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									Course: Earth Science                                            Phone: (408) 294-9224 ext. 401
Instructor: Mr. Cobb                                             E-mail:
Course Length: Two Semesters                                     Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday
Grade Level: Freshman                                                         lunch or by Appointment
Preferred Method of Contact: Email

Required materials:
       A. Textbook: Butz, Stephen, Science of Earth Systems; Thompson Del Mar Learning. 2008.
       B. A three ring binder with college ruled filler paper and graph paper and a place to store
          returned homework, labs, quizzes, and tests.
       C. Pens (blue or black only) and a standard #2 pencil.
       D. Colored drawing pencils or pens
       E. Calculator with scientific notation capability
       F. An old shirt or lab coat
       G. A ruler with both English and metric units
       H. An Open Mind

Course Description:
The first year of science at Bellarmine is designed to provide students with an introduction to and
background understanding of elementary chemistry, physics and biology with an emphasis on the Earth
Sciences. Some of the topics of study will include astronomy, geology, archeology, meteorology,
oceanography and ecology. The scientific method, critical thinking and basic laboratory procedures are
taught as part of the core curriculum. This course is interactive and laboratory based. A passing grade in
this course is required for graduation and advancement to Biology.

Course Outline:
The course is divided into six major units of study. All the assigned units must be completed in order to
receive a passing grade.
First Semester:                                   Second Semester:
Unit 1: Foundations of Science                    Unit 4: The Atmosphere
Unit 2: The Exosphere                             Unit 5: The Hydrosphere
Unit 3: The Lithosphere                           Unit 6: The Biosphere

Course Outcomes:
   I.      Open to Growth and Leadership Opportunities
           By the end of the school year, an Earth Science student will be able to:
           1. Understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
           2. See the limitations of science and the scientific method.
           3. Appreciate the diversity of life and the interrelations among organisms & Earth systems.
           4. Note the beauty and drama of the living world.
           5. Understand the scientific bases of problems in medicine, public health, agriculture and
           6. Work cooperatively in a group setting toward a common goal.
           7. Review ideas and build upon positions presented by other students and teachers to put
               together conclusions of his own.
    II.     Religious and Committed to Social Justice
            By the end of the school year, an Earth Science student will be able to:
            1. Appreciate the different beliefs and cultures that make up our world.
            2. Review Social Justice issues with an open mind and analytical mind.
            3. Debate topics including: AIDS, global warming, geographical and geological processes.
            4. Express a care for the environment and issues which affect the well-being of Earth.
            5. Review the effects of science and technology on other species and systems.

    III.    Intellectually Engaged
            By the end of the school year, an Earth Science student will be able to:
            1. Demonstrate an understanding of energy, matter and organization by recognizing
                that living systems are complex, highly organized, and require energy and matter to
                maintain this organization.
            2. Demonstrate an understanding of interaction and interdependence by recognizing that
                living systems interact with their environment and depend on other systems. The
                interaction among organisms and their requirements for energy and nutrients form the
                web of life in a community.
            3. Demonstrate an understanding of: origination of science as a discipline, the founding
                fathers of science and the scientific method and technology.
            4. Demonstrate an understanding of: the Earth and other planetary systems; astronomy
                and the relationship between the moon and the stars as they related to the Earth and
                each other.
            5. Demonstrate an understanding of: the composition of the Earth, especially the minerals,
                rocks and plates and how they move dynamically to alter the Earth.

      1. Lecture on key concepts within science.
      2. Large group discussion.
      3. Small group discussion, analysis and presentation.
      4. Demonstration of proper laboratory procedures.
      5. Hands-on laboratory activities.
      6. Tests and quizzes to measure learning of objectives and laboratory skills.

Homework is essential in this course and will be issued daily. The type of homework will vary, ranging
from fairly simple reading assignments to writing detailed lab reports. Homework is recorded and will
account for a portion of the final grade.

Class Participation
Numerous class activities will take place during the course of this class, and participation will be noted.
This could range from asking thoughtful questions to bringing in an interesting news article to share with
the class. Class participation is noted and will account for a portion of the final grade. Lack of
participation or distracting behavior will also be noted and will affect your grade.

Laboratory work is an integral part of this course. The grading of this will have an emphasis in two major
areas, laboratory procedure and laboratory reports. This will also account for a portion of the final
Exams and Grading
It should be understood that grades are not the final or even most important measure of your
understanding of this course or its’ influence on your life. Nevertheless, an evaluation of your
performance and progress in Biology as an academic course must be made to those reviewing your
academic history, and as such, the grade you earn will, as much as possible, be a reflection of your
performance in activities which measure your knowledge of the specific topics covered.

An exam will be given at the end of each chapter worth approximately 100 points. Number grades, not
letter grades, are recorded in the gradebook. There will be announced quizzes, as well as occasional
unannounced quizzes. In addition, there will be projects assigned throughout each semester that will be
completed and graded.

       Grading will be based on an accumulation of points on Exams, Quizzes, In-class and At-home
        projects, Laboratory and Research assignments, and notes from the chapters and lecture.
       Approximate points breakdown:
            o Final Exam                10%
            o Laboratory Work           15%
            o Chapter Exams             50%
            o Homework                   8%
            o Quizzes                   15%
            o Participation              2%

> 97%   = A+            89.9%-87% = B+          79.9%-77% = C+           69.9%-67% = D+
96.9%-93% = A           86.9%-83% = B           76.9%-73% = C            66.9%-63% = D
92.9%-90% = A-          82.9%-80% = B-          72.9%-70% = C-           62.9%-60% = D-
                                                                         below 60% = F

Absences and Tardiness
    When an absence is excused, all missed assignments will be due one day after your return to class.
       Remember that it is your responsibility to get any assignments missed from your classmates. If Mr.
       Cobb does not have your work in a timely fashion, you will receive zero credit for that assignment.
    If your absence is unexcused, you will receive a zero on any missed assignment, exam and/or
    Whenever you are tardy or have been absent, do not come to class without a pass from the
       Dean of Students office. Do not waste class time by not coming to class without a note.

Classroom and laboratory conduct is of extreme importance in this class, as we may be dealing with
harmful chemicals and materials. Every student has the right to learn in a safe environment. Please obey
the following rules. Consequences for breaking the rules will be at the teacher’s discretion. In keeping
with the philosophy of Bellarmine, we will respect the dignity of all people in the classroom.

No comments of a derogatory nature will be tolerated in this class, no exceptions.
    1. Respect everyone in the class.
             Be quiet when someone else is speaking.
             Stay in your seat unless given permission to do otherwise.
             Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.
             Respect everyone’s property. Do not touch, take or play with anything that is not yours.
             Keep your cell phone off and away during class or you will lose it for the day on first
                offense, then for a week on subsequent offences.
    2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
    3. Bring all books and materials to class.
    4. Do not wear any type of hat in the classroom; it will be taken away.
    5. Do not eat in class, especially during a laboratory procedure. If you do, Mr. Cobb may take it
       from you and eat it in front of you, or give it to someone else or require that you bring enough
       for the entire class.

Science Department Policy of Cheating

The students may not talk from the time the exam has been given out until the teacher has collected the
last exam.

The student may not leave the room during an exam.

If a student needs to speak during the exam, he should raise his hand first, and get permission from the

Students are responsible for seeing to it that the desk they use is clear of any extraneous materials
during the course of an exam.

Copying of assignments from other students is not permitted.

Students involved with the theft/distribution of exams are liable for expulsion.

Any of the above offenses warrants a zero of that assignment, quiz, or exam. In addition, a referral to
the Dean of Students for punitive measures will be made and a record of the offense will be maintained
(this could seriously affect future letters of recommendation, and your permanent record at Bellarmine).

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