SRJC Course Outlines

4/18/2024 7:44:58 PMGEOL 5 Course Outline as of Summer 2008

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  GEOL 5Title:  GEN HISTORICAL L&L  
Full Title:  General Geology: Historical
Last Reviewed:12/20/1991

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Evolution of North America as realized through the theory of plate tectonics and sea floor spreading.  Explanation of development of mountain systems, ocean basins and climatic changes throughout geologic history are viewed in the light of this theory.  Geologic significance of national parks and monuments; development of earth's animal and plant inhabitants; interpretation of topographic and geologic maps and study of representative rocks, minerals and fossils.  


Recommended Preparation:
GEOL 1, GEOL 1L or PHYSC 1; eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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History of the earth, the changing patterns of land & sea, & the evolution of its plants & animals, rocks & fossils.  
(Grade Only)

Recommended:GEOL 1, GEOL 1L or PHYSC 1; eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceSpring 1983Summer 2008
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981Summer 2008
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


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
methodilogical experiences required to successfully understand general
historical geology and its related concepts.  Students participating
in this course will have the opportunity to analyze the natural
processes that governed and shaped the earth through geologic time and
be able to answer questions specifically related to the major geologic
time and be able to answer questions specifically related to the
major geologic concepts.  Students completing this course should be
able to domprehend and demonstrate some knowledgeability of historical
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.
Geologic time:  The nature of the records of the rocks; time units and
measurement of geologic time; rates of weathering, erosion, deposition,
uranium, and carbon 14.
The rock record:  Rock units; time-stratigraphic units; correlation.
Reconstructing the past:  Uniformitarianism; finding ancient lands.
Environments of deposition:  Marine, transitional and continental.
Concepts of plate tectonics:  Plates and plate boundaries; trenches
and subduction; mantle hot spots, and rows of volcanic islands.
Current topics of plate tectonics in relation to crustal deformation
and mountains.  The break-up of Pangaea.
Unraveling the history of the Precambrian:  Origin of the continents;
the Precambrian shields, the Superior Province; Churchill Province;
Central Province; the Grenville Province; Beartooth Mountains; the
Beltian System; Precambrian of the Grand Canyon; Lake Superior region.
The origin of life:  First indications of life on earth; fossils;
learning to recognize fossils.
Early Paleozoic:  A study of the interpretation of epiric seas; further
studies of tectonics and paleogeography.
Middle Paleozoic:  Time of reefs, forests, and salt deposits.
Late Paleozoic:  A tectonic climax and retreat of the seas.  The
forming of Pangaea; the Appalachian Orogeny; minor mountain building
in the western United States.
Mesozoic Era:  Age of reptiles and continental break-up; the beginning
of mountain building in western United States; the Nevadan Orogent and
the Laramide Orogeny.
Cenozoic History:  Threshold of the present:  The final uplifting of
the western mountains.
The Pleistocene Epoch:  Unraveling the physical and glacial history;
the coming of man.  

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Evaluation of student performance will be determined through
examination (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 research
material independently outside of 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
25 - 50%
Reading reports, Lab 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
10 - 30%
Lab reports, Quizzes, 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
25 - 50%
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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