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Course fundamentals


Course materials

Learning outcomes

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

Spring 2017 course schedule

Date: Discussion topics/activity: Reading:
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:

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.

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.

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.

Academic integrity

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.