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Course Professor Term T Meetings

Geology of the Metroplex Geos 5301.501 gy p Dr Randy Griffin Dr. Spring S i 2009 Th 7:00-9:30 Professor s Professor's Contact Information 972-883-2430 FA 2.404 griffin@utdallas.edu Thursday 5:30-6:30, or by appointment

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General Course Information Pre requisites, Co requisites Pre-requisites, Co-requisites Other Restrictions Geology of the Metroplex ( semester hours) Lithologic constituents, stratigraphic history, and gy p (3 ) g , g p y, geologic environments of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Special emphasis is Dallas Fort given to the Cretaceous sediments that underlie Tarrant and Dallas Counties, with a secondary focus on the broader geologic environment Three to four 1-day (Weekend) field trips environment. trips. Students will g a understanding of sedimentological and stratigaphhic p gain g g g p processes, and events , through readings, lectures, and field trips. Students will interact with their peers in dicussion of important topics in the literature. Readings as assigned by instructor

Course Description

Learning Outcomes Required Texts & Materials Suggested Texts Readings & Texts, Materials M t i l

Month January J

Date(s) 15 22 29

Assignments & Academic Calendar Topic, Assignment, Topic Assignment Due Date(s) Exam Date(s) Date(s), Intro, l i I t planning, fi t assigned reading, Pl t T t i & G l i Ti first i d di Plate Tectonics Geologic Time~a R f h Refresher Why is the metroplex here, Texas thru Time Crust, Crust Precambrian Basement & Cambrian Basement Paleozoic Passive Margin g Fieldtrip to Paleozoic section in Arbuckles Pennsyvanian Supercontinent C l S i Cycles Cretaceous Dinosaur Dig in the Woodbine Opening of the Gulf of Mexico Cretaceous O C t Overview i Cretaceous Reptiles Mineral Wells fieldtrip Spring Break Comanche Series

February y

5 7 12 19 21 26

March M h

5 12 14 19 26

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April

2 9 16 18 23 30

Gulf Series Modern processes evnironmental concerns processes, Future DFW Fieldtrip Student Presentations Final Review, Student Presentations-Term Paper Due i l i d i Final Exam, Time TBA

May 7

Grading (credit) Criteria

Course & University Policies Reading assignments Reading assignment discussion/presentation; or Mid Term Exam: 20% Mid-Term Term P T Paper: 40% Final Exam: 40% Final grades will be assigned as follows: 100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C,<=69=F 100-90 A, 89-80 B, 79-70 C,< 69 F Will arrange if given prior notice i i ti None

Make-up Make up Exams Extra C Credit Late Work Special Assignments p g Class Attendance Classroom Citizenship Cl Citi hi

Assigned reading from the literature g g Strongly encouraged

Field Trip Policies

There will be a three mandatory field trips. These fieldtrips require work which will be evaluated as a part of the lab assignment as indicated in the schedule UTD will provide transportation the schedule. transportation, use of personal cars is generally not allowed allowed.

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The University of T Th U i it f Texas S t and Th U i System d The University of T it f Texas at D ll h t Dallas have rules and regulations l d l ti for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which g g g g govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide , which is provided to all registered students each academic year. The University of T Th U i i f Texas at D ll administers student di i li within the procedures of Dallas d i i d discipline i hi h d f recognized and established due p g process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3 , g , f g , y f y , , p , Student Conduct & Discipline and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of university s Operating Procedures . Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1 602 972/883-6391) 1.602, 972/883-6391). A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. y g p p p He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, p y , , g , university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. y p g p y y Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty i l d b t i not li it d t statements, acts or omissions related t S h l ti di h t includes, but is t limited to, t t t t i i l t d to applications f enrollment or the award of a d li i for ll h d f degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or d/ h b i i ’ k Academic Integrity material that is not one’s own. As a g g y general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the , y following acts: cheating, p g g g, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students , y g suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Plagiarism, Plagiarism especially from the web from portions of papers for other classes and from any other web, classes, source i unacceptable and will b d lt with under th university’s policy on plagiarism ( is t bl d ill be dealt ith d the i it ’ li l i i (see general catalog f d t il ) Thi course will use th resources of t iti l t l for details). This ill the f turnitin.com, which searches hi h h the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

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The d i i t ti Th administration of thi i tit ti h set deadlines f withdrawal of any college-level f this institution has t d dli for ithd l f ll l l courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration p procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements p y q Withdrawal from Class from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to F attend the class once you are enrolled

Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures . In attempting to resolve any student g p g y grievance regarding g g g grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments , , of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent ). Individual faculty members retain the respondent”). primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations If the matter cannot be resolved at evaluations. that level the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the level, Student Grievance Procedures respondent’s School Dean If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the Dean. respondent, th student may submit a written appeal t th S h l D d t the t d t b it itt l to the School Dean. If th grievance i not the i is t resolved b the S h l D ’ d i i l d by h School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the D h d k i l h Dean of f Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic g pp Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic pp pp appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties. Copies f these rules and regulations are available t students i th Offi of th D C i of th l d l ti il bl to t d t in the Office f the Dean of f Students, h St d t where staff members are available t assist students i i t t ff b il bl to i t t d t in interpreting th rules and ti the l d regulations g

As per university p y, incomplete g p y policy, p grades will be g granted only for work unavoidably missed at y y the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete g y p p grade Incomplete Grades must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F deadline, F.

The g of Disability Services is to p goal y provide students with disabilities educational opportunities pp equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the non disabled Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is: The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, T Ri h d Texas 75083 0688 75083-0688 ( (972) 883-2098 ( ) (voice or TTY) ) Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments y q g j Disability Services necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary y y p , y y to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. facilities The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration registration, note-taking, note taking or mobility assistance assistance.

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It i the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an is th t d t’ ibilit t tif hi h f f th df h accommodation. Di bili S i d i Disability Services provides students with l id d i h letters to present to f l members faculty b to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring y y q g special accommodation should contact the p p professor after class or during office hours. g

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The University of T Th U i it f Texas at D ll will excuse a student f t Dallas ill t d t from class or other required activities f l th i d ti iti for the travel to and observance of a religious h l d f a religion whose places of worship are h l d b f li i holy day for li i h l f hi exempt from p p y tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated. p property

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as p g y y p possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the Religious Holy Days g y y absence. absence A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment assignment. If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations either the examinations, student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution or institution, his or her designee The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative designee. intent f i t t of TEC 51 911(b) and th student and i t t will abide b th d i i of th chief 51.911(b), d the t d t d instructor ill bid by the decision f the hi f executive officer or d i ti ffi designee. Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities Information activities. Off-Campus Instruction and p regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website Course Activities http://www.utdallas.edu/BusinessAffairs/Travel_Risk_Activities.htm. http://www utdallas edu/BusinessAffairs/Travel Risk Activities htm Additional information is available f il bl from th office of th school d the ffi f the h l dean. These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor

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