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2003 - 2004

348 Earth Science Syllabus

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Instructor: Mr. Larry Wineke                Office: Room 121                Office Hours:   Open Door

Students may check the posted schedule on the bulletin board in room 121 for specific office hours.

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Specific topics include the study of rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, the composition and circulation of the ocean, weather patterns, and human interaction with the physical elements of the planet. The course format will consist of seminars, lab activities, long term projects, and related field trips.

2003 Summer Reading:  Guide To Earth and Space by Isaac Asimov.  A Fawcett Crest Book. Published by Ballantine Books.  Copyright 1991 by Nightfall.  ISBN 0-449-22059-1

Textbook: Earth Science by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens; illustrated by Dennis Tasa. - 9 th ed. 2000 by Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Lab Manual: Applications & Investigation in Earth Science by Tarbuck, Lutgens, Pinzke.  second edition, 1997, Prentice Hall.

Guidelines and Rules:

Each student must follow Calvert Hall's academic, field trip and Internet and computer use policies. These regulations will be strictly enforced. No copying of another's work will be tolerated. All assignments must be turned in on time. Late work will not be accepted and a grade of zero will be given. All work must be typed and proper guidelines followed in accordance with required margins, fonts, spacing, and insertion of graphs, photos, or diagrams.


Each student must have an organized notebook that contains only science materials. Specific sections must be used for the various topics; seminar/lecture notes, quiz/test, handouts, lab reports/activities, vocabulary, projects, homework, video reviews and fieldtrip reviews.

Evaluation:  Each semester will be calculated on a total point system which will be 80 % of your grade. The semester exam will count for 20 %.

Field Trips

The field trip schedule, location, date and times will be given to all students during the semesters.  In order for each student to attend a field trip the student must fill out a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian and return it to Mr. L. Wineke on the date due.  There may be costs [lunch/drink, admission, transportation (bus)] for these field trips and the student will be responsible for these costs.  I will do my best to keep the costs low.  With your help, we will plan our fieldtrips during the school year.  In the past. students have benefited academically from these trips.  They are very interesting and enjoyable.

Internet usage in school and at home:   I remind you to thoroughly read the Calvert Hall College High School policies on the proper usage of the computers and other technological equipment that may be used for this course, 348 Earth Science, throughout the school year.  Follow these regulations to the letter.  Each student needs his own 3 1/2 " disk or Zip 100 disk with him at all times.  I suggest a zip 100 disk to be used for projects because of the graphics needed and the         3 1/2 " be used for homeworks or lab/activity reports.

Homework assignments will be given to you and listed on my WebPage, " The Wizard's Homepage ".

The address is:

Course Learning Objectives:

[ Each chapter will have several learning objectives.  Below you will find a sample.]

After reading, studying, and discussing the Introduction, you should be able to:

  1. Describe Earth's four "spheres."
  2. List the sciences traditionally included in Earth Science.
  3. Discuss some resource and environmental issues.
  4. Describe the nature of scientific inquiry

The learning objectives for the rest of the first and second semesters will be given to the student during seminars and lectures.

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