a research paper on an issue related to any aspect of the five subsystems of the Earth system. Due dates for all of these are given on the Lectures page.

You need the Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint applications to use my lectures. To fully/efficiently use the material on course's website you also need the latest version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Google Chrome or other browsers.

Please advise the instructor if you have a documented disability that needs to be accommodated.

You are responsible to know the date of the last day that you can withdraw from the course and possibly receive a "W". Please check the Academic Calendar for the date.
NOTE:You can only get a 'W' if you withdraw from the course before or on this date AND have a passing grade. If you withdraw by this date but you are failing the course, you will receive a "WF".
If you withdraw after this date, you will also receive a "WF".

Please make sure to read the University's policy on Academic Honesty (Section 409).

Grading Policy: The final grade for this course will be determined by adding the percent grades for three required exams and the Research Paper. The percentages are given in the following table.

Grading System
Three Conceptual Assignments. See Lectures for details
1st Exam (Attendance Policy). Use Smartwork Practice Tests, Practices, and Concept maps on the Lectures page to prepare for the exam!
2nd Exam - Use Smartwork Practice Tests, Practices, and Concept maps on the Lectures page to prepare for the exam!
Mandatory Research Paper
3rd Exam Use Smartwork Practice Tests, Practices, and Concept maps on the Lectures page to prepare for the exam!.
The exam is given in the same room, at the same regular class time! on the day indicated on the Lectures page..

Lab grade, provided to me by the TA

Total without doing any optional project >>
Optional: Powerpoint presentation (talk) of the Research Paper
Possible total grade with the optional talk>>

Grading Scheme:

<60 60-69.9 70-76.9 77-79.9 80-82.9 83-86.9 87-89.9 90-92.9 93-96.9 97-100
F D C C+ B- B B+ A- A A+

COURSE OBJECTIVES - upon successfully completing the course, students of this course should be able to explain the following topics:

1. How the Earth system works, especially through plate tectonics

2. Preservation of time in sedimentary rocks and its application in disciphering geological history

3. Geologic structures and their use in understanding the tectonic and deformation histroy

4. The concept of geological time and its use in organizing Earth's past history

5. The evolution of Earth through Precambrian and Phanerozoic

6. Earth's hydrosphere system (surface and groundwater) and the cocept of water cycle

7. Glaciation and its efffect on climate (Ice age)

8. Global changes that affect Earth's systems


University Policies
1.  According to the Georgia State University undergraduate catalog, class attendance is expected; failure to attend classes regularly may result in poor course performance.  The university requires instructors to verify attendance early in the term.  Failure to attend classes may result in you not appearing on the Verification Roll and being dropped from the class.  Please see section 1334 of the catalog at, and click on the appropriate catalog link to read about attendance policy (posted as a .pdf file).

2.  All students should be familiar with the university’s course withdrawal procedures.  These can be found in section 1332 of the undergraduate catalog.

3.  All students are required to be familiar with the Academic Honesty policy of the university and to comply with the policy.  This can be found in section 1380 of the undergraduate catalog.

4.  Each student must have access to an on-line computer and  is responsible for reading all messages sent to his/her university email address, and any other assignments that require the use of a computer.  Class changes and/or updates may be conveyed via email, in which case the student is considered to have been informed.  The student is required to check this university email box regularly.

5.  Accommodations for students with disabilities:
Georgia State University complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Students with disabilities who seek academic accommodations must first take appropriate documentation to the Office of Disability Services located in Suite 230 of the New Student Center.

Course Policy
Exams: Include the assigned reading material from class notes and lectures.
Attendance: see Class Attendance Policy and GSU Attendance Policy

Research Paper: Students must choose a topic for their Research Paper by the midpoint of the semester and submit it by the due date given on the Lectures page.

Turn off your cell phone and keep it off the desk during lectures.
Text messaging during class is strictly prohibited and grounds for dismissal.

Course Evaluations: One of the changes that GoSOLAR has brought is that now Student Course Evalutions will be filled out online. When you go to the student GoSOLAR screen, one of your link choices will be the evaluations. Please take advantage of this opportunity to give me feedback on this course. Your submission is anonymous, and I cannot view it before I assign your grade. Also, you must submit the evaluation before you know your grade. I will remind you again to fill out the evaluation as we get near the end of the course, and we will talk a bit about the purpose of the evaluations.

E-mail Contact - You all have a GSU e-mail address that looks like:
This is the address I will use when I need to contact you, either individually or as a class. You are responsible for reading any requirements, changes, announcements, etc. that are sent to you via this e-mail address. Hence, you should check it at least once daily. If you prefer to use another e-mail account(s), you must activate the mail forwarding feature under Options>Mailbox Management while in your GSU e-mail, so that e-mail from me will reach whatever other e-mail account(s) you have specified. I emphasize that you are responsible for this.