Geol 211 (Physical Geology) Outcomes Assessment

Course Outcomes Objectives (SWBAT)
1. Understand that Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet, using a variety of tools (such as geologic maps) and scientific standards

1.1 Show how the scientific method was used to construct a major geologic theory such asplate tectonics (or the structure of the earth)

1.2 Answer a geologic question by use of graphs, equations, direct measurements, topographic maps, or geologic maps.

2. Understand that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old, and that deep time is an essential aspect of the development of the planet.Understand that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old, and that deep time is an essential aspect of the development of the planet

2.1 Solve a radiometric dating problem

2.2 Solve a relative dating problem

3. Understand that Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life, and how these elements have shaped Earth’s surface.

3.1 Explain the mode of formation of the three major rock types (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic), and how they are linked by the rock cycle and the plate tectonic cycle

3.2 Identify rocks and minerals in hand samples

3.3 Identify and describe the mode of origin of common landscape features

3.4 Describe the major compositional and physical layers of the earth.

4. Understand that earth is continuously changing, both on the surface and in the interior

4.1 Describe how plate tectonics explains geological phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanoes, faults, and the distribution of these phenomena

4.2 Describe the changes that happen in the oceans, atmosphere, and glaciers during climate change such as ice ages or global warming

5. Understand the importance of water on Earth

5.1 Give an example of how water shapes the earth’s surface

5.2 Explain the hydrologic cycle.

6. Natural hazards pose risks to humans 6.1 Describe the major geologic hazards of the Pacific Northwest
7. Humans significantly alter the Earth

7.1  Describe how human activities can affect can climate

7.2  Explain how human use of rock, mineral, or water resources can affect the earth’s surface