(See 'Lectures' on the main Web page for the schedule of classes!)
Course Number: Geol 2001
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
for Students (See policies below!)
Login information: Go to my website
at: http://www.gsu.edu/~geohab), and then select "Geologic Resources & Environments" under "Courses Taught".
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:
Textbook: Introduction to Environmental Geology by: Edward A. Keller. Pearson-Prentice Hall. Please make sure that the book contains a CD for doing the assignments!
Course Assignments: see 'Lectures' for information on required readings and due dates! Students are required to do four (4) Hazcity exercises.
Course Requirements: The course requires students to conduct a research project on an geoevironmental issue. See Lectures for information on required exams, research paper, and due dates!
You can also reach the information for the course assignments and requierments by clicking on the "Geologic Resources & Environments" on my website
at: http://www.gsu.edu/~geohab) and then selecting the "Lectures" menu items on the leff of the page!
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, 4 Hazard City practical assignments, and mandatory writing of research paper, and optional presentation of the research
paper , and two student-managed
- In addition to the book chapters, students are responsible
for learning all my Powerpoint Lecture notes, and the Summaries and Outlines listed (all available on the Lectures page on course's website).
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.
Please be advised that the last day to withdraw from a course with the possibility of receiving a "W" is October 7. If a student withdraws by this date but is failing the course, he/she will receive a "WF". All students who withdraw after this date will receive a "WF".
Please make sure to read the University's policy on Academic Honesty (Section 409).
The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary!
Grading Policy: The final grade for this course will be determined by adding the percent grades for three required exams, four Hazcity assgnments, and a Research Paper. The percentages are given in the following table. Notice that you can enhance your grade by optionally participating in one debate or presenting your research paper through a talk (see below).
Exams may be curved only for students who are not absent on randomly
selected dates. See Attendance Policy
Assignments (See "Lectures" for the assignments and
Each assignment is worth 4% of your grade. DO NOT miss any!
Only the 4 assignments, listed in the "Lectures" page,
NO SUBSTITUTE! -
Hazcity assignments will not be accepted
after their deadlines!
without doing any optional project >>
| Optionals (You
don't have to do any of the following projects):
Debate (Includes 2 pts for debating and 2 pt for the Debate Paper)
NOTE: If you
are presenting your Research Paper, you cannot participate in the Debate (vice versa)! - see Rules
Paper - To
get credit, please submit the debate 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!
|Moderator Paper - This is only an option for students who are not doing debating, or presenting the research paper.
is due on the debate date!
(talk) of the Research Paper
NOTE: Your grade will be updated on a regular basis after the completion of each exam or reqiurement. Please regularly check your listed grades for accuracy after they are updated. You can contact me if you want to dispute your grade.
Final grades will not be posted or given out via phone or via email. Grades will be posted on the GoSolar.
Make-up policy: 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 three 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.
upon successfully completing the course, students of this course
should be able to explain
the following topics:
Exponential population growth. The impact of people on natural environments
problems such as global warming (global climate change)
Mineral, energy, and soil resources; problems associated with their
Controls on ground and surface water availability/pollution; problems
related to their use
Nature of and problems associated with streams and flooding
How earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur; what are seismic and
Hazards related to mass wasting processes such as landslide and
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 http://www.gsu.edu/es/catalogs_courses.html, 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.
Include the assigned reading material from class notes and lectures.
see Class Attendance Policy
and GSU Attendance Policy
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.
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.
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: http://www.gsu.edu/help/information_students.html