Online Class: Geology 101

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Course Description

Geology is the study of the world around us and the way it was formed. The study expands beyond the earth and includes the building blocks of the whole universe.  Without the study of geology, it would have been very difficult to build the modern world around us. For one thing, it would have been impossible to locate building materials for our roads, houses, and office buildings. Without ready access to metals like gold, we would never have been able to make the wide range of electrical devices like cell phones and digital cameras that we all depend on.

The study of geology is about more than just identifying rocks or finding mineral deposits. It is the study of how all Earth's systems work together so that we can work with nature instead of against it, and we can have a better grasp of the future implications of our actions on the world around us.

An understanding of geology and the Earth's systems has become critical in a wide range of fields. It's not just miners, oil riggers and college professors who study the story of the rocks: it is also civil engineers, architects, urban planners, government officials, and investors.

In this course, you will learn about: Geology History; Fossils and Earth History--Geologic Time; Fossils and Earth History--The  Eons and Eras; Rock types; Geomagnetism; Plate Tectonics; Recycling and Renewal; Erosion; The Rock Cycle; Rocks and Minerals; Gemstones and Mining.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 : Introduction
  • Lesson 2 : Geology History
  • Lesson 3 : Fossils and Earth History--Geologic Time
  • Lesson 4 : Fossils and Earth History--The Eons and Eras
  • Lesson 5 : Rock Types
  • Lesson 6 : Geomagnetism
  • Lesson 7 : Plate Tectonics
  • Lesson 8 : Recycling and Renewal
  • Lesson 9 : Erosion
  • Lesson 10 : Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle
  • Lesson 11 : Rocks and Minerals
  • Lesson 12 : Gemstones and Mining
  • Lesson 13 : Conclusion    

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of geology.
  • Describe fossils and earth history--geologic time.
  • Describe fossils and earth history--the eons and eras.
  • Define rock types.
  • Describe geomagnetism.
  • Know plate tectonics.
  • Describe recycling and renewal processes.
  • Describe erosion.
  • Know rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle.
  • Describe gemstones and mining, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment15
Lesson 1 : Introduction9
Lesson 2 Assignment10
Lesson 2 : Geology History10
Lesson 3 Assignment20
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment15
Lesson 4 Exam9
Lesson 5 Assignment15
Lesson 5 : Rock types9
Lesson 6 Assignment15
Lesson 6 : Geomagnetism9
Lesson 7 Assignment20
Lesson 7 : Plate Tectonics10
Lesson 8 Assignment20
Lesson 8 : Recycling and Renewal9
Lesson 9 Assignment15
Lesson 9 : Erosion9
Lesson 10 Assignment10
Lesson 10 : Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle9
Lesson 11 Assignment10
Lesson 11 : Rocks and Minerals10
Lesson 12 Assignment10
Lesson 12 : Gemstones and Mining10
Lesson 13 Assignment15
The Final Exam550
Total Points:857

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