Plant Sciences 1158
Lectures: MWF 1:00 - 1:50
Lab: Tue 3:30 - 6:30 Geology 2107
Instructor: Dr. John W. Merck, Jr.
Office: Centreville 1218 (M, Tu) Geology 1119 (W, Th, F)
Phone: x5-2808, x5-4379
Office Hours: Thu 12:00 - 2:00 (Geology 1119), Tue 2:00 - 3:15 (Centreville 1218)
Teaching Assistant: Shannan Jones
Office Hours: Wed. 5:00 - 6:00
Lectures: Plant Sciences 1158
Time: MWF 1:00 - 1:50
Labs: Geology 2107 unless otherwise indicated
Time: Tue 3:30 - 6:30
Field trips: Three field trips will be conducted. Students are encouraged to attend all three, however, the first two, scheduled for 9/24 and 10/14 are optional in that a student may choose one or the other. The third field trip, on 11/4-5 is mandatory. Thus, overall, students are required to participate in two weekend field trips.
Required materials for field trips: Textbook, hand-lens, mechanical pencil, colored pencils, graph paper, grain-size chart (example), field notebook, rock hammer, outdoor gear for the field trips boots or sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, rain gear, day pack.
Optional: acid bottle, pocket knife.
Description: Description, origin, and distribution of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Two mandatory weekend field trips.
On-line materials: Laboratory assignments, lecture PowerPoints, and associated readings will be posted on the class elms website. The syllabus and lecture notes are at http://www.geol.umd.edu/~jmerck/geol342/. It is your responsibility to print out the lecture notes and laboratory assignments before the appropriate classes.
Class description and attendance policy: Attendance won't be taken, however lecture attendance is essential if you wish to have a good outcome. Exams will be based on lecture material including material from discussions, reading assignments, and field trips. Posted web notes are intended as a synopsis of lecture material only. Readings reinforce lecture material, however lectures may depart significantly from readings.
Final grades: Your final letter grade will be based on the following elements:
- Laboratory exercises: 20%
- Field trip focus questions: 2%
- Field notebook: 3%
- Final presentation: 15%
- Midterm exams 2: 20% each (Midterm exams will be administered through ELMS)
- Final exam: 20% (A cumulative final exam will be administered through ELMS. All exams are open-book but strictly timed.)
Appeal of grades: You may appeal your grade on any exam prior to the posting of final course grades. In this as in all college courses, you should retained all graded items until proper grades have been recorded on your transcript.
Prerequisites: Students enrolled in GEOL342 are expected to have passed GEOL322 - Mineralogy or its equivalent at another institution with a grade of C- or better, or to have obtained specific permission from the instructor to enroll.
Grade calculation: With diligent work it is possible for each student to attain an A in this class. Grading will be based on points gained from the examinations listed above, as follows:
|100-97% = A+,||96-94% = A,||93-90% = A-,|
|89-87% = B+,||86-84% = B,||83-80% = B-,|
|79-77% = C+,||76-74% = C,||73-70% = C-,|
|69-67% = D+,||66-64% = D,||63-60% = D-,|
|<60% = F|
Laboratory: A short quiz based on the posted reading(s) and exercise for the laboratory (or of recent lecture material) will be given in the first 10 minutes of each session. The full laboratory time should be utilized to complete the exercises and ask questions of the teaching assistant. In some circumstances the materials (and teaching assistant) may not be available in non-laboratory times. The three scheduled petrography laboratories will be conducted in GEO 2117. Use of the petrographic microscopes requires special training and care. Exercises from the previous week are due at the beginning of the laboratory; there will be a 10% deduction of the grade for every day a laboratory is turned in past the due date. Missed laboratories may be made up only with university-approved excused absences; there will be no make up of Laboratories II (sieve) and III (pipette), which require group participation.
- Absences: Exams are given once. There are no specially scheduled or make-up exams. Absences from exams or other graded items will not be excused except for those causes approved by University policy. Only those students excused for these causes will be eligible for a make-up. Missed exams or other grades items must be made up within one week of your return to class. Scheduling issues pertaining to the final absolutely must be resolved in advance. If campus is closed due to an emergency or inclement weather on the day of an exam or other grades items, it will be rescheduled.
- Academic Accommodations: If you have a documented disability, including a mobility impairment, you should contact the instructor during the first week of class, and contact Disability Support Services 0126 Shoemaker Hall. Each semester students with documented disabilities should apply to DSS for accommodation request forms which you can provide to your professors as proof of your eligibility for accommodations. The rules for eligibility and the types of accommodations a student may request can be reviewed on the DSS web site.
- Religious Observances: The University System of Maryland policy provides that students should not be penalized because of observances of their religious beliefs, students shall be given an opportunity, whenever feasible, to make up within a reasonable time any academic assignment that is missed due to individual participation in religious observances. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any intended absences for religious observances in advance. Notice should be provided as soon as possible but no later than the end of the schedule adjustment period. Faculty should further remind students that prior notification is especially important in connection with final exams, since failure to reschedule a final exam before the conclusion of the final examination period may result in loss of credits during the semester. The problem is especially likely to arise when final exams are scheduled on Saturdays.
- Dishonesty: The Student Honor Council observes that, "The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit http://shc.umd.edu/SHC/Default.aspx.
Thus, in GEOL342, work submitted under your name must unambiguously be exclusively your own. Any evidence of dishonesty on any graded assignment will result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct, whereupon your life will become very interesting, indeed. Have a nice day. :-O
- Course Evaluations: CourseEvalUM will be open for students to complete their evaluations
for Fall 2017 courses at dates TBD. Students can go
directly to the website to complete their evaluations. You will be alerted about these dates and provided more information closer
to that time, and students will be alerted via their official University e-mail account.
Students who complete evaluations for all of their courses in the previous semester excluding summer, can access the posted results via Testudo's CourseEvalUM Reporting link for any course on campus that has at least a 70% response rate. You can find more information, including periodic updates, at the IRPA course evaluation website.
The expectation is that all students will complete these. This is YOUR chance to anonymously evaluate this class: please use this opportunity!
- Covid-19 Prevention Measures: President Pines provided clear expectations to the University about the wearing of masks for students, faculty, and staff. Face coverings over the nose and mouth are required while you are indoors at all times. There are no exceptions when it comes to classrooms and laboratories. Students not wearing a mask will be given a warning and asked to wear one, or will be asked to leave the room immediately. Students who have additional issues with the mask expectation after a first warning will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for failure to comply with a directive of University officials.
- Acknowledgements: Lecture materials are adapted from materials provided by Drs. Jay Kaufman and Christine France, to whom I am indebted.
- Copyright: © 2021 John W. Merck, Jr. as to this syllabus and all lectures. Students are prohibited from copying and selling course materials, from selling lecture notes, and from being paid to take lecture notes without the express written permission of the faculty teaching this course. Students violating this restriction will be deemed responsible for facilitation of academic dishonesty by the Office of Student Conduct.
|8-30||Introduction to sedimentary rocks||Ch. 1|
|8-31||Lab I: Using the Brunton Compass|
|9-3||Soils and Depositional Environments||Ch. 2|
|9-8||Clastic transport I: fluid driven||Ch. 3|
|9-10||Clastic transport II: gravity driven||Ch. 3|
|9-13||Last day of add-drop||Ch. 4|
|9-13||Sedimentary structures I||Ch. 4|
|9-14||Lab II: Sandstone petrography|
|9-15||Sedimentary structures II||Ch. 4|
|9-17||Clastic rocks - Conglomerates||Ch. 4|
|9-20||Clastic rocks - Sandstones||Ch. 5|
|9-21||Lab III: Sedimentary Structures|
|9-22||Clastic rocks - Mudrocks||Ch. 6|
|9-24||Chemical sedimentary rocks||Ch. 13 & 14|
Field Trip I
|9-25 (Saturday)||Field Trip I - Southern Pennsylvania|
|9-27||Biogenic sedimentary rocks||Ch. 13 & 14|
|9-28||Lab IV: Trace and Body Fossils|
|9-29||Terrestrial sedimentary environments I - alluvial||Ch. 8|
|10-1||Terrestrial sedimentary environments II - rivers|
|10-1||Midterm exam I|
|10-4||Terrestrial sedimentary environments III - deltas||Ch. 8|
|10-5||Lab V: Stratigraphic Sections|
|10-6||Terrestrial sedimentary environments IV - deserts and eolian||Ch. 8|
|10-8||Terrestrial sedimentary environments V - glacial||Ch. 8|
Field Trip II
|10-10 (Sunday)||Field Trip II - Western Maryland|
|10-11||Terrestrial sedimentary environments VI - lacustrine||Ch. 10|
|10-12||Lab VI: Carbonate identification - Dunham System|
|10-13||Introducing marine clastic environments - below wave base||Ch. 10|
|10-15||Marine environments II - shoreline||Ch. 9|
|10-18||Marine environments III - Carbonate sediments and chemistry||Ch. 11|
|10-19||Lab VII: Stratigraphy and Correlation|
|10-20||Marine environments IV - Carbonate environments||Ch. 11|
|10-22||Marine environments V - Carbonate Diagenesis and dolomite||Ch. 11|
Field Trip III - Overnight!
|10-23 through 10-24||Field Trip III - West Virginia and Virginia||Ch. 17|
|10-25||Environmental Review||Ch. 15|
|10-26||Lab VIII: Evaporites|
|10-27||Midterm exam II|
|10-27||Introduction to Stratigraphy||Ch. 15|
|10-29||Concepts in Stratigraphy I - Lithostratigraphy||Ch. 15|
|11-1||Concepts in Stratigraphy II - Sequence stratigraphy||Ch. 17|
|11-2||Lab IX: Carbonate Petrography - Folk System|
|11-3||Concepts in Stratigraphy II - Sequence stratigraphy||Ch. 17|
|11-5||Concepts in Stratigraphy III - Biostratigraphy I||Ch. 16|
|11-8||Last day to withdraw with a W|
|11-8||Concepts in Stratigraphy IV - Biostratigraphy II||Ch. 16|
|11-9||Lab X: Chemical Index of Alteration|
|11-10||Concepts in Stratigraphy V - Well logging||Ch. 17|
|11-12||Concepts in Stratigraphy VI - Seismic||Ch. 17|
|11-15||Concepts in Stratigraphy VII - Chemostratigraphy||Ch. 17|
|11-16||Lab XI: Shaw Diagrams|
|11-15||Concepts in Stratigraphy VIII - Magnetostratigraphy||Ch. 17|
|11-17||Concepts in Stratigraphy IX - Seismic||Ch. 17|
|11-19||Concepts in Stratigraphy IV - Well logging||Ch. 17|
|11-22||Concepts in Stratigraphy VII - Chronostratigraphy - Geologic Time revisited||Ch. 18|
|11-23||Lab XII: Sieve analysis|
|11-24 through 26||Thanksgiving Recess||Ch. 18|
|11-29||Concepts in Stratigraphy VII - Chronostratigraphy II|
|12-3||Basin analysis||Ch. 19|
|12-6||Tectonics and sedimentation||Ch. 19|
|12-8||Catch-up and review||Ch. 19|
|12-10||Final project presentations||Ch. 19|
|12-13||Final project presentations, valediction||Ch. 19|
|12-16-2021, 1:30 - 3:30 AM||Final Examination|
The instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule at his most trivial whim.