GOL 106 Syllabus


Division:†††††† Arts and Sciences††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date:February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Business transfer programs


Course Number and Title:†††††††††† Geology 106, Historical Geology


Credit Hours:3††††† Hours/Wk Lecture: 3†††††††† Hours/Wk Lab:††††††† 3Lec/Lab Comb:††††

I.              Catalog Description:Traces the evolution of the earth and life through time. Presents scientific theories of the origin of the earth and life and interprets rock and fossil record.†† Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

II.            Relationship of the Course to the Curricula Objectives in which it is Taught:This is a transfer course which meet the natural science requirement in Liberal Arts and Science.


III.           Required Background:†††† GOL 105 or permission of the instructor.


IV.          Course Content:††††

A.               Scientific Method in the Study of Geology

B.               Geologic history and the appearance of progressively more complex life forms.

C.               Geophysical properties of Earth, including gravity, magnetism, hat flow, etc.

D.               Mineral resources and resource development

E.               Energy resources, development and use.

F.                Environmental and pollution problems

G.               Cosmology and planetary geology

H.               Methods of exploration

I.                  Continued exploration of descriptive techniques of geological structures including cross sections, block diagrams, and maps


V.††††††† Learner Outcomes

VI.†††††† Evaluation

Students will be able to:


A.               Describe major geological events which have changed the planetís structure through time.

B.               Describe the emergence of progressively more complex life forms and their relationships to their environment over geologic time.

C.               Describe and illustrate both surface and subsurface geologic features.

D.               Demonstrate a knowledge of resource identification and development

E.               Compare the structure of the planet with other planets in the solar system

Students will be evaluated some combination of tests, quizzes, lab reports, and sustained writing assignments as defined by the instructor.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Information Literacy

†† Scientific Reasoning