Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


Updated 18 April 2008 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: October 1, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Geology P.A Nielsen 8-2553 pnielsen@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: P.A Nielsen 8-2553 pnielsen@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: None PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: INGEOL 320 EARTH’S CLIMATE: PAST & FUTURE PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: The tools of climatic science are used to investigate the evidence and mechanisms for earth’s climatic change throughout geologic time. Includes: Climate classification and reasons for climate; Climate forcing mechanisms, anthropogenic forcing and the global warming crisis, and potential remedies. Combined lecture/lab. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Occasionally Updated 18 April 2008 LEARNING OUTCOMES: State knowledge and/or skills students will be expected to demonstrate upon completion of this course. For more information, see Guidelines for Developing Program Objectives, Course Objectives, and Learning Outcomes: Disciplinary Outcomes: To develop an understanding of the dynamic nature of Earth’s climate systems including both natural and anthropogenic processes. To develop an understanding of the important system cycles on earth including the water, carbon and rock cycles and the interrelationships between humans and those cycles. To develop an understanding of environmental issues related to natural and anthropogenic forcing of climate change. [SCIENCE OUTCOME: SCIENTIFIC METHOD, THEORIES] Understand how the scientific method led to our understanding of climate change in earth history and to distinguish and assess the impact that knowledge and methodology in the natural sciences have on our understanding of self, society and environment. Integrative Outcomes: [INTEGRATIVE OUTCOME: SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT] Recognize the importance of geology to human activities and demonstrate an understanding of the strong feedback loops involving earth processes and human actions, specifically social policy related to geo-hazards). Skills you will be using and expectations for those skills: [SKILLS OUTCOMES] Achieve higher proficiency in the following skills areas by practicing them throughout the semester through class preparation and class participation: Reading with purpose and comprehension in order to be able to successfully complete the specific assignments developed during investigation of specific events, Ask questions that lead to greater understanding of material Demonstrate the ability to summarize and identify key points Demonstrate an understanding and ability to relate discipline-or interdiscipline specific information to theories presented in a course Writing with clarity in responding to issues raised in class discussion, Organize, state and develop ideas clearly Understand and value academic honesty Ask questions that lead to a richer product Cultivate disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise necessary to question sources, develop ideas, and offer interpretations Updated 18 April 2008 Quantitative Reasoning through analysis of both graphical and tabulated data as presented in the assigned readings as well as successfully completing class exercises, and Read and interpret graphs, charts and tables in discipline specific media Critically evaluate conclusions and inferences drawn by others based on data presented as support Critical and Creative Thinking through participation in class discussion mportant questions related to energy and environmental issues, and social policy related to geo-hazards. Critical thinking Develop analytical arguments Apply critical thinking to important ethical and societal issues and problems Synthesize information, arguments, and perspectives in order to create new meaning, insight, and understanding Creative thinking Confront questions with multiple answers Reframe new ides (metaphors, analogies, use of models) RATIONALE: The proposed changes are in response to the goals of the Integrative Studies Program and the rationale provided earlier in the change to a 4-credit model. RESOURCES: For course proposals, include the name of the faculty member(s) who will be teaching this course, whether tenure-track, full-time, or adjunct. Indicate whether additional staffing, facilities, and/or equipment will be required. Also, consider the long-term impact of adding a course or altering a program. When a proposal has staffing, space or monetary implications, the VPAA must be consulted and his or her comments should be included in this section. The adjuncts currently teaching INGEOL 110. This course is designed to provide a Natural Sciences Perspectives course for students who defer that component of their ISP until their junior or senior year. What additional library resources will be required? Has the library been consulted to determine the adequacy of library holdings or to estimate the cost to improve these sufficiently? No new library resources required. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No advisory opinions are required. This course is open to all students that meet the ISP prerequisites.


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