EAS 100 - Section 51
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE
SYLLABUS
Fall 2020 Semester
Lecture & Labs pre-recorded as videos posted on YouTube (asynchronous)
Google Meet Online Video Conferences: Mondays, 6:30 PM - 9:20 PM (synchronous)
Oakton Community College
Updated September 15, 2020

Office Hours: Mondays 5:30 to 6:30 PM
(Contact me by e-mail ahead of time; you may request a one-on-one Google Meet video conference during that time slot)

NOTE:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course has been adjusted to be 100% on line, and there will be no face-to-face class meetings. PowerPoint lectures have been pre-recorded and posted on my YouTube channel, as well as video recordings of labs. You are expected to follow the schedule to watch these videos on your own time, preferably ahead of schedule. Every Monday evening at the designated class time (6:30 PM to 9:20 PM slot, there will be an on line Google Meet video conference; these on line meetings may be used to ask questions and hold discussions about the lecture or lab material.  Upon request, and near exam time, an additional Google Meet video conference may occasionally be held on Wednesday evenings.  All exams will be taken on line using Oakton's D2L system; you will be allowed to take the exam on line anytime from 8 AM to 8 PM on exam day, within a pre-set time limit.

Instructor: William K. Tong (M.S. Earth Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 1988)

E-mail: wktong@comcast.net

I. Course
Course Prefix Number Course Name Section Credit Lecture Lab
EAS 100 Introduction to Earth Science
51
4
3
3

II.   PREREQUISITE: None

III. Course Description:

Course introduces geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.  Credit cannot be received in both EAS 100 and EAS 121.

IV. Learning Objectives:

After successfully completing this course a student should be able to:

1. Identify mineral and rock samples based on diagnostic properties and tests.
2. State the Theory of Plate Tectonics and identify associated features on land and the sea floor.
3. Describe and locate geologic hazards associated with plate boundaries.
4. Interpret and construct topographic maps.
5. Gather, analyze, and interpret basic weather/climate data.
6. Recognize frontal systems and differentiate by type, weather conditions, and associated cloud patterns.
7. Explain what drives ocean circulation.
8. Label sea floor features.
9. Summarize the patterns and relationships within the solar system.
10. Work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, both individually and in groups.
11. Communicate effectively in writing or speech.



V. Academic Integrity:

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you.  If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.



VI.   OUTLINE OF TOPICS:
 
EAS 100-51: Introduction to Earth Science
Fall 2020 Lecture Schedule
(Tentative - May be subject to further revision)
Also check my web site for this class. The textbook publisher has a free companion study web site that is open for the 11th edition: 
http://wps.prenhall.com/esm_tarbuck_escience_11
(The current 15th edition's web site can only be accessed by textbook purchase and password, and I cannot provide you the URLs)
Earlier textbook editions/alternate URL: http://www.prenhall.com/tarbuck/
Follow the TOPIC, not the chapter numbers, which may differ with different editions of the text book
Lecture

Date 
(Mon.)

Lecture 
Topic(s)
Web links to PowerPoint (PDF) lecture notes
(11th edition) by the textbook publisher, accessible at:
http://www.oakton.edu/user/4/billtong/eas100/powerpoint_pdf/

Earth Science (11th edition) 
Textbook Reading & Web Review
1
Aug. 24 Cosmic Origins (Universe, Solar System, Earth), Basic Astronomy, Elements
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube)
Cosmic Origins PowerPoint Lecture
ES11_Ch01_Intro_to_Earth_Science_Lecture.pdf
ES11_Ch22_SolarSystem_Lecture.pdf
 

Earth Revealed Videos: Down to Earth, Restless Planet

Chapters 1 & 22, Handouts

Textbook Chapter 1 "Introduction to Earth Science" web review
Textbook Chapter 22 "Solar System" web review

2
Aug. 31 Rock-Forming Minerals, Rock Cycle, 
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube)
Minerals Powerpoint Lecture
ES11_Ch02_Minerals_Lecture.pdf
 

Earth Revealed Videos: Minerals, Intrusive Igneous Rocks

Chapter 2, handouts

Textbook Chapter 2 "Minerals" web review

Sept. 7 No School LABOR DAY HOLIDAY (Catch up on your reading and watching videos)
3
Sept. 9
(Wed.)
Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube)
Rocks Powerpoint Lecture
ES11_Ch03_Rocks_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks

Chapter 3, handouts,
 

Textbook Chapter 3 "Rocks"  web review

4
Sept. 21

(Take exam on line via  D2L)
 

LECTURE EXAM 1 on material Aug. 24 to Sept. 9
Weathering & Soils
Mass Movements
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube)
Weathering, Soils & Mass Movements Powerpoint Lecture
Lecture Exam 1 is available on D2L on September 21, from 8 AM to 9 PM (60 minute time limit). This exam does not include Weathering & Soils or Mass Movements

ES11_Ch04_WeatheringSoils_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Weathering & Soils, Mass Wasting

Chapter 4, handouts

Textbook Chapter 4 "Weathering & Soils" web review

5
Sept. 28 Hydrologic Cycle, Surface Water, Groundwater
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube)

ES11_Ch05_Running&GroundwaterLecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Running Water I, Groundwater

Chapter 5, handouts

Textbook Chapter 5 "Running Water" web review

6
Sept. 30
(Wed.)
Glaciers, Chicago's Geology, Deserts & Wind
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube)
ES11_Ch06_GlaciersDesertsWind_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Glaciers; Deserts & Wind

Chapter 6, handouts

Textbook Chapter 6 "Glaciers" web review

7
Oct. 12

(Take exam on line via  D2L)

LECTURE EXAM 2 on material September 2 to 21
(Lectures pre-taped, posted on YouTube)  Volcanism
Mountain Building
Lecture Exam 2 is available on D2L on October 12, from 8 AM to 9 PM (60 minute time limit).

ES11_Ch09_Volcanism_Lecture.pdf
ES11_Ch10_MountainBuilding_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Volcanism, Mountain Building

Chapter 9, handouts

Textbook Chapter 9 "Volcanoes" web review

Chapter 10, handouts

Textbook Chapter 10 "Mountain Building" web review

8
Oct. 14
(Wed.)
Earthquakes
Plate Tectonics
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube at above links)
ES11_Ch07_Earthquakes_Lecture.pdf
ES11_Ch08_PlateTectonics_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Earthquakes, Birth of a Theory

Chapter 7
Textbook Chapter 7 "Earthquakes & Earth's Interior" web review
Chapter 8, handouts
Textbook Chapter 8 "Plate Tectonics" web review
9
Oct. 19 Geologic Time
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube at above link)
ES11_Ch11_GeologicTime_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Geologic Time, Evolution Through Time

Chapter 11, handouts
Textbook Chapter 11 "Geologic Time" web review
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/help/timeform.html
10
Oct. 26 Earth History, History of Life, Rise & Fall of the Dinosaurs
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube at above link)
ES11_Ch12_EarthHistory_Lecture.pdf

Video: Last Day of the Dinosaurs

Chapter 12, handouts

Textbook Chapter 12 "Earth's History: A Brief Summary" web review

Also visit on the Web:
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/help/timeform.html

11
Nov. 4
(Wed.)
 

 

Oceanography 1: Sea Floor, Dynamic Ocean
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube)
ES11_Ch13_OceanFloor_Lecture.pdf
ES11_Ch15_DynamicOcean_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: 
Waves, Beaches & Coasts, The Sea Floor

Chapter 13, handouts
Textbook Chapter 13 "The Ocean Floor" web review

Chapter 15, handouts
Textbook Chapter 15 "The Dynamic Ocean" web review

12
Nov. 9
(Exam on line via D2L)
LECTURE EXAM 3 on material October 12 to 26 Lecture Exam 3 is available on D2L on November 9, from 8 AM to 9 PM (90 minute time limit).  This exam does not cover Oceanography
Nov. 11
(Wed.)
No School VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY
13
Nov. 16 (Lectures pre-taped, posted on YouTube at link below:)
Oceanography 2: Deep Sea Life
ES11_Ch14_OceanFloorLife_Lecture.pdf Chapter 14, handouts

Textbook Chapter 14 "Ocean Water & Ocean Life" web review

14

 

Nov. 23 Introduction to Earth's Atmosphere
(Lecture pre-taped,
posted on YouTube )
Weather 1
ES11_Ch16_Atmosphere Lecture.pdf Chapters 16, handouts

Textbook Chapter 16 "The Atmosphere" web review

 15
Nov. 30 Clouds and Precipitation, Winds
Lecture pre-taped,
posted on YouTube:
Weather 2
ES11_Ch17_MoistureCloudsPrecipitation_Lecture.pdf
ES11_Ch18_AirPressureWind_Lecture.pdf
Chapters 17, 18 & handouts
Textbook Chapter 17 "Moisture, Clouds & Precipitation" web review
Textbook Chapter 18 "Air Pressure & Wind" web review
 16
Dec. 7 Severe Weather, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Hurricanes
Air Pollution, Climate Change, Global Warming
(Lecture pre-taped, posted on YouTube)
Weather 3
ES11_Ch19_SevereStorm_Lecture.pdf
ES11_Ch20_Climate_Lecture.pdf
Chapter 19, handouts
Textbook Chapter 19 "Severe Storms" web review

Chapter 20, handouts
Textbook Chapter 20 "Climate" web review
PowerPoint presentation on Global Warming

17
Dec. 14
(On line at D2L)
LECTURE EXAM 4 on material November 4 to December 7 Lecture Exam 4 is available on D2L on December 14, from 8 AM, due by 9 PM (60 minute time limit). 
EAS 100-51: Introduction to Earth Science
Fall 2020 Laboratory Schedule
(Tentative - May be subject to further revision)
NOTE: All labs for this semester have been converted from traditional face-to-face meetings to on-line. 
Pre-recorded video presentations will be prepared and posted in advance to present the lab material.
Reserve your Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9 PM for weekly Google Meet on-line 
video conference to discuss lab and lecture topics and to answer your questions.
Lab #
Date Laboratory Topic(s) Pre-recorded lab lecture video(s), linked below:
1
Aug. 26 Identification of Non-Silicate Minerals Video: Lab 1 - Non-silicate Minerals
2
Sept. 2 Identification of Silicate Minerals Video: Lab 2 - Silicate Minerals
Exam 1/

Lab 3

Sep. 14
(Mon.)
LAB EXAM 1 on Mineral Identification
Take Lab Exam 1 on line via D2L, available 8 AM on Sept.14 due by 9 PM (90 minutes allowed)
LAB after exam: Identification of Igneous Rocks
Video:  Lab 3 - Igneous Rocks
4
Sep. 16 Identification of Sedimentary Rocks Video: Lab 4 - Sedimentary Rocks
5
Sep. 23 Identification Metamorphic Rocks, Lab Review Video: Lab 5 - Metamorphic Rocks
Exam 2
Lab 6
Oct. 5
(Mon.)
LAB EXAM 2 on Rock Identification 
Take Lab Exam 2 on line via D2L, available 8 AM on Oct. 5, due by 9 PM (90 minutes allowed)
Introduction to Maps, Topographic Maps I 
[Read Appendix B - "Earth's Grid System" in your textbook] 
Video: Topographic Maps Lecture
7
Oct. 7 Topographic Maps 1 Video: Contour Lines
Video: Topographic Maps Lecture
8
Oct. 21 Topographic Maps 2 Video: Topographic Maps Lecture
9
Oct. 28 Extra Google Meet video conference Review session for Lecture Exam 3 and Lab Exam 3
10
Nov. 2
(Mon.)
LAB EXAM 3 on Topographic Map Interpretation
Take Lab Exam 3 on line via D2L, available 8 AM on Nov. 2, due by 9 PM (2 hours allowed)
Nov. 11 No School VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY
11
Nov. 18 Earthquakes Lab (constant speed vs. variable speed graphical methods)
Video: Earthquakes Lab
12
Nov. 25 Weather Instruments (sling psychrometer, relative humidity) Video: Weather Instruments & Weather Maps Lab
13 Dec. 2 Weather Map Interpretation Video: Weather Instruments & Weather Maps Lab
Exam 4
Lab 14
Dec. 9 LAB EXAM 4 on Earthquakes, Weather 
Take Lab Exam 4 on line via D2L, available 8 AM on Dec. 9, due by 9 PM (60 minutes allowed)

VII.   METHOD OF INSTRUCTION:

    Weekly classroom lectures will be augmented by audio-visual materials such as PowerPoint presentations and videos.  Weekly laboratory exercises will emphasize video demonstrations of proper lab techniques for identifying minerals and rocks, and interpreting topographic maps, earthquake data, and weather data, in preparation for lab exams.



VIII.  COURSE PRACTICES REQUIRED:

1.    Students are expected to read all assigned material and/or handouts before the scheduled topic.  Suggestion: Read your assigned textbook chapter(s) and handouts, and watch the lecture videos on YouTube during the weekend before the scheduled Monday dates in the syllabus, so that you can ask questions that Monday evening during the Google Meet on line video conference.

2.    All homework assignments are to be completed by downloading and printing them, completing them in pencil, and submitted as a scanned image or photo via email, in accordance with the schedule of due dates. All homework turned in will be date-stamped by the email system when received.. UP TO 5 BONUS POINTS MAY BE EARNED FOR EACH HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT TURNED IN AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE THE DUE DATE. A late penalty of -5 points will be assessed for homework turned past the due date for ANY reason. It would be a good idea to try to hand in your homework early as a habit.

3.     Students are expected to take all exams on Oakton's D2L web site during the scheduled times listed in the syllabus. If you miss an exam, it is the student's responsibility to notify your instructor via email, so arrangements may be made on D2L to extend the deadline for the exam to be taken by the student.  You also have the option of taking your exam early, if you know ahead of time that you will not be able to take a scheduled exam.

4.     Exams and homework assignments in this course are largely based on lecture and lab material presented during lectures (all pre-recorded videos on line for this semester).

5.     Students are responsible for accessing on line handouts, or new information regarding schedule changes that may be necessary. Be sure to contact a fellow student or your instructor to find out what you missed during your absence. Students are responsible for keeping track of and obtaining any handouts or assignments that they missed during their absence.
 

IX.   INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS & RESOURCES:

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The Golden Guide series of pocket sized paperbacks are inexpensive - about $7.00 each, and are excellent for the beginning science student.  "GEOLOGY" is very concise and has excellent diagrams.  "ROCKS, GEMS & MINERALS" is especially good for laboratory for the first two lab units. These books are available at Amazon.com or at any popular chain book store, or visit Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop at 711 Main Street, Evanston IL, (847) 866-7374.

INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF CLASSROOM HANDOUTS:  Besides your textbook, most other course materials for this course are posted on the Internet.  Students of this class will be able to access, read, and/or print the materials from home or from any place where you are using a computer with Internet access capability.  To find the documents, type the addresses below into your web browser (you must type it exactly as shown, in all lower case, or it will not work).  If you are viewing this document on the Internet, simply click on the web links below. Because the web addresses are rather long, you should bookmark them into your web browser.

Lecture Materials:http://www.oakton.edu/user/4/billtong/eas100

Lab Materials: http://www.oakton.edu/user/4/billtong/eas100lab



X.     EVALUATION METHODS:

    Your course grade will be based upon a straightforward numerical points system for 3 categories: 1) Lecture Exams (100 points x 4 = 400 points), 2) Lab Exams (100 x 4 = 400 points), and 3) Homework (20 x 10 = 200 points), for a total of 1000 possible points. Letter grades for individual exams are meaningless - only the total number of points earned count toward your final tally for the course grade. Final letter grades will be based upon a curve that will depend upon the final distribution of points within the entire class. Generally speaking, based upon past students' performances, however, you must earn at least 600 points (60%) in order to pass the course.
 
Calculation of Course Grade
Assignment
Possible Points
Possible Points + 
bonus points*
Lecture Exam 1:
100 
100
Lecture Exam 2:
100 
100
Lecture Exam 3:
100 
100
Lecture Exam 4:
100 
100
Lab Exam 1:
100 
100
Lab Exam 2:
100 
100
Lab Exam 3:
100 
100
Lab Exam 4:
100 
100
Homework (10):
200 
*250
MAX. TOTAL:
1000 
*1050

    Lecture exams will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and/or short answer essay questions. Lab exams will emphasize specimen identification and map/chart interpretation. Make up exams may ONLY be taken with the prior permission of your instructor, and usually no later than 1 week after the original exam date, after which you may be required to an all-essay make-up exam. After informing your instructor, arrangements will be made on D2L to extend the deadline to take the exam.

Students should keep track of their grades via Oakton's D2L (Desire To Learn) web site, where I maintain a gradebook for this course. (Please be aware that D2L exams are graded by the computer system and does not provide a writtten "receipt" of what questions you answered wrong.)  If you find handed in a homework paper or completed an exam and the grade(s) are not displayed on D2L, please contact me immediately so that I can make a correction.



HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS:

    Because a science course requires you to learn a lot of new vocabulary, your homework will consist of 10 earth science crossword puzzles (20 points each) which will require you to research your lecture notes, handouts, textbook chapters and glossary to find the answers. All homework assignments for the entire course are posted on the internet with a schedule of due dates; they are intended to be downloaded, printed, filled out in pencil, scanned or photographed, and submitted via email. Homework is 20% of your grade. DO NOT IGNORE turning in your homework; I have had past students who would have earned an "A" in the course based upon exam scores, but received a "B" or lower due to lack of sufficient homework points.

*Early Bird Bonus: UP TO 5 BONUS POINTS MAY BE EARNED FOR EACH HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT TURNED IN AT LEAST 1 DAY BEFORE THE DUE DATE. A late penalty will be assessed for homework turned in past the due date for ANY reason. Any homework more than 1 week late will not be accepted and will be scored as a zero. DO NOT NEGLECT TO TURN IN HOMEWORK! DILIGENT STUDENTS WHO CONSISTENTLY TURN IN HOMEWORK EARLY CAN EARN UP TO 50 TOTAL BONUS (EXTRA CREDIT) POINTS. THESE POINTS WILL BOOST YOUR PERCENTAGE SCORE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT PART OF THE 1000 POINT TOTAL.


XI.    OTHER COURSE INFORMATION

A.. If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services.  To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at Oakton.  All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements.  The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

B. Any student who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or participate in any required exam, study, or work on a particular day shall be excused from that exam, study, or work requirement and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up any requirement that he or she may have missed on that day, provided that he or she notifies the faculty member or instructor well in advance of any anticipated absence or conflict between a scheduled class and the religious observance, and provided that the make-up exam, study, or work does not place an unreasonable burden upon the institution.

C. Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

 Resources and support for

-pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
-victims of sexual misconduct

 can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9.  Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

D. If you are pregnant or become pregnant during the semester, you have the option to meet with me to discuss reasonable accommodations that may be necessary. It may not be possible to grant accommodations after the fact, so it is better to prepare in advance for any possible scenarios.

E. Oakton has implemented an academic intervention program, and I am a participating faculty member.  I am committed to your success in this course and at this college.  I may, therefore, refer you to other individuals and/or services available to help you achieve academic success. Please understand that these referrals are intended to supplement, not replace, interactions you may have with me during office hours or in class.  They are intended to provide a support network for your academic and personal success at the College.  As such, please help us help you by responding promptly and appropriately to these referrals.  If you have any questions regarding this program, please don't hesitate to ask.

F. Oakton Emergency Building Closures. When an Oakton building is closed due to an emergency (e.g., weather-related closings), that doesn't necessarily mean instruction stops. Students should check for communications from their instructor. This may take the form of D2L announcements on your course home page, an announcement on another learning management system, or via email or text. If you don't receive something from your instructor, please contact them via email.

G. Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton's Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

 Failure to abide by this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.


FALL 2020 SEMESTER - IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
August 31
Last day to submit proof of residency, business service 
agreements and chargebacks/joint agreements.
November 3 (Tuesday)
Election Day. College closed.
September 7
Labor Day holiday,\. College closed.
November 11
Veterans Day holiday.  College closed.
September 21
Last day to withdraw from 16 week course and have course 
dropped from record
November 18
Registration opens for Spring 2021 semester
September 21
Last day to change to Audit for 16 week courses.
November 26-29 
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.
September 28
Incomplete (I) grades from Fall 2019 semester for which faculty 
have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date. 
December 15, 16
Evaluation Days
October 26
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses.
Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are 
enrolled after October 26.
December 16
Last day of student attendance
October 29  (Thursday)
College Learning Day (No daytime classes).
December 21
Grading Day, grades due