Golden Gate Colleges
Credit Units:3Semester/Summer SY:1
:For the student to have a better understanding of the natural environment the coursewill tackle and examine a number of topics:the structure and composition of the earth’ssurface, subsurface, and deep interior, processes that alter the observed structure of theearth: rock transformation, mountain building, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, andatmospheric processes, the structure and composition of the atmosphere,the elements of weather and climate,weather patterns and storms,the earth’s relationship to the sun, moon,and other bodies of the solar system,the earth’s place in the cosmos.
:As a result of participating in this course learners will
1.Develop content knowledge about Earth as a system, landform processes,Earth's history, the Sun-Earth-Moon system, and weather and climate.2.Explore inquiry-based learning models.3.Introduce a media-rich learning environment to use with students4.Provide models to illustrate ways to teach beyond the textbook.5.Understand and utilize the scientific process.
:Students will develop knowledge and understanding of:1. the history of Earth and the Solar System2. the resources of the Earth, particularly air, soil, water, minerals, their distribution andtheir role in supporting living systems3. the abiotic features of the environment4. models to explain structures and processes of change affecting the Earth and itsenvironmentsStudents will develop further skills in; planning investigations , conductinginvestigations, communicating information and understanding, developing scientific thinkingand problem-solving techniques, working individually and in teams. Students will developpositive attitudes about and values towards; themselves, others, learning as a lifelongprocess, Earth and the environment .