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1/24/2020 6:49:04 PMPHYSC 21 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYSC 21Title:  EARTH SCIENCE  
Full Title:  Introduction to Earth Science
Last Reviewed:9/11/2013

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A survey course providing an introduction to the Earth sciences, including geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.  This course focuses on the interactions between various Earth systems such as plate tectonics, the hydrologic cycle, the rock cycle, weather and climate, and Earth's place in the universe. This course is primarily designed for those intending to pursue an elementary teacher education program.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
A survey course providing an introduction to the Earth sciences, including geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.  This course focuses on the interactions between various Earth systems such as plate tectonics, the hydrologic cycle, the rock cycle, weather and climate, and Earth's place in the universe.  This course is primarily designed for those intending to pursue an elementary teacher education program.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2014
Inactive: 
 Area:C
Natural Sciences
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 2014
 B3Laboratory Activity  
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 2014
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2014Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2014Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: GEOL 121 Earth Science with Lab SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHYSC21

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Apply scientific techniques to solve Earth science-related questions.
2.  Relate concepts, principles and interactions of Earth's systems.
3.  Practically apply concepts of Earth's systems.
4.  Differentiate among and classify common minerals and rocks.
5.  Identify and characterize surface processes.
6.  Interpret how the universe, particularly the Earth, changes over time.  
7.  Communicate complex course concepts effectively in writing and diagrams.
 

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Define the nature of science and solve problems using the scientific method.
2. Summarize the relationships among the rock cycle, plate tectonics, geologic structures, volcanism and earthquake activity.
3. Differentiate rocks and minerals; identify and describe specific rocks and minerals.
4. Quantify geologic time and use relative and radiometric dating methods to interpret Earth's history.   
5. Describe surface processes and identify associated landforms.
6. Explain processes and identify features associated with oceans and shorelines.
7. Explain and diagram Earth-Sun and Earth-Moon relationships.  
8. Use maps to recognize and interpret global weather and climate patterns.  
9. Explain and measure aspects of weather and climate.  
10. Compare and contrast physical properties of astronomical bodies.
11. Construct a Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram and summarize the processes that occur as stars evolve.
12. Summarize the fundamental concepts of cosmology.
13. Evaluate interactions between humans and Earth systems.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Earth Science
    A. Earth Science Principles
     B. The Scientific Method
II. Earth Materials
    A. Minerals
    B.  Rocks
         1. The Rock Cycle
         2. Igneous Rocks
         3. Sedimentary Rocks
         4. Metamorphic Rocks
    C. Soils
III. Earth's External Processes
    A. Weathering and Erosion
    B. The Hydrologic Cycle
          1. Surface Water
         2. Groundwater
    C. Glaciers
    D. Deserts
IV. Earth's Internal Forces
     A. Earth's Internal Structure
    B. The Theory of Plate Tectonics
     C. Crustal Deformation
     D. Earthquakes
     E.  Volcanic Activity
    F. Intrusive Igneous Activity
V. Earth History
    A. Key Principles of Relative Dating
    B. Fossils and Fossilization
     C. Radiometric Dating
    D. The Geologic Time Scale
VI. Oceans
    A. Features of the Ocean Floor
    B. The Dynamic Ocean
         1. Currents
         2. Shorelines
          3. Tides
VII. Weather and Climate
    A. Atmosphere
         1. Composition
          2. Vertical Structure
         3. Ozone Depletion
    B. Earth-Sun Relationships
         1. Earth's Motions
         2. Seasons
    C. Solar and Terrestrial Radiation       
          1. Electromagnetic Radiation and our Atmosphere
         2. Heat-Transfer Mechanisms
          3. Greenhouse Effect
    D. Temperature
         1. Controlling factors
          2. Global patterns
     E.  Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
    F. Water and Atmospheric Moisture
     G. Weather Systems
     H. Climate
VIII. Earth's Place in the Universe
    A. Origins of Modern Astronomy
    B. The Solar System
         1. The Earth and Moon
         2. Other Major Planets
         3. The Sun
         4. Small Solar System Bodies
    C. Stars and the Interstellar Medium
         1. Interstellar Matter
         2. Classifying Stars
         3. Stellar Evolution
         4. Stellar Remnants
         5. Galaxies and Galactic Clusters
         6. Cosmology
IX. Laboratory and/or Field Trip Material (at least 10 of the following topics will be covered)
     A. Scientific Method
    B. Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
     C. Mineral Properties and Identification
     D. Rock Properties and Identification
     E. Structural Geology
    F. Groundwater and Subsidence
     G. Surface Processes
     H. Geologic Time and Dating Earth Materials
    I. Oceans
     J. Weather Systems and Atmospheric Moisture
     K. Astronomy

Assignments:
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1. Assigned readings (30-50 pages per week)
2. Homework (5-15): essays, written homework, lab reports, problem solving exercises
3. Research papers (1-3, 3-6 pages each)
4. Laboratory activities (10-15): calculations, diagram construction, rock and mineral identification, map interpretation, astronomical observations
5. Exams (3-5 lecture exams, 3-5 lab exams); quizzes (5-15 lecture quizzes, 5-15 lab quizzes)
6. Class participation: in-class activities, discussions, group work, attendance

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%
Essays, research papers and lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Homework problems, lab activities
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
25 - 50%
Objective questions, short answer and/or essay, lab exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Earth Science. Tarbuck, Lutgens and Tasa (13th ed). Pearson, 2012.
Foundations of Earth Science. Lutgens, Tarbuck and Tasa (7th ed). Pearson, 2014.
The Good Earth: Introduction to Earth Science. McConnell, Steer, Owens and Knight (2nd ed). McGraw Hill, 2010.
Applications and Investigations in Earth Science. Tarbuck, Lutgens and Pinzke (7th ed). Pearson, 2012.

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