Credit Recovery - Earth Science A
This introductory Earth Science course is designed to study all aspects of our planet, including earth, water, atmosphere, and space as they impact our universe. This course will provide the student with information that will enable him or her to effectively investigate and study the interactions of the Earth and its processes. The first semester will examine the scientific method, rocks and minerals, landforms, weathering and erosion, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and oceanography.
Each unit in this course is typically divided into three or more sections, with each section containing information that will build upon material that was presented in the previous section.
Unit 1: Introduction to Earth Science
Section 1: What is Earth Science?
Section 2: Scientific Methods
Section 3: Measurement
Unit 2: Earth’s Materials
Section 1: Matter
Section 2: Minerals
Section 3: Rocks
Unit 3: The Surface of the Earth
Section 1: Physical Features of the Earth
Section 2: Weathering and Soil
Section 3: Erosion
Unit 4: The Interior of the Earth
Section 1: Plate Tectonics
Section 2: Earthquakes
Section 3: Volcanoes
Unit 5: The World’s Water
Section 1: Fresh Water
Section 2: Ocean Movement
Section 3: Oceanography
After the student has completed this course, he/she will be able to:
There is no textbook associated with this course.
Course Policies and Procedures
Even though this is an on-line course, it’s not just you and the computer. There are real people behind the screens everywhere to help you succeed.Therefore, there need to be some guidelines so that we can create meaningful boundaries of participation and working with each other, instead of just keyboards and computer screens. As in all classes there are rules and procedures that must be followed. Please read the following:
1. Participation: Please contribute. Contributions by each student are very important. To make up for the limitations of the cyber-classroom, there are several tools available to aid in classroom participation. We will make liberal use of the threaded discussions and the assignment drop box.
2. Email: Email is a terrific tool and should be used often, but, it is very easy to use this tool in ways it was not intended. We all know people who forward spam email. Please, use the e-college email for class work ONLY. When you email your teacher please include your real name. It is very difficult to communicate with students through email and keep track of their assignments and questions without using real names.
3. Email attachments: Often times your teacher will ask for assignments to be an attached file in an email. Please format all of your assignments into rich text format (RTF). Please use a word processing program that is compatible such as Microsoft Word. Without this, your teacher cannot open your attachments.
4. Assignments: Assignments come in a variety of forms. Some are straight forward in terms of answering questions. Others might be a paper explaining a geologic process, etc. Regardless of the nature of the assignment, there are certain expectations. (A) There is never a place for profanity. (B) Spelling counts. (C) Be complete. (D) Put your name on each paper. (E) Do the work yourself. Any assignment can be delivered in numerous ways. The overall best method is the drop box located in the e-college system.
Sometimes tech problems arise. At the first sign of problems:
1. Technical aspects: You are probably aware computers and their associated networks don't always do what you want them to do. Please back up your work. If you have any technical problems with the class, let e-college know right away.
2. Time: Don't believe that a distance class will be easier since you don't "go to class". The weeks tend to fly by in these classes and it is very easy to get behind. Please, don't let that happen. Start your assignments early, stay with the reading and watch the due dates. Your teacher will be very specific about what is due and when it is due. It is your responsibility to keep up.
3. On-line classes are a fun, dynamic way to learn, and many people excel in this alternative setting. Good luck!