EAS100

Planet Earth

University of Alberta

Introduction to the origin and evolution of the Earth and the solar system. Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Simple energy balances and interactions between radiation and the atmosphere, land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle. Evolution of life, biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon cycle. Human interaction with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. Not available to students with credit in EAS 101, 102 or 201 or SCI 100 (Note: Students with credit in EAS 201 may take EAS 200.). [Faculty of Science]
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EAS 100 Planet Earth
Winter Term 2019
Instructor
Dr. Karlis Muehlenbachs
email: karlis.muehlenbachs@ualberta.ca
office hours: 1-2 PM, Monday & Tuesday, or by appointment.
Laboratory Coordinator
Darrin Molinaro
CCIS L1-272
email: molinaro@ualberta.ca
office hours: 9-10 AM Tuesday, or by appointment.
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 10:50 (TL 11)
Laboratory: Sections H01-H14 meet weekly on the L1 level of CCIS; be sure to confirm the place and
time of the section in which you are enrolled.
Calendar Description
3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-3) Introduction to the origin and evolution of the Earth and the solar system.
Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Simple energy balances and interactions between
radiation and the atmosphere, land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle. Evolution of
life, biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon cycle. Human
interaction with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. Not available to students with credit in EAS
101, 102 or 201 or SCI 100 (Note: Students with credit in EAS 201 may take EAS 200). [Faculty of
Science]
Course Objectives
EAS 100 is an introductory course that focuses on the interlinked processes that formed and continue to
shape the planet on which we live. After a general introduction, the course covers major systems that
includes the geosphere (solid Earth), the hydrosphere (solid, liquid, and gaseous water), the atmosphere
(composition, weather, and climate), and the biosphere (evolution of life, elemental cycling, impacts of
humans). The primary objective of the course is to give students a broad, integrated knowledge of Earth
systems science, and a foundation for those who will continue on as Earth Science majors.
Course Materials
Required course textbook: Skinner and Murck, The Blue Planet, 3rd Edition, ISBN: 978-0471236436.
The hardcover, loose leaf, or eBook versions of the text are acceptable; copies available in the
University of Alberta bookstore. Used copies are also available.
Required laboratory materials: Students must purchase a laboratory kit and a Winter 2019 edition
laboratory manual from the University bookstore. In addition, bring notepaper, pens, pencils, an eraser,
a metric ruler and a protractor to all laboratory sections.
eClass: eClass will be used periodically for communication between instructor, laboratory coordinator,
TAs and students. Lectures will primarily be given as slide presentations, and will be posted on eClass
in Adobe pdf format. Note that although the lecture slides will be posted, attendance is highly
recommended, as a significant fraction of the material may not appear on these slides. In addition, basic
course information, supporting documentation for the course, and review questions for the laboratory
examination will appear on the course eClass website.
Approximate Lecture Schedule
The following schedule is intended to provide a general guide to how the course lectures will progress.
Besides the midterm and final examination dates, exact dates of the lectures are subject to change.
DATES
LECTURE TOPICS
CHAPTERS
Jan. 7 - 21
Foundations of Earth Systems: basic definitions; components of the Earth system;
Fundamental Earth Science concepts; the Earth in space
1, 2, 4
Jan. 23-30
Geosphere: plate tectonics, geologic time, minerals and rocks, the rock cycle
3, 5. 6, 7
Feb. 1
MIDTERM EXAMINATION #1(in class)
Feb. 4-15
Hydrosphere: water on the planet (rivers, lakes, oceans, glaciers, snow), landforms,
erosion
Basic geochemical reactions
8, 10
Feb. 25-
Mar. 6
Atmosphere: composition, dynamics, and circulation; weather systems; climate
11, 12
March 8
MIDTERM EXAMINATION #2 (in class)
Mar. 11-
25
Biosphere: interaction of the Earth with life, elemental cycling, evolution
14, 15, 16
Mar. 27-
April 10
Anthrosphere: influence of humans on planet Earth
19
TBA
FINAL EXAMINATION
Laboratory Exercises
There will be ten laboratory exercises, introduced in the weekly laboratory section of the course by the
teaching assistant and laboratory coordinator. Laboratory sections are designed for you to gain hands-on
experience in working with concepts introduced in the lecture, and these assignments will comprise 10%
of your final grade for the course. It is strongly recommended to read through the laboratory
material in advance of coming to your lab section. If you have any questions about it, feel free to
contact the teaching assistants for your section. Please dress appropriately for the final laboratory (River
valley tour), including proper clothing and footwear. If necessitated by weather, the order of the
laboratories may be changed.
Attendance in your laboratory section is mandatory, and all laboratory assignments must be completed
in the lab. If you cannot attend one of your laboratory sections, please contact the laboratory
coordinator, Darrin Molinaro, in advance or within 48hours of the missed lab to make
arrangements. At the end of the term, there will be a laboratory examination comprising 20% of your
final grade. All material covered in the laboratory sections is testable. The fixed schedule for the
laboratory sections is as follows:
Lab
Number Topic Dates
No Lab None Jan. 8-12
Lab 1 Maps: Maps and Topographical Profiles Jan. 14-18
Lab 2 Earth Materials: Minerals and Rocks Jan. 21-25
Lab 3 Maps: Mapping Geological History Jan. 28-Feb. 1
Lab 4 Tectonics: The Tectonic System Feb. 4-8
Lab 5 Water: Water at and Beneath the Earth’s Surface Feb. 11-15
No Lab Winter Reading Week Feb. 18-22
Lab 6 Glaciers: Glaciers and Glaciation Feb. 25-Mar. 1
Lab 7 Atmosphere: Solar Radiation, Atmosphere, and Oceans Mar. 4-8
Lab 8 Biosphere: The Life and Times of Planet Earth Mar. 11-15
Lab 9 Resources: Mineral Resources and the Human Footprint Mar. 18-22
Lab 10 River Valley Tour Mar. 25-29
Lab Exam Final Lab Exam Apr. 1-5
No Lab None Apr. 8-10
Missed Laboratory Exercises and Deferred Laboratory Final Examination
You must notify the laboratory coordinator of any missed lab work within 48 hours of the absence for
accommodations; all reasonable attempts must be made to make up any missed labs. Any laboratory
assignments not completed and submitted will be assigned a mark of 0. Missing even one lab will affect
your final grade.
If you miss the laboratory final examination, you must notify both the lecture instructor and the lab
coordinator within 48 hours. Arrangements to write the final laboratory examination are to be made with
the laboratory coordinator. Students who are granted a deferred laboratory final examination must sit the
exam before 4:00 pm on April 10, 2019.
Missed Midterm Examinations
Students who do not write the midterm exams due to a valid absence will have the weight of the
midterm added to their final examination. Without a valid excuse for absence, students will be given a
mark of zero on the exam that is missed. The midterm exams will be held in class on Friday,
February 1 and Friday, March 8.
For an excused absence where the cause is religious belief, a student must contact the instructor(s)
within two weeks of the start of Fall or Winter classes (within three days of the start of Spring or
Summer classes) to request accommodation for the term (including the final exam, where relevant).
Instructors may request adequate documentation to substantiate the student request.
A student who cannot write a term examination or complete a laboratory assignment due to
incapacitating illness, severe domestic affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for a deferred
midterm examination or laboratory assignment due date. In all cases, instructors may request adequate
documentation to substantiate the reason for the absence at their discretion. Deferral of term work is a
privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferral will be granted. Misrepresentation of Facts
to gain a deferral is a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour.
Deferred Final Examination
The three-hour final exam will be held as scheduled by the University. Deferred final exams, if
approved by the Faculty of Science, will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 4, 2019. These dates
cannot be changed.
A student who cannot write the final examination due to incapacitating illness, severe domestic
affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for a deferred final examination. Students who failed at
the start of term to request exam accommodations for religious beliefs are expected to follow the normal
deferred final examination process. Such an application must be made to the student’s Faculty office
within two working days of the missed examination and must be supported by a Statutory Declaration or
other appropriate documentation (Calendar section 23.5.6). Deferred examinations are a privilege and
not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferred examination will be granted. Misrepresentation of Facts
to gain a deferred examination is a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour.
Grading
Laboratory participation and all examinations will be given a numerical score. A cumulative course
mark will be calculated from those scores using the following weights:
Midterm examination #1 15%
Midterm examination #2 15%
Laboratory participation 10%
Laboratory final examination 20%
Lecture final examination (3 hr) 40%
A final letter grade will be assigned based upon your overall grade for the course and the instructor’s
assessment of your position relative to other students in the course. Grades are unofficial until approved
by the Department and Faculty.
Although the lectures for EAS 100 and EAS 201 are taught concurrently, the assessments for those two
courses will be entirely independent of each other.
Academic Integrity
"The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty.
Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the
policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with
the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at www.governance.ualberta.ca) and avoid any
behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts
and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension
or expulsion from the University."
All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. Any offence will be reported to the
Associate Dean of Science who will determine the disciplinary action to be taken. Cheating, plagiarism
and misrepresentation of facts are serious offences. Anyone who engages in these practices will receive
at minimum a grade of zero for the exam or paper in question and no opportunity will be given to
replace the grade or redistribute the weights. As well, in the Faculty of Science the sanction for
cheating on any examination will include a disciplinary failing grade (NO EXCEPTIONS) and senior
students should expect a period of suspension or expulsion from the University of Alberta.
Students Eligible for Accessibility Resources
Eligible students have both rights and responsibilities with regard to accessibility-related resources and
accommodations. Consequently, scheduling exam accommodations in accordance with accessibility
resource deadlines and procedures is essential and the student’s responsibility. Please note adherence to
procedures and deadlines is required for U of A to provide accommodations. Contact accessibility
services (www.ualberta.ca/current-students/student-accessibility-services) for further information.
All students seeking accessibilty resources for both the lab and lecture components of the course are
required to submit a Letter of Introduction from Accesibility Resources to both the course instructor and
lab coordinator. Please make sure to do this as soon as possible in order to meet Accessibility Resources
booking deadlines. Failure to submit a Letter of Introduction to either the course instructor or the lab
coordinator may result accomodations not being granted.
Academic Success Centre
Students who require additional help in developing strategies for better time management, study skills or
examination skills should contact the Academic Success Centre (2-300 Students’ Union Building).
Recording and/or Distribution of Course Materials
Audio or video recording, digital or otherwise, of lectures, labs, seminars or any other teaching
environment by students is allowed only with the prior written consent of the instructor or as a part of an
approved accommodation plan. Student or instructor content, digital or otherwise, created and/or used
within the context of the course is to be used solely for personal study, and is not to be used or
distributed for any other purpose without prior written consent from the content author(s).

Alessi,Daniel

EAS100 Syllabus for Alessi,Daniel — Fall 2018

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EAS 100 – Planet Earth Fall 2018
Dr. Daniel S. Alessi
CCIS 3-021
email: alessi@ualberta.ca
office hours: 9:50-10:50 on Wednesday and Friday; or, by appointment
Laboratory Coordinator
Darrin Molinaro
CCIS L1-272
email: molinaro@ualberta.ca
office hours: 9:00-10:00 on Tuesday; or, by appointment
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00-9:50 (CCIS 1-440)
Laboratory: Sections D01-D14 meet weekly on the L1 level of CCIS; be sure to confirm the
place and
time of the section in which you are enrolled
Calendar Description
3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-3) Introduction to the origin and evolution of the Earth and the solar
system. Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Simple energy balances and
interactions between
radiation and the atmosphere, land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle.
Evolution of life, biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon
cycle. Human interaction with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. Not available to
students with credit in EAS 101, 102 or 201 or SCI 100 (Note: Students with credit in EAS 201
may take EAS 200). [Faculty of Science]
Course Objectives
EAS 100 is an introductory course that focuses on the interlinked processes that formed and
continue to shape the planet on which we live. After a general introduction, the course covers
major systems that includes the geosphere (solid Earth), the hydrosphere (solid, liquid, and
gaseous water), the atmosphere (composition, weather, and climate), and the biosphere
(evolution of life, elemental cycling, impacts of humans). The primary objective of the course is
to give students a broad, integrated knowledge of Earth systems science, and a foundation for
those who will continue on as Earth Science majors.
Course Materials
Required course textbook: Skinner and Murck, The Blue Planet, 3rd Edition, ISBN:
978-0471236436. The hardcover, loose leaf, or eBook versions of the text are acceptable;
copies available in the University of Alberta bookstore.
Required laboratory materials: Students must purchase a laboratory kit and a Fall 2018 edition
laboratory manual from the University bookstore. In addition, bring notepaper, pens, pencils, an
eraser, a metric ruler and a protractor to all laboratory sections.
eClass: eClass will be used periodically for communication between instructor, laboratory
coordinator, TAs and students. Lectures will primarily be given as slide presentations, and will
be posted on eClass in Adobe pdf format. Note that although the lecture slides will be posted,
attendance is highly recommended, as a significant fraction of the material may not appear on
these slides. In addition, basic course information, supporting documentation for the course, and
review questions for the laboratory examination will appear on the course eClass website.
Approximate Lecture Schedule
The following schedule is intended to provide a general guide to how the course lectures will
progress. Besides the midterm and final examination dates, exact dates of the lectures are
subject to change.
DATES
LECTURE TOPICS
CHAPTERS
Sept. 5 ( 21
Foundations of Earth Systems :basic definitions; components of the Earth system; fundamental
Earth Science concepts; the Earth in space
1, 2, 4
Sept. 24 ( Oct. 3
Geosphere: plate tectonics, geologic time, minerals and rocks, the rock cycle
3, 5(7
Oct. 5
MIDTERM EXAMINATION #1 (in class)
Oct. 10 ( Oct. 22
Hydrosphere: water on the planet (rivers, lakes, oceans, glaciers, snow), landforms, erosion,
basic geochemical reactions
8, 10
Oct. 24 ( Oct 31
Atmosphere: composition, dynamics, and circulation; weather systems; climate
11, 12
Nov. 2
MIDTERM EXAMINATION #2 (in class)
Nov. 5 ( 26
Biosphere: interaction of the Earth with life, elemental cycling, evolution
14(16
Nov. 28 ( Dec. 9
Anthrosphere: influence of humans on planet Earth
19
Dec. 20
FINAL EXAMINATION (9:00 N 12:00)
Laboratory Exercises
There will be ten laboratory exercises, introduced in the weekly laboratory section of the course
by the teaching assistant and laboratory coordinator. Laboratory sections are designed for you
to gain hands-on experience in working with concepts introduced in the lecture, and these
assignments will comprise 10% of your final grade for the course. It is strongly recommended to
read through the laboratory
material in advance of coming to your lab section. If you have any questions
about it, feel free to contact the teaching assistants for your section. Please dress appropriately
for the first laboratory (River valley tour), including proper clothing and footwear. If necessitated
by weather, the order of the laboratories may be changed.
Attendance in your laboratory section is mandatory, and all laboratory assignments must be
completed in the lab. If you cannot attend one of your laboratory sections, please contact the
laboratory coordinator, Darrin Molinaro, in advance to make arrangements. At the end of the
term, there will be a laboratory examination comprising 20% of your final grade. All material
covered in the laboratory sections is testable. The fixed schedule for the laboratory sections is
as follows:
WEEK OF
TOPIC
Sept. 3
NO LABS
Sept. 10
NO LABS 0 Locate your laboratory room
Sept. 17
LAB 1: River valley tour
Sept. 24
LAB 2: Maps and topographic profiles
Oct. 1
LAB 3: Minerals and rocks
Oct. 8
LAB 4: Geological histories and sedimentary rocks
Oct. 15
LAB 5: Plate tectonics
Oct. 22
LAB 6: Water at and beneath the Earth's surface
Oct. 29
LAB 7: Glaciers and glaciation
Nov. 5
LAB 8: Solar radiation, atmosphere and oceans
Nov. 12
NO LABS 0 Family Day and Reading Week
Nov. 19
LAB 9: The life and times of planet Earth
Nov. 26
LAB 10: Mineral resources and the human footprint
Dec. 3
LABORATORY EXAMINATION
Missed Laboratory Exercises and Deferred Laboratory Final Examination
You must notify the lecture instructor, the lab teaching assistant, and the laboratory coordinator
of a missed lab within 48 hours for the lab absence to be excused; all reasonable attempts must
be made to make up any missed labs. Any laboratory assignments not completed and submitted
will be assigned a mark of 0. Missing even one lab will affect your final grade.
If you miss the laboratory final examination, you must notify both the lecture instructor and the
lab coordinator within 48 hours. Students who are granted a deferred laboratory final
examination must sit the exam before 4:00 pm on December 7th, 2018. Arrangements to write
the final laboratory examination must be made with the laboratory coordinator.
Missed Midterm Examinations
Students who do not write the midterm exams due to a valid absence will have the weight of the
midterm added to their final examination. Without a valid excuse for absence, students will be
given a
mark of zero on the exam that is missed. The midterm exams will be held in class on Friday,
October 5th and Friday, November 2nd.
A student who cannot write a term examination or complete a laboratory assignment due to
incapacitating illness, severe domestic affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for a
deferred midterm examination or laboratory assignment due date. In all cases, instructors may
request adequate documentation to substantiate the reason for the absence at their discretion.
Deferral of term work is a privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferral will be
granted. Misrepresentation of Facts to gain a deferral is a serious breach of the Code of Student
Behaviour.
Deferred Final Examination
The three-hour final exam will be held at 09:00 Thursday, December 20th. Deferred final exams,
if approved by the Faculty of Science, will be held at 09:00 Friday, January 11, 2019. These
dates cannot be changed.
A student who cannot write the final examination due to incapacitating illness, severe domestic
affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for a deferred final examination. Students who
failed at the start of term to request exam accommodations for religious beliefs are expected to
follow the normal deferred final examination process. Such an application must be made to the
student’s Faculty office within two working days of the missed examination and must be
supported by a Statutory Declaration or other appropriate documentation (Calendar section
23.5.6). Deferred examinations are a privilege and not a right; there is no guarantee that a
deferred examination will be granted. Misrepresentation of Facts to gain a deferred examination
is a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour.
Grading
Laboratory participation and all examinations will be given a numerical score. A cumulative
course mark will be calculated from those scores using the following weights:
• Midterm examination #1 15%
• Midterm examination #2 15%
• Laboratory participation 10%
• Laboratory final examination 20%
• Lecture final examination (3 hr) 40%
A final letter grade will be assigned based upon your overall grade for the course and the
instructor’s assessment of your position relative to other students in the course. Grades are
unofficial until approved by the Department and Faculty.
For an excused absence where the cause is religious belief, a student must contact the
instructor(s)
within two weeks of the start of Fall or Winter classes (within three days of the start of Spring or
Summer classes) to request accommodation for the term (including the final exam, where
relevant).
Instructors may request adequate documentation to substantiate the student request.
Although the lectures for EAS 100 and EAS 201 are taught concurrently, the assessments for
those two courses will be entirely independent of each other.
Academic Integrity
"The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and
honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty
and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to
familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at
www.governance.ualberta.ca) and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in
suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence.
Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the
University."
All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. Any offence will be reported to the
Associate Dean of Science who will determine the disciplinary action to be taken. Cheating,
plagiarism and misrepresentation of facts are serious offences. Anyone who engages in these
practices will receive at minimum a grade of zero for the exam or paper in question and no
opportunity will be given to replace the grade or redistribute the weights. As well, in the Faculty
of Science the sanction for cheating on any examination will include a disciplinary failing grade
(NO EXCEPTIONS) and senior students should expect a period of suspension or expulsion
from the University of Alberta.
Students Eligible for Accessibility-Related Accommodations (SAS)
Eligible students have both rights and responsibilities with regard to accessibility-related
accommodations. Consequently, scheduling exam accommodations in accordance with SAS
deadlines and procedures is essential and the student’s responsibility. Please note adherence
to procedures and deadlines is required for U of A to provide accommodations. Contact SAS
(www.ualberta.ca/current- students/student-accessibility-services) for further information.
Student Success Centre
Students who require additional help in developing strategies for better time management, study
skills or examination skills should contact the Student Success Centre (2-300 Students’ Union
Building).
Recording and/or Distribution of Course Materials
Audio or video recording, digital or otherwise, of lectures, labs, seminars or any other teaching
environment by students is allowed only with the prior written consent of the instructor or as a
part of an approved accommodation plan. Student or instructor content, digital or otherwise,
created and/or used within the context of the course is to be used solely for personal study, and
is not to be used or distributed for any other purpose without prior written consent from the
content author(s).

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