ERSC 1302            PHYSICAL GEOLOGY            Fall 2001

SEC. 40            LECTURE SCHEDULE            12:15-1:30 PM TR


Instructor: Dr. Hanan Mahdi                 

Office: FH 312

Phone: 569-3024


Office Hours: T,Th 9:30-10:30, by appointment, or stop by any time you see my door open.


TEXT: Physical Geology: Exploring the Earth by Monroe & Wicander (4th  ed.)


This course will provide students with basic understanding of geology and its processes.  It will also provide students with understanding of how geology relates to the human experience and how geology affects not only individuals, but society in general.



   1              Tu 8/28 Orientation & Introduction to Physical Geology Ch. 1

                   Th 8/30 Minerals    Ch. 2


   2              Tu  9/4 Igneous Rocks: Intrusive Processes Ch. 3

                   Th  9/6 Volcanism: Extrusive Processes Ch. 4


   3              Tu 9/11 Weathering, Erosion and Soil Ch. 5

                   Th 9/13 Sediment and Sedimentary Rock Ch. 6


   4              Tu 9/18 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rock Ch. 7

                   Th 9/20 *EXAM I* Ch. 1-7


   5              Tu 9/25 Geologic Time  Ch. 8

                   Th 9/27 Earthquakes and Seismology Ch. 9


   6              Tu 10/2 Earthquakes Effects and Engineering Ch. 9

                   Th 10/4 The Earth's Interior Ch. 10


   7             Mo 10/8 *First Day to Sign up for Field Trip*

                   Tu 10/9 The Earth's Interior Ch. 10

                   Th 10/11      The Sea Floor and Continental Margins    Ch. 11




   8              Tu 10/16        Plate Tectonics: Continental Drift Ch. 12

                   Th 10/18        Plate Tectonics: Sea Floor Spreading Ch. 12


   9              Tu 10/23 *EXAM II* Ch.8-12

                   Th 10/25        Rock Deformation: Geologic Structures Ch. 13          


  10             Tu 10/30     Mountain Building and Origin of Continents Ch. 13

                              *Last day to turn in term paper topic*

                   Th 11/1 Mass Wasting  Ch. 14



  11             Tu 11/6 Running Water: Stream Erosion and Transport Ch. 15

                   Th 11/8 Running Water: Stream Deposition Ch. 15



  12             Tu 11/13 Groundwater *First draft of paper due* Ch. 16

                   Th 11/15 Glaciers and Glaciation Ch. 17

                   Fr 11/16 *Last day to drop individual class*


  13             Tu 11/20       Glacial Erosion and Deposition Ch. 17

                   Th 11/22     No Class, Thanksgiving Holiday


  14             Tu 11/27     Wind and Deserts *Final draft of paper due Ch. 18

                   Th 11/29    Shorelines and Shoreline Processes Ch. 19


  15             Tu 12/4 A History of the Universe   Ch. 20

                   Th 12/6 Review



  16             Tu         12/11          Consultation Day: MAKE UP EXAMS (Physics 107)

                   Th 12/13 *EXAM III: FINAL EXAM* 10:30-12:30 Ch.13-20



This lecture schedule meant to be guide or goal and not solid rock. Some deviation from it might happen through out the course. Changes will be discussed in class.








There are 600 possible points (excluding bonus points discussed below). Exams 1, 2, and 3 are worth 150 points. The remaining 150 points will come from in-class quizzes, exercises, and homework. Exams in class may consist of any one or a combination of multiple choice, matching, true/false, and short essay questions. Exam scores are not curved. The grading scale is shown below:


A = 540-600 points (90%)

B = 480-539 points (80%)

C = 420-479 points (70%)

D = 360-419 points (60%)

F = less than 360 points


A grade of "I" (incomplete) is not possible without advance consultation, consent of the instructor, and written agreement on the appropriate college form. Credit/no credit (C/NC) grades are not available for core courses such as ERSC 1302.



Up to 30 bonus points may be received by, either attending a field trip or writing a term paper (not both).


Field Trip: If you choose the field trip option, the first day to sign up is Monday 10/8. You must complete and turn in a field trip coupon (which will be provided shortly before this date) to the Earth Science office (FH 307). A field trip schedule will be posted early in the semester. Sign-up is on a first come, first served basis. Students should sign up as soon as possible on or after 10/8 as space on the field trips is limited.


Term Paper: If you choose the term paper option, the topic of the paper must be discussed and approved by your lecture instructor by Tuesday, 10/30. This is done to allow the student sufficient time to seriously choose a topic and to avoid duplication of topics. The rough draft of the paper (typed and double-spaced) is due by Tuesday, 11/13. The rough draft will be returned without a grade with changes to be made indicated. The final draft is due Thursday, 11/27. If you choose the term paper option, please see me for more detailed instructions on format, etc. Plagiarism is not tolerated. Plagiarism is defined in the “Student Handbook”.



Class attendance is expected. Students should come to class prepared, having read the assignment thoughtfully. Students are responsible for their own learning (please read the preface of your textbook). Students should understand that for every class hour, two hours of preparation and reflection are usually necessary for true learning to occur.


Students are responsible for ALL material covered that you missed due to illness, etc. If you miss an exam, contact me BEFORE the start of the exam. Failure to do this will result in a zero (0%) for the exam. Make-up exams will be given for students who have contacted me with legitimate excuses on consultation day (Tuesday, 12/11). Quizzes, assignments, and homework are unannounced and there are no make-ups. Homework must be turned in at the beginning of lecture on the date due.


Note: During class lecture, all phones and pagers must be turned off!


STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: It is the policy of UALR to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Any student with a disability who needs accommodation, for example in seating placement or in arrangements for examinations, should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. The chair of the department offering this course is also available to assist with accommodations. Students with disabilities are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, which is located in the Donaghey Student Center, Room 103, telephone 569-3143.



*          How scientists learn about the world.


*          How experiencing the universe scientifically differs from experiencing it in other ways.


*          How science impacts values and how society affects science.


*          How applications of scientific reasoning allows for evaluations of conflicting             statements.


This course has been designed to comply with the recommendations for science of the "Blue Ribbon Task Force" as part of the UALR curriculum revision approved for implementation for Fall, 1991.


For all students, active learning techniques and critical thinking skills are to be encouraged throughout the course in class, in lab, and in the field. Writing opportunities, manipulation and treatment of data, occasional original readings and a sense of historical perspective are to be provided the student in achieving the four general goals for science stated above.


During each week of the term the content and subject matter displayed in the COURSE CONTENT SCHEDULE attached will be used to demonstrate how geology as a science can be used to fulfill the university curriculum objectives for science.


The content is arranged sequentially because scientific learning is usually sequential, that is the understanding of one topic builds on the next and is prerequisite for the next and so on.