GEOL 1080 - Geology of Michigan
Credit Hours: 3.00
A basic introduction to Michigan geology, including its minerals and rocks, fossils, scenic features and the processes that formed them, geologic history, and economic geology.
Billable Contact Hours: 3
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe how the Scientific Method relates to Geologic Features in Michigan.
- Describe the Bohr model of the Atom and know the common elements of the Earth’s Crust.
- Describe the Energy Cycles of the External and Internal forces that change the Earth’s Crust.
- Describe some of the basic Biological processes that affect the Sedimentary Rock Record.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify how the fundamental Principles of Geology relate to Geologic examples in Michigan.
- Identify the common rock-forming minerals found in Michigan.
- Identify the common rocks found in Michigan.
- Describe the Principles of Uniformitarianism, Original Horizontality, Superposition, and Cross-cutting Relationship.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify Michigan Sedimentological Processes.
- Describe the basic Sedimentary Processes that contribute commonly in Michigan to Erosion, Transportation, and Deposition of sediment.
- Identify some of the more common landforms in Michigan created by Sedimentary Processes.
- Identify the common Economic Resources related to Sedimentary Rocks.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe how the sequence of Geologic Events that have occurred in Michigan represent elements of Historical Geology.
- Identify the common sequence of Geologic Time (name of Eons, Eras, and Periods) and their relative time before present.
- Identify the common Geologic Events that occurred during common time periods and how those events effected the Geologic formation of parts of Michigan.
- Describe the common Geologic Resources found in different Geologic time periods.
- Describe the basic change in the Fossil Record as found in Michigan.
Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe how the basic elements of Structural Geology are present in Michigan surface and subsurface geologic features.
- Describe the difference between anticline and syncline folds and how those folds relate to structural domes and basins, particularly the Michigan Basin.
- Describe how folds can appear as common landforms when influenced by erosion.
- Describe Tectonic forces like mountain building that can change originally horizontal sedimentary beds to create folds and faults.
Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to provide a basic description of how Geologic studies in Michigan relate to concepts of Environmental Geology.
- Describe the Economic Geologic Resources that have been developed in Michigan.
- Describe briefly how some of the common Geologic Resources are developed and what environmental concerns this development creates.
- Describe the value of understanding Environmental Science values by studying Geology in Michigan.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
- Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
- Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
- Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
- Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
- Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
- Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- Introduction to Geology
- Michigan Minerals
- Igneous Rocks and Processes
- Sedimentary Rock and Processes
- Geologic Principles
- Metamorphic Rocks and Processes
- Geologic Time
- Relative Age Dating Techniques
- Absolute Age Dating Techniques
- Geologic Time Scale
- Introduction to Michigan Geology
- The Precambrian Record in Michigan
- The Paleozoic Era Record in Michigan
- The Mesozoic Era Record in Michigan
- Glaciation and its Processes
- The Pleistocene Epoch Record in Michigan
- Glacial Landforms & Events
- The Glacial Great Lakes
- The Holocene Epoch Record in Michigan
- Wind Deposition
- Ground Water
Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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