Spring 2013†† GEOL 113: Physical Geology Laboratory

Sections 002 (meets Tuesday), 004 (meets Thursday)


Professor: Bill McGuinness

Office: Sims 201/202

Phone: 724/584-9263

E-mail: mcguinnessw@winthrop.edu

Web Server: http://bohr.winthrop.edu

Meets:6:30-9:20 PM

Room: Sims 202

Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Text: Busch, R.M. 2006. Laboratory Manual in Physically Geology, 9th Ed. Do not buy used copies! / Do not use Rental Copies!


Objectives: To explore the major processes responsible for shaping the physical Earth, and the relationship of those processes to the distribution of different landscapes, oceans, and mineral resources on Earth using hands-on demonstrations and activities.


General Education Requirements: Geol 113 and the co-requisite Geol 110 together fulfill four hours of the Touchstone requirement for natural sciences. The courses are co-requisites, meaning that students who are taking Geol 113 are required to take Geol 110, and vice versa. Listed below are the seven fundamental student learning outcomes for natural science courses as well as examples of how they will be fulfilled in Geol 113 and 110.

Students should be:

1. Conversant with a few fundamental concepts from among the three main areas of natural science, including earth, life, and physical sciences. (e.g., hydrology, plate tectonics, physical and historical geology, etc.)

2. Able to apply the scientific methodologies of inquiry. (e.g., Geol 113 laboratory exercises and experiments)

3. Able to discuss the strengths and limitations of science. (e.g., discussion of scientific methodology)

4. Able to demonstrate an understanding of the history of scientific discovery. (e.g., the development of plate tectonics, discovery of geologic time)

5. Able to discuss the social and ethical contexts within which science operates. (e.g., plate tectonics paradigm shift, coastal development, conservation of resources.)

6. Able to communicate about scientific subjects including (lab courses only) the defense of conclusions based on oneís own observations. (e.g., Geol 113 laboratory write-ups)

7. Able to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to the social sciences and to non-scientific disciplines. (e.g., the uses of geologic data to make political and economic decisions about resources like water)




Laboratory Handout


1/8 & 1/10

No Laboratory



1/15 & 1/17



Chapter 3

1/22 & 9/24

Igneous Rocks and Processes


Quiz 1: Minerals Chapter 4

1/29 & 1/31



Quiz 2: Igneous rocks (Lab Handout)

2/5 & 2/7

Sedimentary Rocks and Processes



2/12 & 1/14

Metamorphic Rocks and Processes


Quiz 3: Sedimentary rocks

2/19 & 2/21



Chapter 16 Quiz 4: Metamorphic rocks

2/26 & 2/28


Plate Tectonics

Chapter 2

3/5 & 3/7


Web-based assignment


3/12 & 3/14



No Lab

3/19 & 3/21

Geologic Time


Chapter 8

3/26 & 3/28

Topographic Mapping

Topographic Maps

Chapter 9

4/2 & 4/4



Chapter 11

4/9 & 4/11




4/16 & 4/18

Coastal Process


Chapter 15





Laboratory topics subject to change



Attendance: Lab attendance is mandatory and necessary. Make up labs are not permitted. All assigned laboratories are due at the end of the scheduled laboratory


Grading: Grades in this lab will be assigned based on the results of the following:


Eight (8) labs

10 pts each

80 pts

Four (4) Quizzes

10 pts each

40 pts






120 pts

Grades will be calculated on a straight scale:


A 108-120

B 96-107

C 84-95

D 72-83

F <71


Statement on Cheating: Your grade is based on work you have done. Any attempt to submit someone elseís work is plagiarism, and thus cheating.Attempting to use any unauthorized material during quizzes (including material stored on calculators or other electronic devices) is strictly forbidden, and is cheating. Unethical behavior such as cheating could result in a grade of "F" for the course, and other unpleasant action may also be taken.See your student handbook for more details.


Quizzes: The scheduled quizzes will be practical exercises in rock and mineral terminology and identification. There will be no make-up quizzes or labs without either prior arrangement with the instructor or documentation of a genuine emergency.Extensions may be requested prior to the scheduled date for the quiz, but once the date has passed, the quiz can not be taken or turned in for a grade without proof of emergency.If you think you are in danger of not getting something done on time or not being able to attend a lab, call me or e-mail me as soon as possible.


Winthrop University Level Competency #1: Winthrop graduates think critically and solve problem.

This Physical Geology laboratory course encourages students to solve Earth Science and environmental problems using scientific reasoning. For instance, students will determine the long term effect of coastal development on areas with documented sea-level rise.Students will learn about how to determine if sea-level is rising and also assess the overall risk for the rise.Students learn about the role of scientific hypothesis testing in developing and accurate model of Earth processes, and how these models can be used to make predictions about the Earth. Students also learn about the history of scientific discovery, including how the accumulation of anomalies can lead to a scientific paradigm shift (e.g., the emergence of the Plate Tectonic Theory).Ē


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