For the project, you 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. You will then thoroughly research the topic, preparing a contribution as a chapter to the field text. In addition, each student will present his/her topic in the field. Research topics must be approved by the instructor.
You need only prepare one, master copy. I will copy all chapter contributions and present copies to all participants. The field book will be printed such that page **-1 of your chapter will be an obverse page, as will every odd-numbered page. Please therefore leave a binding margin of 1.25" along the left of every odd-numbered page. Likewise, a binding margin of 1.25" should be placed on the right margin of every reverse (even-numbered) page. You may submit chapters in hard copy, or electronically.
Each participant will give a 15 to 20-minute oral talk on her/his topic at the appropriate field site. The talk may be supported by graphics within the chapter. The talk should be well-rehearsed and professional. Time will be allowed at the end of each presentation for questions.
For this course, grades will be based on the following considerations:
For undergraduates (Geol 496), the primary criterion will be attendance (70%). 25% of the grade will be based on research on some facet of Icelandic natural (or human) history. The final 5% of the grade will be based on the student's cooperation with the instructor 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%), pre-trip research on some facet of Icelandic natural (or human) history (20%). 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 instructor 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. CST, Monday, July 19th, 2004.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF POST-COURSE SUMMARY PAPERS: (graduate students only): 4:30 p.m. CST, Friday, September 3, 2004.
List of Topics: See Geology 496 web site at: http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~sainieid/iceland/projects.html
For help in selecting a topic, see me or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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