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Course Syllabus

 

Course

Earthquakes and Volcanos ISNS 3359.102

Professor o esso Dr . Rand Griffin y

Professor o esso

Dr . Rand

Griffin

y

 

Term

Spring 2009

 

Meetings

M & W 1:00 - 2:15

 
 

Professor's Contact Information

Office Phone

Office Phone

972-883-2430

972-883-2430

Other Phone

 

Office Location

FA 2.404

Email Address

griffin@utdallas.edu

 

Office Hours

Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30 or by appointment

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Other Information

Other Information

 

General Course Information

Pre-requisites, Co-requisites

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None

Other Restrictions

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None

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Course Description

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methods

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uantification measures causes models theories hazards rediction and other as ects

quantification measures, causes, models, theories, hazards, prediction, and other aspects

impacting the world s cultures.

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The main goals of this class are to increase awareness and develop an appreciation of the

role of earthquakes and volcanoes in our lives,, provide a framework and explanation of

these natural phenomena,

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, and basic information to assist the student in makingg well-

Learning Outcomes

informed safe and wise life-decisions In addition students will gain an understanding of

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the methods and processes

the methods and

rocesses used

used bby the scientific communit

the scientific community toto quantify

uantif

risks and attemptt

risks and attem

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to mitigate

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those

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risks.

Required Texts & Materials

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Extensive use of web resources

Extensive use of web resources

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Suggested Texts, Readings &

 

Materials

Natural Disasters by Patrick Abbott, any edition 4-6 is OK

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Assignments & Academic Calendar

Month

Month

Date(s)

Date(s)

To ic Assi nment Due Date(s) Exam Date(s)

Topic, Assignment, Due Date(s), Exam Date(s)

January

12

General Information and Introduction, Ch 1

   

14

Matter, earth and sources of energy, Ch 2

19

21

2626

MLK Day, University Closed

Journal and Paper

p

assignment

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discussion, Libraryy and Web resources

Pl

Platet

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TTectonics,

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Ch

Ch 33

28

Plate Tectonics, Ch 3

February

2

Faults and Seismic Waves, Ch 4

4

Locating Eqs,, Magnitude and Intensity

9

Tsunami sunam

1111

Historic

i

i

Eqs, Chh 5 & 6

  • 16 Historic Eqs-Selection of Paper Topic Due

  • 18 Review for Exam 1

2525

  • 23 g

Magma,

, Lava and Plate Tectonics,, Ch 7,, 8

Magma,

Ma

ma Lava and Plate Tectonics, Ch

Lava and Plate Tectonics

Ch 77, 88

March

2

Exam 1: First Journal Set Due-Earthquakes

4

Research Methods

9

11

2323

Eruptions: products,, types,, explosivity scales

Calderas

a

eras, MORB and

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Hotspots

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CControversary

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25

Historic Eruptions

3030

stor c Eruptions

Historic

rupt ons

April

1

Review for Exam 2

6

Extraterrestrial volcanism and Impacts, Ch 16

8

Exam 2: Second Journal Set Due-Volcanos

13

Seafloor Volcanism,, life and metals

1515

Mass Extinctions, Ch

Mass Extinctions

Ch 1515

20

Texas Tectonics

22

Intraplate Volcanism

27

TBA

MMay

29

44

o canos of

Volcanos

o thee US National

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Finall EExam: OOriginal

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system

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l PPaper DDue

6

Reading Day, no class

8

Final Exam 11:00 AM FRIDAY

Grading (credit) Criteria G di di C i i Exam 1: 16.7% Exam 2: 16.7% Final
Grading (credit) Criteria
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Exam 1: 16.7%
Exam 2: 16.7%
Final Exam: 16.7%
Journal 1: 12.5%.
Journal 2: 1212.5%5%
Journal 2:
Original Paper: 25%
Will arrange if given prior notice,, or Doctors excuse documents inability to attend
Make-up Exams
.
5 pop quizzes on random dates, value of up to 10% total for the final grade. No Makeup,
Extra Credit
WILL be Graded
Not accepted unless prior arrangments have been made with instructor-no
Late Work
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Special Assignments
Class Attendance
Strongly encouraged
Field Trip Policies
Field Tri
Policies
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of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and
regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student
conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide , which is
provided to all registered students each academic year.

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are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are
available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-
6391).
A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of
citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the
Regents’ Rules,, university regulations,, and administrative rules
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The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty.

Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work

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Academic Integrity

to applications

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own work or material that

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general rule

scholastic dishonest

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academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary

proceedings.

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classes,

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any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s’

policy on

plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of

turnitin.com, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

 
 

The Universityy of Texas at Dallas recognizes

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Email Use

students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the

university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual

corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each

student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university

personnel The Department of Information Resources at U.T.

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Dallas provides a method

for students to have their U.T.

Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts ..

 

The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level

   

courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's'

course catalog.

 

Withdrawal from Class

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Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle

 

withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any

student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final

grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled

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Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of
Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and
Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures .
In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other
fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a
serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor,, supervisor,, administrator,, or
committee with whom the grievance
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ass gn ng grades an
evaluations
evaluations. IfIf the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the
the matter cannot be resolved at that level
the grievance
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must be
Student Grievance Procedures submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent s School Dean. If
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may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the
School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate
or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals
Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic
appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties ..
Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and
regulations
 

As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably

 
 

Incomplete Grades

missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed

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grade

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must be resolved within eight

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(8) weeks from the first dayy of the

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subsequent long semester

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The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational

 

opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in

room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to

6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30

p.m.

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SUSU 2222

PO Box 830688

Richardson, Texas 75083-0688

(972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY)

Essentially,, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable

 

Disability Services

Disabilit

Services

adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example,

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for students who are blind. Occasionall

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requirement i may bbe substituted b i d (for f example, l a researchh paper versus an orall presentation i

for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility

impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or university

may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility

assistance.

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It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an

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verify that the student has aa disabilit

that the student has

disability and needs accommodations

and needs accommodations.

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The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required

activities for the travel to and observance of a religious

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whose

places o worship are exempt

p aces of wors

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Code Annotated.

Code Annotated

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible

regarding the absence,, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student,, so excused,,

will be allowed to take the exam or complete p the assignment g within a reasonable time

Reli ious Hol Da s

Religious Holy Days

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after

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thee absence

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max mum of one

week

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student

student

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notifies

notifies

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the

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instructor

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anany

missed

missed

exam

exam

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assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the

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exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that

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student

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missed assi

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nments or

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examinations, i i either i h the h student d or the h iinstructor may request a ruling li ffrom the h chief hi f

executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or

designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student

and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee.

 

Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and

Off-Campus Instruction and Course

Off C

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Activities

University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities.

Information regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website

http://www.utdallas.edu/BusinessAffairs/Travel Risk Activities.htm. Additional

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These descriptions

These descri

tions and timelines are subject toto chan

and timelines are subject

changee at the discretion of the Professor

at the discretion of the Professor

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