Students in Field

GO 580

Environmental Field Methods

Course Syllabus

Past GO 580 students mastering direct-push methods (photo by M. Schulmeister, 2004). Click here to see more GO 580 students in action


The tentative schedule and weekly reading assignment for GO 580 are presented in the below. Lectures are provided in web-page format may be accessed using your class password in Blackboard Weekly homework assignments and instructions are given at the end of each lecture.

There is no weekly campus meeting for this class. Lecture materials will be posted on Wednesdays of each week. All students are required to attend the 3-4 day field session in late March. On-campus students and those within driving distance are required to attend two or three additional field sessions

Weekly announcements will be posted in the first column below. To view them, click on the date.

Weekly Announcements Lecture Topic Web Lecture Reading Assignment
Jan. 16 Navigating this Course, Simple field tools Lecture 1 Chapter 1,2
Jan. 21 Review of hydrogeologic principles, Intro to ESU's field site Lecture 2 Chapters 4 (41-55), 11(335-353), Heath, Broderson dowloads
Jan. 28 Constructing a hydrogeologic cross section optional field demonstration for on-campus students sometime this week*** Lecture 3 Chapter 10
Feb. 4 Water levels and determination of ground-water movement Lecture 4 Chapters 4(114-127), 8, and 10 (309-323)
Feb. 11 GPS and Transit Surveying part one -class cancelled due to weather Lecture 5 Handouts
Feb. 18 GPS Survey Field Session #1* Lecture 5 Handouts
Feb. 25

Transit Survey (Field session #2), Preparation of Report #1: Site Reconnaissance Evaluation

Lecture 6 Chapter 1, handouts
Mar.3 Water sampling for inorganic consituents Lecture 7 Chapter 8, Ground-water Sampling Desk Ref.
Mar. 10

Water sampling for inorganic consituents

Lecture 8 Chapter 9, Handouts
Mar. 17 Spring Break - No class    
Mar. 24 Acquiring Hydrogeologic Data in the Field: Field Session #2** (Thurs-Sun)   Handouts in class, Field Notes
Mar. 31 Methods of Analysis 1 - Interpretation and presentation of hydrologic data Lecture 9 Chapter 5
Apr. 7 Preparation of Report #2: Hydrologic Assessment   Chapter 6,9
Apr. 14 Methods of Analysis 2 - Interpretation and presentation of inorganic chemical data Lecture 10 Chapter 9, 10 (323-326)
Apr. 21 Chemical characterization of contaminated sites Lecture 10 Chapter 9, handouts
Apr. 28 Introduction to Surface Geophysics Lecture 11 Handouts
May 5 Field session #3*, Sampling for Chemical Parameters, Surface Geophysics   Handouts, Field Notes
May 12 Preparation of Report #3: Assessment of Ground-water Chemistry    
* Required for all students ** Required for all students within driving distance Soil sampling demostration by KDHE will take place sometime during this week


3 Reports 40%
Homework Exercises30%
Field Participation30%


C 70-79%

*+s and s will be assigned in special borderline cases to be determined based on participation in the field and in online discussions, as well as other demonstrated efforts to excel in the class.


Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presented as ones own the intellectual of creative accomplishments of another with giving credit to the source or sources). The faculty member in whose course or under whose tutelage an act of academic dishonesty occurs has the option of failing the student for the academic hours in question.

Accommodations for Disabilities: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the instructor 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 instructor will be strictly confidential.

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