Lesson 1: Orientation
Welcome to College of the Siskiyous' online Environmental Geology course for Fall 2011. This week's lesson is designed to acquaint you with the course's resources and procedures so that you can "hit the ground running" when we begin our study of humanity's interactions with the Earth next week.
Like our other lessons this semester, this one is divided into four parts: (1) a list of learning objectivesthings you'll be expected to be able to do after mastering the concepts you study this week; (2) a guided reading and browsing assignment that will help direct your learning about the week's topics; (3) an exercise that will enable you to put what you have learned into practice; and (4) a brief quiz that will help me assess how well you've learned the main ideas and skills covered in this week's lesson. The formats of our exercises will vary; some will be taken from the Hazard City software, others from Virtual Courseware, and still others will be writing assignments. In each case, however, you will need to point your browser to the companion Etudes site in order to submit your answers or written work. Quizzes and the final will also be conducted on the Etudes site.
Exactly how all of this works will become clearer as you explore the websites that are at the heart of this lesson. If you encounter problems or have questions please write to me via the discussion board or a private message on the ETUDES site. I will check my messages and e-mail as often as possible prior to the first week of class and check both regularly beginning on about 11-Aug.
Weekly Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this week's lesson, a student is expected to be able to:
- Find and use course resources on both this COS GEOL 1110 site and on the companion Etudes site;
- Access the exercises on the Hazard City software that we will be using throughout the semester.
Reading and Browsing Assignment
- Browse through the pages of this COS Environmental Geology website using the navigation bar on the left side of each page. Be sure that you read through the syllabus carefully and know where to find information on the writing assignments, how different assignments contribute to your grade, and what the policies are for late assignments, incompletes, and so on.
- Browse through the companion Etudes site for this course, and be sure that you know where the discussion board for the class is located as well as how to get into the "Assignments, Tests, and Surveys" tool. If you are new to Etudes you should review the Online Student Help page posted on the COS website. It will explain how to log into Etudes as well as how to carry out some basic tasks. Note that for all of your work in Etudes you will be expected to use the Firefox browser, which is available as a free download from Mozilla. This browser consistently downloads images from Etudes and displays them correctly, whereas Internet Explorer does not always do so. You should download and install Firefox before you start this week's quiz if you do not already have it on your computer.
- Log into the Hazard City, 4th ed. website and check-out the Glossary and Help sections as well as one or two of the exercises (just look, don't spend time working on them now.) [Note: An access code for this site is packaged with the 5th edition of your textbook. If you purchased your text from an off-campus vendor be sure that it includes a valid access code for Hazard City 4th ed. because we are going to be using exercises on this site that may not be that same as those on the older CD-based editions of the program.]
Exercise 1: Discussion Board Post (Due by 9:00 AM on 22-Aug-11)
Now that you have had a look at the course websites and the Hazard City website, go to the Etudes site and post a response to the welcome message I have left on the Etudes Discussion Board (under "Discussion and Private Messages" tool). This will help each of get to know a little more about our classmates, and what their backgrounds and goals are for the semester.
Quiz 1: Orientation (Due by 9:00 AM on 22-Aug-11.)
Finally, complete Quiz 1 in the Etudes "Assignments, Tests, and Surveys" tool. There are ten questions, each worth one point. If you can answer all of them correctly it means that you know your way around the course resources pretty well and are ready to start learning about the major concepts of Environmental Geology next week. Like all of our weekly quizzes, this one is timed (you'll have 30 minutes) and must be completed in one "sitting". (That is, you will only be granted access once.) So, be sure you're ready to complete your quiz when you start it—and be sure you're using Firefox. Good luck.