EAS 100 - Section 51
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE
SYLLABUS
Spring 2022 Semester
Lecture: Monday, 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM, Room A235
Lab: Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:15 PM, Room A235
Oakton Community College - Ray Harstein Campus (Skokie)

Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 6:00 to 6:30 PM, Room A235

All lecture exams are to be taken on line using Oakton's D2L (Desire To Learn) system; you will be allowed to take the exam on line anytime from 7 AM on exam day to 10 PM on the following day, within a pre-set time limit once you start the exam. All lab exams will be conducted on campus in Room A235, as scheduled.

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
Revised Spring 2022 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
Jan. 19
(Wed.).
Cosmic Origins (Universe, Solar System, Earth), Basic Astronomy, Elements ES11_Ch01_Intro_to_Earth_Science_Lecture.pdf
ES11_Ch22_SolarSystem_Lecture.pdf
Cosmic Origins of Earth Materials

Earth Revealed Video: Restless Planet
Video: Birth of the Earth

Chapters 1 & 22, Handouts

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

2
Jan. 24 Rock-Forming Minerals, Rock Cycle ES11_Ch02_Minerals_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Minerals, Intrusive Igneous Rocks

Chapter 2, handouts

Textbook Chapter 2 "Minerals" web review

3
Jan. 31 Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks ES11_Ch03_Rocks_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks

Chapter 3, handouts
 

Textbook Chapter 3 "Rocks"  web review

4
Feb. 7

(Take exam on line via  D2L)
 

LECTURE EXAM 1 on material Jan. 19 to 31

Weathering & Soils
Mass Movements

Lecture Exam 1 is available on D2L from 7 AM on February 7 to 10 PM on February 8, (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
Feb. 14 Hydrologic Cycle, Surface Water & Groundwater
ES11_Ch05_Running&GroundwaterLecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Running Water I, Groundwater

Chapter 5, handouts

Textbook Chapter 5 "Running Water" web review

6
Feb. 16
(Wed.)
Glaciers, Chicago Geology, Deserts & Wind ES11_Ch06_GlaciersDesertsWind_Lecture.pdf

Earth Revealed Videos: Glaciers; Deserts & Wind

Chapter 6, handouts

Textbook Chapter 6 "Glaciers" web review

Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL PRESIDENT'S DAY 
7
Feb. 28
(Take exam on line via  D2L)
LEC. EXAM 2 on material Feb. 7 to 16 Lecture Exam 2 is available on D2L from 7 AM on February 28 to 10 PM on March 1st (60 minute time limit.  (Lecture Exam 2 does not cover volcanism or mountain building.)
7
Feb. 28

 

Volcanism

Mountain Building

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
March 7 Earthquakes

Plate Tectonics

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
  March 14-18 NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK WEEK
9
Mar. 21 Geologic Time
 

 

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
Mar. 28 Earth History

History of Life

Rise & Fall of the Dinosaurs

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
Apr. 4
(Take exam on line via D2L)
LEC. EXAM 3 on material February 28 to March 28 Lecture Exam 3 is available on D2L from 7 AM on November 8 to 10 PM on November 9 (90 minute time limit).  This exam does not cover Oceanography
11
April 4 Oceanography 1: 

Sea Floor

Dynamic Ocean

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
Apr. 11 Oceanography 2: 

Deep Sea Life

ES11_Ch14_OceanFloorLife_Lecture.pdf

YouTube Videos: Sperm Whale vs. Giant Squid, Giant Squid captured live on video, Underwater Astonishments, Strange Bioluminescent Deep Sea Animals
Video: BBC Blue Planet -The Deep

Chapter 14, handouts

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

13
 
Apr. 18 Introduction to Earth's Atmosphere

Clouds & Precipitation 

Winds

ES11_Ch16_Atmosphere Lecture.pdf

ES11_Ch17_MoistureCloudsPrecipitation_Lecture.pdf

ES11_Ch18_AirPressureWind_Lecture.pdf

Chapters 16, handouts
Textbook Chapter 16 "The Atmosphere" web review

Chapters 17, 18 & handouts
Textbook Chapter 17 "Moisture, Clouds & Precipitation" web review
Textbook Chapter 18 "Air Pressure & Wind" web review

 14
Apr. 25 Severe Weather, Lightning, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Hurricanes ES11_Ch19_SevereStorm_Lecture.pdf

Videos: How Big Can Lightning Get?, Closeup Lightning Strikes Compilation,
Tornadoes 101, How Do Hurricanes Form?, Tornado Intercept/Storm Chasers

Chapter 19, handouts
Textbook Chapter 19 "Severe Storms" web review
15
May 2 Air Pollution, 
Global Warming, Climate Change
ES11_Ch20_Climate_Lecture.pdf

Videos: Climate Change with Bill Nye the Science Guy
Neil deGrasse Tyson Scolds Cherry-Picking Climate Change Deniers,
Runaway Greenhouse on the planet Venus
Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science

Chapter 20, handouts
Textbook Chapter 20 "Climate" web review
PowerPoint presentation on Global Warming
16
May 9
(Take exam on line via D2L)
LEC. EXAM 4 on material April 4 to May 2 NO CLASS MEETING ON CAMPUS
Lecture Exam 4 is available on D2L from 7 AM to 10 PM on Monday, May 9 (60 minute time limit). 
EAS 100-51: Introduction to Earth Science
Revised Spring 2022 Laboratory Schedule
(Tentative - May be subject to further revision)
Lab #
Date
(Wed.)
Laboratory Topic(s) Pre-recorded lab review video(s), linked below:
1
Jan. 26 Introduction to MIneral Identification Earth Revealed Video: Down to Earth
2
Feb. 2 Identification of Non-Silicate Minerals
3
Feb. 9 Identification of Silicate Minerals
Lab 
Exam 1
Feb. 23 LAB EXAM 1 on Mineral Identification (Room A235)

LAB after exam: Introduction to Rock Identification

5
March 2 Identification of Igneous Rocks
6
March 9 Identification of 
Sedimentary Rocks
March 14-18 SPRING BREAK
(no school)
7
Mar. 23 Identification Metamorphic Rocks, Lab Review
Exam 2

Lab 7

Mar. 30 LAB EXAM 2 on Rock Identification (Room A235)
LAB after exam: Introduction to Maps
[Read Appendix B - "Earth's Grid System" in your textbook] 
Video: Topographic Maps Lab Lecture
8
April 6 Topographic Maps 1 Video: Contour Lines
9
April 13 Topographic Maps 2 - Review Video: How to Draw a Topographic Profile
10
April 20 Earthquakes Lab (constant speed vs. variable speed graph)
Lab Exam 3 
Lab 11
Apr. 27 LAB EXAM 3 on Topographic Map Interpretation (Room A235)
Weather Instruments Lab follows the exam
 Videos: Sling Psychrometer demo
Calculating Relative Humidity and Dew Point
12
May 4 Weather Map Interpretation
Lab Exam 4 
May 11  LAB EXAM 4 on Earthquakes, Weather (Room A235)

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 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.

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 lecture exams online at 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.    Students are expected to take all lab exams in Room A235 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 to reserve a make-up lab exam to be taken at the Testing Center, Room A136.

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 "C" due to lack of sufficient homework points.  Don't let this happen to you!

*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.


COVID-19 Protocols

To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the following protocols are required of all students that come to the Oakton campus:

January 24
Last day to submit proof of residency, business service 
agreements and chargebacks/joint agreements.
March 28
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 March 30.
January 17
Martin Luther King holiday, College closed.
April 4 - 6
Priority Registration opens for Fall 2022 semester
February 14
Last day to withdraw from 16 week course and have course 
dropped from record
April 7
Registration opens for Fall 2022 semester
February 18
Last day to change to Audit for 16 week courses.
May 12, 13
Evaluation Days
February 28
Incomplete (I) grades from Fall 2021 semester for which faculty 
have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date. 
May 13
Last day of student attendance
March 14-20
Spring Break
May 16
Grading Day
May 17
Grades due