Elements of Earth Science Lab – PHSC 211

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An optional lab experience to accompany PHSC 210.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The purpose of this lab is to reveal the complex inter-relatedness of earth processes affecting the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. These processes and the contemporary scientific paradigms upon which they are founded will be evaluated via the grid of biblical revelation. Naturally, particular attention will be given to the book of Genesis. In the end, this course is designed to broaden the student’s understanding of the earth and its function from both scientific and biblical perspectives.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic geologic materials, minerals, and rocks.
  2. Apply various geologic rules and methods to solve geological problems.
  3. Evaluate the scientific evidences of young Earth and old Earth frameworks and integrate Scripture with science as it relates to the topic of Earth history.
  4. Interpret topographic/geologic maps and meteorological maps.
  5. Evaluate potential hazards to coastal regions posed by natural disasters and changes to the coastal system.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Social and Scientific Inquiry (SSI)

    1. SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science on the world in which we live.
    2. SSI 2b: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of humankind’s role in scientific inquiry and discovery.
    3. SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific question experienced in nature or society.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmates’ thread. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Lab Safety Quiz

This quiz does not require any studying or preparation before taking it. It simply consists of 10 lab safety statements with which the student must agree or disagree. In order to receive full credit on the quiz, the student must agree with all 10 statements. If the student does not agree with all 10 statements on the quiz, he/she will not be allowed to continue in the course.

Chapter Quizzes (13)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice and short answer questions, and will have a time limit of 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Midterm Exam

The student will complete a Midterm Exam that will consist of 50 multiple-choice and short-answer questions and will be open-book/open-notes. The exam will have a time limit of 2 hours and 45 minutes and will cover lab exercises and the Reading & Study from Modules/Weeks 1–8.

Final Exam

The student will complete a Final Exam that will consist of 50 multiple-choice and short-answer questions and will be open-book/open-notes. The exam will have a time limit of 2 hours and 45 minutes and will cover lab exercises and the Reading & Study from Modules/Weeks 10–15.