- Instructor: William Hirt
- Office: Science 217 (7-217)
- Office hours: MWF 11:00-11:50 AM, TR 2:00-2:50 PM and by appointment
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Phone: 530·938·5255
- Lab Phone: 530·938·5157
- Meeting times: WF 6:30-9:30 PM and Sa 7:30 AM-5:20 PM (26-Apr, 28-Apr and 29-Apr, 2017)
- Meeting place: Science 216 (7-216)
- Units: 0.5
- Degree applicability: non degree-applicable
- Wednesday and Friday classroom sessions:
- bring a notebook and pen or pencil so that you can take notes and write down questions.
- Saturday's field trip:
- bring warm clothes and a parka in case the weather becomes windy or wet;
- wear light boots or heavy tennis shoes and bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen;
- bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water;
- bring cash to cover the cost of the cavern tour if you wish to take it (not covered by the course fee);
- bring your camera and binoculars but not your rock hammer.
- Text (provided): Geologic Overview of the Sacramento River Canyon by William Hirt
Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:
- Describe the geologic setting of the Sacramento River Canon and explain how rocks exposed there fit into the overall development of the Klamath Mountains;
- Identify six common igneous and metamorphic rocks found in the Sacramento River Canyon and briefly describe the origin and geologic significance of each;
- Order a list of the major events in the geologic history of the Sacramento River Canyon and describe how the relative or absolute ages of these events have been determined;
- Describe the potential hazards posed by both landslides and flooding in the Sacramento River Canyon and describe how we assess and can best respond to specific threats.
Spring 2017 course schedule
|26-Apr||Geologic setting and history of the Sacramento River Canyon||p. 1-5|
|28-Apr||Geologic resources and potential hazards of the Sacramento River Canyon||p. 6-11|
|29-Apr||Sacramento River Canyon field trip||p. A1-5|
Grading of this course is pass/no-pass and will be based on:
- student preparation and participation during class sessions (10 points);
- and a 10-question multiple-choice quiz (10 points).
There will be no alternate or "extra credit" assignments. The final grade will be computed from a total of 20 points, and will be scored as follows: 70 or more % = 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 (CR) grade. In addition to class time, a student should expect to spend 1-2 hours reviewing their notes and text and studying for the final quiz.
Attendance, withdrawal and incomplete policies
Active and informed participation—reading your text, taking careful notes, 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 28-Apr-2017 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.
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.
Participation and missed work
Because this is a short-term, positive-attendance course there will not be any opportunities to make up missed discussions or field trip activities.
Late assignment policy
Because of the short-term format of this class no late assignments will be accepted.
Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another during class discussions, while doing their reading assignments, and as they prepare for exam. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she takes the final exam. If I find evidence that any student is not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because he or she copies another's work on the quiz) I reserve the right to assign him or her a score of zero on the assignment or assignments in question.