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1. ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES (EN104)

Course title

In English: English For Specific Purposes



In Vietnamese: Tiếng Anh Chuyên Ngành

  1. Time allocation

  • Lectures: 90 hours

  • Discussion and exercises: 30 hours

Class hours for each topic are specifically allocated in the following table:

STT

Units

Topics

Class hours

Instructors

1

1

Ecology

6

Nguyễn Thị Bích Hảo

2

Environmental Sciences

6

3

Environmental Pollution and waste reduction

6

4

Biodiversity

6

2

5

Ecosystem services and human well-being

7

Phí Thị Hải Ninh

6

Natural resouce management

7

7

Forest resource management

4

8

Global environmental change

6

3

9

Hydrological cycle

3

Dr. Bùi Xuân Dũng

10

Interception and evapotranspiration

3

11

Soil and infiltration

3

12

Underground flow and surface runoffs

3

13

Watershed managment

6

14

Case study on forest management and water quality

6

4

15

Geographic Information System application in Natural resource management

8

Dr. Nguyễn Hải Hòa




16

Remote Sensing application in Natural resource management

8







17

Current approaches to Natural resource management and other disciplines

8




5

18

Market capitalism

2

Dr. Lê Đình Hải

19

Basic economic problems

3

20

Macroeconomics

3

21

GDP and GNP

3

22

Microeconomics

3

23

Supply and Demand

3

24

Natural resource economics

4

25

Natural resource policy

3




Total class hours

120




  1. Objectives of the module

This course aims to introduce, provide and explain to students key words and basic concepts related to specializations such as: Ecology and environmental sciences; global environmental change; natural resource management; watershed management; application of GIS and remote sensing in natural resource management and biodiverstiy conservation; and economics and natural resource economic and policy. This module is basically to help students to be easier and more effective when approaching specialized subjects. Students will also be expected to improve their skills in critical thinking and issue analysis and presenting a logical and succinct opinion piece on an issues relating to natural resources management.

  1. Prerequisite

Students must complete: English 1, 2 and 3.

Noted that: This module should be introduced to students after completing English 1, 2 and 3 (General English Skills) and right before starting specialized subjects.

4 .Course summary

The course English For Specific Purposesconsist of 5 chapters correspondingly instructed by 5 lecturers in different areas. This 8 credit course is multi-disciplinary in content and covers different areas of: ecology and environmental sciences; natural resources management, global environmental change, watershed management; application of GIS and remote sensing in natural resource management; and natural resource economic and policy.



5 . Course details

5.1. In-class lectures

Course overview

(Class hours: 05, Lectures: 05, Discussion: 0)

0.1. Overview of the course

Chapter 1. Ecology and Environmental Sciences

(Class hours: 23, Lectures: 17, Discussions: 06)



    1. Ecology

    2. Environmental Sciences

    3. Environmental pollution and waste reduction

    4. Biodiversity

Chapter 2. Natural resouces management and Global environmental change

(Class hours: 23, Lectures: 17, Discussions: 06)



    1. Ecosystem services and human well-being

    2. Natural resources management

    3. Forest resource management

    4. Global environmental change

Chapter 3. Management of watershed and water quality

(Class hours: 23, Lectures: 17, Discussions: 06)

3.1. Hydrological cycle

3.2. Interception and evapotranspiration

3.3. Soil and Infiltration

3.4. Underground flows and surface runoffs

3.5. Watershed management

3.6. Case study on forest management and water quality



Chapter 4. The application of GIS and Remote Sensing in Natural resource management and biodiversity conservation

(Class hours: 23, Lectures: 17, Discussions: 06)

4.1. Geographic Information Systems application in Natural resource management

4.2. Remote sensing application in Natural resource management

4.3. Current approaches to Natural resource management and biodiverstiy conservation

Chapter 5. Economics and Natural resource Economic

(Class hours: 23, Lectures: 17, Discussions: 06)

5.1. Market capitalism

5.2. Basic economic problems

5.3. Macroeconomics

5.4. GDP and GNP

5.5. Microeconomics

5.6. Supply and Demand

5.7. Natural resource economic

5.8. Natural resource policy



5.2. Practices and internships

5.2.1. Practices: none

5.2.2. Internships: none

6. Course using instruction

6.1. Lecture:

The syllabus should be flexible used and constantly updated by course instructors.



6.2. Discussions:

There are comprehensive discussion questions during the lectures that help student deeply understand the concepts and knowledge.



7. Learning materials

7.1. Recommended readings

1. Handouts on English For Specific Purposes prepared by course instructors.

2. Sarah Bales, Do Thi Nu, Ha Kim Anh, (2003). English in Economics and Business, English Department, National Economics University.

7.2. References

1. Brooks, K.N., P.F. Ffolliot and J.A. Magner. 2013. Hydrology and the Management of Watersheds. Wiley-Blackwell. 533 pp.



8. Assessment items

- Class participation: 15%

- Midterm tests, quizes, reports…: 45%

- Final exam: 40%



2. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCES (CS110)

Instructor: Phung Nam Thang

Teaching assistant: Nguyen Hoang Ngoc

Office:

Phung Nam Thang: 201T2

Nguyen Hoang Ngoc:201T2

1) Course Overview

Promote students to understand basic knowledge of computer and informatics technology. There are a two-hour lecture scheduled and a two-hour lab per week. There will be 12 in-class quizzes, and 2 lecture exams based upon the information presented in the lectures and the homework assigned each week. There are 13 lab assignments in which students will work directly with the real software with hands-on testing at the conclusion of each module. There are 2 lab exams that cover the material learned in the lab assignments. There are also three class projects that will be done outside of class.



2) Course Goals and Objectives

  1. Understanding of basic computer concepts Computer Basics.

  1. Understanding and skills to work with Microsoft Windows on a computer and File management on MS-Windows.

  1. Using Microsoft Word to create professional documents

  1. Using Microsoft PowerPoint to create effective presentations.

  1. Using Microsoft Excel to manipulate, analyze data.

  1. Understanding and skills to work with Networking, Internet, and some popular Internet services.

  1. Understanding Web tools and creating personal website.

3) Textbook and readings

- Website: ele.vfu.edu.vn



4) Course structure

CHAPTER 1: BASIC CONCEPTS

In this chapter, we will learn about:


  • Information and data. What is information and data? The difference between them? How data are processed?

  • How computers represent data? Some popular numbering system; How to convert from decimal system to binary system; what is ASCII and its function?

  • Informatics and Information Technology. What is a computer? History of computers; some types of computers.

CHAPTER 2: COMPUTER ORGANISATION

In this chapter, we will learn about:



  • Basic computer model: What things included in a typical computer? What are they and their functions?

  • Computer hardware: Some main components in a computer (CPU, Input – Output devices, Memory, etc.)

  • Computer software: Some popular types of computer software

CHAPTER 3: OPERATING SYSTEM

In this chapter, we will learn about:



  • What Operating System and Microsoft Windows are

  • Organizing Files and Folders on Microsoft Windows

  • Organizing tasks on Microsoft Windows

  • Customizing Microsoft Windows

  • System maintenance and management

CHAPTER 4: INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKING AND INTERNET

In this chapter, we will learn about:



  • What is the network?

  • Some network types

  • What is the Internet? The usage of the Internet; How to find the information on the Internet and how to keep yourselft safe when using the Internet.

CHAPTER 5: WORD PROCESSING

In this chapter, we will learn about:



  • What is Word processing? The most popular word processing nowadays

  • How to create a document?

  • How to work with text? Ways to format the characters as well as paragraphs

  • How to insert and format the objects

CHAPTER 6: SPREADSHEET

In this chapter, we will learn about:



  • Microsoft Excel basics: Exploring the essential parts of Excel; How to open, save, close a workbook and exit the Excel

  • Working with data

  • Changing the apperance of the wordsheet

  • Organizing the worksheet

  • Working with formulas

  • Organizing the database in Microsoft Excel

CHAPTER 7: PRESENTATION

In this chapter, we will learn about:



  • Creating a presentation: How to start a presentation; adding new slides; adding design themes

  • Working with text: How to format text and paragraphs; Copy and Paste; Find and Replace

  • Working with table

  • Printing a presentation

5) Class policies

6) Assessment/grading

There are many different types of testing that will occur in this class. Each is described below:



  1. In class quizzes. There will be 12 in-class quizzes given over the homework material assigned for that week or last lecture.

  1. Lecture exams. There are two lecture exams held during the semester. The midterm lecture exam will be held during the 8th week of the class, the final lecture exam will be held during the 15th week of the class. These exams will cover the material from the lectures and the homework.


  1. Projects. There are three projects over the homework assigned during the semester. The first project over will be held during the 5th week of the class, the 2nd project will be held during the 7th week of the class, the 3rd project will be held during the 11th week of the class.

  1. Lab exams. There are 2 lab exams that will be held during the semester. These lab exams (Word, PowerPoint) will be given during the 8th week of class and 60 minutes in length. The last exam (Excel) will be given during the 15th week, and 45 minutes in length. Each exam will cover the material from the homework.

Category

Points

Total points available

(3) Class Projects

60 points each

180

(2) Lab Exams

200 points each

400

(2) Lecture Exams

150 points each

300

(12) In-class Quizzes

10 points each

120

Total

1000

1000

Final Grades

Calculation of final grade is shown in table below.



Letter Grade

Point Rage

A

850.00 - 1000.00

B

700.00 - 849.99

C

550.00 - 699.99

D

400.00 - 549.99

F

399.99 and below

7) Course contents and teaching plan

CHAPTER 1: BASIC CONCEPTS

1.1. Information and Data

1.1.1. Information

1.1.2. Data

1.1.3. Data processing

1.2. How Computers Represent Data

1.2.1. Numbering system

1.2.2. Number Conversion

1.2.3. American Standard Code for Information Interchange and Unicode

1.3. Informatics and Information Technology

1.3.1. What is a Computer?

1.3.2. Where computer are used?

1.3.3. History of computer

1.3.4. Types of computers

CHAPTER 2: COMPUTER ORGANISATION

2.1. Basic computer model

2.2. Hardware of computer

2.2.1. Central Processing Unit (CPU)

2.2.2. Memory

2.2.3. Input devices

2.2.4. Output devices

2.2.5. Motherboard

2.3. Software of computer

2.3.1. What is software?

2.3.2. Software types

CHAPTER 3: OPERATING SYSTEM

3.1. Introduction to Operating System

3.2. Microsoft Window Operating System

3.2.1. Introduction to Microsoft Windows

3.2.2. Getting started with Microsoft Windows

3.3. Organizing Files and Folders on Microsoft Windows

3.3.1. File and Folder

3.3.2. Using Windows Explorer

3.4. Organizing tasks on Microsoft Windows

3.4.1. Starting and stop a program

3.4.2. Installing programs on Microsoft Windows

3.4.3. Task Manager

3.4.4. Multitasking

3.5. Customizing your Microsoft Windows

3.5.1. Customizing desktop

3.5.2. Customizing start menu

3.5.3. Setting wallpaper, theme, and screensaver.

3.5.4. Customizing mouse

3.6. System maintenance and management

3.6.1. Automatically delete temporary files

3.6.2. Clean up windows

3.6.3. Adding and remove devices.

3.6.4. Adding and remove programs

CHAPTER 4: INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKING AND INTERNET

4.1. Introduction to Networking

4.1.1. What is a Network?

4.1.2. Networks types

4.2. Internet

4.2.1. What is the Internet?

4.2.2. The uses of the Internet.

4.2.3. How to find information on the web.

4.2.4. Security on the Internet.

CHAPTER 5: WORD PROCESSING

5.1. Basic concept about word processing

5.2. Creating documents

5.2.1. Creating a new

5.2.2. Saving a document

5.2.3. Opening a document

5.2.4. Closing a document

5.2.5. Converting a document

5.2.6. Page setup

5.2.7. Printing

5.3. Working with Text

5.3.1. Copy and move.

5.3.2. Undo and redo

5.3.3. Find and replace

5.3.4. Spelling and grammar

5.4. Formatting Characters and Paragraphs

5.4.1. Font formatting

5.4.2. Paragraph formatting

5.4.3. Bulleted and numbered lists

5.4.4. Borders and shading

5.4.5. Columns

5.4.6. Tabs

5.4.7. Styles

5.5. Inserting and Formatting Objects

5.5.1. Symbols

5.5.2. Pictures and Drawings

5.5.3. Charts

5.5.4. SmartArt Graphics

5.5.5. WordArt

5.5.6. Text Boxes

5.5.7. Tables

CHAPTER 6: SPREADSHEET

6.1. Microsoft Excel Basics

6.1.1. Introduction to spreadsheets

6.1.2. Starting Microsoft Excel

6.1.3. Exploring the parts of the workbook

6.1.4. Opening an existing workbook

6.1.5. Saving a workbook

6.1.6. Previewing and printing a worksheet

6.1.7. Closing a workbook and exiting excel

6.2. Working with data

6.2.1. Data types

6.2.2. Entering data in a cell

6.2.3. Changing data in a cell

6.2.4. Searching for data

6.3. Changing the Appearance of a Worksheet

6.3.1. Resizing columns and rows

6.3.2. Positioning data within a cell

6.3.3. Changing the appearance of cells

6.3.4. Using styles to format cells

6.4. Organizing the Worksheet

6.4.1. Copying and moving cells

6.4.2. Inserting and deleting rows, columns, and cells

6.4.3. Splitting a worksheet window

6.4.4. Preparing a worksheet for printing

6.4.5. Inserting headers and footers

6.5. Worksheet Formulas

6.5.1. Formula

6.5.2. Relative, absolute, and mixed cell references

6.5.3. Functions

6.5.4. Using functions

6.5.5. Types of functions

6.6. Organizing Database on the Worksheet

6.6.1. Sort

6.6.2. Filter

CHAPTER 7: PRESENTATION

7.1. Creating a Presentation

7.1.1. Starting a Presentation

7.1.2. Adding New Slides

7.1.3. Applying Design Themes

7.2. Working with Text

7.2.1. Formatting Text and Paragraphs

7.2.2. Customizing Bullet Lists

7.2.3. Applying Line Spacing

7.2.4. Copy and Paste Techniques

7.2.5. Use Find and Replace

7.3. Displaying Information in Tables

7.4. Printing Presentations



Schedule

W

Lecture

Lab

Reading / Homework

1

Computer Basics

Getting Started with Computer and Typing Practice.

How PCs Work

(http://computer.howstuffworks.com/pc2.htm)

2

MS Windows 7/ ICQ1

Files management on MS Windows 7

Windows 7 Review (http://www.pcworld.com/article/172602/windows_7_review.html)

3

MS Word 2010 Ch.1:

Basics concept

/ ICQ2


Word 1: Creating Documents with MS Word 2010

MS Word Basics

4

MS Word 2010 Ch.2:

Tables / ICQ3

Word 2: Using Tables and templates to create Resumes and cover Letters.

How to write a paper

5

MS Word 2010 Ch.3:

How to design a document / ICQ4

Word 3: Creating Research Papers, Newsletters, and Merged mailing Labels.

MS Word Project

6

MS Power Point 2010 Ch.1: Basics concept

/ ICQ5


PP 1: Creating and Formatting Power Point Presentations

PowerPoint Basics

7

MS Power Point 2010 Ch.2: Creating an effective presentation

/ ICQ6


PP 2: Enhancing a Presentation with Animation, Video, Table, and Charts.

PowerPoint Project

8

Midterm Lecture Exam

Word & PP Lab Exam

No Homework

9

MS Excel Ch.1:

Basics concept/ ICQ7

Excel 1: Creating a Worksheet and Charting Data

MS Excel Basics

10

MS Excel Ch.2: Formulas / ICQ8

Excel 2: Using Functions, Creating Tables, and Managing Large Workbooks.

MS Excel Project

11

MS Excel Ch.3: Charts

/ ICQ9


Excel 3: Analyzing Data with Pie Charts, Line Charts, and What-If Analysis tools.

MS Excel Project

12

Network, Internet and Security

/ ICQ10


Sharing Files and Printers. Creating and Managing mail box.

Google Mail - objectives

13

Web tools, Searching and collecting information.

/ ICQ11


Using Internet Explorer to search and collect information.

Google Search,

14

Building a Website

/ ICQ12


Creating a Personal Website

Extra Credit Project

15

Final Lecture Exam

Excel Lab test

Class Finished

3. PRINCIPLES OF ANIMAL BIOLOGY (BZ110)

4. FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (CHEM107)

5. FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY LAB (CHEM108)

6. CALCULUS IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCES (MATH141)

Instructor: MSc. Vu Thi Minh Ngoc Email: vuminhngoc123@gmail.com

Office: Room 306, A2 Building, VFU

1. Course Description

This course is an introduction to differential and integral calculus with applications to management and social sciences. The course emphasizes the modeling of problems and the interpretations of results rather than theory.

The course is planned to last for one semester, approximately 4 months. The course structure is designed as follows:

● Lecture: 2-3 lectures per week; the lecture length is 2-3 hours.

● Tutorial: Once a week (after the first week), 3 hour length: to solve problems in the tutorial problem sets provided in the previous week.

● The problem sets are given by the end of the lecture’s week, covering content taught in the week.



2. Course objectives

On successfully completing this course, students are expected to:

• be familiar with a wide range of the mathematical concepts, formalisms and techniques that are standard in management and social science.

• correctly evaluate the content and meaning of the calculus statements that appear

in the literature (at least the simpler ones)

• have command of the mathematical techniques required for modelling and analysing the scientific problems that appear in next courses.



3. Textbook and readings:

- Required textbook: Bittinger, Marvin L. and David J. Ellenbogen. Calculus and Its Application. 9th ed. . Pearson Education, Inc, 2008.

- Supplementary readings:

+ Hoy, Michael, John Livernois, Chris McKenna, Ray Rees, and Thanasis Stengos (2001), Mathematics for Economics, 2nd edition. Cambridge: MIT Press.

+ Other readings are provided through a common email

+ Lecture notes (if any), problem sets, etc. will be made available through class’s group email. Check it regularly.



4. Assessment/grading

Assessment:

● One mid-term exams: 25%

Midterm exam is in class, non-comprehensive and closed book.

● Two (2) quizzes: 30% (15% each)

Quizzes are in class, non-comprehensive and closed book.

● Final exam: 45%

Final exam is two hour in-class, comprehensive, closed book exams.  A significant number of exam questions will be based on the tutorial questions, but others will be based on the lectures, the textbook, and the supplemental readings. 

Grading:

- Final score (100 percent scale) = 0.3 quizzes+ 0.25 midterm exam + 0.45 final exam

- Letter grade (using the Vietnamese standard grade)

A: (85 - 100) - High distinction

B: (70 - 84) - Distinction

C: (55 - 69) - Credit

D: (40 - 54) - Pass

F: (< 40) – Fail

(The letter grade is subject to change, depending on the common agreement from all courses)

5. Class policies:

- There is no early or make up final exams given with exceptions for University approved activities or documented illness or family emergencies. The final exam schedule is set by the University, and it is against university policy to take the exam before final week.

- Absence from a quiz or examination without proper documentation will result in

a mark of zero for that component of the assessment. 

- Attendance and participation in class (for lecture and tutorial) are strongly encouraged. As quizzes and exam questions rely heavily on materials and discussion covered in class and tutorial, it is very likely that attendance and participation in class have positive effect on the overall grade. Questions, comments and active discussion are highly appreciated, making class section more interesting and exciting for all. The attendance and participation will be reported by the instructor and tutor.

- Reading text book chapters and solving tutorial problem set in advances is required.

- The class hours will be started on time, coming late of more than 5 minutes is not accepted. No sort of active monitoring of audible devises (mobile phones, beepers…) is allowed in class.

- All University regulations regarding student behavior and responsibilities, including academic integrity, will be strictly enforced.

- To dispute a homework or exam grade, attach a typewritten argument to the assignment/exam in question and return it to the instructor within one week of receipt of the graded work. All such requests will be reviewed; however, grades will be subject to both upward and downward revisions. Requests in all other forms will not be considered.

6. Course contents and teaching plan

Chapter 1. Differentials and Limits

- Rates of change

- Diference quotient

- Limits and Continuity

- Derivatives

- Diferentiation techniques



Quiz 1 (Chapter 1)

Chapter 2. Applications of derivatives

- Marginals

- Differentials

- First derivative test for local extrema

- Higher order derivatives, Second derivative test and Absolute extrema

- Optimization

- Implicit differentiation and Related rates

Midterm exam (Chapter 1 – Chapter 2)

Chapter 3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

- Exponential Functions

- Logarithmic Functions

- Derivatives of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

- Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions: The growth model

Chapter 4. Integration

- Anti-differentiation

- Integrals and Area Between Curves

- Integration Techniques.

- Improper Integrals

Chapter 5. Applications of Integration

- Consumer's Surplus and Producer's Surplus

- Integration of the Growth Model

- Probability.

- Expected Value

Quiz 2 (Chapter 3 - Chapter 5)

Chapter 6. Functions of several variables and Partial Derivatives

- Functions of several variables

- Partial derivatives

- An application: Maximum – Minimum problem



Final exam

7. PRINCIPLES OF PLANT BIOLOGY (BZ120)

Course description: BZ-120 (Principles of Plant Biology) is a one-semester introductory survey of botany that is intended primarily for students majoring in botany-related areas, such as Biology, Zoology, Forestry, Range Science, Agronomy, Horticulture, Natural Resources Management, etc. Most of these majors require additional coursework in botany, and this course is a prerequisite for most of these

intermediate- or upper-level classes in botany.


Textbook: Botany – An Introduction to Plant Biology (4th edition, 2009) by James D. Mauseth. This book also has an excellent website (http://biology.jbpub.com/botany) with a lot of good information and study aids (e.g., flashcards, crossword puzzles)
Course website: In addition to the class website, I will also post lecture notes and other information on this web site: https://sites.google.com/site/bz120plantbiologyvietnam/
Academic dishonesty: Academic dishonesty or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
Grading Policy:

Grading with use an A-E system (with +/-)



    • 90-100% is the A range

    • 80-90% is the B range

    • 70-80% is the C range, etc.

Grades will be based on:

    • Exams (60%; 4 exams with equal weight)

    • Lab exercises (30%; 4-5 lab assignments)

    • Attendance and participation (including communication in class; 10%)

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: Botany: An introduction

SECTION 1: BIOLOGY OF THE PLANT CELL

Chapter 2: The molecular composition of plant cells

Chapter 3: The plant cell and the cell cycle

Chapter 4: The movement of substances into and out of cells

SECTION 2: ENERGETICS

Chapter 5: The flow of energy

Chapter 6: Respiration

Chapter 7: Photosynthesis, light and life

SECTION 3: GENETICS AND EVOLUTION

Chapter 8: Sexual reproduction and heredity

Chapter 9: The chemistry of heredity and gene expression

Chapter 10: Recombinant DNA technology, plant biotechnology, and genomics

Chapter 11: The process of evolution

SECTION 4: DIVERSITY

Chapter 12: Systematics: The science of biological diversity

Chapter 13: Prokaryotes and Viruses

Chapter 14: Fungi

Chapter 15: Protista: Algae and Heterotropic Protista

Chapter 16: Bryophytes

Chapter 17: Seedless Vascular Plants

Chapter 18: Gymnosperms

Chapter 19: Introduction to the Angiosperms

Chapter 20: Evolution to the Angiosperms

Chapter 21: Plants and People

SECTION 5: THE ANGIOSPERM PLANT BODY: STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 22: Early development of the Plant body

Chapter 23: Cell and Tissue of the Plant body

Chapter 24: The root: Structure and Development

Chapter 25: The shoot: Primary structure and development

Chapter 26: Secondary growth in Stems

SECTION 6: PHYSIOPOGY OF SEED PLANTS

Chapter 27: Regulating growth and Development: The plant Hormones

Chapter 28: External Factors and Plant Growth

Chapter 29: Plant Nutrition and Soils

Chapter 30: The movement of Water and Solutes in Plants

SECTION 7: ECOLOGY

Chapter 31: The Dynamics of Communities and Ecosystems

Chapter 32: Global Ecology



8. GEOLOGY OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GEOL124)
Instructor: Dr. Le Xuan Truong

TA: Dr. Phi Dang Son



Email: truongfuv@yahoo.com

Office: 317 A3 (Siviculture Department)

Class meeting time and location:

Office hours: By appointment.

Required Textbook: Earth: Portrait of a Planet (4th edition), 2012, by Stephen Marshak.

Course Objectives: In this course you will learn about the physical nature of the Earth, its materials, its external and internal processes, and how human activities affect the Earth system.

At the end of the semester you should be able to:

1) Observe different landscapes and interpret the rock type, geologic history, and tectonic setting;

2) Sketch and annotate the important geologic processes of a particular geologic setting;

3) Analyze a geologic setting and identify the potential geologic hazards;

4) Draw connections between geology and human actions.



Grading:

Attendance: 10%

Two lecture exams: 40%

Quizzes: 15%

Final Exam (Cumulative): 35%

Exams:

There will be two lecture exams and a final exam. Test format will be multiple choice and true/false questions.



Quizzes:

Quizzes will be given at intervals throughout the semester to prepare you for lecture exams and to test your knowledge of the current material. Quiz dates will be announced in class; you will receive at least two days notice about an upcoming quiz.



Learning document:

An user’s ID and password will be issued at the beginning of each semester. The lecturer will send learning document through email.



You can log in, download the material but You are not allowed to modify the content of the email.

Classroom Etiquette:

Please be respectful of the learning environment and your fellow students. The following activities will not be permitted during class time: using laptops for reasons other than taking notes, text-messaging, using iPods, reading the newspaper, using cell phones, etc. Disrespectful behavior in class will not be tolerated.



Missed lectures:

If you miss class, notes must be obtained from another student.



Missed exams:

Attendance at all exams and quizzes is mandatory, unless you can prove in writing (i.e., written verification) that you were ill or had a family crisis preventing you from taking the exam. In such situations, you must contact lecturer prior to the exam to inform lecturer of your absence. Missing an exam will result in a score of 0 and no make-up will be given except in the case of illness or family emergency. Approved make-up exams may consist of essay questions and drawing and interpreting diagrams.



Academic Integrity:

This course adheres to the Academic Integrity Policy of the VFU General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code. Students are expected to review the code at the beginning of the semester.



Lecture schedule:

Hours

Topic

Exam dates

Reading

1- 3

The solar system and the earth’s origin




Chap. 1


4- 6

Introduction to the Earth’s atmosphere, surface, and interior




Chap. 2

7- 9

Minerals, Igneous rocks




Chaps. 5 and 6

10- 12

Volcanoes and volcanic hazards




Chap. 9

13- 15

Sedimentary rocks, weathering




Chap. 7

16- 18

Metamorphic rocks

Lecture exam #1

Chap. 8

19- 21

Geologic time




Chaps. 12

and 13


22- 24

Plate tectonics





Chaps. 3

and 4


25- 27

Crustal deformation and mountain

building





Chap. 11

28- 30

Earthquakes and seismic hazards




Chap. 10

31- 33

Landslides

Lecture exam #2,

Chap. 16

34- 36

Hydrologic cycle, streams, groundwater, rivers and flooding




Chaps. 18 and 19

37- 39

Hydrologic cycle, streams, groundwater, rivers and flooding (cont.)




Chaps. 18 and 19

40- 42

Glaciers; Intro to Earth's atmosphere




Chaps. 22 and 20

43- 45

Climate and Global Change




Chap. 23







FINAL EXAM





Chapter 1: The solar system and the earth’s origin

    1. The solar system:

• Big bang theory and the expanding universe.

• Solar system and planetary characteristics. Terrestrial versus gas-giant (Jovian) planets.

• Age of the Earth and Solar System.

• Nebular Theory.

– accretion disk.

– planetesimals.

– protoplanets.

• Nucleosynthesis. Where do the chemical elements come from?




    1. Earth’s origin and interior

• Earth's magnetic field and its origin.

• Solar wind. Role of Earth's magnetic field in deflecting solar wind.

• Earth's atmosphere - size, composition, and density changes.

• Earth's interior. Major layers (crust, mantle, core) and their characteristics. Continental

versus oceanic crust. Boundaries between layers.

• Earth's geotherm.

• Lithosphere and asthenosphere.
Chapter 2: Minerals, Igneous rocks
2.1. Some basic definitions from our chemistry review

– Element

– Atom, protons, and electrons.

– Ions (cations and anions)

– Chemical Bonds (covalent and ionic)

– Precipitate


2.2. Minerals

• Geologic definition of a mineral.

• Crystal lattices and chemical bonding.

• Physical properties used to identify minerals. Mohs Hardness Scale.

• Silicon-oxygen tetrahedron. Silicate minerals and classification into groups.

• How the following chemical/physical properties depend on silicate structure:

– Melting temperature.

– Si:O ratio.

– Susceptibility to chemical weathering.

• Basic properties of other important minerals (e.g., halite, diamond, graphite, calcite).


2.3. Ignerous rocks

• Intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks. Difference between lava and magma.

• How magmas are generated - understand the mechanisms that cause melting.

• Magma composition (felsic versus mafic). Controls on magma composition.

• How the following magma properties depend on magma composition.

– Density.

– Melting temperature.

– Viscosity.

• Bowen's reaction series - what does it describe?

• Igneous rock texture. Influence of cooling rate on rock texture.

• Basis for igneous rock classification. Compare texture and silica content of important rocks.

• Characteristics of igneous intrusions (dikes, sills, plutons, batholiths).


Chapter 3: Volcanoes and volcanic hazards
3.1. Volcanoes

• Lava flows. Relationship between lava composition and flow behavior.

• Rocks associated with basaltic lava flows:

– pahoehoe, a'a', pillow basalts.

• Pyroclastic debris. Types and fragment size.

• Common volcanic gases.

• Volcanic architecture - parts of a volcano.

• Volcano types and characteristics.

• Examples of shield volcanoes and stratovolcanoes.

• Controls on eruptive style.


3.2. Volcanic hazards.
Chapter 4: Sedimentary rocks, weathering
4.1. Weathering

• Physical and chemical weathering.

• Susceptibility of common minerals to chemical weathering.

• Weathering of silicate minerals (how does silicate structure affect the susceptibility to

chemical weathering?).
4.2. Sedimentary rocks

• Sedimentary rock types (clastic, biochemical, organic, chemical).

• Steps in the formation of a clastic sedimentary rock.

• Clast size, sorting, and rounding - and how these properties depend on the transporting

medium and transport distance.

• Sedimentary structures:

– Bedding, strata, and formations.

– Bedforms (e.g., ripples, dunes, cross-bedding, graded beds).

• Types of sedimentary depositional environments. Inferring the depositional environment

from rock properties (e.g., clast size/shape, sedimentary structures, shell fragments).

• Soils and soil development. Zones of leaching and accumulation.

• Factors that control soil formation.


Chapter 5: Metamorphic rocks
• Agents of metamorphic change (heat, pressure, differential stress, hydrothermal fluids).

• Metamorphic processes (i.e., what happens during metamorphism?).

– recrystallization.

– phase change.

– neocrystallization.

– pressure solution.

– plastic deformation.

• Foliation - what is it and what causes it?

• Metamorphic compositional classes (know the protolith for each class).

• Concepts of metamorphic intensity and metamorphic grade.

• Types/settings of metamorphism. Where are metamorphic rocks formed?

• Important examples of metamorphic rocks.


Chapters 6: Geologic time
6.1. Physical principles used to determine the relative age of rocks and geologic structures.

• Know principles and be able to apply.

• Common cross-cutting features.

• Unconformity - definition and interpretation.


6.2. Subdivisions of geologic time (eon, era, period, epoch).

• Names of the eras; characteristics of life / dominant organisms present during each era.

• Major events that impacted life throughout geologic time:

– Cambrian explosion.

– K-T boundary event.

• Use of radiometric dating to determine the numerical age of rocks.


6.3. Definition of an isotope.

• Radioactive decay; parent and daughter isotopes; half-life.

• Closure temperature; setting of the "radiometric clock."

• Interpreting radiometric dates. Which rock types are best for dating?


Chapter 7: Continental drifts
7.1. Hypothesis and supporting evidence

• Wegener's continental drift hypothesis and supporting evidence.

• Pangaea.

• Sea-floor spreading; characteristics of the ocean floor that explain sea-floor spreading.

• Interpretation of magnetic anomalies in oceanic crust.
7.2. Tectonic plates

• Tectonic plates - what are they made of?

• Continental margins; passive and active margins.

• Plate boundary types (divergent, convergent, transform). Nature of plate interactions along

each type of boundary (e.g., what happens at a convergent plate boundary?)

• Mid-ocean ridges. Subduction zones.

• Hot spot characteristics; examples of oceanic and continental hot spots covered in class.

• Reasons for plate motion (driving forces).

• Plate velocities - how fast and how do we determine velocity?

• Changes to plate boundaries - rifting and continental collision.


Chapter 8: Crustal deformation and mountain building
8.1. Crustal deformation

• Brittle versus ductile deformation.

• Stress and strain. Types of stress in orogenic settings.

• Geologic structures associated with deformation (joints, faults, folds).

• Strike and dip (used to describe the orientation of structures).

• Faults ... definition and different types of faults:

– normal fault.

– reverse fault.

– thrust fault.

– strike-slip fault.


8.2. Identification of fault type

• Based on relative motion of rock blocks.

• Definition of displacement.

• Relationship between stress type (extension or compression) and fault development.

• Folds and fold identification (anticlines, synclines, monoclines).

• Open versus tight folds. Plunging versus non-plunging folds.

• How folds develop - "flexural" and "flow" folding.
8.3. Major causes of orogenesis

• Plate boundary interactions that produce mountains.


Chapter 9: Earthquakes and seismic hazards
9.1. Earthquakes

• Causes of seismicity.

• Earthquake terminology - definitions of hypocenter (focus) and epicenter.

• Seismic waves - different types (P-waves, S-waves, surface waves); characteristics of each

and ground motion that they produce.

• Use of seismographs to determine earthquake location.

• Measures of earthquake size (intensity and magnitude).

• Plate boundary types where earthquakes occur.


9.2. Seismic hazdards

• Ways that earthquakes can cause damage ... what happens during an earthquake and what

other geologic events may be triggered?

• Sediment liquefaction.

• Tsunamis:

– how they get started.

– change in wave characteristics near shore.

– major tsunami events discussed in class ... know some details (earthquake origin,

impacted areas, etc)

– tsunami detection and preparedness.

• Earthquake prediction ... long-term versus short-term predictions.

Chapter 10: Landslides
• Types of mass movement; distinctive characteristics for each type.

• Slope stability. Downslope forces versus Resisting forces.

• Angle of repose - definition and controls (what controls angle of repose?).

• Failure surfaces.

• Slope failure triggers, destabilizing events. How changes in slope characteristics may

increase or decrease slope stability.

• Common techniques used to mitigate slope hazards.
Chapter 11: Hydrologic cycle, streams, rivers and flooding, ground water
11.1. Introduction

• Hydrologic cycle; water storage reservoirs; hydrologic processes.

• Stream channel generation. How are channels initiated?

• Drainage networks. Be able to identify common drainage patterns.


11.2. Streams

• Perennial versus ephemeral streams - characteristics of each.

• Stream discharge - definition and units of measurement.

• Stream erosional processes.

• Stream sediment transport; different types of sediment load in a stream.

• Competence and capacity.

• Changes in stream characteristics along longitudinal profile.

– land surface gradient (channel slope).

– grain sizes.

– water velocity.

– channel type/shape and cross-sectional geometry.

• Braided streams.

• Meandering streams and meander evolution.

• Deltas; subsidence of deltas.


11.3. Flooding

• Concept of recurrence interval; interpretation of flood-frequency graphs and flood

risk (probability).
11.4. Ground water

• Definition of porosity (know the simple formula). Primary and secondary porosity -

geologic examples of each.

• Unsaturated zone, saturated zone, water table, aquifers, aquitards.

• Hydraulic head and how it's measured.

• Groundwater recharge and discharge. Discharge to surface water bodies.

• Darcy's law ... controls on the volumetric flow rate of groundwater.

• Well pumping and water-table drawdown.

• Springs and spring formation.

• Problems associated with groundwater overuse.

• Groundwater contaminants. Point-source versus nonpoint-source contamination.
Chapter 12: Glacier
• Ice as a mineral.

• Two categories of glaciers - mountain and continental.

• Present-day locations of continental glaciers (where are today's ice sheets ...)

• Formation of a glacier - necessary conditions. Transformation of snow into ice. Firn.

• Movement of wet-bottom versus dry-bottom glaciers.

• Deformation of glacial ice (brittle vs. plastic deformation).

• Velocity of glaciers - what are the controls on ice velocity?

• Glacial advance and retreat; zones of accumulation and ablation; equilibrium line.

• Sea ice.

• Glacial erosion (different mechanisms by which glaciers can erode substrate).

• Erosional features associated with mountain glaciers.

• Glacial deposits (till, outwash, loess); characteristics of these different sediment deposits.

• Depositional landforms from continental glaciation.

• Other impacts of continental glaciers (sea level changes, surface water drainage, climate,

subsidence and rebound).

• The Pleistocene Ice Age - when and where?

• Glaciations and interglacials.

• Earlier ice ages; geologic evidence of these older ice ages.


Chapter 13: Climate and Global Change

• Carbon cycle.

• Common greenhouse gases; greenhouse effect.

• Paleoclimate. Evidence used to understand past Earth climates.

• Recent global warming and evidence of climate change.

• IPCC.


9. COLLEGE COMPOSITION (CO150)

10. PUBLIC SPEAKING (SPCM200)


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