G302 Development of the Global Environment
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


Course Information

  • These pages provide general information on the course
  • They include details of its format, contents, and assignments.
  • The two pdf files below provide a summary of the essential details about the class

PDF File of Class Syllabus

Course Format
  • Two class sessions each week, comprising instruction and discussion.
    • MW 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in GY143 for Spring Semester 2006.
    • 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 questions. 
      • 5% each, total = 15%.
    • Three exams consisting of short answer/multiple choice questions.
      • 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 assessment of contributions during discussions by instructors and peers (8%); total = 16%. 

Course Texts
  • 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 page, 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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