22/SPR JC Course Syllabi 01/10/22-04/30/22



by Jessica Tashman -
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GEL109.I1 - Online


Number of Credits: 4

Days Class Meets: 1/10/2022 – 4/30/2022

Meeting Times: M 11-12 PM; W 1-2 PM EST on Big Blue Button (JetNet)

Location/Venue: Online on JetNet

Instructor: Jessica Tashman

Contact Phone: (517) 796-8602 ext. 4114 - Note: I will not be in my campus office this semester. E-mail is best!

Contact Email: tashmanjessican@jccmi.edu

Online Office Hours: M 11-12 PM; W 1-2 PM EST, weekly Big Blue Button sessions on JetNet


Course Description

This course serves as a foundation for the Earth Sciences and Earth Science majors. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experience and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles. Earth Science case studies are covered in detail. In laboratory, the students will learn how to apply basic scientific principles through active learning and application. This course has a laboratory component.

Course Goals

Students will develop an earth science skill-set to understand the four strands of scientific investigation: content, process, communication, and the nature of science. Students will use the critical thinking to evaluate scientific information, data, and current earth science issues. The foundation for earth science will be constructed using the four strands as they pertain to the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. The fundamental concepts in earth science, like cycles, geological timeline, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and biosphere interactions, are presented in context with current issues. The students will compare and contrast the content and process through communications with their peers and the instructor ultimately understanding the nature of science. This course is designed for people interested in earth issues using their computational skills and includes a strong laboratory component.

Upon completing this course students will retain a skill-set derived from critical thinking and environmental scientific methodology. This skill-set can be used in science classes following earth science, and in problem solving needs throughout their lives. Although this course is an introductory class, introductory does not translate into easy. This course does not require background knowledge in earth science. It will require effort to build the scientific foundation and the philosophical underpinnings of critical thinking and scientific thought. Students will have to spend time studying the material to succeed. To receive a 4.0 in this course, you should expect to study 16 hours a week (4 credit hours x 4.0 grade = 16 hours of study), and depending on your study skill-set, this time commitment may increase or decrease. You are responsible for the resulting grade that you shall receive.

Course Objectives

The course goals and objectives incorporate specific General Education Outcomes (GEOs) established by the JC Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty. These goals are in concert with four-year colleges and universities and reflect input from the professional communities we serve. GEOs guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit, transferability, and professional skills needed in many certification programs. The GEOs and course objectives addressed in this class include the following:

Think in systems.
Read and interpret scientific graphs and tables.
Communicate scientific information.
Connect the nature of science to content, process, and communication.
Link the scientific method to peer review and self-correcting mechanisms.
Articulate the big ideas in scientific discourse. Integrate information of natural processes that govern the natural world.
Critically evaluate data drawn from natural phenomena.
Establish a scientific baseline.
Understand the connection between physical and chemical cycles within Earth’s domains.
Interpret results of Earth science studies. Connect the mechanisms of geology, physics, chemistry, and biology to emergent properties.
Understand sustainability as it relates to the earth sciences and evolution.
Articulate the factors affecting global climate change and human impact on the environment.