SRJC Course Outlines

3/31/2023 6:56:59 PMGEOL 1 Course Outline as of Fall 1984

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  GEOL 1Title:  THE EARTH  
Full Title:  The Earth
Last Reviewed:1/27/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Not open to students who have completed Geology 4 or 10. Introduction to the basics of general geology, emphasizing the natural processes that govern and shape the earth.  Overview of the origin and interpretation of rocks and minerals, volcanism, earthquakes and plate tectonics.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Intro to the basics of general geology emphasizing the natural processes that govern & shape the earth.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1984
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1984
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1984Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1984Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: GEOL 100 Physical Geology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): GEOL1

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Provides the student with the theoretical, descriptive, and methodo-
logical experiences required to successfully understand general
geology and its related concepts.  Students participating in this
course will have the opportunity to analyze the natural processes
that govern and shape the earth and be able to answer questions
specifically related to the major geologic concepts.  Students
completing this course should be able to comprehend and demonstrate
some knowledgeability of geology through lecture discussions, reading
assignments, written assignments, and examination.

Topics and Scope
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Course content will include but not be limited to the following areas
stated on the course outline.
The nature and scope of geology:  Development of concept of science,
the scientific method and geology.  Geology as it relates to our
society through exploration for minerals, coal and petroleum products;
Geologic Engineering and Atomic Energy and Geothermal Energy Resources.
Development of geologic philosophy using a historical approach
(Archbishop Ussher to the present) to determine age of the earth and
develop the concept of geologic time.  The origin and development of
North America and its inhabitants through geologic time.
Structure and composition of the earth:  Division of earth's interior
with emphasis on the elemental composition to the crust.  Introduc-
tion to silicates and the silicon/oxygen tetrahedron using the atomic
theory of matter.
Introduction to igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and
process through the rock cycle.
Igneous rocks:  Classification based on texture and composition.
Origin of magmas and final intrusive placement and subsequent
Volcanism:  Crystallization of magmas and resulting textures, clas-
sification and distribution of volcanoes.  Types of eruptions:
Peleean, Strombolian, etc.
Physical and chemical weathering:  Weathering as a process destroying
rocks and generating soil, surface debris and sediments.  Special
emphasis on chemical equations explaining oxidation, hydration, and
carbonation of silicate minerals.
Sediments and sedimentary rocks:  Source and nature of sediments;
sedimentary textures and stratification; environments of deposition;
lithification processes; classificaiton and description of sedimentary
Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks:  Factors controlling metamorphism;
examples of metamorphic environments and their relationship to igneous
processes.  Exposure to P-T phase diagrams; geothermal gradient.
Mass wasting:  Relationships between slope, strength and stress in
determining the probability of mass wasting.  Processes of mass
wasting as free fall, sliding, flowage, creep, and liquification.
Glaciers and glaciation:  What is a glacier?  Conditions necessary
for the formation of a glacier.  Formation of Alpine and Continental
glaciers and their effect on the landscape.  Pleistocene geology.
Underground water:  Efluent vs. Influent streams and the movement of
groundwater, recharge of ground water, artesiam systems, karst topo-
graphy, hotsprings and geysers.
Running Water:  Precipitation and stream flow.  Analysis of stream
parameters as capacity, load, discharge, etc.  Energy requirements
necessary for erosion, transportation, or deposition.  Features of
stream valleys, cycles of erosion, stream patterns and stream types.
Wind action:  Erosion by wind, transportation of sand/dust sized
particles, deposition of sand and the classification of dunes, desert
Oceans and shorelines:  Origin and distribution of oceanic sediments.
The sea wave as a transporter of energy.  Features formed by erosion,
transportation of sediment, and subsequence deposition.  Introduction
to sedimentary facies and transgressive-regressive sequences.
Evolution of coastlines.
Structural deformation of rocks:  Classification of folds and faults.
Elastic Rebound Theory, the nature of seismic energy, and its use to
analyze the Earth's interior.
Earthquakes:  Open-ended Richters and Modified Mercalli Intensity
Scale.  Distribution of hypercenter/epicenters, fault types causing
quakes, association with volcanism.  California as a seismic hazard.
Tectonic Theory:  Continental Drift as proposed by Wegener, Convection
Cell Theory, Paleomagnetism and the development of seafloor spreading.
Discussion draws heavily the distribution and nature of volcanism and
seismic activity.
Plate Tectonic Theory:  The development of modern plate tectonic theory.
Detailed analysis of constructive, destructive, and passive plate

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Evaluation of student performance will be determined through examina-
tion (written and/or objective) and through at least one of the
following written assignments:  Comprehensive research paper, analytic
essay, report and book reviews, extra credit reports, or field
assessment.  Students will be required to master textbook and re-
search material independently outside class.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
15 - 30%
Written homework, Reading reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 10%
Homework problems, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
60 - 75%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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THE EARTH:  Tarbuk

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