Geology 118 - Natural Disasters - Fall 2016
(also cross-listed as ESE 118 and GLBL 118)

MWF 1 pm in Lincoln Hall Theater

Please turn off cell phones.
There should be no extended personal conversations in class


Welcome to the Geology 118 home page. Geology 118 introduces the nature, causes, risks, effects, and prediction of natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, subsidence, severe weather, global climate change, coastal erosion, floods, and meteorite impacts. It also covers geologic and atmospheric principles, case histories of natural disasters, and human responses to natural disasters including societal impact, mitigation strategies, and public policy.

Choose from the topics below:

  • Lecture Powerpoint Slides and i>clicker Questions
  • General Course Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • Web Exercises - Web Exercise #1 is completed; Web Exercise #2 is completed; Web Exercise #3 is completed; Web Exercise #4 is completed; Web Exercise #5 is completed; Web Exercise #6 is late and not accepted after 1 pm on Wednesday (Dec. 7). Click here for detailed instructions on completing Web Exercises (on-time or late).
  • Hazard City in MasteringGeology Web Site - Click here for detailed instructions on how to register for the Hazard City in MasteringGeology Web Site, (fifth edition), which is used in Web Exercises #2, 3, 4, and 6
  • Writing Assignment - is completed
  • Summaries of Current Natural Disasters
  • Natural Disaster Web Links
  • Emergency Response Recommendations - from U of I Division of Public Safety
  • Honors Credit - As of Sept. 14, this opportunity is closed to additional Honors students.
  • Final Exam Review Questions

  • Announcements

    Final Exam: 7 - 10 pm, Wednesday (Dec. 14) Lincoln Hall Theater
    Bring Photo ID
    Format = ~24 Multiple Choice, ~14 True/False, ~12 Matching

    Covers Lectures #27 - 40 (including Scientific Writing)

    (Global Climate Change I - Meteorite Impacts III)

    Optional Question/Answer Session =
    Thursday (Dec. 8) 1 - 2 pm, 114 David Kinley Hall, 1407 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana

    Official University of Illinois policy will be followed for requests for a conflict final exam time. Specifically, you must have a verifiable official University excuse such as three final exams in 24-hour period to schedule a conflict final exam for GEOL 118. If you have another final exam scheduled for 7 pm on Dec. 14, then it is probably a combined section (or conflict) final exam and you must take a conflict exam in that course in accordance with Student Code.

    Conflict Final Exam = 11 am - 2 pm, Thursday (Dec. 15) 169 Computing Applications Bldg. (605 E. Springfield, Champaign)
    ONLY if you have a verifiable official University excuse
    Format for conflict Final Exam is similar to regularly scheduled final exam (multiple choice, true/false, matching). Contact Fangruo Zhao to get your name on sign-up sheet for taking conflict Final Exam.

    Previous final exam is not available. Review questions are found by clicking here.

    Web Exercise #6 (Rivers and Floods) - Late

    Web Exercise #6 (Rivers and Floods) was due by 1:00 pm, Friday (Dec. 2). It is still available as an Assessment under the Web Exercises button on the GEOL 118 Illinois Compass 2g Web site; however, there is a 2-point penalty for every 24-hour period assignment is late. It is submitted on-line and detailed instructions for completing Web Exercises are available by clicking here.

    No Web Exercise #6 is accepted after 1 pm on Wednesday (Dec. 7). Scores will be visible in the Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center after ~2:15 pm, Wednesday (Dec. 7). Feedback, including your answers, the correct answers, and explanations of the answer, will be available on Illinois Compass 2g (go back to Web Exercise #6 under Web Exercises button) after 2 pm, Wednesday (Dec. 7). If you have questions about Web Exercise #6, contact Fangruo Zhao  (fzhao4@illinois.edu).

    Geology 118 Top Ten Videos - Vote for Favorites on Monday (Dec. 5)

    Be prepared to vote in Monday's (Dec. 5) class for your favorite video clips of the semester. Select a total of ~7 minutes of video from the list below. ~Seven minutes of the most popular video clips will be shown during Wednesday's (Dec. 7) class.

     Date

     Topic

     Length

      Sept. 14  Earthquakes and Tsunamis - High-definition video choreographed to powerful music introduces earthquakes and tsunamis
     3.5 min.
     Sept. 26
     Volcanoes - High-definition video choreographed to powerful music introduces volcanoes and volcanic eruptions
     3 min.
     Oct. 14  Landslides - Four short clips: Landslide vs. train; Boulder nearly crushes car; Mudslide covers car and passengers scramble away from it; Snow avalanche overtakes cameraman, who laughs at the end  3.3 min.
     Oct. 17
     Landslides - Iceberg falls into water, creating giant wave that washes people away AND mudslide moves toward truck, which drives in reverse to escape  2.5 min.
     Oct. 21  Tornadoes - Family in backyard watches tornado approaching, then they run into house as man yells, “I’m still filming!” and tornado hits house  1.5 min.
     Oct. 24
     Tornadoes - TV crew in vehicle tries to outrun tornado, later they hide beneath highway bridge as tornado passes over  2 min.
     Oct. 26
     Hail - Noisy swimming pool during severe hailstorm  1.3 min.
     Oct. 26  Lightning - Lots of lightning, which is set to tune of Overture of 1812  1.5 min.
     Oct. 26
     Tornadoes - Foolhardy man talks casually on cell phone in his parked truck while tornado passes over him  2 min.
     Oct. 28
     Hurricanes - Hurricane Andrew, family in hall of home survives roof removal and wall collapse  5 min.

    Writing Assignment - Scores, Scoring Basis
    Average Total Score for Writing Assignment = 84.7%
    Average Essay Score = 7.5 out of 10 points
    • Scores: You can view your individual scores for GEOL 118 Writing Assignment at the Calibrated Peer Review™ Web site and in the Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center. Detailed explanation of how to interpret your scores is available by clicking here.
    • Requests for Review by Prof. Altaner: The deadline for this opportunity (11:59 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30) has passed.
    • Overall Grading Basis: Part I (300 - 500 word Essay) = 30 points, Part II involves Evaluation of 3 Calibration Essays = 30 points, Evaluation of 3 other student Essays = 30 points, and Evaluation of your own Essay = 10 points. Maximum = 100 points. Assignment is worth 10% of total course grade.
    • Scoring for Essay Reviews: You get full credit (10 points) for a Calibration Essay review if you "mastered" it on your first or second attempt, which means you were within 3 points of overall rating given by answer key AND correctly answered 3 out of 7 Style questions (#1 - 5, 11 and 12) AND correctly answered 2 out of 5 Content questions (#6 - 10). You get no credit (0 points) for a Calibration Essay review if you did not master it on either try.
    You get full credit (10 points) for each review of another student’s Essay if your overall rating score was within 3 points of the average rating score by all students for that essay. No credit is given if your rating was more than 3 points from the average rating by students for that essay.

    You get full credit (10 points) for your review of your own Essay, if your rating score was within 3 points of average rating by other students. You get half credit (5 pts) if you were between 3 - 4 points of average student rating. You get no credit if you were more than 4 points from average student rating.
    Exam #2 - Class Results

    A = 102 - 90% (25% of class)
    B = 89 - 80% (32% of class)
    C = 79 - 70% (23% of class)
    D = 69 - 60% (13% of class)
    F = <60% (7% of class)
     
    Range = 102 - 38%
    Average score = 79%
    • Exam scores are visible in the Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center.
    • On Monday (Nov. 14), question sheets for Exam #2 will be available on Compass.
    • Error sheets will be distributed at end of class on Monday, Nov. 14 (last names A - M) and Wednesday, Nov. 16 (last names N - Z). Unclaimed error sheets for Exam #2 will be with Fangruo Zhao.
    • Because class average for Exam #1 is higher than 77%, there is no curve for Exam #2.  
    • NOTE:  The plus/minus grading system will be used for final grades in Geology 100 with cutoffs at the following representative values:
         B+ = 86.17 - 89.49%
         B = 82.83 - 86.16%
         B- = 79.50 - 82.82%  etc.

    Midterm Letter Grades and Total Percentage Scores

    Midterm grades are visible in Compass Grade Center. The column Midterm Letter Grade gives your letter grade, based on your scores for Exam #1 and Web Exercises #1 and #2; however, it does NOT include any extra credit points from i>clicker questions.

    Your Midterm Total Percentage score is shown in the column Midterm Total Points. Your Midterm Total Percentage score is not determined by adding up your points earned on the above assignments and dividing by the maximum points possible. Instead, it is a weighted average based on the weighting scheme used for your final grade in the course. The specific formula used to calculate your Midterm Total Percentage score is:

    Midterm Total Points = [(Web Exercise #1/0.2) x 0.1667] + [(Web Exercise #2/0.2) x 0.1667] + (Exam #1 x 0.666)

    NOTE: You will need to add your clicker points (i>clicker-TotalPoints column) to Midterm Total Points column to get your Midterm Total Percentage Score including extra credit.


    Exam #1 - Class Results, New Final Grade Cutoffs

    A = 100 - 90% (17% of class)
        B = 89 - 80% (23% of class)
        C = 79 - 70% (29% of class)
        D = 69 - 60% (18% of class)
        F = <60% (14% of class)

             Range = 100 - 42%
               Average score = 75%
    • Exam scores are visible in Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center.
    • Question sheets for Exam #1 are available on home page of the Compass 2g Web site.
    • Error sheets were distributed on 10/5 and 10/10.
    • Unclaimed error sheets and individual student question books and bubble sheets for Exam #1 are with Fangruo Zhao  (fzhao4@illinois.edu, Room 107, 508 S. Sixth St., Champaign)
    • Because the class average for Exam #1 was lower than usual, the final grade cutoffs are lowered by 0.5%. This is equivalent to applying a 2.5% curve for the exam. The plus/minus grading system will be used for final grades with the new cutoffs at the following representative values:
    B+ = 86.17 - 89.49%
    B = 82.83 - 86.16%
    B- = 79.50 - 82.82%  etc.


    Bring i>Clicker to Every Class

    Make sure to bring your i>clicker to every class. Also, register your i>clicker on Illinois Compass 2g Web site. Remember that you cannot receive any of the extra credit points for i>clicker questions unless you attend class and answer i>clicker questions with a properly functioning and registered i>clicker. Prof. Altaner began asking i>clicker questions on Monday, Aug. 29. See Syllabus or FAQ #22 or Announcement farther down this page for more details about i>clicker policy.

    i>Clicker Scores and Questions Used - Available Through Dec. 5

    i>Clicker scores through Monday, Dec. 5 are now visible in the GEOL 118 Illinois Compass 2g  Grade Center. Session 1 represents your i>clicker score for the first class period that had i>clicker questions (Aug. 29), Session 2 is for Aug. 31 and so on. The i>clicker questions and correct answers for each Session are available on the same page as Lecture Powerpoint slides. i>Clicker scores are for extra credit only with the following scoring basis: You receive 0.1% point added to your total percentage score if you answer all or all but one of the i>clicker questions for that class and 0.1% point if you get at least two of them correct. For example, if there are 3 i>clicker questions and you answer at least two of them and get at least two of them correct, then you will receive the maximum daily score of 0.2%. If you answer at least two of the three i>clicker questions and get only one of them correct, then you will receive a score of 0.15%. If you answer at least two of the three i>clicker questions and get none of them correct, then you will receive a score of 0.1%. The class averages are: 0.2 (Session 1), 0.17 (Session 2), 0.19 (Session 3), 0.18 (Session 4), 0.19 (Session 5), 0.18 (Session 6), 0.19 (Session 7), 0.17 (Session 8), 0.16 (Session 9), 0.17 (Session 10), 0.18 (Session 11), 0.19 (Session 12), 0.17 (Session 13), 0.18 (Session 14), 0.16 (Session 15), 0.19 (Session 16), 0.17 (Session 17), 0.2 (Session 18), 0.18 (Session 19), 0.15 (Session 20), 0.16 (Session 21), 0.18 (Session 22), 0.17 (Session 23), 0.19 (Session 24), 0.19 (Session 25), 0.2 (Session 26), 0.18 (Session 27), 0.17 (Session 28), 0.17 (Session 29), 0.16 (Session 30), 0.19 (Session 31), 0.18 (Session 32), 0.19 (Session 33), 0.19 (Session 34), 0.19 (Session 35), 0.17 (Session 36), and 0.20 (Session 37).

    Because points from i>clicker questions are for extra credit only, no credit is given if a student does not attend class (with or without an official University excuse), forgets his/her i>clicker, has an i>clicker malfunction, or has to arrive to class late or to leave early. Please check your i>clicker scores regularly. If your i>clicker is not registering, contact Fangruo Zhao (fzhao4@illinois.edu) immediately. We're unable to retroactively change i>clicker points and so the sooner the issue is resolved the better.

    Web Exercise #1 - 5 - Scores and Feedback

    Scores for Web Exercise #1, #2a (Parts II - VII, worth up to 15 points), #2b (Part I - EQ Certificate, worth 5 points), #3, #4, and #5 are available in the Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center. The class average was 17.2 out of 20 points, 17.3 out of 20 points, 16.4 out of 20 points, 14.8 out of 20 points, and 17.9 out of 20 points, respectively. You can view your answers, the correct answers, and explanations for each question by returning to Web Exercise #1, #2a, #3, #4, and #5 under the Web Exercises button on the Illinois Compass 2g Web site.

    Required Natural Hazards Textbook -  Purchase or Reserve Reading Options

    The required textbook for GEOL 118 is Natural Hazards (4th edition) by Keller and DeVecchio (2014). There are several ways you can obtain this textbook.

    1) You can purchase the Natural Hazards textbook from one of the local bookstores (IUB and TIS). IUB offers an online price comparison service at the following URL:
    http://illini.verbacompare.com/comparison?id=583541

    2) You can purchase the textbook directly from the publisher, Taylor & Francis at the following URL:
    https://www.routledge.com/Natural-Hazards-Earths-Processes-as-Hazards-Disasters-and-Catastrophes/Keller-DeVecchio/p/book/9780321939968
    Please note that the textbook used to be published by Pearson-Prentice Hall; however, they no longer publish or sell it directly.

    3) You can purchase or even rent the textbook through Amazon. Here is a URL where it is sold there:
    https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Hazards-Processes-Disasters-Catastrophes/dp/0321939964/ref=mt_paperback?_encoding=UTF8&me=

    4) You can go to Grainger Engineering Library (1301 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana) and read one of the two copies of the textbook that are on reserve there. Grainger Engineering Library is open from 10 am Sunday to midnight Friday and 10 am to midnight Saturday.


    Required Hazard City in MasteringGeology Web Site - Access Code, Direct Purchase, or CD on Reserve

    The other required resource for GEOL 118 is access to the Hazard City in MasteringGeology Web Site (5th ed.), which is used in four of the Web Exercises (#2, 3, 4, and 6). To register for and then use Hazard City in MasteringGeology, you will need either an access code, credit card, or PayPal account. The required access code comes with your Keller and DeVecchio textbook if you purchased a new textbook published by Pearson; however, if your new textbook was published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge, it won’t have an access code. Used copies of the textbook likely will not have a working access code. Alternatively, you can purchase access to Hazard City in MasteringGeology for $15. Click here for detailed instructions on how to register for (using an access card or by direct purchase) the Hazard City in MasteringGeology Web site (5th ed.). Click here to access the Hazard City in MasteringGeology Web Site (5th ed.) after purchasing access to it. As stated in the detailed instructions, the Course ID for GEOL 118's Hazard City in MasteringGeology is MGEOLALTANER79654. If you have questions about or problems with the Hazard City in MasteringGeology  software, visit Pearson’s MasteringGeology Student Support page at: http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/masteringgeologyandoceanography/students/support/index.html  Alternatively you can contact the technical support group at Pearson Prentice Hall publishing company (http://247pearsoned.custhelp.com/, 800-677-6337).

    Alternatively you can use a CD version of Hazard City (3rd ed.); however, the CD does not have the necessary information to answer the last two questions of Web Exercise #2. Three copies of Hazard City (third ed.) are on reserve in Grainger Engineering Library (1301 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana), which is open from 10 am Sunday to midnight Friday and 10 am to midnight Saturday.

    i>Clicker Policy and i>Clicker Registration

    The i>clicker student response system is used in this course. i>clicker helps Prof. Altaner to understand what you know and gives everyone a chance to participate in class. As described below, you will receive extra credit based on your participation and performance on i>clicker questions in class. I will NOT use i>clicker to keep track of attendance because your attendance in class, although strongly encouraged, is voluntary. You can use any of the following i>clicker models: The original i>clicker; i>clicker +; or i>clicker 2. The mobile application, REEF Polling by i>clicker will NOT be allowed in GEOL 118.

    Beginning on Aug. 29, between 3 to 5 i>clicker questions will be asked each day in Lecture class. You will receive 0.1% point added to your total percentage score if you answer all or all but one of the i>clicker questions for that class and 0.1% point if you get at least two of them correct. Assuming 38 class periods involving i>clicker questions, that means you can earn up to 7.6% of extra credit added to your total percentage score. Because points from i>clicker questions are for extra credit only, no credit is given if a student does not attend class (with or without an official University excuse), forgets his/her i>clicker, has an i>clicker malfunction, or has to arrive to class late or to leave early. i>Clicker points for the week will be posted in the Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center every Friday. If your i>clicker is not registering, contact Fangruo Zhao (fzhao4@illinois.edu) immediately. We're unable to retroactively change i>clicker points and so the sooner the issue is resolved the better.

    To register your i>clicker, go to the GEOL 118 Illinois Compass 2g Web site and click on i>clicker registration on the left side, and then follow instructions from there. Do NOT register your i>clicker on the iclicker.com Web site; if you do, we won’t be able to match your responses with your name and you will NOT receive any credit for i>clicker questions. Bringing a fellow student’s i>clicker to class and voting for them is cheating and violates the University Student Code. If you are caught with a remote other than your own or have votes in a class that you did not attend, you will forfeit all clicker points and may face additional disciplinary action.

    You can view Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about i>clicker policy in GEOL 118 by reading FAQ #20-24. You can read much more information about i-clickers such as how to use your i>clicker and i>clicker battery life at the following Web site:
    http://support.iclicker.com

    Questions? See Frequently Asked Question File or Contact Fangruo Zhao (GEOL 118 TA)

    If you have questions about GEOL 118, then first look at the
    Frequently Asked Question file. If you still have questions (e.g., about homework assignments, Web sites, or your scores in Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center), then please contact Fangruo Zhao (fzhao4@illinois.edu).


    Lost and Found: Items taken to 2002 Lincoln Hall

    Any items left in Lincoln Hall Theater will be taken to the LAS College Student Academic Affairs office in 2002 Lincoln Hall on the second floor

    Questions about Illinois Compass 2g?

    If you have questions about Illinois Compass 2g, then please visit the Blackboard Help for Students page at:
    https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student
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    http://status.cites.uiuc.edu/SystemStatus/jsp/current_events.jsp


    Sickness Policy

    Please do NOT attend GEOL 118 class if you are sick, especially with flu-like symptoms such as a fever of 100° or higher, cough, sore throat, body aches and possibly diarrhea or vomiting. You should STAY HOME until 24 hours after your temperature returns to normal (98.6°) without taking any fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin. You can read more information about dealing with the H1N1 flu, also called swine flu, from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District at: <http://illinois.edu/pa/stopFlu.pdf>

    If a quiz is given during a class that you had to miss due to illness, then you will be allowed take a make-up quiz, assuming that you contact Matt Bizjack within one week after the quiz date, which will be announced on the home page of the Class Web site shortly after the quiz was given. If you are sick when an exam is given, then you will be allowed to take a make-up exam without any penalty, assuming that you contact Matt Bizjack BEFORE the exam date. See FAQ #12 for advice on catching up after missing class.


    Geology 118 is taught by Prof. Stephen Altaner, Office = 27 Computing Applications Bldg. (CAB, 605 E. Springfield, Champaign), mailbox outside of 156 CAB, 244-1244, altaner@illinois.edu, Office hours = Thursday 2 - 3 pm, Friday 10 - 11 am, or by appointment

    Teaching Assistant is Fangruo Zhao, Office = Room 107, 508 S. Sixth St., Champaign; mailbox in 144 CAB, fzhao4@illinois.edu, Office hours = Wednesday 2 - 3 pm or by appointment