SYLLABUS AND GRADING - INTRODUCTION TO FIELD GEOLOGY (GEOL 405)
INSTRUCTORS - P. Murry (254-968-9889); email email@example.com
S. Field (968-9887); email firstname.lastname@example.org
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GRADING - Each of the following exercises and tests count equally.
Exercises are due at 1:00 p.m. on the date specified. If the exercises are rearranged to better
suit the weather patterns, the amount of time allowed for each exercise remains the same. Ten
points will be deducted immediately upon failure to turn in an exercise, and ten points per day
1These projects must have Title Blocks, Scales, Legends, North Arrows, and Descriptions,
where appropriate. 4The rough draft of the Canoe Syncline report is due on 11/9 (The Final
Report, Map and Cross-Sections are due on 11/30).
3Testswill consist primarily of a field practical, with supplemental questions taken from
handouts and materials obtained from field exercises. First aid questions will be on all tests.
DATE PROJECT DATE DUE
8/31 I. Safety and First Aid in the Field Test 9/7
9/7 II. Rock Identification 9/14
9/14 III. Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation1, 2 10/5
9/21-10/5 IV. Introduction to Field Techniques1 10/12
9/21-10/5 V. Introduction to Surveying1 10/19
9/28-10/5 VI. Compass and Pace Mapping1 10/19
10/12 Work on Assignments
10/19 Mid-Term Test3 (Topics I-V)
10/25-10/28 VII. Mapping the Canoe Syncline (Big Bend)1 11/94
10/25-10/28 VIII. Geology of the Big Bend1 11/9
11/10-11/17 IX. Inks Lake Mapping Project1, 2 M11/24
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th - Final Test3
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Master Course Syllabus
Department: Chemistry and Geosciences Course Prefix/Number: GEOL 2053
Official Course Title: Introduction to Field Geology
Master Syllabus Approved by Department on: _____/_____/_____
Month Day Year
I. Catalog Description
An introduction to the identification and interpretation of rocks and geological structures in the
field. Field and laboratory activities include rock identification and interpretation, surveying
with plane table and alidade, measuring and describing geologic sections, and field mapping with
brunton compass, air photos, and topographic maps. Prerequisites: GEOL 1054, 1064. Lab fee
GEOL 1054; 6 hours upper level geology.
III. Expanded Course Description
Field Geology is a laboratory oriented course where students learn identification and mapping
techniques used in geological and environmental field studies. The course covers the identifying
characteristics of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Field exercises involve use of
the Brunton Compass, surveying techniques, aerial photography, and GPS instrumentation.
Mapping geological settings and geological structures is a crucial part of this course.
IV. Intended Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course students will:
* understand the characteristics of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary
* understand theories and methods of mapping
* understand importance of accurate surveying
Upon completion of the course students will:
* be able to use and interpret aerial photographs
* be able to use: Brunton Compass, plane table and alidade, and GPS systems
* be able to construct accurate maps
Upon completion of this course students will:
* be able to competently construct maps and studies in geological and
V. Unless stipulated in this master syllabus by the department, the following items are
subject to faculty discretion in each faculty member’s individual course outline/syllabus:
Course Requirements (grading/evaluation procedures; class attendance policy; term papers;
projects; field assignments; examinations; class participation; etc)
A combination of lecture exams ( 2 to 4), lab exams (2 to 4), lab exercises (8-12), and field trips