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GEL 1009




  • Wicander, R. and Monroe, J.S., Historical Geology, current ed.
  • Poort, J.M., and Carlson, R.J., Historical Geology: Interpretations and Applications, current ed.


  • Lectures will cover topics from the text, you should bring you textbooks to class so you can refer to the topics, figures, and diagrams.
  • Laboratory exercises are assigned to reinforce lecture topics. The laboratory is a closed lab and while you may work on assignments at your own pace, you should complete your assignments prior to leaving the lab.  I will be available in the lab to guide you through the assignments and answer your questions. You are encouraged to work with others from the class; however, you should always submit your own work in your own words.
  • Field Trips are hands-on exercises designed to allow you to see what we are talking about in class. Field trip locations have been selected to help with the interpretation of geologic history required for your reports.


  • CLASS PARTICIPATION: In order to check your understanding I will ask you questions about the material being covered. "I don’t know" is commonly a favorite response to questions, but it is not acceptable in this course. I expect an honest attempt at an answer, even if it is incorrect.
  • FIELD TRIPS: You are required to participate in at least two half-day field trips or the three day field trip. The field trip schedule is included on the class schedule below. You should make plans to attend all of the field trips if possible.
  • TEXT: You are expected to read the text. We will not be able to cover all of the material in the text during lecture and seminar. If you read the text prior to attending class, you will be able to ask me for clarification about things you don’t understand.

  • ATTENDANCE: You are expected to attend all class sessions. You should always notify me prior to missing class.

  • WITHDRAWAL: I may withdraw you from the course at your request or at my discretion. I may withdraw you for any of the following reasons:

    • four absences from class

    • failure to complete a missed exam within one week

    • failure to submit two homework assignments

    -  If you want to ensure withdrawal, you should request it. Failure to request a withdrawal or complete the course may result in a grade of "F"
    -  The last day to withdraw is April 6.

    - You have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within WebAdvisor, you are authorizing IVCC to remove you from the course. Entering your student ID number serves as your electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructorís discretion. You should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that you meet with your instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for you. More detailed information is available at www.ivcc.edu/admissions and selecting the menu item for Withdrawals on the left side of the page.

    • Exams must be made up within one week and may be essay or oral exams. You must notify me prior to missing the exam.
    • Quizzes cannot me made up, four quizzes will be counted toward the final grade.
    • Labs should be turned in prior to leaving the lab; if you miss a lab, you should contact me as soon as possible to discuss options for completing the missed work.  Points may be subtracted for late submission of work.
    • Late exams and homework will not be accepted after one week without a written excuse.
    • No work will be accepted after Friday, May 4.
  • ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: You are encouraged to discuss class and homework with other students; however, all assignments must be your original work in your own words. If you cheat on an exam, you will be given a failing grade for the exam and will be required to have a conference with me and the Division Chair.
  • CONTACT ME: If you have conflicts, concerns, scheduling problems, study difficulties, test anxiety, a learning disability, or anything else that may interfere with your success in this class or if you have questions about the college, geology, your career path, or just about anything else, please stop by my office or send me an e-mail. I will do my best to help you or direct you to someone who can.
    • Please note: All students will be responsible for checking their IVCC email. All electronic college correspondence will only be sent to the IVCC email. For information on accessing this account, go to http://www.ivcc.edu/studenthelpdesk.aspx?id=16712.
  • READ THIS OUTLINE AND REFER TO IT DAILY. This site includes homework assignments, reading assignments, exam dates, and a study guide. You are responsible for the material covered in this outline. Not knowing that there is an exam will not excuse you from having to take it.
  • The student handbook and the college catalog should be reviewed to become familiar with all IVCC policies.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability.  If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at (tina_hardy@ivcc.edu, 224-0284) or stop by office C-211.


  • LABS: Lab assignments should be submitted as indicated on the course schedule.
  • REPORT/PRESENTATION: You will prepare and present a report (with  describing the geologic history of a specified portion of the geologic time scale. The specific minimum requirements and grading method are described on a separate page.
  • EXAMS: You will prepare and present a report (with one or two other students) describing the geologic history of a specific geologic time.  The specific minimum requirements and grading method are described on a separate page.
  • ASSESSMENTS: I will occasionally ask you to assess my exams and instruction and your preparation and progress. These assessments will not affect your grade.
The class is worth 550 points. The grading scale will be
Mid-Term Exam 100 pts.
Final Exam 100 pts.
Time scale exam 50 pts.
Labs 200 pts.
Report/Presentation 100 pts.
90% and above A
80% to 89% B
70% to 79% C
60% to 69% D
below 60% F

Grammar & Spelling are worth 10% of all assignments and exams. Answers should be in complete, grammatically correct sentences. All words should be correctly spelled. If you need help you should ask me, an English instructor, or the Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Lab (in LRC-B) for assistance.


  • You can earn extra credit by attending additional field trips.
  • Term Paper: You may apply the concepts learned in the class by writing a term paper discussing a topic in historical geology in greater detail than presented in the class
    • You must have the topic approved by me.
    • Points will be assigned based on the depth of knowledge expressed in the paper.
    • You are expected to cite all references.
    • The term paper must be typed and proper English and spelling must be used.
  • If you are assigned a paper in another course and you choose a topic related to historical geology, you may be able to submit the paper to me as well; just ask.


  • Skip class often. (Sleep in, nothing important will be covered.)
  • Sit in the back row and chat.
  • Leave your book at home.
  • Donít write anything down.
  • Work on the labs alone, avoid discussing them with others
  • Donít open the book.
  • Lose the study guide.
  • Donít ask questions about the material.
  • Donít turn in work.
  • Schedule appointments during class time.
  • Do not work on the labs when I am in the lab.
  • Copy someone elseís work.
  • Pretend like you already know the material.
  • Take a vacation for a week while classes are in session.
  • Come to class late.
  • Avoid me.
  • If youíre in the middle of a game of Euchre, finish the game, class can wait.
  • Donít talk to any of your classmates and do not study with them.
  • Do not ask any questions, ever.
  • Turn in your work late, if at all.
  • Do not use proper English and spelling on any assignments.
  • Do not e-mail me.
  • Do make me your friend in Facebook.
  • Rush through the labs, put as little effort into each lab as possible, do not answer all of the questions.
  • Avoid the Tutoring Center in LRC-D (244-0479)
  • Do no research for your report. The day it is due, skip your 10:00 class and put it together then.
  • Do as little as possible.
  • If you must stop by my office, check my schedule first, and stop by when I am in another class.
  • Have no goals.


  • Attend all class sessions (and pay attention).
  • Take notes.
  • Read the assigned chapters prior to attending class.
  • Work on the lab assignments prior to seminar.
  • Follow the study guide and be sure you know the answers to the questions.
  • Ask questions about the material. Talk to other students and to me.
  • Find a "lab buddy" and do the labs together each week.
  • Stop by my office.
  • Get to know some of your classmates and work on labs and the study guide with them.
  • Visit me in the lab.
  • Ask more questions.
  • Ask questions in lab.
  • Type all assignments (required).
  • Use proper English and spelling on all assignments (worth 10% of all homework).
  • Be sure to complete all of the labs and submit them on time.
  • Put a lot of time and thought into your reports.
  • Don’t rush through the labs, you are expected to spend at least 2 hours per week working in the lab.
  • Seek assistance at the Tutoring Center in B-325 (244-0479).


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