CCOG for G 200A Fall 2022
- Course Number:
- G 200A
- Course Title:
- Geology Field Studies
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
Addendum to Course Description
It is recognized by the geology/general science SAC that different field trip sites differ in complexity. Additionally, an instructor may choose to concentrate on a few of the major processes that have shaped a particular location, rather than all of the processes (major and minor). Thus the breadth and depth of geological knowledge attained by a student will vary depending on the chosen site and the goals of the instructor. A student will spend 20 hours per credit in a combination of lecture/study and field observation/exercises to adequately master the outcomes and content offered by a particular site.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Narrate a geologic history of the field area visited by combining site specific content knowledge with field observations and experiences of the site itself.
- Use field research equipment to collect scientifically valid observations and data.
- Connect current environmental and/or land use concerns affecting the study area to the geologic history of the study area.
- Communicate geologic concepts effectively using maps and diagrams in written and/or oral formats.
- Meet learning outcomes specific to this project as mutually agreed upon by the student and instructor in advance through a written learning contract, and as appropriate to the credit awarded for this course.
Course Activities and Design
The material in this course will be presented in a classroom lecture/discussion format with an accompanying field trip. Other educationally sound methods may be employed such as research papers and small group work. Curriculum materials for a specified site will be approved by the geology/general sciences SAC before the site-specific course is offered.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, group projects, oral presentations, or maintenance of a personal field journal.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Course content varies based on location
Content common to any location includes:
- Collaborate with peers - work effectively in groups
- Describe the geologic history of the study area
- Identify the rocks found in the study area
- Discuss human impact on the study area
- Describe the relationship between the geology and the biological organisms in the study area
- Describe the geologic processes that are typified by the study area