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Earth Sciences (EARTH)

EARTH 106 (GN) The African Continent: Earthquakes, Tectonics and Geology (3) Study of earthquakes and seismic waves to learn about the geology and plate tectonics of the African continent.

EARTH 106 Shaking Up Africa: The Geology and Tectonics of Africa (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Earthquakes are natural phenomena that can cause immense human suffering because of intense ground shaking, and are consequently of great societal importance. Earthquakes are also important because the seismic waves that generate the ground shaking provide scientists with important information about Plate Tectonics and geology, in particular information about the structure and composition of our planet and how the insides of the planet are deforming. In this course, earthquakes in Africa and the seismic waves they generate are used to help students to learn about the geology of Africa and how the earth beneath the African continent is being deformed by Plate Tectonics.

EARTH 106 is designed in four modules. Modules, in turn, are divided into weekly lessons. Offered in a "hybrid" format, each weekly lesson includes a single face-to-face class meeting, complemented by online reading assignments, self-check learning activities, and discussions. The online, hands-on learning activities are similar to the labs conducted in similar courses that are offered solely in face-to-face environment, including the manipulation of geographic data, map reading exercises, and rock and mineral identification activities. They are designed to help students learn skills and knowledge that they then apply to a course project. While the weekly lesson activities involve working with seismic data from East Africa, the course project requires students, working in small groups, to apply their skills and knowledge to another geographic area of the African continent. In addition to the weekly lesson activities and the course project, students are required to complete weekly quizzes that assess comprehension of the online reading assignments. Quizzes that come at the end of a module also assess the skills and knowledge addressed in the lesson learning activities for that module.

This course is a general education offering in natural sciences (GN) and is open to all students regardless of academic major.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Summer 2007

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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