EPS116 - Course Info
Your Efforts for the Class:
- Participation in class meetings
- Reading assignments
- Submit a weekly question
(by 11 PM on Monday) via e-mail (see below)
- Ten lab exercises to gain practical skills and solve some
- The labs include two 1-day fieldtrips and follow-up analysis
- Two midterm exams
- A final course research project and proposal
Reading assignments are posted on the course schedule on our web page. Lectures and
discussions complement rather than repeat the assigned reading. That
is, completing the reading assignments is essential for this class,
because we will not necessarily cover some of the reading in either lecture
or lab. However, I will try to give you some guidance as to what to focus
on, and which sections you can skim over or omit. We recommend that
you write short summaries or flashcards of each reading assignment that list important
terms, equations, concepts, and any questions that arose during reading. There are free flashcard maker programs online that you could use for this purpose (www.studyblue.com/; www.flashcardmachine.com/ etc.).
By 11 PM on Mondays (starting Monday 01/23/17),
but preferably earlier, each participant should send a well formulated question about the week's material (reading or lecture), or questions remaining from the
previous week, to Roland (burgmann AT seismo.berkeley.edu).
During the course of the semester you should submit ten questions. Your questions can request further elaboration or explanation of material
in the textbook or from lecture or can address issues that go beyond
what is covered in the text.
While Mondays will be taught in lecture style, parts of the Wednesday meetings
will be held "interactively" to discuss questions you submitted on Monday or any other questions you may have.
Because of holidays, in some weeks we will shift the schedule so that lectures
start on Wednesday.
Kathryn Materna and William Hawley
will be your primary contacts for
the labs. The lab assignments usually consist of a portion that will
be completed during the lab section, as well as additional exercises
to be completed later. There will be no additional homework besides the
reading assignments. Labs have to be handed in by the beginning of lab, the week after the assignment
was given. Any labs handed in after that time receive no credit, unless you work out a later time and late penalty with the GSIs well before the deadline. While we encourage you to work together
on lab assignments, collaboration is not the same as copying or being
given answers. We trust that you will use your best academic judgement
to ensure that each student gets as much out of the lab assignments as
There will be two day-long field exercises. You are required
to take part in the field trips and will be asked to use the data collected
during these field trips in related laboratory exercises. The first
field trip will be on Saturday, TBD the second field trip is on Saturday, TBD.
You will be developing an independent structural geology and
tectonics research project and write a short research proposal.
- 45 % Labs (including 2 field trips)
- 10 % Participation in class and submitting e-mail questions
- 15 % Midterm Exam 1
- 15 % Midterm Exam 2
- 15 % Course Project
UC Berkeley Honor Code:
“As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others.”
The expectation is that you will adhere to this code. Reviewing and discussing reading materials with fellow students is strongly recommended. However, written assignments are to be completed independently and should be the result of your own independent work. To copy any text or ideas from another source (publications, online resources, other students' work etc.) without appropriate reference is plagiarism and will result in a failing grade for your assignment and usually further disciplinary action.
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page last updated January 15, 2017