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1 Plan for Geology 101 Lab (Online) John Turbeville, Earth Sciences MiraCosta College Description of course: This is an optional companion laboratory course for Geology 101, which is a survey level class. In this course, students will get hands-on experience using the scientific method to interpret rock and mineral samples, fossils, maps, and online field trips to study local geology. Student Learning Outcomes for Geology 101 Lab Upon completion of the course students will be able to: a. Identify common minerals, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock samples using physical properties, texture and composition in hand specimen. b. Analyze and interpret data from geologic and/or topographic maps. c. Interpret geologic features and sequences of events (including relative and radio-metric dating) in the field. Planning Rubric SLO #1 Identify common minerals, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock samples using physical properties, texture and composition in hand specimen. Multiple Choice Quiz Based upon rock and mineral properties and identification. Online Discussion Exercise Based upon various topics relating to rocks and minerals. Points will be given for correct answers, no partial credit. is given for both correct and incorrect responses. Points based upon quality and quality of comments.

2 Planning Rubric (Cont.) SLO #2 Analyze and interpret data from geologic and/or topographic maps. Topographic Map Interpretation Students will calculate a stream gradient from a topographic map. Geologic Map Group Project As a group project, students will determine the structural and tectonic setting from data interpreted and taken from a geologic map. Responses will be evaluated by reviewing the calculations and final answer. A group response will be in the form of a short written essay, and evaluated on the accuracy of the response. This would be assessed as part of a weekly assignment and/or an online midterm/final exam. SLO #3 Interpret geologic features and sequences of events (including relative and radiometric dating) in the field. Multiple Choice Quiz Based upon relative and radio-metric dating section Geologic Hazards Group Project As a group project, students determine the threat of the Cristianitos fault to the San Onofre Power Plant. Points will be given for correct answers, no partial credit. is given for both correct and incorrect responses. A group response will be in the form of a short written essay, and evaluated on the accuracy of the response.

3 Formative Evaluation Plan 1. Check and respond to daily 2. Monitor and evaluate (based upon quality and quantity of responses) discussion board activity associated with exercises. 3) Monitor student work and provide feedback for quizzes, exams, and projects throughout course. This includes timed work for difficulty ie: students completing very quickly or timing out. Summative Evaluation Plan 1. Analyze results (based upon defined SLO criteria) from assessments as described above. 2. Analyze and compare results from midterm and final exams. 3. Ask students for feedback on the course. Revision Plan At the end of each term I would revise the course based upon data acquired from both the Formative and Summative Evaluation Plan Results. Example of s SLO #1: Identify common minerals, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock samples using physical properties, texture and composition in hand specimen. 1. The hardness of Specimen E, using Moh s Scale is A. Less than 2.4 B C D A. Correct! You can scratch it with your fingernail must be less < 2.5 B. Incorrect, you can scratch Specimen E with your fingernail must be < 2.5 C. Incorrect, you can scratch Specimen E with your fingernail must be < 2.5 D. Incorrect, you can scratch Specimen E with your fingernail must be < When a mineral breaks, it often does so along its plane or planes, which is known as A. Luster B. Streak C. Hardness D. Cleavage A. Incorrect. Luster is the reflection of light off the minerals surface B. Incorrect. Streak is the color left by scratching a mineral sample on a streak plate C. Incorrect. Hardness is a physical measurement used to classify the mineral D. Correct!

4 3. What is the difference between a rock and a mineral? A mineral is a substance that is naturally occurring, inorganic, has a definite chemical composition arranged in an orderly and predictable atomic structure, and has characteristic physical properties. Rocks are generally mixtures of two or more minerals. 4. Continental crust is primarily granitic rock. What will be its mineral composition? Its mineral composition would include abundant quartz and K spar, and possibly small amounts of mica, amphibole, and plagioclase. Example of a Non-traditional Background: The Cristianitos Fault runs almost directly under the San Onofre Power Plant. The last movement on the fault is about 125,000 years ago (they will calculate this), anything over 35,000 years is considered inactive by California State standards. Student will determine earliest and latest that fault could have moved using relative and radio-metric age dating techniques. Then determine the threat of the fault to the Power Plant. SLO #3 Interpret geologic features and sequences of events (including relative and radio-metric dating) in the field. This project will involve the Geologic Hazards Virtual Field lab. Broken into groups, and using a group private discussion board, they will determine the earliest and latest the Cristianitos Fault could have moved using relative and radio-metric age dating techniques. Then estimate the threat of the fault to the San Onofre Power Plant, considering that anything older than 35,000 years is considered inactive by California State standards. Link to Geologic Hazards Virtual Field lab Grading Rubric: 40 points total possible 1) Apply and explain the specific principles of relative age-dating techniques for determining the timing of the movement of the Cristianitos fault. 5 Points: Providing the correct answer without a complete explanation (or incorrect use) of the logic involved 10 Points: Providing the correct answer with a complete explanation of the logic involved 2) Calculating (and correctly showing the calculations) using radiometric dating techniques the age of the Marine Boulder bed

5 5 Points: Providing the correct answer without showing or incomplete calculations 10 Points: Providing the correct answer and complete calculations 3) Provide an accurate thesis determining the threat of damage from movement on the Cristianitos Fault to the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. 5 Points: Providing the correct answer without a complete explanation (or incorrect use) of the logic involved 10 Points: Providing the correct answer with a complete explanation of the logic involved 4) Team Participation-to be determined by other team members. 0 points: No or little participation 5 Points: Incomplete or peripheral participation 10 Points: Full participation Rubric For Discussion Boards Each required discussion is evaluated using the following rubric; each is worth a total of 4 points, and requires a minimum of 2 comments. Criteria Quantity of Late or missing comments One comment was made or more than one but it was repetitive. Two or more comments were made Quality of comments Late or missing Comments were either logically incomplete or did not show a depth of topic emersion. Comments were thoughtful and showed a mastery of the topic.

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