GEO 1111

Introduction to Earth Systems

University of Ottawa

Course suited for students in the faculties of Science or Engineering who want to learn more about how the solid earth, oceans, atmosphere, and life have worked in an integrated way over the past 4.6 billion years.

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COURSE OUTLINE GEO 1111 Introduction to Earth Systems (Winter 2019)
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Course description
This is a course meant for students in the faculties of Science or Engineering who want to learn
more about the origin of our planet Earth, how it evolved throughout its 4.6 billion year history,
and how it controls our physical environment through slow but massive tectonic cycles and
processes. We will explore important themes such as the materials that compose our planet,
the volcanic, erosional and tectonic processes that shape its surface, the origin of life, Earth
resources and also document the massive geochemical cycles that operate between the Earth’s
deep interior and the oceans and atmosphere.
Professor
Dr. David Schneider
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
0011 Marion Hall, david.schneider@uottawa.ca
office hours: Wednesday, 10:00-11:30, or by appointment
Course Lectures
Mondays 16:00-17:30 MRN Auditorium
Wednesday 14:30-16:00 MRN Auditorium
Course coordinators & teaching assistants (TAs)
The course coordinator will act as a link between the professors and the students. Please
address ALL QUESTIONS related to this course to the course coordinator as they will be able
to answer most questions related to the course's organization, content, and evaluation. In
addition, they will relay any relevant questions/requests to the professor. The course coordinator
and TAs will host office hours for additional assistance with specific questions about lecture
material. OFFICE HOURS ARE HELD IN MRN 102.
Coordinator
Lindsay Reynolds
e-mail: GEO1111@uottawa.ca
Teaching assistants
Name
e-mail
office
office hours
Julian Kang
mkang059@uottawa.ca
Victor Garcia
vgarc091@uottawa.ca
meet
next
Alexander Hill
ahill075@uottawa.ca
in
page
Nicole Marsh
nmars051@uottawa.ca
MRN 102
Megan Reich
mreic084@uottawa.ca
Lindsay Reynold
lreyn028@uottawa.ca
Office hours schedule - HELD IN MRN 102
Hours
Monday
Thursday
8:30-9:00
Garcia
9:00-9:30
Garcia
9:30-10:00
Garcia
10:00-10:30
Schneider
MRN 0011
Reich
10:30-11:00
Schneider
MRN 0011
Reich
11:00-11:30
Schneider
MRN 0011
Reich
11:30-12:00
12:00-12:30
12:30-13:00
13:00-13:30
Marsh
13:30-14:00
Marsh
14:00-14:30
Marsh
14:30-15:00
LECTURE
15:00-15:30
LECTURE
15:30-16:00
LECTURE
16:00-16:30
LECTURE
16:30-17:00
LECTURE
17:00-17:30
LECTURE
Tentative course program*
*Schedule subject to change
Course Evaluation
Exam I 20%
Exam II 20%
Exam III 20%
Final exam 40% (50% new material + 50% cumulative)
Note there are 4 exams during the term, yet the evaluation is for only 3 exams (+ final). Your
lowest mark of the 4 in-term exams will be dropped, unless you miss an exam, then that missed
exam (0%) is dropped from the evaluation.
Missed exams
You are encouraged to review the University of Ottawa's policy on missed exams, as all the
rules outlined will be applied:
https://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/academic-regulation-9-evaluation-of-student-learning
There will be no make-up exams for this course. If you miss 1 exam, then that 1 missed exam
(0%) is dropped from the evaluation. If you have a valid excuse for missing more than 1 exam,
the percent value of the missed exam will be equally redistributed and added to the percent
values of other exams.
According course regulations, examinations must be taken on the day and time designated,
unless there is a serious personal illness, accident or death in the immediate family (parent,
child, brother, sister, spouse or grandparent), or an extraordinary situation (e.g. major sport or
art competition). The student must notify us by email and provide physical documented
evidence of the reason for missing the examination within a week before or after the exam
date. Acceptable documentation is as follows: a doctor's statement in case of personal illness,
Week
Day
Date
Lecture #
Topic
Q&A
Week 1
Mon.
Jan. 7
Lecture 1
Introduction
Reich
Wed.
Jan. 9
Lecture 2
Structure of the Earth
Hill
Week 2
Mon.
Jan. 14
Lecture 3
Earth Materials I
Garcia
Wed.
Jan. 16
Lecture 4
Earth Materials II
Garcia
Week 3
Mon.
Jan. 21
Lecture 5
Earth Materials III
Garcia
Wed.
Jan. 23
EXAM I
-
Week 4
Mon.
Jan. 28
Lecture 6
Volcanoes
Kang
Wed.
Jan. 30
Lecture 7
Volcanoes
Kang
Week 5
Mon.
Feb. 4
Lecture 8
Earthquakes
Hill
Wed.
Feb. 6
Lecture 9
Earthquakes/Tectonics
Hill
Week 6
Mon.
Feb. 11
EXAM II
-
Wed.
Feb. 13
n/a
-
Week 7
Mon.
Feb. 18
February reading week
-
Wed.
Feb. 20
February reading week
-
Week 8
Mon.
Feb. 25
Lecture 10
Economic resources
Kang
Wed.
Feb. 27
Lecture 11
Planets
Reich
Week 9
Mon.
Mar. 4
Lecture 12
Geologic time
Reynolds
Wed.
Mar. 6
EXAM III
-
Week 10
Mon.
Mar. 11
Lecture 13
Mass movements
Reynolds
Wed.
Mar. 13
Lecture 14
Unstable ground
Reynolds
Week 11
Mon.
Mar. 18
Lecture 15
Streams
Marsh
Wed.
Mar. 20
Lecture 16
Flooding
Marsh
Week 12
Mon.
Mar. 25
EXAM IV
-
Wed.
Mar. 27
n/a
-
Week 13
Mon.
Apr. 1
Lecture 17
Groundwater
Marsh
Wed.
Apr. 3
Lecture 18
Glaciers
Reich
final exam
TBD
FINAL EXAM
an accident report in the case of an accident, an obituary or funeral program in the case of death
in the immediate family, or any additional proof.
Course Expectations
Read requested assignments before lecture, come to class, take good notes, keep current with
the course's website and ask questions. We have no tolerance whatsoever for academic fraud
and we will be vigilant.
Virtual Campus
Material related to this course (pdfs of lectures, Q&A sheets, etc.) will be posted on the Virtual
Campus portal (Brightspace) on the University of Ottawa web site. For any problems regarding
access to the course material via Virtual Campus, please contact Teaching and Learning
Support Service.
In addition to course content, this is an efficient way to communicate with other students
registered in the class, TAs, and course coordinators. We will periodically post notices and
changes on the course site, as well as all exam marks.
Textbook
No book is required for this course, but any Physical Geology or Introduction to Earth Science
book would be adequate. There are many editions, and they all contain the same information.
Moreover, searching the internet is free!
Suggested textbooks (available at the Morisset Library)
Tarbuck, Lutgens, & Tasa (2013). EARTH An introduction to physical geology 11th edition.
Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Tarbuck, E.J., Lutgens, F.K., Tsujita, C.J. (2005). EARTH An introduction to physical geology,
Canadian edition. Prentice Hall.
CALL# QE 28.2.T37
Smith, G.A., Pun, A. (2006). How does Earth work? Physical geology and the process of
science. Pearson/Prentice Hall.
CALL# 28.2 S59
Grotzinger, J., Jordan, T.H., Press, F., Siever, R. (2007). Understanding Earth 5th edition.
Freeman.
CALL# QE 28.P9
Stanley, S. M. (1999). Earth System History. Freeman.
CALL# QE 28.3.S735
Hamblin, W. K. (1998). Earth's dynamic systems. Prentice Hall.
CALL# QE 28.2.H35
Thompson, G. R. (1993). Modern physical geology. Saunders College Pub.
CALL# QE 28.2.T5
Skinner, B. J. (2004). Dynamic earth : an introduction to physical geology. John Wiley & Sons.
CALL# QE 28.2.S55

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