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Spring 2019 - GEOL 225 “Planetary Geology”

Lectures - MWF at 3.30 - 4.20 pm in Brooks Hall 302

Schedule - click here (will open / download a PDF file). The schedule is approximate and likely to vary.

Syllabus - click here (will open / download a PDF file).

Textbook - “Planetary Geology: an Introduction” (2nd edition) by Vita-Fizni & Fortes - required purchase or loan (ebook is sufficient)

Office Hours - Tuesday and Wednesday at 11.00 to 12.30 pm in Brooks Hall G33 or by appointment (email graham.andrews@mail.wvu.edu)

Mid-term exam - Monday 2/25 (in regular class time)

Final exam - *tbd

Grading -

  • Grade brackets

    • > 545 (> 90%) = A,

    • 484 - 544 (80 - 89%) = B,

    • 424 - 483 (70 - 79%) = C,

    • 360 - 423 (60 - 69%) = D,

    • < 360 (< 60%) = F.

  • How are grades calculated?

    • Quizzes = 240 points (12 quizzes * 20 points each = 240) — some quizzes are more difficult or more work than others,

    • Exams:

      • Final exam (100 minutes) = 150 points,

      • Midterm exam (45 minutes) = 75 points.

    • Attendance = 40 points (40 lectures * 1 point each = 40) — students may miss 2 of the 42 lectures without penalty,

    • Papers:

      • Paper 1 - 50 points — due 2/22 (week 7),

      • Paper 2 - 50 points — due 4/12 (week 14).

  • Grades will be posted regularly on eCampus.

Attendance Policy -

  • Students are expected to attend ALL lectures. Students may miss 2 lectures without penalty.

  • Students are required to complete ALL assignments.

Deadlines, Make-up / Late Work Policies -

  • Missed in-person exams will be allowed one make-up opportunity at a time of my choosing.

  • Quizzes are open for 24 hours starting at midnight on Friday morning to midnight on Saturday morning. Missed quizzes can be made-up for half credit (actual score divided by 2) in the following 24 hours (i.e. midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday). After that, quizzes can be taken for practice and zero points, only.

  • Late papers will be docked 5 points per day (including weekends) until they are turned-in.

Academic Misconduct, Plagiarism & Cheating Policies -

  • Plagiarism IS cheating. Plagiarism is intellectual theft. Cite the source of ALL information, ideas, etc., that you did not discover or think of, yourself. This includes websites, the textbook, my lecture notes, etc. Deliberate plagiarism, for example, copy and pasting from a website, will be treated as deliberate cheating (see below). Accidental plagiarism, for example forgetting to list a source, will be treated more leniently but will loose points.

  • Cheating will not be tolerated. Students accused of cheating in ANY exercise will be reported in the WVU Academic Dishonesty System AND have the following penalties enforced:

    • Cheat in an exam or paper = “F” grade in the entire class,

    • Cheat in a quiz = zero on the quiz AND -5% penalty to the final grade in the course,

    • Repeated cheating (i.e. a second or more case) = “UF” in the entire class (“unforgivable fail” - you cannot retake this class at WVU),

    • Egregious cheating (e.g., stealing answer keys, posting answer keys online, stealing other students’ work) = “UF” grade in the class.

  • ALL lecture notes, lab exercises, and exam and quiz materials, including answer keys, are the property of Dr. Andrews and WVU. You have no right or authorization to share these with other people at WVU or elsewhere. This includes posting materials online. Any student caught sharing or posting class materials will be reported for Academic Dishonesty AND receive a “UF” grade.