Geology 103: Geology of Hawaiian Islands

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Special Resource to Volcanoes and the Sea, Chapter 14 " Work of the Ocean"

Description: 3 credit hours; no prerequisites; no recommended special preparation; basic reading skills required; partially satisfies natural science requirement for Assoc. in Arts degree in the community college and for the Bach. of Arts degree at the university; no laboratory or field trip required for this course, but concomitant participation in geology field-trip course(s) highly recommended - see listing below.

Instructor Dr. Floyd W. McCoy WCC office: Hale 'Imiloa 115; telephone 235-7497 (a message is recorded here, changed weekly, concerning field trips, assignments, etc.)

Consultation Hours: WCC: of office hours - Mon., Wed. & Fri., 10:20 -11:30; 12:30 -1:30 p.m. LCC: 3:00 - 4:00 pm at the Media Center, or by appointment Other Campuses: via telephone, Tues. & Thurs., 5:15 - 6:15 pm (after broadcast) at 261-9620; via recorded message at 235-7316 (messages checked on Mon., Wed. & Fri.); via fax or e-mail; or by appointment.

Volcanoes in the Sea

Textbook: Volcanoes in the Sea; 1983 (2nd edition); by Gordon A. Macdonald, Agatin T. Abbott, Frank L. Peterson; Published by University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, USA; 517p. or Macdonald and Abbott; Volcanoes in the Sea, The Geology of Hawaii; Univ. Hawaii Press, 1970 (lst edition, with Glossary). Ancillary Reading and Events: Supplementary, non-required reading is in the library, both on reserve and on open shelves; you are encouraged to peruse this literature; numerous seminars, talks, symposia and exhibits occur throughout the university system and at various museums, you are particularly encouraged and welcomed to these; (announcements made in class and/or posted on the Marine Option Program bulletin board in Hale 'Imiloa at WCC).

Course Objective: An appreciation of the natural landscape that we live on and that surrounds us here in Hawaii; of the structure of the earth; of the immense antiquity and history of this planet; of temporal events that shape the earth's surface as evolutionary and predictive processes; of anthropogenic impacts -- how this world works and has worked, with emphasis on the Hawaiian Islands.

Mode of Instruction: Lectures that expand upon, and update, the information presented in the textbook; a special emphasis is placed upon descriptions of current research concepts and new information from this research; movies and videotapes compliment lectures.

Examinations:

Type: written, via the internet, short answer and multiple-choice questions with possibly a few essay questions.

Schedule: One midterm: 1 hour, covering all material discussed up to the examination date; if this examination is not taken on the scheduled date, a make-up exam. can be given but will be a different and more difficult, exam.

Final exam.: 2 hours, concerned with the entire course, with some emphasis on the last half of the course; must be taken on scheduled date. Extra/special credit: discouraged; none routinely awarded; no term papers are required; under especially unusual circumstances, extra/special credit might be devised via consultation with the instructor.

Location for examination: WCC: The Learning Center, Lono 113, anytime between 0900 - 4 p.m., on the day of the examination; internet address will be given later. LCC: The Learning Center, anytime between 0900 - 4 p.m., on the day of the examination; internet address will be given later. Other Campuses: will be announced.

Grading scheme: Numerical grades calculated from an average of all test scores, with the midterm = 40% and the final = 60% of the total grade;letter grades assigned with: A= 90- l00% B = 80 - 89% C = 70- 79% D = 60 - 69% F = < 60% N = course not completed due to unforeseen difficulties NC = no credit assigned I = incomplete due to unusual circumstances and assigned only with permission of the instructor; no credit given until this grade is changed to an A-D letter grade - it is your responsibility to make this change.

Field Trips: Not required but highly recommended; each requires registration at WCC; 1 credit awarded for each course; see WCC catalog for complete descriptions;

  • GG 210 - Oahu Field Geology: every spring semester; Saturday mornings, 0830-1230, meet on front steps of Iolani Building or at field site; short, easy hikes throughout the island to observe and discuss geologic features; transportation to sites via private cars; course grade is a function of participation and submission of brief written reports after each trip.
  • GG 211 - Big Island Field Geology: Fall semester; three days, with a fourth day optional; during either Veteran's Day week-end or Thanksgiving Day week-end; course grade function of participation and completion of final examination .
  • GG 212 - Maui Field Geology: Spring semester, 1997; during first four days of spring recess; grade function of participation and completion of final examination; participation only with instructor's permission - involves difficult and grueling hiking and camping.
  • GG 213 - Molokai, Lanai and Kaho'olawe Field Geology: Spring semester, 1998; four days; first four days of spring recess; course grade function of participation and completion of final examination; participation only with instructor's permission - involves difficult and grueling hiking and camping.

 

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