GEOL 118 meets on Monday, Wednesday + Friday at 2 pm in Lincoln Hall Theater. Instructor is Prof. Stephen Altaner (244 Natural History Bldg. (NHB), mailbox in 245 NHB, 244-1244, email@example.com, Office hours = Tu 10 - 11, Th 2 - 3, or by appointment). Teaching Assistants are Scott Clark (Head TA, 208 NHB, mailbox in 247 NHB, 244-6048, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office hours = Wed 3 - 4 or by appointment) + Joshua Defrates (260 NHB, mailbox in 247 NHB, 244-1246, email@example.com, Office hours = Wed 11 am - noon or by appointment).
The GEOL 118 Class Web site <http://classes.geology.uiuc.edu/06FallClass/geo118> contains summaries of lecture notes, Web exercises, syllabus, class handouts, announcements, exam information, + links to natural disaster Web sites. Before contacting Prof. Altaner, please look at the FAQ file, located in the Class Web site. Many routine questions are answered there. Student grades are available on-line through the Gradebook in Illinois Compass Web site for GEOL 118 at: <https://compass-portal.cites.uiuc.edu/login.html>. Use your University Network ID + password to log onto the Illinois Compass Web site and click on the link labeled 'GEOL 118 - Natural Disasters - Fall, 2006 - All Sections'. Then click on link 'My Grades' in the upper right. Check your scores regularly to ensure our records agree with yours and report any differences to a TA immediately. The Illinois Compass Web site is used only for student grades. Although there is no publisher's Web site for the textbook, there is a publisher's Web site for a similar textbook <http://wps.prenhall.com/esm_keller_introenvgeo_3> with several extra chapters than ours.
Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters
+ Catastrophes by Keller + Blodgett (2006) + enclosed CD Hazard
City: Assignments in Applied Geology (2nd
ed.) by King (2005)
You need the second edition of Hazard City CD to complete homework assignments. If you have problems with your Hazard City CD, contact the publisher's support staff (<http://247.prenhall.com/email/index.asp>, 800-677-6337).
|Web Exercises (6)||25%|
The +/- grading system will be used with cut-offs at the following representative total % values: B+ = 86.67 - 89.99%, B= 83.33 - 86.66%, B- = 80.00 - 83.32%, etc. The only grade curve that will be applied is if the class average for an exam is lower than 77%. If this occurs, points will be added to everyone's exam score to achieve a class average of 77%. The only extra credit is 1 question at end of each exam and Web exercise #5, worth 12 points. Extra credit points are added to your exam score or Web exercise total score, so it is possible to get up to 102% for each exam and up to 112% for your Web exercise total score.
There are 3 exams, each worth 20% of your grade. The final exam is non-cumulative, covering only the final third of the semester. Questions are based on lecture notes only. Exam format is multiple choice, true/false, + matching. Bring a photo ID to all exams. Make-up exams are provided to students with valid excuses. Contact Prof. Altaner BEFORE the exam to schedule a make-up exam. Exam #1 is on Friday, Sept. 29 during the regular class period and covers the lecture topics Introduction to Natural Disasters I through Earthquakes V. Exam #2 is on Friday, Nov. 3 during the regular class period and covers the lecture topics Volcanoes I through Severe Weather IV. The Final Exam is on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm in Lincoln Hall Theater and covers the lecture topics Climate Change I through Meteorite Impacts III.
Optional question and answer sessions will be held before each exam at the following times and locations:
|Th., Sept. 28, 5 - 6 pm||For Exam #1||228 Natural History Bldg. (NHB), 1301 W. Green St., Urbana|
|Th., Nov. 2, 5 - 6 pm||For Exam #2||228 NHB|
|Sat., Dec. 9, 11 am - noon||For Final Exam||228 NHB|
There are 6 homework exercises, which involve the Hazard City
CD + information at Web sites. Topics + due dates for Web exercises
include the following:
|Sept. 9||Population Growth|
|Oct. 30||Severe Weather (extra credit)|
One week before each Web exercise is due, it will be available through Class Web site only. Answers are entered on bubble sheets, available in class. All Web exercises have 20 questions and are worth 20 points, except for the extra credit Severe Weather exercise, which has 12 questions, worth up to 12 points. Contact a TA if you have questions about Web exercises. Unless you have an official University excuse, e.g., verified family emergency or illness, you are assessed a 2 point penalty for each day the exercise is late. Exercises more than 5 days late are not accepted.
You will write a 300 - 500 word essay about a natural disaster that has affected your life most or one that frightens you most. Essay is due by 3 pm on Nov. 10. Also, by 3 pm on Nov. 17 you will review + rate 3 example essays created for this assignment, 3 essays written by other students in GEOL 118 + your own essay. All work is submitted on line. On Nov. 3, detailed instructions will be available at Class Web site. If you do not submit essay by 3 pm on Nov. 10, you will receive a zero for assignment. If you do not submit essay reviews by 3 pm on Nov. 17, you will not get credit for that part of the assignment. No time extensions are given unless you can verify a major illness or personal emergency.
At random times, there will be 3 quizzes, covering material in current lecture. During quiz, you can consult your notes. Each quiz lasts 5 minutes + has 5 questions in multiple choice, true/false + matching formats. Quizzes are made up only if you have an official University excuse. Do not contact Prof. Altaner or a TA to ask if a quiz will be given on a specific future date or to inform us of a planned future absence. When a quiz is given, an announcement will be posted on the Class Web site + you will be allowed 1 week to take the quiz. Contact the head TA to schedule a make-up quiz.
If you are a James Scholar Honors student and want to know about the additional requirements for taking GEOL 118 for Honors credit, click here.
Question sheets for exams and quizzes, after everyone has taken them, will be on reserve in the Geology Library (223 NHB). The hours for the Geology library are: M - Th = 8:30 am - 9 pm, F = 8:30 am - 5 pm, Sat = 1 - 5 pm, + Sun = 1 - 9 pm.
GEOL 118 satisfies the physical sciences general education requirement.
To obtain appropriate accommodation, students with physical
or learning disabilities must contact the Division of Disability
Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at 1207 S. Oak St.,
Champaign (Tel: 333-4603; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Students
must complete a form provided by DRES and then deliver the form
to the instructor explaining what accommodation is needed. No
accommodation can be made without this form. The DRES WWW address