EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE (ES 210) LECTURE SYLLABUS - FALL, 2012
TENTATIVE DATES LECTURE
T8/28 I. Introduction
T8/28 II. Minerals
TH8/30 III. Rocks
T9/4 IV. Weathering, Soils and Mass Wasting
TH9/6 V. Running Water and Groundwater
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th - TEST # 1 (TOPICS I-V)
T9/11 VI. Glaciers, Deserts and Wind
TH9/13 VII. Plate Tectonics
TH9/13 VIII. Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior
TH9/20 IX. Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity
TH9/20 X. Mountain Building
T9/25 XI. Geologic Time
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th - TEST # 2 (TOPICS VI-XI)
TH9/27 T10/2 XII. Earth's Evolution through Geologic Time
TH10/4 XIII. Ocean Water and Ocean Life
TH10/11 XIV. The Dynamic Ocean
T10/16 XV. The Atmosphere: Composition, Structure and Temperature
TH10/18 XVI. Moisture, Clouds and Precipitation
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 - TEST # 3 (TOPICS XII-XVI)
TH10/25 T10/30 XVII. Air Pressure and Wind
TH11/1 T11/6 XVIII. Weather Patterns and Severe Storms
TH11/8 XIX. World Climates and Global Climate Change
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th - TEST # 4 (TOPICS XVII-XIX)
TH11/15 XX. Origins of Modern Astronomy
T11/20 T11/27 XXI. Touring our Solar System
T11/27 XXII. Light, Astronomical Observations and the Sun
T12/4 XXIII. Beyond our Solar System
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th – TEST # 5 (TOPICS XX-XXII)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13th at 3:00 P.M. COMPREHENSIVE FINAL - TOPICS I-XXIIII
MAKEUP TESTS - Monday, December 3rd at 5:00 p.m. in Science Building Room 112.
EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE (ES 210) - FALL, 2011
INSTRUCTOR: Phillip Murry
Office: Science 139F
Office Hours: 9:00-9:50 A.M., Monday thru Friday
Edward J. Tarbucks and Frederick K. Lutgens. Earth Science, Twelfth Edition. The textbook is
The lab exercises are available on Murry's Tarleton faculty webpage.
The five lecture tests and the comprehensive final test count equally (10% each toward the
All makeup tests consist of two-question essays given on Monday, December 3rd at 5:00
p.m. in Science Building Room 112. If you are not satisfied with a lecture test grade, you may
replace this grade with an essay test over the same material. If you decide to take the essay test,
the essay test grade will be the grade I count.
CELL PHONE AND COMPUTER USE:
I do not allow cell phones (texting, etc.) or computer use in the classroom.
It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this
course, please contact Trina Geye, Director of Student Disability Services, at 254.968.9400 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Student Disability Services is located in Math 201. More information can be
found at www.tarleton.edu/sds or in the University Catalog.
Tarleton State University expects its students to maintain high standards of personal and
scholarly conduct. Students guilty of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on an examination or other
academic work, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials. The faculty member is
responsible for initiating action for each case of academic dishonesty that occurs in his/her class.
EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE LAB
T9/4 TH9/6 I. Minerals
T9/4 TH9/6 II. Igneous Rocks
T9/11 TH9/13 III. Sedimentary Rocks
T9/11 TH9/13 IV. Metamorphic Rocks
T9/18 TH9/20 V. Earth Processes and Landforms
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd OR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th - LAB TEST # 1- TOPICS I-V
T9/25 TH9/27 VI. Geologic Structures
T10/9 TH10/11 VII. The Invertebrates
T10/16 TH10/18 VIII. Introduction to Meteorology
T10/30 TH11/1 IX. Weather Analysis and Forecasting
T11/6 TH11/8 X. Astronomy Observations
T11/13 TH11/15 XI. Astronomy and Cosmology
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th OR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th - LAB TEST # 2 - TOPICS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd OR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25th– LAB DEMONSTRATIONS
EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE LAB
The lab grade is based on the two tests, the average of the daily lab exercises, and the lab
demonstration. Each of these components count equally (10% each toward your final grade)
If you miss a lab, you may give an extra demonstration to make up the lab missed. All lab
demonstrations should be submitted as a single file on Turnitin.
The lab demonstration counts 10% of the total grade. Each student will give a
demonstration on Tuesday, October 23rd or Thursday, October 25th. These are Earth Science
demonstrations, and must pertain to geology, oceanography, meteorology or astronomy. No
demonstration may be duplicated by other students (you should check the demonstrations that
have already been submitted to make sure that this does not occur; these will be posted on
Murry’s website upon approval). The demonstration grade is based upon the quality of the
handout and the quality of the demonstrations. If the demonstration does not work properly this
will not count against you, unless it is obvious that you did not sufficiently practice the
demonstration prior to class. The demonstration submitted to Turnitin should contain your name,
the name of the demonstration, the materials needed for the demonstration, the procedure for
conducting the demonstration, potential observations, a conclusion as to what has been learned,
and similar experiments that could have been conducted to illustrate the phenomenon. This
handout should be submitted to the website Turnitin. Your Class ID on Turnitin is 5399590;
your Enrollment Password is Demos. All handouts should be submitted to Turnitin by Friday,
October 19th. If you have more than one demonstration (i.e., if you missed a lab/labs) turn in all
demonstrations together as one file. The “Originality Report/Similarity Index” must be less
than 15% on your demonstrations.
The following grading system is utilized for the lab demonstrations: Forty percent of the
lab demonstration grade is based on the handout. Was the demonstration submitted by the
scheduled time? Was the required format followed? Was the handout scientifically accurate?
Were the explanations thorough, where others could use your handout easily? Forty percent of
the lab demonstration grade is based on the presentation. Was the demonstration well-organized
and well-presented? Did you thoroughly cover your topic, and was your presentation
scientifically accurate? Twenty percent of your lab demonstration grade is based on creativity.
This is the "Wow!" factor. Did you display your teaching creativity? What other experiments
and demonstrations did you suggest that would be terrific to illustrate the phenomenon? What
did you do differently, to grab the attention of your students and make them remember this
demonstration, and this scientific principal, forever?
Office of Academic Affairs
Tarleton State University
Master Course Syllabus Outline
Department: Chemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Science Course Prefix/Number: ES 210-3
Official Course Title: Earth Systems Science
I. Catalog Description (50 words; brief synopsis of course content, emphases)
Earth Systems Science. (2-3). Introduction to the nature and evolution of the Earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere and
Solar System. The focus of the course will be on content enrichment for science teachers. Lab Fee $10. Course Fee
III. Expanded Course Description (150 words; primary course content, intended student level and role(s)
course is to play in the curriculum)
This course is designed as a support area for Teacher Certification. The course is one of four 3-hour courses
designed to better prepare teachers in the sciences (other courses in the group include elementary reviews of
Chemistry, Physics and Biology). Upon completion of the course, the student should have a sound knowledge of
general Earth Science, better understand the process of scientific investigation, and formulate ideas and materials
that they can use in their own classroom settings.
Earth Systems Science will emphasize four disciplines: geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. The
geology portion of the course will primarily review Earth materials and Earth processes, with some discussion of
Earth history included. The oceanography section of the course will primarily cover physical and chemical
oceanography, with minor discussion of ocean life and ecosystems. The meteorology portion of the course will
review the structure of the atmosphere and analyze weather patterns, storms, climate and pollution. The astronomy
part of the course will primarily involve an exploration of our Solar System. There will also be minor discussion of
stars, galaxies and cosmology.
IV. Intended Student Learning Outcomes:
Knowledge and Value Outcomes:
1. The Student will formulate ideas and develop strategies that will better prepare them for teaching Earth Science in
their future classroom.
2. The student will understand the uses of geologic materials, and better appreciate the importance of minerals, rocks
and energy sources in the development of human culture.
3. The student will learn how geologic processes have shaped the Earth, and how they continue to impact humans.
4. The student will comprehend the concept of "deep time" in Earth history, and better understand how the Earth has
changed through time.
5. The student will understand basic physical, chemical and biological properties of the ocean.
6. The student will understand the intimate relationship between the atmosphere and ocean, and how the ocean
influences weather and climate.
7. The student will understand the interrelationship between ocean ecosystems and organisms, and the importance of
healthy marine ecosystems for human survival.
8. The student will understand atmospheric processes, and how the basic variables of atmospheric temperature,
pressure and humidity are interrelated.
9. The student will understand the nature of storm systems, how to best prepare for surviving weather catastrophes,
and how these systems greatly impact human existence.
10. The student will learn the basic causes of pollution, and how phenomena such as global warming may affect
11. The student will understand the basic features of climate, and how World climates affect World cultures.
12. The student will understand the basic structure and components of our Solar System.
13. The student will explore the creation of the universe, and learn how cosmologists formulate the past history (and
future probability) of cosmic evolution.
V. Course Requirements.
Grading is based upon lecture tests, lab exercises and laboratory practicals, and student presentations of
demonstrations and/or experiments.
A lab manual will be required for this course.