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Professor Cronin reserves the right to revise this syllabus as necessary throughout the semester. Notice of revision will generally be given during one or more lecture meetings, or via email broadcast to registered students in the course.
Important note: This syllabus is not a contract.
The lecture section of this course meets Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 11:15 AM until 12:05 PM in Baylor Science Building (BSB), room E-414, and the lab meets on Tuesdays in the same room from 2:00 until 4:45 PM. Labs begin on September 1. Weather/heat permitting, we might spend some of these lab sessions in the field.
This lecture section is taught by Professor Vince Cronin, Ph.D.
Lab/Office: BSB E441 . . . . . Telephone: (254) 710-2174
Office hours: MWF 9:55-11:00 AM, or by appointment
All email communication to Professor Cronin concerning this course must originate from your Baylor email account.
This is an introductory survey course in structural geology, intended for undergraduate students who aspire to develop into practicing geoscientists. It is important for undergraduate geoscientists to acquire and retain knowledge of structural geology.
Students in this course are expected to study (i.e., not just skim) the assigned material, which should require no less than ~6-8 hours of concentrated work outside of class/lab each week. If you are not willing to devote that amount of time to this course, you will not learn the material and, hence, there is little point in your taking this course. You need to commit to doing good work and learning the course material, or consider choosing a different and less intellectually taxing major.
Required Lecture-Section Textbook: Fossen, 2010, Structural Geology: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-51664-8, 463 p.
Online resources for this book are available at http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/structural-geology-tectonics-and-geodynamics/structural-geology?format=HB
The labs will be run using a combination of home-brewed exercises supplemented by material from Rick Allmendinger's structural lab book (http://www.geo.cornell.edu/geology/faculty/RWA/structure-lab-manual/).
The homepage for this course is http://croninprojects.org/Vince/Course/IntroStructGeol/index.htm.
Grades for in-class exams and in-class activities for this course are mainly accessed online via Canvas.
To get to Canvas (which is a "learning management system" used by Baylor), start at the Baylor homepage
http://www.baylor.edu/, select the STUDENTS link on the left of the screen, choose Online Tools on the left side of the subsequent screen, and then choose Canvas. This will link you to a login page for Canvas. After logging in with your Baylor ID and password, choose the 201530 GEO 3445 01 - Structural Geology course.
In addition to the university holidays this semester (Labor Day, Fall Break, Thanksgiving), there will be no class in the lecture section of this course on the following days because Professor Cronin will be out of town.
|Dates||No. Days||Topics||Required Prior Studying in Fossen (2010)||Anticipated Quiz Date|
|Aug 24-28||3||Introduction & whole-Earth structure||chapter 1||Aug 31|
|Aug 31-Sept 4||3||Deformation & strain||chapter 2||Sept 9|
|Sept 9-11||2||Finite strain||chapter 3||Sept 14|
|Sept 14||5||Stress||chapters 4 & 5||Sept 25|
|Sept 25-28||2||Rheology||chapter 6||Sept 30|
|Sept 30-Oct 9||4||Brittle deformation||chapter 7||Oct 12|
|Oct 12-21||5||Faults||chapters 8-9||Oct 23|
|Oct 23-Nov 9||4||Deformation mechanisms||chapter 10||Nov 11|
|Nov 11-16||3||Folds||chapter 11||Nov 18|
|Oct 25-28||2||Foliation & cleavage||chapter 12||Nov 23|
|Nov 2-6||3||No Class -- GSA Meeting||read a good book|
|Nov 23-30||2||Shear zones & mylonite||chapter 15||Dec 2|
|Dec 2||1||Contractional deformation||chapter 16||on final exam|
|Dec 4||1||Extensional deformation||chapter 17||on final exam|
|Dec 7||1||Recap/Summary||all||on final|
The first quiz on August 31, and concerns whole-Earth structure.
All other quizzes are scheduled to occur at the beginning of class, on the class day following the end of a given topic. Except for valid University excuses with written documentation (e.g., illness, bereavement, athletic, performance), there will be no make-up or re-take quizzes this semester. All make-up quizzes will be administered within one week (or within 3 class meetings) of the original quiz unless other arrangements are made with Dr. Cronin within 3 days of the original exam. No quizzes will be administered early.
Material on lecture quizzes will be drawn from the assigned textbook chapter. Students are responsible for having read all of the assigned chapters in the lecture and lab books. You should assume that every exam is cumulative in nature, so anything from earlier in the course might be part of a subsequent quiz.
Unless otherwise specified, all laboratory assignments are due at the beginning of the lecture class on the first Friday that follows the corresponding lab (or on the first Monday, if Friday is a holiday). So, for example, the assignment for the first lab is due on Friday, September 4. 15% will be deducted for assignments turned in late. No assignments in this course will be accepted more than one week after its due date.
|Dates||Topic||Required Prior Studying|
|Aug 24-28||No Labs The First Week||--|
|Sept 1||Introduction, 1-D strain, vectors, coding||handouts in lab|
|Sept 8||Matrices, simple programming, strike, dip, rake, bearing||handouts|
|Sept 15||Spatial data, contouring, structure contours||handouts|
|Sept 22||Geologic maps and simple cross sections; plasticine models||handouts|
|Sept 29||Ground-surface traces from structure contours||handouts|
|Oct 6||Physical models of deformation||handouts|
|Oct 13||Introduction to GPS Strain||handouts|
|Oct 20||GPS Strain Results||--|
|Oct 27||GPS Strain Student Presentations||--|
|Nov 2-6||No Labs -- GSA Meeting||read a good book|
|Nov 10||to be decided||--|
|Nov 17||to be decided||--|
|Nov 24||to be decided||--|
|Dec 1||to be decided||--|
You must bring all supplies necessary to complete the lab assignments. Failure to bring the necessary materials to lab will result in a reduction to your final grade, because being prepared to learn is essential for success.. You will need:
It is a little bit difficult to specify how grades will be determined this semester, because the course will simply be different than in the past. It is fair to say that the grades will be based on a mix of traditional exams, projects, participation in lecture and lab, and effectiveness of your preparation (reading and study) outside of class.
If you do not attend at least 75% of the lecture meeetings and at least 75% of the lab meetings, the final course will be an F, in accordance with University standards.
The final exam is scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2:00-4:00 PM in our regular classroom (BSB E-414). You cannot take the final exam early, so don't schedule that fabulous ski vacation in Grenoble or Igls for anytime before December 13.
It is not easy to receive a grade of A in this course. It is not just a matter of showing up and doing a reasonable job on exams. To receive a grade of A in this course, a student must consistently display a mastery of the assigned material as judged by Dr. Cronin.
Students who want to do an undergraduate thesis/research project with Dr. Cronin must earn a grade of A- or better in this course.
Academic integrity refers to the "integral" quality of the search for knowledge that a student undertakes. The work a student produces, therefore, ought to be wholly his or hers; it should result completely from the student's own efforts. A student will be guilty of violating academic integrity if he/she...
(a) knowingly represents work of others as his/her own,
(b) uses or obtains unauthorized assistance in the execution of any academic work, including possessing or using a stolen copy of one of Professor Cronin's exams, or
(c) gives fraudulent assistance to another student.
After McGlynn, A.P., 2001
In the spirit of being a good steward of university resources, you must be careful not to abuse samples, maps, models, reserve materials, or other resources provided for your use in this course.
For answers to frequently asked questions about geology and science, go to http://www.baylor.edu/Geology/index.php?id=61728
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