Fall 2024 - EASC 101 D100

Dynamic Earth (3)

Class Number: 1341

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
    Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

General: REQUIREMENT DESIGNATION: B-Sci

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.

Course Topics:

  1. Minerals and Mineral Resources
  2. The Layered Earth and Plate Tectonic Theory
  3. Rocks and Rock-Forming Processes,
  4. Weathering and Erosion,
  5. Mass Wasting
  6. Vancouver Area Geology
  7. Earth's Crustal Processes (Faults, Folds and Mountain Building)
  8. Geologic Time and Earth History
  9. Earthquakes and West Coast Tectonics
  10. Geology of Canada

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.
  • Know the geologic time scale.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about geologic resources, the geology of Canada and marine geology.

One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab per week.

 Attendance at lectures is expected. Students will annotate (add to) the posted lecture PDFs. Lab attendance is mandatory.

Grading

  • Canvas homework 10%
  • Test 1 20%
  • Test 2 20%
  • Test 3 20%
  • Lab exam 1 15%
  • Lab exam 2 15%

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

A pencil and eraser are required for the lab. Other materials are supplied but students are encouraged to bring their own ruler and pencil crayons.

RECOMMENDED READING:

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


REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION

Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the term are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.