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Course fundamentals


Course materials

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:

Fall 2015 course schedule


Discussion topics/activity:


16-Sep-15 Tectonic setting and volcanic features of the Medicine Lake Volcano p. 2-10
18-Sep-15 Geologic history and potential hazards of the Medicine Lake Volcano p. 10-13
19-Sep-15 Medicine Lake Volcano field trip p. 16-21


Grading of this course is pass/no pass and will be based on:

There will be no alternate or "extra credit" assignments. The final grade will be computed from the total of 20 points and will be scored as follows: ³70% = P and < 70% = NP. The instructor reserves the right to adjust these percentages if such an adjustment is warranted by the class average, but under no circumstances will a student who earns a score of <65% receive a satisfactory (P) grade. In addition to class time a student should expect to spend 1-2 hours reviewing their notes and text and preparing for the final quiz.

Attendance, withdrawal and incomplete policies

Active and informed participation—reading your text, taking complete notes during class sessions, studying features in the field and asking well-informed questions—are the keys to succeeding in this course. If a student is unable to complete the class he or she may withdraw before 18-Sep-2015 without receiving a grade, and is responsible for notifying the admissions office and completing all necessary forms. No incompletes will be granted for this class.

Learning disabilities

If you have a disability (learning, physical, psychological etc.) that may require classroom or testing accommodations please let me know as soon as possible to ensure these accommodations are implemented in a timely manner. If you have not already done so, please contact Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) in Eddy Hall, or call 938-5297, for authorization and coordination of disability verification and accommodation assistance.

Make-up policy for missed work

Because this is a short-term, positive-attendance course there will not be any opportunities to make up missed discussion topics or field trip activities.

Late assignment policy

No late assignments will be accepted for this class.

Academic integrity

Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as we discuss topics in the classroom and the field and as they prepare for quiz. I expect that each student will work independently, however, when he or she takes the final quiz. If I find evidence that any students are not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because they are comparing answers during the final) I reserve the right to assign him or her a score of zero on the assignment or assignments in question.