Physical Geology


  2. A. Course Title: Physical Geology
    B. Course Number: GE 114 - 30253
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 220
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday at 5 pm. Within 48 hours weekends.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s): GE 114L - Physical Geology Lab
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course will study earth materials including the origin of minerals and rocks, erosion and deposition, earth movements and mountain building, volcanism, earth resources, oceans, and meteorology. Concurrent enrollment in GE114L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This is an introductory geology course that will fulfill the requirements for laboratory science. It is transferable to most other colleges and universities. The course will consist of 3 credit hours of lecture and 1 credit hour of lab (CRN 30435).



    • GEOL, by Wincander & Monroe, 2nd Edition ISBN-13: 9781133108696

    • Introductory Physical Geology Laboratory kit with manual for Distance learning by Coast learning systems distributed by Kendell Hunt publishing company from the NMJC bookstore. Laboratory kit contains Introductory Physical Geology Laboratory Manual for Distance learning with code , by Greg P. Gardiner, laboratory tools, rock and mineral samples, and topographic maps. ISBN: 9781465270009.

    • Access to a personal computer (PC) or laptop with user rights to install required online Canvas plug-ins (e.g. Respondus Browser, Adobe Reader, Flash, & Java). Canvas does not totally support Smart phones, iPads or tablets. A PC or laptop will be needed to submit the majority of coursework.

    • Respondus Monitor: (NOTE: Non-local students are also required to have available a computer with a webcam, microphone, and appropriate Internet bandwidth to use Respondus Monitor for submission of the proctored final exam and practical exam. There is a $15 fee for unlimited courses and exams for 12-months.


    You may be required to use a calculator, colored pencils, scissors, and ruler (with metrics).

    Optional Book: Dictionary of Geological Terms: Third Edition, ISBN: 978-0385181013

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    4 Chapter Exams 30%
    Homework Assignments 15%

    Lab Assignments 15%
    Rock & Mineral Practical 10%
    Final Exam 30%

    Chapter Exams (30%): You will be given four chapter exams covering Chapters 1-17. Look at your schedule for the exact chapters covered on each exam. No make-up exams will be given regardless of the excuse. To make-up for any problems technical or personal the lowest of your four exams will be dropped (This does not include the Final Exam). So if you miss an exam, it will count as your lowest exam at the end of the semester and will be dropped. If you take all four of your exams the lowest will be dropped & the average of your three remaining exams will be used. All exam reviews are posted in CANVAS on the first day of classes. You should complete and save each review, as that the four chapter reviews will become your review for the final exam, as will your four chapter exams (Note: Do not discard your chapter exams when they are returned by your instructor, they will be needed to study for the final exam).

    Homework Assignments (15%): This will include anything other than the exams. It will also include the field/virtual trips, problem/solution assignment & article critique.

    Chapter Homework Assignments: Chapter readings and related assignment will be given every week. All assignments will be available on the first day of classes, however, one will be due each week and late assignments will lose points every day until all points are exhausted. Due dates will be given in your Canvas shells. You should use your learning modules page in Canvas as a guide to what assignments are coming due each week, and follow the modules in order.

    • Problem/ Solution Assignment (Critical Thinking): This assignment is posted in Canvas, and can be started as early as the first week of classes. The assignment and instructions will be available on the first day of class, and the assignment will be due on October 25th.

    •"Journal article critique”: A 2 page critique minimum will be required. Article must be submitted by Oct. 5th, for instructor approval. The critique of the paper submitted will be due on November 9th. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated on this paper. Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero on the paper. It is your responsibility as a student to be familiar with what would be viewed as plagiarism.

    Late assignments and labs: If any assignment or lab is late, you will lose points. For every day that your assignment is late, 10% points will be deducted from your grade.

    Lab Assignments (15%): Lab assignments will be delivered via a Moodle account that you can link into through Canvas. Just like your chapter assignments all lab assignments will be available on the first day of classes, however, one will be due each week and the lab and due date can be viewed in Canvas learning modules. Also, the labs will not be assigned in the order given in manual, so please refer to your learning modules for the lab due dates. On this page you will be given video, animations, and interactive activities to assist you with your lab assignment. These should be done before attempting your labs. After completing these activities you should then attempt to complete the assignment in your lab manual and return to Moodle to submit your assignment. You should try to work on all assignments well ahead of the due dates in order to give yourself ample time to contact your instructor in the event you need assistance or clarification on the assignment, and to give your instructor time to respond.

    Rock & Mineral Practical (10%): Your rock & mineral practical will be an identification exam. You well be required to identify rocks and minerals learned in lab. You will find a review sheet in your Canvas learning modules. This exam must be a proctored exam. The exam will be available in the NMJC testing center by October 24th and must be completed by Dec. 7th. If you are not within driving distance of the NMJC testing center you may make arrangements for a testing center in your area to proctor the exam. Review the file “What do I do if I cannot come to the NMJC for my practical and final exam?” in Canvas for instructions, requirements, and deadlines for setting up an alternative testing location. Note: Students are responsible for any additional fees that may be charged by a testing center off the NMJC campus.

    Final exam (30%): You will have a final exam that will be comprehensive proctored exam, covering chapters 1-16. In preparation for this exam you should be preparing your four chapter exam reviews found in Canvas Modules. The exam must be completed between the dates of Monday, December 9th and Wednesday, December 11th by 1 pm.

    Comprehensive Proctored Final Exam:
    Local students (within driving distance of NMJC) may use NMJC's testing center, which is free. It is located in the Ben Alexander Student Union Building. According to Testing Center policies, students must show proper picture ID and electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. Standard operating hours are 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday - Thursday; Friday 8 am-5:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm however, it is strongly recommended that students confirm time of operation as they are subject to change. Students must arrive at least 1 hour before closing time. Appointments are strongly recommended but not required.

    Non-local students are required to use Respondus Monitor, which is an extension of Respondus Lockdown Browser. It requires a computer with webcam, microphone and appropriate Internet bandwidth. An ID is required along with an environmental check to ensure testing integrity is maintained. There is a $10 administrative fee for the semester. A practice quiz within Canvas is available to assist you in the set-up.

    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days up to 12 (noon) on Fridays and within 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Fridays of each week. With the exception of Problem/Solution and Critique assignments.

    *****This is an online lab science course which is demanding of your time. This is a rigorous course and by proceeding, you acknowledge the course requirements above and you fully understand the demands of this course. You should allot 12-18 hours of study time for this class. A high-quality standard of work and participation are expected from you in all online courses. *****

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    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College’s broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline – specific knowledge skills, and scientific and academic values.
    The course content of Physical Geology (GE 114) supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    At completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Recall, describe or explain geologic vocabulary.
    2. Identify or explain aspects of the geologic time scale and compare the uses and limitations of relative and absolute dating.
    3. Recognize or explain the evidence used to support the theory of plate tectonics. Describe or identify how plate tectonics is related to the structure and features of the Earth.
    4. Describe the formation of, and describe, compare, and classify minerals.
    5. Identify or describe the three main rock types, how each forms in the context of the rock cycle and what each indicates about its environment of formation.
    6. Recognize or explain the fundamentals of surface and groundwater hydrology and discuss the impact of human activities on water quality and quantity.
    7. Describe or discuss the processes that are responsible for specific geologic hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mass movement, flooding, etc.).
    8. Recognize or describe the geologic processes involved in the formation and concentration of geologic resources.

    Lab Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Use physical properties to identify mineral specimens.
    2. Describe, classify, and identify igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and their textures.
    3. Utilize the principles of stratigraphy to provide an explanation of the geologic history portrayed in a photograph or cross-section.
    4. Explain how contour lines are used to represent topography, use map scales to measure distances on the ground, and construct topographic profiles.
    5. Identify landforms from images and topographic maps.
    6. Interpret geologic maps and construct geologic cross-sections.
    7. Acquire and communicate scientific data, ideas, and interpretations through written, oral, or visual means. Examples may include creating and describing graphs, maps and photos.
    8. Apply critical thinking skills such as inductive, deductive, and mathematical reasoning to solve geological problems.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

  12. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 1.This class utilizes Canvas software to manage assignment collection and return, to distribute handouts, and to administer quizzes and other assignments. A link to the Canvas log on page can be found on the NMJC home page at Click on the " Canvas " link under “Quick links” found in the banner on the NMJC website to log on to your Canvas courses. If it is your first time accessing Canvas use the link titled “First time user” just below the sign in key. 2. Turn-it-in is used in this course. Turn-it- in is a plagiarism prevention software. Plagiarism is a form of theft and a violation of intellectual property rights. According to, plagiarism includes turning in a paper that you did not write, taking significant portions of your essay from a source without giving credit, altering the wording while retaining the ideas of an un-credited source (paraphrasing), using multiple sources to create a “patchwork” paper without giving credit, and using or turning in an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors. also states that plagiarism occurs when quotations are not enclosed in quotation marks, quotations and paraphrases are not cited, citations for quotations and paraphrases are incomplete or inaccurate, and citations are used correctly for a source in one place that is used elsewhere without citation. Your papers will be analyzed for plagiarism by after you have submitted them to Canvas. Furthermore, any form of cheating, plagiarism, or disruptive behavior will result in an automatic grade of “F’ for the semester. 3. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language. 4. Respondus lockdown browser will be utilized in this course for chapter exams. It is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. Students are unable to copy, print, access other applications, or visit other websites during an online exam. 5. Respondus Monitor will be used for Practical exams and Final exam in this course for students unable to go to the NMJC testing center. Respondus Monitor builds upon the power of LockDown Browser®, and uses a student's webcam and video analytics to prevent cheating during non-proctored exams. System Requirements Respondus Monitor (Students) • Windows: 10, 8, 7 • Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher • iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration. • Adobe Flash Player (bundled with the LockDown Browser installation) • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone • A broadband internet connection

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      Correct spelling and proper capitalization

      Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)

      Logical organization



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    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

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    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse or the Academic Success Center. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service that can be accessed from your course navigation menu in Canvas and there is no need to create an account. The Academic Success Center is located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    Chapter Readings and Assignments Schedule


    Inros/Pre-course Questions/Zero Module


    Ch. 1 Understangind Earth Ch.16 Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles


    Labor Day (No classes, Monday Sept. 2nd)


    Ch. 2 Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory


    Ch. 3 Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks


    Exam 1 (Ch.1-3 and 16)


    Ch. 4 Igneous Rocks/Intrusive acivity Ch. 5 Volcanoes/Volcanism


    Professional Journal Article (Article for Critique) (Due Oct. 4th)


    Ch. 6 Weathering, soil, and Sedimentary Rocks


    Ch. 7 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks


    Ch. 8 Earthquakes and Earths Interior


    Exam 2 (Ch. 4-7)


    Problem/Solution Assignment (Oct. 24th)


    Ch. 9 Deformation, Mountain Building, and the Continents


    Rock and Mineral Practical Exam (Proctored Exam)


    Ch. 10 Mass Wasting


    Ch. 11 Running Water


    Critique of Article due (November 18th)


    Exam 3 (Ch.8-11)


    Ch. 12 Ground Water


    Ch. 13 Glaciers and Glacitation


    Thanksgiving Break (Nov.27, 28, 29th)


    Ch. 14 The Work of Wind and Deserts


    Ch. 15 Oceans, Shorelines, and shoreline Processes


    Exam 4 (Ch. 12-15)


    Final Exam (Must be taken between the dates of December 9th and December 11th by 1 pm) in the NMJC testing center, or pre-approved off campus testing center, or with Monitor system.




    Labs from Lab Manual


    Review Moodle, set up Moodle accounts