Natural Hazards and Catastrophes, Geology &108—Syllabus and Schedule
Lab: In addition to our regularly scheduled labs, one all-day Saturday field trip is planned to Mount St. Helens probably sometime in May. This field trip is a mandatory part of the course. If you cannot attend, I suggest you withdraw from the course)
(See field trip details and policy below)
E-Mail: ppringle ‘at’ centralia.edu
Phone: 360.736.9391 x550
Please do not call my office number unless you plan to leave a message if you don’t reach me!
Centralia Earth Sciences web: http://www.centralia.edu/academics/earthscience/index.html
Lecture: WSC 211
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MY OFFICE WITHIN THE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO CLASS.
Course short description: An examination of earth materials and processes through the study of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, climate change, and meteorite impacts. Examination of causes, effects on human populations and the environment; preparedness, prediction and forecasting; mitigation of risks, and case studies.
Natural Hazards class outcomes and course outline (leaves this page)
Course Materials: The text below is required reading and is the primary sources of information for lectures, discussions, and exams. Please bring your books to class and do reading in advance of class.
Course Logistics: This class will use CANVAS for nearly all communications and submission of assignments.
Natural Disasters, by Patrick Abbott (9th edition recommended ISBN 978-0-07-336937-2, but an older version >5th edition would allow you to “get by”)
Link to the introductory Geoscience Virtual TextbookAnnenberg “Earth Revealed” series online videos: see Student Resources videos link in main Centralia Earth Science page
LECTURE and FINAL EXAMS (probably 4 total) 65%
CLASS ASSIGNMENTS, QUIZZES, PARTICIPATION 15%
FIELD TRIP and LAB WORK 20%
GRADE ASSESSMENT: see grading scale to find out the point and letter grade equivalents for percentage scores on tests. The assessment will also include a student’s contributions to the learning environment in the classroom; likewise, disciplinary problems that interrupt or impede the progress of the class will also be evaluated as part of this component. If you need to talk with me about your grade, please do not do this before, during, or after class. Please make an appointment with me or visit during my office hours, which are posted on the door of my office and on the “class links” web page.
ABOUT EXAMS Tests will include material from lectures, readings, videos, and labs. If you miss a test or know you will miss a test, you must contact me the same day with an explanation. There
will be no make-up tests except for in extreme cases. You will need a
physicians note, proof of sickness, and/or provide me with advance notice of a schedule
conflict if such a situation arises.
Do your own work. Suspected cheating, intellectual parasitism, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Additionally, instances of such will be reported to the
The college communicates with students only via
their official Centralia College student email. Students are required to get
their email address at http://www.centralia.edu/admin/services/it/studentemail.html
Information for this course is posted on Canvas. Occasionally I may also refer you to other web pages where I store or link to resources. The Canvas page is a work in progress and will change as we go through the class. Look there for this syllabus, copies of selected class handouts, links, reading suggestions, assignments, and additional information.
This quarter the mandatory field trip will be on Saturday October 17th or 24th. This field trip is accounts for 1/2 of the lab grade in this class. You are required to attend and write up field report for the trip. NOTE, ALL FINAL FIELD WRITE UPS ARE DUE by third Monday after trip. Please schedule your other classwork accordingly. The following site will be updated when details become available: Field trip details
Late assignments: For you own sake, hand in assignments on time. Assignments turned in late will not get full credit. Information regarding class assignments will be provided during the term. Assignments must be turned in at the beginning of the class period on the due-date for full credit.
All multipage assignments that are unstapled and/or have untrimmed perforation “frizzies” or tears along page edges will be automatically docked one point.
Handwritten assignments: You will be expected to provide a review of each video shown in class or of the presentations of any guest speakers. I will provide a video review form on the web page. For video reviews and essays on quizzes, please write neatly, and use pencil or blue or black ink only. Unreadable assignments will be returned for no credit. If possible, please type assignments. Please staple all assignments and write you name on each page as noted above.
Typed assignments: ALL FIELD REPORTS WILL BE TYPED. Please follow guidelines given for each typed assignment. This generally includes 10 or 12 point font, preferably Times or Arial, margins 1–1.25 inches, black ink, white, unbleached or reused paper, with no report covers. USE LEFT JUSTIFIED ONLY.
Evaluation of written assignments and essay questions: I will use grading guidelines such as this rubric in order to evaluate the quality of any written assignments and essay questions. A great way to get a better grade is to look at the guidelines shown in the rubrics for assessing good writing and then make sure your written products “measure up”.
Quizzes: I will provide computerized forms for some quizzes. Bring a #2 pencil with good eraser. Be sure to thoroughly erase all mistakes and stray pencil marks during the quiz. No corrections will be made for you, nor will any be made after quizzes are graded and returned.
Term assignment: There
may be a Term Assignment
required. Information regarding the assignment will be provided
another handout. Term
must be turned in at the beginning of
the class period on the due-date assigned for full credit.
We have two lab modes: in the classroom and field trips. During the field trips and in the lab you will be given problems to solve. These lab assignments will be graded on a point basis. The point value of each lab will be indicated.
field trips, you need to bring some footwear that does not
have slick soles and rain gear or an umbrella. Your feet may get very
the wet grass, so you may want to have a change of shoes for after the
You should bring something to write on and write with on the trips.
overall goals of the exercises, content, and learning
objectives of this class follow
take attendance during the first week or so of class; if
you don't show up the first day, you may be dropped to give your place
someone on the waiting list. While attendance is not required,
classes won’t help you become a successful student. In fact, ALL
members benefit from fellow students’ consistent attendance and
questions and comments. Those who make a habit of skipping classes
struggle to bring home the good grades.
is a demanding course with a lot of material covered in a short period
of time. Regular class attendance, taking good notes, and
studying outside of class are essential to ensure adequate mastery of
the material. If, due to credit load, work schedule, family
requirements or health reasons, you will be unable to attend regularly,
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! From time to time, pop quizzes
will be given at the beginning of class, so please be on time—if you
are absent for a pop quiz, you will miss the quiz.
want you to do well in this class! Forming a study
group and quizzing one another on class material can be very
will be available during my office hours if you have questions or
concerns. If, however, you should get into academic difficulty,
it is your responsibility to keep track of drop dates and other
SICKNESS If you are sick, please do not come to class, but let me know as soon as possible by CANVAS or telephone (360-736-9391 x550). If you miss a lecture because of sickness, please inform me immediately. Plan to get notes or special instructions from one of your classmates if you can. Do not rely exclusively on lecture outlines that may be posted on the web page because the cadence of each class differs. If you miss a test and do not have a medical excuse or do not inform me in advance, then you will not be allowed to take that test.
MY CELLULAR PHONE AND COMPUTER USE POLICY No cell phone use in class. Please make
all cell phone calls and do all text messaging outside the classroom.
are dealing with a family or personal issue and must receive a cell
please put the phone on vibrate and then quietly leave the classroom
get the call—YOU MY RETURN TO CLASS THE NEXT DAY. Students using
to take notes in class must sit in the back row of class unless
that row is
entirely occupied by other computer users. If you are discovered to be
the computer to play games, send messages, or other non-class you will
asked to stop. The second time, you will be asked to leave. The third
will arrange a meeting with the Dean of Instruction or Vice President
Student Affairs to discuss the issue.
Please be courteous and respectful to your classmates as well as your instructor and avoid activities disruptive to the learning environment.
I have little tolerance for side conversations during lecture class! Even if you whisper, even if you sit in the back, even during a video, talking bothers other people in class.
Be punctual. If you must arrive late or leave early, let me know in advance and sit near the door.
Please turn your cell phone off! Making calls & text messaging during class time is rude and distracting and will count as negative class participation points.
Many people, including me, have chemical sensitivities, so please refrain from wearing excessive perfume, cologne, or hairspray. Also, please cough into your elbow or use a handkerchief if you sneeze. I suggest thoroughly washing your hands regularly to help to minimize your risk of getting sick.
Do your own work. Suspected cheating, intellectual parasitism,
plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
Additionally, instances of such will be reported to the
NOTE: If a student is disruptive to the learning environment, they will be given a verbal warning. Further disruptions of the class will be followed by a written warning, and the offending student or students will likely be asked to leave. Students who continue to be disruptive in class will referred to Vice President of Academic Affairs
Special Needs Statement
with disabilities may contact the Director, Center
for Disability Services to determine their eligibility for
accommodation. The director's office is located with the
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Should a contagious illness, such as the H1N1 virus, necessitate an extended absence from class, please contact your instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements to complete, if possible, the coursework you miss.