What the course comprises described in detail over several pages
What occurs within the class and graded components
"Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World"
A summary of course themes and learning objectives
The planned sequence of coverage for lecture topics
How learning in the course is assessed
Who to contact for more information
- These pages provide general information on the course
- They include details of its format, contents, and
- The two pdf files below provide a summary of the essential
details about the class
- Two class sessions each week, comprising instruction and
- MW 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in GY143 for Spring Semester
- Monday and Wednesday: lectures on course topics.
- About every third Wednesday: discussions of critical
topics intended to benefit understanding of key issues.
- Graded Components and Course Assessment
- A position
paper on a class topic developed iteratively
by successive reviews.
- Sequentially 5%, 5%, 5% and 8%, plus 8% for 4 reviews;
total = 31%.
- Three on-line quizzes with short answer/multiple choice
- Three exams consisting of short answer/multiple choice
- Two in-class exams 10% each, final 18%, total = 38%.
- Preparation and participation in class discussions.
- Preparative ("Survey and Questionnaire") questions
(4%), summative ("Reflections on Discussion") questions (4%), and
contributions during discussions by instructors and peers (8%); total =
- Materials and Resources
- Recommended readings are referenced for each discussion
sessions, with on-line links to relevant web pages.
- Lecture materials (as pdf files) are avaialable on the resources
and via Oncourse.
- The recommended text for this class is:
- "Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World" by Jonathan I.
Lunine; ISBN 0521644232
- This text covers most of the topics addressed within
the class, although the sequence in which they are covered differs from
the class lectures.
- The text provides a narrative account of the class
topics, that reinforces and supplements materials covered in class.
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