Spring 2022 - EASC 101 D200

Dynamic Earth (3)

Class Number: 4454

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYC 2750, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    Cindy Hansen
    1 778 782-8518
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7009



Dynamic Earth offers an introduction to minerals, rocks, geologic resources and processes. Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of geology and is the focus as we learn how the Earth changes over geologic time and results in the formation of volcanoes and mountain belts, faults, folds and earthquakes. Breadth-Science.



This course provides an introduction to planet Earth - how it formed, how it evolved, how it works, and how we can help to preserve it. EASC 101 is an introductory course to the Earth Sciences designed both as a foundation course for Earth Science majors and as a terminal course for those in other disciplines. Lectures investigate geologic theory, while laboratory sessions focus on "hands on" exercises emphasizing minerals and rocks, Earth structure and processes.

Course Topics:

  1. The Layered Earth and Plate Tectonic Theory
  2. Earth Materials (Minerals, Rocks, Sediments) and the relationship between Earth Materials and Plate Tectonics (Volcanoes, Rock Cycle)
  3. Earth's Interior and Geologic Processes (Mountain Building, Earthquakes)
  4. Geologic Time and Earth History
  5. Resources and Surface Processes (Groundwater, Geologic Resources, Mass Wasting)
  6. Local, Canadian and Marine Geology


Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the layered Earth.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of plate tectonic theory.
  • Understand our local plate tectonic setting, volcanism and seismic risk /hazard.
  • Identify minerals and rocks in hand specimen based upon their diagnostic properties (minerals), and composition / texture (rocks).
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with geologic cross-sections and maps.
  • Know the geologic time scale.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about geologic resources.

Course Organization: One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab per week. Lab attendance is mandatory. 


  • Participation in end-of-lecture group activities 5%
  • Pre-Lab Assignments 10%
  • Mid-Term Exam 20%
  • Lab Exam 1 20%
  • Lab Exam 2 20%
  • Final Exam 25%



A pencil, eraser, and ruler are required for the lab. Other supplies are supplied but students are welcome to bring their own pencil crayons and protractors for labs in the second half of the term.


EASC 101 Dynamic Earth Laboratory Manual:
Students record their observations and complete exercises directly in the lab manual. The lab manual is also required for the pre-lab assignments

ISBN: 9780135891278


Course E-Text: (or physical copy)
“Introduction to Physical Geology, Canadian Edition”; Fletcher, C., Gibson, D., Ansdell, K. 2013; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-118-71889-6

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.