460:206 Environmental Geology Syllabus

lnstructor: Dr. Lee Slater
Office: 138a Smith Hall
Office Hours: T, TR, 09:00 to 10:00 am
Meeting Time: 10:00 to 11:20 a.m. T, TR – Smith 220
 

Course Description: This course is intended to provide you with a scientific overview of geology as it relates to human activities, termed “Environmental Geology”. Geology is a logical place to start in order to begin to understand complex environmental issues. In particular, we will investigate (a) the physical constraints imposed on human activities by the near-surface and surface geological processes that are continually shaping the environment that we live in, and (b) the resources that we utilize to sustain our lives on Earth. This course will focus on issues not addressed in detail in the “Planet Earth” class and is designed to compliment material covered in the “Environmental Geology Laboratory” classes.


*****Note: Forty percent of the grade in this class is based on quizzes and attendance that are taken with an electronic response pad every class. If you are not happy with the idea that you are expected to come to class regularly, on time and stay for the duration of the class then this is NOT the class for you. You cannot get a good grade in this class without committing to regular and continuous attendance. Furthermore, if you are technophobic then this class is also not for you. The response pads we will use
are much simpler to use than your cell phone and other personal devices and nothing to be scared of. That said, every year a small minority complains about the use of technology in the classroom. If you think that you are likely to be one of those few, then this class is also NOT for you.*****


Specific Learning objectives:

  • Basic understanding of major geological processes occurring in the near surface of the Earth
  • Comprehension of how environmental geological processes impact humans and society
  • Appreciation of how anthropogenic activities are modify natural environmental processes 

Text:

There is a custom-produced text for this class available from the New Jersey Bookstore and Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bradley Hall

Primis version of: Montgomery, C. W., 2010, Environmental Geology, Ninth Edition, ISBN 0077911296 [includes customized text specifically for this class and a CPS EInstruction enrollment card]


NOTE: FOR THIS SECTION OF THE CLASS YOU SHOULD PURCHASE THE CUSTOM BOOK DESIGNED FOR THIS CLASS AND PACKAGED WITH AN EINSTRUCTION ENROLLMENT CODE. THE PACKAGE IS AVAILABLE AT BOTH BRADLEY BOOKSTORE AND NJ BOOKS.


EInstruction software:
This class will utilize the EInstruction (Electronic Instruction) technology designed by CPSOnline. In addition to the enrollment card that will be packaged as part of the custom-produced text described above, you must also purchase a CPS EInstruction radio frequency (RF) response pad. The newest generation 3 (Pulse) RF response pad is available at Bradley Bookstore or NJ Books. However, you may also use a
generation 2 RF response pad in this class.
You MUST also register with CPSOnline [this will be explained during the first class]. You will then use the handset to participate in class [attendance, take tests/quizzes, etc.].

Topics covered
We will focus on the following aspects of Environmental Geology [relevant chapters indicated]:
SURFACE PROCESSES

  • CH. 6. STREAMS & FLOODING
  • CH. 7. COASTAL ZONES AND PROCESSES
  • CH. 8. MASS MOVEMENTS
  • CH. 9. ICE & GLACIERS; WIND & DESERTS
  • CH. 10. CLIMATE; PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

RESOURCES

  • CH. 11. WATER
  • CH. 14. ENERGY RESOURCES - FOSSIL FUELS
  • CH. 15. ENERGY RESOURCES – ALTERNATIVE SOURCES
  • CH. 16. WASTE DISPOSAL
  • CH. 17. WATER POLLUTION
  • CH. 18. AIR POLLUTION

Lecture notes and website
I will post a student version of the lecture notes on Blackboard in PDF format by 7 pm of the day prior to a lecture.


Assignments and grading
You will be graded on the following [% of total grade shown]

  • mid-term exam [30%]
  • final-exam [30%]
  • pop quizzes in class [25%]
  • attendance taken 3x in class [15%]

Make up policy:
Mid-term & final exam: you must have an exceptional circumstance in order to qualify for a make-up exam. You will only be granted a make-up if you see me prior to the exam. No post-exam makeup requests will be granted THE MIDTERM IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY MARCH 8 IN CLASS.
Pop quizzes: conducted in class and do not qualify for make-up

Your responsibilities
You are expected to:
[a] attend class
[b] listen and learn
[c] participate when requested

The following behavior is extremely undesirable and will reduce your participation/attendance grade:
[a] chatting, talking, gossiping, giggling, moaning, ranting, chanting, humming, singing, crying, whining, etc.
[b] cell phone, pager or game-boy use
[c] excessive leaving & reentering of the room
[d] CD, MP3 player use
[e] anything else that makes excessive or unwanted noise
Any of the above can seriously distract other students, their ability to learn and obtain a good grade in class.

Learning Resources

McGraw-Hill maintains a very good student webpage supporting the Montgomery text. It contains study guides, online quizzes and internet links to additional readings, guest essays and internet sites of interest. I highly recommend that you make use of this site in order to help with learning. The site is located http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072826916/student_view0/index.html

SERIOUS STUFF:
Americans with Disabilities Act Statement: If you need accommodations because of a documented disability, contact the Disabled Student Services Office on x5300


Academic Honesty Policy: Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. The first occurrence of any of this behavior will result in a grade of "F".