The following guidelines are in force for this course. Please read these guidelines carefully and completely – your instructor will expect that you understand all material discussed here. You may click on the links below to jump to any specific section of this page:
- Course Materials
- Instructor Contact
- Working Collaboratively with your Classmates
- Academic Dishonesty
- Incompletes/Withdrawals/Missed Assignment
- Administrative Withdrawal
- Personal Responsibility
- Student Advocate / Dean of Students
The following course materials are required. They can be purchased at the campus bookstore or Indy College Bookstore.
- G136 Indiana Geology Laboratory Guide, 2012, GEOS Custom Laboratory Program; Pearson Prentice Hall. This can only be purchased at the IUPUI Bookstore or Indy College Bookstore.
- Samples of Sedimentary Rocks. This can only be purchased from the IUPUI Bookstore, by special order from a private vendor.
- Topographic Map of Paoli Indiana Quadrangle. Can be purchased from the IUPUI Bookstore, Indiana Geological Survey, or online at the US Geological Survey Store.
- Topographic Map of Martinsville Indiana Quadrangle. Can be purchased from the IUPUI Bookstore, Indiana Geological Survey, or online at the US Geological Survey Store.
In addition to the materials listed above, the following items are required for completing this course.
- Access to a reliable vehicle. You will need to drive to several parks in order to complete the field exercises. You will be encouraged to travel with your classmates. You may also need the vehicle to travel to the post office to mail labs, or to travel to campus to drop off labs.
- A digital camera. Cell phone cameras are not acceptable unless they can take a high-resolution photo AND you can/know how to download the photos. Additionally, you will need to know how to insert the photo into a Microsoft Word document.
- An MP3 player. The player should have at least 128 MB of memory. If you do not have an iPod or other MP3 player, and do not know where to purchase one, please contact your instructor. In most cases, you will be able to purchase an MP3 player for less than $30 to use for this course.
- Field equipment. Each field exercise will require you to bring miscellaneous gear, including a pencil, pen and/or markers, a ruler, a measuring tape, and a clipboard. You will be required to take your sedimentary rock set on most trips. You might also consider putting together a pack with water, a snack, a jacket, bug spray and sunscreen.
- A computer with a high speed internet connection and Microsoft Word installed. The Microsoft Office suite, including Word, can be purchased for very low cost from the IUPUI bookstore.
- Access to a reliable digital scanner and printer (that you know how to use). You will be required to print out 15 page (or more) documents for each of the three required field trips. Please identify a printer that you can use to print these documents. Your instructor prefers that scan and submit your completed labs to Assignments. Please identify a scanner that you can use to scan and submit your labs.
In addition to these purchased materials, you will be learning from online lectures, called modules. You may find these modules under "Module Index" in the left menu bar of OncourseCL. Modules will become active as the semester progresses and most will be available about a week before their listed date in the course calendar.
These modules will contain material to aid in your learning of concepts and will contain complete instructions for completing laboratory exercises. You should always refer to the module content BEFORE completing any exercise in your lab book. In most cases you will not be required to answer all questions within the lab book for a given exercise. The module content will also provide important hints to aid in your completion of exercises.
Click the “Help/Contact” link available at the bottom of every webpage (or in the menu bar above) to contact your instructor. Click the help link in the syllabus or the modules pages--NOT the help link (in red color) within the Oncourse Interface.
In order to continue in this course, you must understand that the ability to use the technology enabled in this course is your responsibility. Technologic problems, whether hardware related, software related, or user (you) related are your responsibility. If you use the internet and email on a regular basis, without problems, and have a basic understanding of how to install software—you should not have a problem.
You must meet the following guidelines:
- Possess an Indiana U. Authentication ID for logging into OncourseCL. Any student enrolled in the IU system can register for an ID—which is the same ID used to log into campus computers and campus email.
- Own, or have regular access (every day) to a reliable and modern computer (capable of running all software required for this course) with working speakers.
- You must have reliable Internet access (56K modem or greater). You will encounter problems that may prevent successful course completion at slower connection speeds. You are encouraged to use a high speed (cable, DSL, satellite, wireless) internet connection.
- Have Microsoft Word installed on your computer. If you do not Word, you can purchase it from IuWare.
- Have the equipment and ability to download photos from a digital camera onto your computer. Understand how to copy/paste/insert pictures into a Word document.
- You should have common internet plug-in software installed on your computer, including Adobe Flash, Java Runtime, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, and Adobe Reader. If you use your computer for the internet regularly, it probably already has this software installed.
- You should use either Internet Explorer (IE7 or newer) or Mozilla Firefox (version 2.5 newer) as your internet browser. The video access will NOT work in Safari and most other browsers; you must use IE or Firefox.
- At the beginning of the semester, identify a back up computer you can use somewhere else, in the event your computer fails. This back up computer should be readily accessible on assessment due dates. Failing technology will not be accepted as an excuse to not complete materials – your instructor will ask you to use your back-up computer.
While our 100-level geology laboratories on campus are "safe" for undergraduates, this laboratory introduces risks due to the requirement of field work. While all the field trips take place in public state parks on marked hiking or walking trails, you may not be in the physical shape required to sucessfully complete the course requirements.
To participate in this course, you must:
- Be able to walk on rugged, slippery, or uneven terrain over long distances (up to 5 miles depending on the park). You will be able to walk at your own pace. Most field trips will require 4-6 hours to complete; keep in mind that the trip may take longer than the directions indicate depending on your speed.
- Be relatively healthy and able to complete activities that require physical exertion. Anyone with heart problems, breathing problems, back/neck problems, pregnancy, high blood pressure, or recent surgery is at higher risk to injury. Please remember that existing conditions are not limited to those listed. If you have questions about your own ability to participate, discuss with your doctor or consult with your instructor.
- Acknowledge the requirements from the first assignment for proper safety guidelines that can reduce your risk for injury. This acknowledgment does not mean you will not get hurt, but abiding these guidelines will greatly lessen the chances of injury.
- If you have small children and want to bring them with you, be aware that you will be stopping a lot to take notes (i.e. bored kids) and in many parks going off the trail can be very dangerous (something bored kids tend to do). Think about the activity level your children require before bringing them along, or bring along another person to help keep them occupied while you work.
It is most likely that you will not get hurt and that the above are simply general precautions. However, several students have injured themselves in past semesters (nothing more serious than a sprained ankle), so we want you to be aware of the risks.
Just like in a normal laboratory course, you will have to complete exercises to demonstrate your knowledge. You should answer all required questions completely and in a manner that best demonstrates your course knowledge. Guidelines for completing the course exercises, including which questions to complete and which to skip, can be found in the "Module Index" link of hte left menu bar of Oncourse. The due dates for each of these exercises are outlined in the course calendar. For more information, click the “Assignments” link above.
You are encouraged to work through lab exercises and field trips with your classmates. Per the rules of Academic Honesty, all students should submit work that is in their own words and thoughts - even if you work with others, each student should arrive at their own answers and wording to answers.
Your instructor will offer forums for each lab for you to ask questions and work collaboratively with your classmates. Additionally, the IUPUI University Library has meeting rooms available for student use; you can schedule times to work together with classmates and reserve a room for your work time.
Please read Sections 1 through 6 of Part G: Academic Responsibilities & Misconduct of the IUPUI Student Code of Conduct carefully by clicking on the link in this sentence. Your instructor will assume that you have read and agree with all terms of the code and will grade your submitted assessments and evaluate your communications accordingly. Your grade may be penalized for any infraction of this code.
Section G of the IUPUI Student Code of Conduct clearly defines academic dishonesty in the form of cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, interference, violation of course rules and facilitating academic dishonesty for the IUPUI Community. Any form of academic misconduct will result in a failing grade for that assignment or a failing grade for the course. Whenever you attach your name to an exam or assignment in this class, it will be assumed by the professor that you are familiar with the IUPUI definition of academic misconduct. It will also be assumed that you have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on the exam or assignment. Evidence to the contrary may result in a zero grade or penalty on an assessment.
Consequences of academic dishonesty--depending on the situation--may include A) a warning from the instructor with a clear course of action in the event of future infractions, B) a penalty that may vary from redoing the assignment to receiving a zero or failing grade on the assignment, or C) a formal charge of academic dishonesty brought forward with the School of Science, with a penalty up to failing the course. Infractions will be evaluated on an individual basis. In addition to the items listed in Part G of the code of conduct, the following items are grounds for academic dishonesty in this course:
- Having the aid of another person, physically or electronically, while completing any assessment or any other aspect of the course unless specifically authorized by the instructor in assessment instructions. This includes lab exercises and field exercise- while you are encouraged to work with your classmates on these items, all students must submit their own work, in their own words.
- Copying or plagiarizing (material copied from another source and represented as your own) text from another student, document, website, or other source without proper citation (quotation marks and full MLA citation)
- Resubmitting any assignment, paper, essay response or other document in part or in full that has been submitted by you or another student to a course at IUPUI in past or present semesters. (see “Cheating” in the Student Code of Conduct, Section G1).
- Electronically or verbally sharing/using any assessment questions with classmates of previous, current or future semester offerings of this or any other course. This includes sharing lab and field exercise answers.
The last day to drop this course is Monday August 26 (with 100% refund).
The last day to withdraw from this course without an instructor signature (advisor signature only) is Friday October 11.
The last day to withdraw (W or F) from this course with an instructor signature is Tuesday November 12. You MUST be passing the course at this point to receive a "W". If you are not passing, you will receive an “F”.
University College freshmen (25 hours or below) may not drop more than one course per semester. This policy will be enforced through advisor sign-off on drop requests. The policy does not include course adjustments made during the first week of class.
Once you have registered, you are formally enrolled in the course. If you decide to drop the course, you must do so by officially filling out a drop form. If you stop submitting lab exercises, you will receive an automatic “F” for the course. This course and instructor will utilize both paper and e-drop requests. See the IUPUI webpage for Drops and Adds for more information.
After the final withdraw date (October 11), you will only be able to receive a withdrawal or incomplete (with the opportunity to make up missed assignments) in extenuating and critical documented circumstances. You must meet with your instructor if you find yourself in a situation that warrants a late withdrawal or incomplete. You should also contact the undergraduate dean in your school, or the dean of students, and alert them about your situation—as a serious problem would affect your learning in all of your courses. Requests for late withdrawal and incompletes will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please note that such requests are only granted for serious and documentable circumstances.
The course calendar lists all due dates for the entire semester – these will not change. Make-ups will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will only be considered with significant advance notice (at least 5 days prior to the due date) and a documented reason for missing the assessment. If a make-up is granted, you will be asked to identify an alternate date by which you can complete the assessment. If you fail to complete the make-up by the agreed upon date, you will receive a zero. The instructor has the right to refuse multiple requests for make-up work. Requests for make-ups without documentable reason AND significant advance notice (5 days prior to due date) will not be granted and you will receive a zero on the assessment.
A basic requirement of this course is that you will participate in class and conscientiously complete writing and reading assignments. Keep in touch with me if you are unable to attend class or complete an assignment on time. If you do not complete the first 3 lab exercises without contacting me, you MAY be administratively withdrawn from this section. Administrative withdrawal may have academic, financial, and financial aid implications. Administrative withdrawal will take place after the full refund period, and if you are administratively withdrawn from the course you will not be eligible for a tuition refund. If you have questions about the administrative withdrawal policy at any point during the semester, please contact me.
Online correspondence can easily be misread and misinterpreted due to the absence of facial expressions, body language and voice cues. Netiquette is "the rules of conduct as established in a networked society." Netiquette provides a framework for emails, chats and forum in an online environment. Netiquette says that you should treat your instructor and fellow students in a professional and respectful manner, similar to how you would treat them in the classroom or face-to-face setting.
Following the rules of Netiquette, you can expect your instructor to address all correspondence in a polite and professional manner. Your instructor will expect the same respect and may send a warning, choose not to reply to, or take action against rude, offensive, or accusatory messages.
All course correspondence should be composed in a professional tone. Email messages should be composed in complete sentences and complete words (no chat text) that provide a clear context to your question and any information your instructor needs to answer your question or concern. The subject line should contain keywords as to the subject of your email. Following these guidelines will help your instructor to answer your question efficiently.
You may report any violations of netiquette to your instructor. Please review an online guide to Netiquette to prepare yourself for online communications
Professional Geologists of Indiana meet for a field trip in Fall 2005 in western Indiana. Field trips are common type of learning in the Earth Sciences (IUPUI Earth Sciences).
The goal of a 100-level college course is not only to build your learning skills, but to build responsibility. Meeting deadlines on time, completing assessments, and informing your instructor immediately about problems demonstrates your sense of personal responsibility and ownership of your education.
If you have an issue that prevents you from completing an assessment—contact your instructor immediately. Contacting your instructor within hours of a deadline, or well after the fact, about your failure to complete assigned work is not acceptable. You will be expected to be proactive in your learning and work constructively with your instructor to remedy problems if they arise.
Your grade is issued based on the quality of the work you submit on time. All assessment guidelines will contain clear instructions on what is expected of you. Criteria for calculating course grades are provided to you in this syllabus – this information is provided so that you may calculate your grade at any time. Many of you will have challenges this semester, and it is your responsibility to face them or work around them. Your instructor is here to help you in any way they can – but communication on your part is critical. The best students, and best employees, work with their professor or boss to meet these challenges as they happen.
The Student Advocate is a valuable resource to IUPUI students. From the IUPUI Advocate website “The Student Advocate provides objective, impartial and confidential assistance to students, faculty and parents in situations involving students. Anyone who has a student–related question, complaint, conflict or general concern may contact the Student Advocate Office as an initial, neutral, and confidential first step toward resolution.”
In most cases, your instructor can and will work with you to resolve any conflicts within this course. If he/she cannot, the advocate is available to answer your questions, direct you to the appropriate departments and people, familiarize you with university policies and procedures, and give you guidance as you look at ways to solve problems and make choices. The Student Advocate Office is located in the Campus Center, Suite 350 and can be contacted by phone at 278-7594 or email at email@example.com . For more information, see the Student Advocate website