NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY - FARGO, N D



Updated: Jan 21, 2013

GEOLOGY 496
2013 HAWAII "VOLCANO SAPIENS"
FIELD COURSE:

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS


Green Sand Beach (Photo by B. Saini-Eidukat)



PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

Project Assignment:
For the project, each participant will volunteer for (or be assigned) a topic related to a stop for the field trip, itself, or a general topic related to the trip. The participant will thoroughly research the topic, preparing a contribution as a chapter to the field text. In addition, each participant will present his/her topic in the field. Research topics must be approved by the instructors. For help in selecting a topic, please visit with the instructors.

Field Text Chapter:
A 6 to 8 page contribution to the guidebook will be prepared by each participant. The chapter should include an adequate, professional, and even rigorous overview of the chosen topic. It should be supported by graphics, by citations in the text to reference sources, and a well-presented list of reference sources. References should give author name(s), date, title, journal or book title, and volume/page numbers. Participants should submit chapters electronically in .doc or .docx format. The instructors will collate chapter contributions and present a bound copy to each participant.

Field Presentation:
Each participant will give a 15 to 20-minute oral presentation on her/his topic at the appropriate field site. The presentation may be supported by graphics within the chapter. The presentation should be well-rehearsed and professional. Time will be allowed at the end of each presentation for questions.

Grading:
Your grade will be based on the following considerations:

For undergraduates (Geol 496), the primary criterion will be attendance (60%) - this includes evaluation of the field notebook to be turned in after the trip. 35% of the grade will be based on the pre-trip research chapter and field presentation. The final 5% of the grade will be based on the student's cooperation with the instructors and fellow course participants, and his/her willingness to learn course content presented by fellow participants.

Those students registering for graduate credit (Geol 695) will be assessed as follows: attendance (60%) including evaluation of the field notebook to be turned in after the trip, the pre-trip research chapter and field presentation (20%), and a post-trip summary, not to exceed 10 typed pages, summarizing total course content learned by the student (15%). The final 5% of the grade will be based on the student's cooperation with the instructors and fellow course participants, and his/her willingness to learn course content presented by fellow participants.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF PRE-COURSE CHAPTERS:
4:30 p.m. FRIDAY, Mar 1, 2013.


DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF POST-COURSE SUMMARY PAPERS: (graduate students only): 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013.

Special Needs:
Students who need special accommodations for learning or who have special needs are invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructor as soon as possible.

Academic Responsibility:
All work in this course must be completed in a manner consistent with NDSU University University Senate Policy, Section 335: Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct (www.ndsu.nodak.edu/policy/335.htm).

For help in selecting a topic, see or e-mail the instructors: Bernhardt Saini-Eidukat or Adam Lewis.


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