Indiana Geology will introduce you to fundamental geologic concepts while covering the geology of the state of Indiana. In this course you will undertake an in-depth investigation of Indiana's geology, including minerals and rocks, geologic time, mineral resources, fossils, topography, soil, water resources, and special geologic features such as the Falls of the Ohio River and Indiana Dunes.
- This online course will be run entirely through IUPUI's Canvas Learning Managment System.
- The syllabus, all lecture materials, and assignments are provided through Canvas.
- No campus visits are required.
- You must have access to a reliable computer with a stable internet connection.
- You should also have access to a back-up computer in case yours fails (campus computers are good back-ups).
- The course is run on a schedule - you will have limited flexibility in working ahead.
- The course is taught through the textbook (you will purchase this) and online learning modules (you will access these through Canvas using a web browser.)
- The course is separated into 15 learning modules; you will complete 1 learning module per week. Learning modules will include reading assignments, lecture materials and assessment instructions.
- Your understanding of course material and concepts will be assessed through quizzes, exercises, writing assignments, and a final exam.
- You will be required to write researched essays; you will integrate primary sources into these essays.
- You will have at least one assessment, due on a specific day, every week; generally you will have at least 7 days to complete the assessment from the time it is assigned.
- An online lab, G136, is available for 1.0 credit during the Spring, Fall and Summer semesters. You can enroll in the lab separately.
Your readings for this course will be given to you within CanvasModules; you will not need to purchase any textbook. Previous offerings of this course required a textbook and a video access code – you do NOT need either of these for this course.
If you are interested in learning more about Indiana’s geology, we recommend (not required) “Roadside Geology of Indiana” by Camp and Richardson, and “The Natural Heritage of Indiana” by Marion Jackson; both of these can be found on Amazon.com.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Describe geology as a science and examine the major geologic principles.
- Use geologic illustrations and visualizations to understand the Earth, its processes, and its evolution through time.
- Apply an understanding of sedimentary geology to explain the rock and fossil record of Indiana.
- Apply basic geological principles to interpret Indiana’s geological history from Precambrian to present-day.
- Differentiate between the geologic processes in the near-surface of Indiana and distinguish the features and materials of these surficial processes.
- Summarize the geologic hazards of Indiana and their causes and effects.
- Describe the geologic resources of Indiana and summarize their extraction and use.
- Explain the major environmental issues of Indiana including their causes, effects, and their impact on population and society.
- Identify specific locations in Indiana that exemplify the state’s geology.
Succeeding in an online course
An online course provides a convenient way to take a course on your own time, however, online classes are not easier (nor more difficult) than campus courses. To ensure success in this course, you must be able to do the following:
- Log in regularly –
- Check Canvas every day for announcements, new discussions, and email messages
- Set up a routine to work in this course at time when you have the fewest distractions.
- Devote ample time per week to complete all materials.
- Participate –
- Be active in course discussions and chats.
- Ask questions, share ideas, contribute, and communicate.
- Communicate in a positive manner with both your classmates and your instructor.
- Learn and Think-
- Read and follow instructions completely and carefully.
- Utilize all of the resources provided including links to supplementary materials.
- Complete course assessments in a manner that demonstrates understanding of the concepts.
- Think critically – think beyond the basic material presented and apply your knowledge.
- Ask for help when you need it –
- Contact the appropriate people immediately when you have problems or concerns.
- UITS can help with technology problems (274-HELP).
- Your instructor and classmates can help with questions or concerns regarding course content.
- Avoid Procrastination –
- Stay on schedule by setting goals and personal deadlines to manage your time effectively.
- Meet all due dates in a timely manner.
- Allow time for problems or questions – your instructor will most likely not be available to answer questions at 11:00 pm before a midnight due date.
- Use the course calendar to plan ahead.
If you have any questions about this course, please contact Jennifer Nelson, Lecturer of Earth Sciences.