Geology Laboratory Field Experience
Instructor: Dr. Mark Colberg
Required Textbook: Geologic Field Investigations in Southern Utah: Available at the SUU bookstore.
Lab fee: $20.00, plus the required textbook. Your lab fee should have been assessed with your tuition.
Course Objectives: To see first hand some of the local geology, to participate in taking scientific measurements and collecting data in the field, and to start thinking geologically.
The Field Trips: Field trips will depart promptly at 8 am from the SUU parking lot at the corner of 200 South and 1150 West (across from Eccles Coliseum) and will return at approximately 5 pm.
On each field trip, bring your lab manual, pen or pencil, calculator, a tape measure, a watch with a second hand, lunch water, sturdy hiking boots, extra shoes and socks you don't mind getting wet, a hat, and a warm jacket. Other items you may wish to bring are a flashlight, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, and handiwipes. You may get dirty, so don't wear your best cloths. Be prepared to hike on any trip, and be prepared for any kind of weather..
This 1-credit lab consists of two Saturday field trips to geologically interesting areas:
Saturday, March 4, 2006
Saturday, April 1, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Saturday, April 8, 2006
You must participate in both field trips listed for the section in which your enrolled. Therefore, if you are registered for section 1, you must attend both the March 4th and April 1st trips. If you are enrolled in Section 2, you must attend the March 18th and April 15th trips. If you find that you will be unable to one of the trips for which you are scheduled, you will need to drop one section and add the other.
Grading: These field trips are mandatory. Geology is a very visual, hands-on science and we are fortunate to live in an area with some of the most diverse geologic features anywhere in the world. Grades will be determined based on trip participation, and the exercises you will be responsible for on each trip. If you miss a trip, your grade for this lab will be no higher than a C. If you miss both trips, you will receive an F for the lab. There are NO makeup assignments available. Your lab manual includes road logs for each trip, blank pages for note taking, and exercises for each trip.
Grades will be assigned according to the following scale.
A 93 - 100 C 73 - 76
A- 90 - 93 C- 70 - 72
B+ 87 - 89 D+ 67 - 69
B 83 - 86 D 63 - 66
B- 80 - 82 D- 60 - 63
C+ 77 - 79 F < 60
Academic Integrity: Academic (scholastic) dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the appropriate section of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.
In short, don't cheat - it's not worth it! If you are caught, the consequences can be BAD. If you are not caught, remember that by being dishonest in a class you are being dishonest with yourself since you are not allowing yourself to learn, and learning is why we are at this institution in the first place.
Online Course Evaluations: As of this semester (Fall, 2005) students will evaluate their face-to-face courses On line using a program called WebCT. The previously used Scantron system, with the paper-and-pencil survey, will NO LONGER be used. During the last week of instruction, all students will have access to WebCT for the purpose of evaluating each of their courses. To access the system, students will (1) on the internet, go to SUU's home page (www.suu.edu); (2) click Current Students; (3) click WebCT; (4) log in with Username and Password exactly as done in the campus computer labs-- If students don’t know their Username or Password, they can click on the choices on this screen that will provide them; (5) once logged in, students will see a list of courses, with Course Evaluation in each title—they will then click on the course they wish to evaluate. Each instructor has a detailed list of instructions that may be handed out to students. (Attached to this syllabus.)
Students with Disabilities: Students with medical, psychological, learning, or other disabilities desiring academic adjustments, accommodations, or auxiliary aids must contact the Southern Utah University Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), room 206F of the Sharwan Smith Center, or phone (435) 865-8022. SSD, not your instructor, determines eligibility for and authorizes the provision of these services and aids
Risk Assumption: Participation in these field trips involve an element of risk not found in normal classroom activities. This includes risks associated with travel, and hazards encountered in outdoor settings. It is university policy that all passengers in vans wear seat belts.
Disclaimer: Information contained in this syllabus, other than grading, late assignments, makeup work, and attendance policies, may be subject to change without notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.