Geol 2001 Syllabus  

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

Professor: H. A. Babaie, PhD
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!)

Textbook: Introduction to Environmental Geology by: Edward A. Keller. Pearson-Prentice Hall


Login: Go to my website and then click on "Geologic Resources and Env" under "Courses Taught"

Course Description: Origin, distribution, and consequences of consuming Earth's resources (metallic, nonmetallic, soil, and groundwater). Topics include fossil fuels, alternative energy sources, use of minerals, waste disposal, and contaminants in the environment. PREREQUISITE: None

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


1. Exponential population growth. The impact of people on natural environments and resources

2. Man-related problems such as global warming (global climate change)

3. Mineral, energy, and soil resources; problems associated with their exploitation

4. Controls on ground and surface water availability/pollution; problems related to their use

5. Nature of and problems associated with streams and flooding

6. How earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur; what are seismic and volcanic hazards

7. Hazards related to mass wasting processes such as landslide and subsidence

The course also requires students to conduct a research project, write a research paper, and participate in debating an environmental issue.

For the course assignments and requirements: see "Geologic Resources & Environments" on
my website, and then select "Lectures"

For Grading Policy go to my website and select Geologic Resources & Environment > Grading System

Grading Scheme:

Numerical Range
95.9 - 93.0
92.9 - 90.0
89.9 - 87.0
86.9 - 83.0
82.9 - 80.0
79.9 - 77.0
76.9 - 70.0
69.9 - 60.0

Grading System
1st Exam
Exams may be curved only for students who are not absent on randomly selected dates.
See Attendance Policy

Hazcity Assignments (See "Lectures" for the assignments and their deadline!)
Each assignment is worth 4% of your grade. DO NOT miss any!
Only the 4 assignments, listed in the "Lectures" page, are accepted.
NO SUBSTITUTE! - Hazcity assignments will not be accepted after their deadlines!

2nd Exam
Research Paper
Final Exam
Total without doing any optional project >>:
You don't have to do any of the following projects.
If you want to do any, you may either do the Debate or the Research Paper

Optional Debate (Includes debating & writing the Debate Paper)- NOTE:
If you are writing a Research Paper you cannot participate in the Debate! - see Rules

Debater Paper - To get credit, please submit the paper to the moderator at least two days before the debate and to the instructor on the day of debate!
5% penalty if not submitted on time!
Debate Paper
Optional Moderator Paper
This is only an option for students who are not doing optional debating, or presenting the research papr.
Moderator paper is due on the debate date!
or, instead of (but, not in addition to) the optional debate, present your research paper  
Presentation of the Research Paper Talk


Course evaluations are done on the Internet: Evaluate the course!

Method of Teaching: The course emphasizes the impact of geological processes and hazards on humans, and the human influence on geologic resources and processes. This interaction has led to many socio-economic issues that directly relate to the course. To more effectively expose the students to these important environmental issues, the course is taught through class lectures, 3 exams, 9 Hazard City practical assignments, several student-managed debate sessions, mandatory writing of research paper, and optional presentation of the research paper. The list of the debates is available on the website.

Lectures - Students are responsible for learning all my Powerpoint Lecture Notes, and the Summaries and Outlines listed on the Schedule of classes.

To see and use the content of the "Lectures" and "Grades" pages, you need the Microsoft Word and Excel. You also need the latest versions of the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape browser, otherwise you may not be able to fully/efficiently use the website!.

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 & Debates: Students must choose a debate & a paper topic by the given deadline.

Missing Exams: DO NOT miss the scheduled exams unless you have a doctor's or official university excuse which proves an emergency case. It is the student's responsibility to contact me within two days after missing the exam for setting a date for a make-up exam. If acceptable, a make-up exam will be given within 4 days after the date of the missed exam. If the scheduled make-up exam is missed, there will be no second opportunity (for any possible reason) and a zero will be assigned for that exam.
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. To read about your GSU e-mail account, go to: