EB/ES/GE 351 Requirements

  1. Two, written, "take-home" exams, a mid-term and final. Each exam covers lecture and lab material for about half of the semester. Each exam is worth 25% of grade.

  2. Lab exercises that involve GIS, aerial photography, remote sensing, GPS, and map interpretation. Exercises are due normally one week after the lab session; late labs may receive a grade penalty. No late exercises will be accepted after April 24th. Labs are worth 20% of total grade.

  3. Field trip to Dunlap and Kahola vicinity in the Flint Hills. We will practice use of GPS equipment and map reading. If weather permits, we may conduct aerial photography. Field trip is required and will take place on Saturday, April 16th. If weather is bad, Sunday is the backup date. All students in eastern Kansas and western Missouri are expected to take part in the field trip. More distant students must make individual arrangements for an alternative experience. See Dunlap-Kahola field trip.

  4. Team project: Students will voluntarily form small groups of 2-3 members. Membership should be interdisciplinary, if possible, in order to develop a project that involves some issue of resource conservation, management, exploration, basic mapping, or global change. Team projects will be developed in consultation with the instructor. Go to teamwork in geosciences.

    Each team will give a formal project seminar near the end of the semester in the form of a poster, PowerPoint, PDF, or webpage presentation. Group project is 20% of total grade. Note: preference will be given for webpage presentations.

    Previous team projects online.
    Instructions for project reports.

  5. Class participation: On-campus students are expected to attend weekly sessions as well as the field trip. All students should contribute appropriate items for the course blog periodically during the semester. In addition, all students also are expected to communicate with the instructor via e-mail on a weekly basis concerning course materials. Participation is worth 10% of grade.

  6. All students should review the departmental policy on plagiarism. See EB/ES/GE 351 grading scale as well as earth science learning outcomes.

ADA statement: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.

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EB/ES/GE 351 © J.S. Aber (2015).