Earth's origin, composition, structure, and natural resources. Global and local examples of plate tectonics as the driving force for volcanism, mountain building, and earthquakes. Imaging Earth's interior and exploring its dynamic interaction with the surface. Environmental geoscience and sustainability. [Credit cannot be obtained for both EOSC 110 and GEOG 101,103]
For a full listing of course offerings please see the UBC calendar description
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. Describe the dynamic processes that form Earth’s materials, produce its internal structure, and shape its surface features
2. Appreciate the influence of geologic time on the processes that shape our planet
3. Apply their understanding of dynamical complexity and the geosciences to matters that intersect global citizenship, sustainability and personal sustainability
The instructor's goal in teaching this course is to:
1. Excite and inform students about our fascinating and dynamic planet.
2. Equip students to ask good and important questions and perhaps develop skills for living-well in the 21st century. This includes being Ready for Surprises, and abundant living in the rapidly changing ciurcumstances of the 21st Century.
A topical list will be provided in the syllabus, to be distributed to students via email.
Section 201 - Dr. Kurt Grimm (January -April 2014) (All of the relevant materials for my offering of EOSC 110 in January-April 2014 will be provided by email).
Our course meets MWF at 1000H in the Earth Science Building Rm 1013 (Across Main Mall from teh Blue whale skeleton! ;) ). The last day of class will be optional, no examinabel material will be presented, and discussion will be unlimited.
Your first exercise is to find the dinosaur on the UBC Campus, in the Pacific Museum of Planet Earth. His (her?) name is George.
EOSC 110-201-January -April 2014. Note from Instructor: 1. There is no assigned text. 2. All relevant materials, including syllabus, will be discussed in class, with related materials provided via email to your email account that is listed with the UBC Registrar. 3. Most course-related questions will be handled through ECAC (http://www.eos.ubc.ca/courses/ecac/), with course-specifc hours discussed in class and distributed by email. 4. Note TREK 2012, UBC's vision statement, quoted here,"The University of British Columbia, aspiring to be one of the world’s best universities, will prepare students to become exceptional global citizens, promote the values of a civil and sustainable society, and conduct outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world". Distilled to the key words of "global citizenship" and "sustainability", these aspirations penetrate all I do at UBC, including EOSC 110. 5. A unique collection of collaborative conceptual art (see drkurtgrimm.com) will figure prominently in the presentation, synthesis and learning in EOSC 110. 6. Alongside two or possibly three exams, creation of a final portfolio that summarizes and reflects your learnings in EOSC 110 be required. There is a very broad range of possilibilties for your EOSC 110 portfolio; it is an opportunity for creativity that exercises, distills and applies what you learn in EOSC 110.
If you are also taking EOSC 111 (1 credit), which is an optional but recommended course, there will then be 3 lab hours per week.
Go to http://www.eos.ubc.ca/courses/eosc111/ for information on this 1-credit lab course.
Lab exercises include the following topics (may vary slightly): Earthquakes, Minerals & Diamond Exploration, Volcanic Hazards, Waves, Estuaries, Fossils, Plankton, Sediments & Sedimentary Rocks, Groundwater Contamination, and Dinosaurs.