Spring 2018 - EASC 210 D100

Historical Geology (3)

Class Number: 1934

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 5125, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Derek Thorkelson
    dthorkel@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-5390
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7229
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 101 with a grade of C- or better.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

The study of the evolution of the Earth, the geological time scale, fossils and evolution, stratigraphic concepts, geological history of western Canada. Breadth-Science.

COURSE DETAILS:

General: REQUIREMENT DESIGNATION: B-Sci
EASC 210 is an introductory Science Breadth (BR) course that deals with the historical development of geological thought and the study of Earth history from the Earth’s formation through to the present day. The course addresses three great themes in Earth history: 1) deep time; 2) plate tectonics through time; 3) biological evolution and the preservation of organic materials and biological behavior as fossils.   
Pertinent geologic concepts include the growth of the continents, the opening and closing of ocean basins, episodes of large-scale erosion and deposition on the continents, and mountain building episodes.  Life on Earth will be discussed in relation to the major geological time periods, particularly with respect to significant evolutionary developments and mass extinctions.  The interaction of tectonics, climate, and relative sea-level changes upon evolutionary change are examined.    
Concepts presented in this course will reappear in higher-level EASC courses, so it is important for majors and minors to develop a basic understanding at this stage in their education.

Course Organization: Two 50-minute lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.  Labs begin in the first week of class.

Grading

  • Laboratory Participation 5%
  • Written Assignments & Quizzes 15%
  • Mid-Term Theory Exam 20%
  • Laboratory Exam 20%
  • Final Theory Exam 40%
  • Grading distribution subject to change

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Pencil, eraser, ruler, coloured pencils, and a scientific calculator.

REQUIRED READING:

Levin, H. L., The Earth Through Time, 11th edition, Wiley, 567p.
ISBN: 9781119228349

Registrar Notes:

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