Spring 2021 - EASC 101 D100

Dynamic Earth (3)

Class Number: 1645

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM



Origin and character of minerals, rocks, Earth structure, Earth surface processes and plate tectonic theory. Primarily designed to deliver prereq. information to EASC majors/honours and students pursuing degrees in other Departments and Faculties that require a strong foundational course in Earth Science. Breadth-Science.


Dynamic Earth offers an introduction to Earth sciences. We will examine Earth materials including minerals, rocks, geologic resources and groundwater. Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of geology and will be a strong focus in the course as we learn how the Earth’s surface slowly but continuously changes over geologic time, and results in the formation of volcanoes, uplift and erosion of mountain belts, deformation of the crust, and earthquakes. We will add plenty of Canadian examples, and finish our study of the dynamic Earth with a look at our west coast tectonic setting and earthquake history, the overall Geology of Canada, and a study of marine geology (ocean basins).

Course Topics:
     1. Minerals

  1. Plate Tectonics
  2. Igneous rock and volcanoes
  3. Mass wasting, weathering and sedimentary rock
  4. Metamorphic rock
  5. Geologic resources and groundwater
  6. Crustal deformation: faults and folds
  7. Geologic time and Earth history
  8. Earthquakes
  9. West Coast tectonics and seismicity, Geology of Canada
  10. Marine geology

Course Organization: The Spring 2021 offering of EASC 101 is via remote instruction. We will be using the Canvas platform where you will download PDFs of the lecture PowerPoint slides and annotate these notes while listening to the lecture recording.

  • Lectures are scheduled as SYNCHRONOUS. However, as all lectures are recorded, students can listen and review them at any time.
  • Online labs are SYNCHRONOUS. Lab Assignments are posted in advance and student may choose to visit the open labs to get assistance from the TA. Students must be available during the scheduled time for their lab section in order to take advantage of the open lab times. TAs are not available outside of this time.
  • Lecture exams (tests) are SYNCHRONOUS. Tests are scheduled during the 50-minute lecture period. Please refer to the course schedule for dates. Students must be available to complete the tests during the scheduled times.


  • Lab Assignments submitted online 10%
  • Test 1 30%
  • Test 2 30%
  • Test 3 30%
  • Test format include multiple-choice and short-answer questions



Access to high-speed internet


Course E-Text: (or physical copy)

Introduction to Physical Geology, Canadian Edition; Fletcher, C., Gibson, D., Ansdell, K. 2014; John Wiley & Sons, Inc
ISBN: 978-1-118-71889-6

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).