Syllabus: ESC 1000   Earth & Space Science        Lec. 3    Cr. 3



Spring 2012     Section: 360903      Time/Day: 12:30-1:45   p.m. MW    Room: D0213

                         Section: 360904       Time/Day: 12:30-1:45   p.m. TR      Room: D0218


Instructor: Mr. John Taylor  About Me  Resume

Instructor’s Office:  North Campus D-270 

Office Phone: (904) 766-6763 

Cell Phone:     (904) 614-0531     Home Phone:  (904) 992-2052 


Instructor’s Email:    


Course Description:


This course acquaints students with the development of science, the integrating principles and theories in the earth sciences, the practice of the scientific method and with a useful knowledge of selected areas of geology, astronomy and meteorology.  Presentation involves lectures, demonstrations and films.  The course is for general education and is not designed essentially as an introductory or preparatory course for any of the specific sciences.


Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

1.         Demonstrate knowledge of scientific method.*

2.         Explain and apply major concepts in  earth and space science.

3.         Communicate scientific ideas through oral or written assignments.

4.         Interpret scientific models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, draw inferences from them and recognize their limitations..

5.         Demonstrate problem solving methods in situations that are encountered outside of the classroom.


Procedures to Evaluate these Outcomes

1.      Formulate problem, make observations, derive and test hypothesis and make conclusions.

2         Written tests, reports and/or use of equipment to demonstrate student competency in field.

3.      Students use analytical reasoning skills to solve problems on written tests and/or assignments.

4.      Written reports of projects and/or written tests demonstrate student competency in the application of scientific knowledge.

5.        Students use demonstrations, group discussions, written tests,  research projects and/or field experiences to illustrate competence in recognizing and evaluating various scientific processes.

6.  *College-wide there is a General Education Review (GER) Process requiring each student to submit an artifact that demonstrates that learning outcome have been achieved. Knowledge of the scientific method (#1 above) must be demonstrated during the Spring Term 2012. Below are projects which must be completed in the course. The first project is the scientific method paper. Students will watch one of the list of scientific method movies, write the required paper, then submit the artifact for district-wide assessment, which is the answers to five questions about the movie. See more under projects towards the end of this syllabus.

Use of Results of Evaluation to Improve the Course

1.      Student responses to in-class problems will be used to immediately help clarify any misunderstandings and to later adjust the appropriate course material.

2.      All exams will be graded and examined to determine areas of teaching which could use improvement.

3.      All evaluation methods will be used to determine the efficacy of the material presentation.


Detailed Topical Outline                                                     CONTACT HOURS

       I.      Geology                                                                                   14

               A.  Introduction                                                                 

                   B.  Rocks and Minerals                                                        

                   C.  Weathering, Soils and Mass Wasting                                

                   D.  Water                                                                         

                            1.  Running

                            2.  Ground

                   E.  Glaciers, Deserts and Wind                                            

                   F.  Earthquakes and the Internal Structure

                            of the Earth                                                             

                   G.  Plate Tectonics                                                              

                   H.  Igneous Activity                                                            

                   I.  Mountain Building                                                           

                   J.  Geologic Time and Earth History                              

     II.      Meteorology                                                                            13

               A.  Composition, Structure and Temperature

                            of the Atmosphere

                   B.  Moisture in the Atmosphere

                   C.  Pressure and Wind

                   D.  Weather Patterns and Severe Storms

   III.      Astronomy                                                                                9

               A.  The Earth as a Planet

                   B.  The Solar System

                          C.  Planets, Asteroids, Comets and Meteors

                   D.  Beyond the Solar System

     IV.      Oceanography                                                                           9

                     Ocean floor and seawater

                           Ocean dynamics


Textbook Required: * New 13th edition will be used Fall 2011


Earth Science, 13/E
Edward J. Tarbuck, (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
Frederick K. Lutgens, (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
Dennis Tasa, Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc. (Illustrator)

ISBN-10: 0321688503
Publisher: Prentice Hall Copyright: 2012 Format: Cloth; 736 pp
Published: 12/28/2010

Suggested retail price: $141.40 Buy from myPearsonStore


Table of Contents:

1. Introduction to Earth Science



2. Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks

3. Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth


4. Weathering, Soil, and Mass Wasting

5. Running Water and Groundwater

6. Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind


7. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Theory Unfolds

8. Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior

9. Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity

10. Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building


11. Geologic Time

12. Earth's Evolution through Geologic Time



13. The Ocean Floor

14. Ocean Water and Ocean Life

15. The Dynamic Ocean



16. The Atmosphere: Composition, Structure, and Temperature

17.  Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation

18. Air Pressure and Wind

19. Weather Patterns and Severe Storms

20. World Climates and Global Climate Change



21. Origin of Modern Astronomy

22. Touring Our Solar System

23. Light, Astronomical Observations, and the Sun

24. Beyond Our Solar System






Students may use the 11th or 12th editions of the book to save money

Earth Science, 12/E
Edward J. Tarbuck, (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
Frederick K. Lutgens, (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
Dennis Tasa

ISBN-10: 0136020070             Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 9780136020073       Published: 02/26/2008Format: Cloth; 768 pp 12th edition $20-40 on the Internet  11th edition $1-5

Earth Science, 11/e  ISBN-10: 0131497510


Publisher: Prentice Hall      Edward J. Tarbuck (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
Copyright: 2006                 Frederick K. Lutgens  (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
Format: Cloth; 752 pp        Dennis Tasa (Illustrator), Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.



Each student must sign the roll sheet each class to be counted as attended. Roll is taken at the beginning of class. Each class attended is worth two points. If 15-30 minutes late 1 point, and zero after 10:00 a.m. Students will sign a second roll during the last five minutes of class. Students leaving early will be counted as absent for the day.  One student will be the attendance monitor and keep tracks of the bimonthly attendance. Late students will note the time signed in on the roll sheet. Student may attend one of the two classes to prevent absences.


Homework: The sample quizzes posted on the grading outline are not homework to be turned. They are for the student’s self practice and for the student to understand what the instructor expects from each section of the textbook and his lectures. The sample quiz is an actual page from a previous exam. The Fall 2010 grading outline may be found at: which shows all testing sections. In the Spring 2011 the grading outline was subdivided into sub sections. For the Fall 2011 the grading outlines may be found at:





Online Testing vs In-Class Testing


Every test is made up of five or six sections covering the content of each chapter.

Below is a sample for one of the 24 chapters:

Chapter 1: Introduction to Earth Science: Tarbuck’s Sample Exam

E. _____ (10) End of Chapter 1 Exercises  Answers

K. _____ (25) Key Terms Chapter 1 Answers  Chapter 1: Vocabulary .htm file  .doc file

L. _____ (10) Chap 1 Labeling Images (or Matching)

M  _____(27) Multiple Choice  Chapter 1

V. ____    (00) Video Notes/ Student Questions/Video Questions

T. ____     (00)  True and False


Part E for each chapter will be done in class as a quiz the class period after the chapter is covered. Five or more questions will be selected from the end of chapter exercises, and the student will be required to answer one or two or three for 5-10-15 points per chapter.


Part K is the vocabulary from the chapter. There is an online vocabulary quiz for every chapter. The student will test the vocabulary in Blackboard. However on the instructor’s ESC 1000 web site there is an online practice test which is not required. The instructor will provide a 20 question closed book paper and pencil test the next class after the deadline to complete the online vocabulary chapter for all students who do not complete the online work in a timely fashion, otherwise the student receives a zero grade.  There is no online makeup for online Blackboard  tests.



Part L Image Labeling (matching) for each chapter will either be presented in Blackboard for the student to attempt up to three times, or will be done in class as a matching closed book test the class period after the chapter has been presented. These images may be  included on the four exams


Part M is multiple choice. The MC will be done on line in Blackboard as determined by the instructor chapter by chapter. The student has up to three attempts on Blackboard with the highest score counting.


Part V will be notes, questions, quizzes, or summaries from videos watched in class. Sometimes the instructor will provide a hand-out before the film for the student to complete the page to be submitted as your video notebook. Students will submit two video notebooks: Midterm Video Notebook and Endterm Video Notebook.


A sample of the Midterm Video Notebook grading outline may be found at:

The midterm notebook covers chapters 1-12. Some of the handouts for the films may include:


Geology Video Notes

Birth of the Earth
Inside Planet Earth
The Earth's Core
NOVA: Magnetic Storm
NatGeo: Naked Science Polar Apocalypse
Discovery: Colliding Continents
Geologic Journey
History Channel: Earthquakes
History Channel: Earthquakes in the Heartland
Nat Geo: Tsunami Killer Wave
History Channel: East Coast Tsunami
NatGeo: Volcano: Nature's Inferno
Discovery Channel: Ultimate Guide Volcanoes
NOVA: In the Path of a Killer Volcano
NatGeo: Forces of Nature


When the Earth Erupted Series (Science Channel)

Episode #1 The African Rift

Episode #2 Himalayas

Episode #3 Europe

Episode #4 Western Pacific Rim

Episode #5 Eastern Pacific Rim


Nat Geo: Tsunami in Japan Special

Earth Revealed Video**

Series Notes (1992)

#3 Earth's Interior - Chapter 1 & 7
#12 Minerals-Chapter 2
#14 Igneous Rocks-Chapter 3
#17 Sedimentary Rocks-Chapter 3
#18 Metamorphic Rocks-Chapter 3
#15-#16 Weathering-Mass Wasting-Chapter 4
#19-#20_#21 Running Water I & II/
Groundwater-Chapter 5
#22-#23 Glaciers - Deserts-Chapter 6
#5-#6 Birth of Theory/Plate Tectonics-Chap 7
#9 Earthquakes-Chapter 8
#13 Volcanism-Chapter 9
#7 Mountain Building - Chapter 10
#10 Geologic Time - Chapter 11
#11 Evolution Through Time - Chapter 12
#4 Sea Floor - Chapter 13
#24 Waves, Beaches, and Coast - Chapter 15
#2 Restless Earth - Chapter 21


** The Earth Revealed Video Series may be watched on-line at the following site:


A sample of the Endterm Video Notebook grading outline may be found at:





The Endterm notebook covers chapters 13-24. Some of the handouts for the films may include:

Astronomy Video Notes

Birth of the Earth
The Life and Death of the Sun
Birth of the Universe

The Moon (Naked Science)

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon

Moon Machines (Science)

Tank on the Moon (Science)

In The Shadow of the Moon (110 Minutes)

Apollo 13: To The Edge and Back


Mars Rising (2 disc)

Five Years on Mars (Nat Geo)

Mars Dead or Alive (NOVA)

Mars: Quest for Life (Discovery)*

Welcome to Mars (NOVA)
Roving Mars (Disney)


Venus Unveiled (Naked Science)*

Saturn’s Titan: Mystery Moon (NOVA)*

Saturn’s Secrets (Naked Science)*


Pluto Rediscovered (Naked Science)*

Pluto Files (PBS)


Deep Space Probes (Naked Science)


Birth of the Solar System

Planets (Naked Science)

The Planets Epoch 2000*


Asteroids Deadly Impact (Nat Geo)

Armageddon (Naked Science)

Asteroid Alert (Naked Science)*


Comet Collision (Discovery)

Comets (Naked Science)


Monster Black Holes (Nat Geo)

Monster of the Milky Way (NOVA)*

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life (PBS)

Runaway Universe (NOVA)

Unfolding Universe (Discovery)

Hubble Space Telescope


Space Station (IMAX)

Death of a Star (NOVA)

Death Star (NOVA)

Cosmic Voyage (IMAX)

Cosmos Carl Sagan (7 Discs-13 Episodes) PBS

Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
 (2 discs) (240 minutes)

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life (PBS)


Additional Astronomy (Multi-disk Sets) :


A Traveler’s Guide to The Planets
 (2 disc) (5 hours) (NatGeo)

Disc 1:




Disc 2

Venus and Mercury

Pluto and Beyond

Neptune and Uranus


How the Universe Works (BBC) Science-2011

Episode#1: Extreme Solar Systems

Episode#2: Extreme Planets

Episode#3: Moons

Episode#4: Stars

Episode#5: Extreme Galaxies

Episode#6: Black Holes

Episode#7: Supernovas

Episode#8: Big Bang


Wonders of the Solar System
 (3 discs-six hours)(BBC)

Disc 1:

Empires of the Sun

Order Out of Chaos

The Thin Blue Line

Disc 2:

Dead or Alive


Disc 3:

Special Features:

What on earth is Wrong with Gravity?

Do You Know What Time It is?


Life Beyond Earth (PBS) (120 minutes)

Part I: Are We Alone

Part II: Is Anybody Listening


The Planets (BBC)

Volume 1

Different Worlds

Terra Firma

Volume 2



Volume 3



Volume 4

Life Beyond the Sun



Wonders of The Universe Series

(Science channel-Summer 2011)

More Astronomy

Stephen Hawking’s Universe

 (PBS) (1997) (6 Hours)(3 disc)

Seeing is Believing

The Big Bang

Cosmic Alchemy

On the Dark Side

Black Holes and Beyond

An Answer to Everything


The IMAX Space Collection

(IMAX)(5 discs)

Hail Columbia!

Mission to MIR

Blue Planet

The Dream is Alive

Destiny in Space


The Elegant Universe (2 Discs)(NOVA)

Disc 1:

Part 1: Einstein’s Dream

Part 2: String’s The Thing

Disc 2:

Part 3: Welcome to the 11th Dimension

Special Features


Through the Wormhole Series

Season 1 (Discovery) (2010)

1. What Happened Before the Beginning?
2. Are We Alone?
3. Is Time Travel Possible?
4. How Did We Get Here?
5. What Are We Really Made Of?
6. The Riddle of Black Holes
7. Beyond Darkness
8. Is There a Creator?


Through the Wormhole Series

Season 2 (Discovery) (2011)

DVD Release Nov 2011

1. Life After Death

2. Is there an edge to the Universe?

3. Does Time Really Exist?

4. Are there more than 3 dimensions?

5. Is there a sixth sense?

6.  How does the universe Work?

7. Can we travel faster than light?

8. Can we live forever?

9. What do aliens look like?


The Universe-Season 1

(4 Disc-12 hours)(2007)

16 Episodes (Four Disks):

Disc One:

Secrets of the Sun                    

Mars: the Red Planet                

Jupiter: the Giant Planet

The End of the earth:

  Deep Space Threats

   to Our Planets

Disc Two

The Moon

Spaceship Earth                       

The Inner Planets:

   Mercury & Venus

Disc Three:

Saturn: Lord of the Rings           

Alien Galaxies

Life and Death of a Star

The Outer Planets

Disc Four:

The Most Dangerous Place

            in the Universe

Search for ET

Beyond the Big Bang


The Universe-Season 2

(5 Disc-14 hours)-2008


18 Episodes:


The Universe-Season 3

(4 Disc-12 Hours)-2009

16 Episodes:

Disc One:

Deep Space Disasters

Parallel Universe

Light Speed

Disc Two:

Sex in Space

Alien Faces

Deadly Comets and Meteors

Disc Three:

Living in Space

Stopping Armageddon

Another Earth

Disc Four:

Strangest Things

Edge of Space

Cosmic Phenomena


The Universe-Season 4

(4 Disc-12 Hours) - 2010

The Universe-Season 5

(2 Disc-8 Hours) - 2011





Wonders of Weather

(The Learning Channel) 1996

Format: 13 VHS Length: 390 min. Copyright:

 1996 Producer: Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc.

Episode #1: Hurricane (30 minutes)

(Chapter 19)

Episode #2: Tornado (30 Minutes)

(Chapter 19)

Episode #3: Forecasting (30 minutes)

(Chapter 18)

Episode #4: Winds and Waves (30 minutes)

(Chapter 18)

Episode #5: Rain and Flood (30 Minutes)

(Chapter 17)

Episode #6: Snow (30 minutes)

(Chapter 17)

Episode #7: Deserts (30 minutes)

Episode #8: Mystery of Fog (30 minutes)

 (Chapter 17)

Episode #9: Splendor in the Sky (30 minutes) (Chapter 17)

Episode #10: Signs in the Sky (30 minutes)

 (Chapter 17)

Episode #10: Things that Fall from the Sky (30 minutes)

Episode #12: The Weather Machine (30 minutes) (Chapter 20)

Episode #13: Lightning (30 minutes)

(Chapter 19)


Storm Chasers

Season One: 2 Disks 2007

Season Two: 2 Disks 2008

Season Three: 2 Disks 2010



Drain the Ocean (Nat Geo)

Birth of the Oceans (Naked Science)

The Deep (Naked Science)

The Endless Voyage Series: (2001)
1. An Ocean World
2. First Steps
3. Making the Pieces Fit
4. World in Motion

5. Over the Edge
6. An Ocean’s Memory
7. It’s in the Water
8. Beneath the Surface
9. Going to Extremes
10. Something in the Air
11. Going with the Flow
12. Deep Connections

13. Surf’s Up
14. Look Out Below
15. Ebb and Flow
16. On the Coast
17. Due West
18. Building Blocks
19. Water World
20. Food for Thought
21. Survivors
22. Life Goes On
23. Living Together
24. Treasure Trove
25. Dirty Water
26. Hands On


The format of the video notes include: Description, Film Notes, Student Questions, and Discovery Statement(s). The student will be asked to submit two or three questions which a student should be able to answer after watching the video. These questions may be part of a quiz at the conclusion of the video.


Sometimes the video shown may be tested before the students leave the class. It will be questions directly related to the instructional videos shown. This section may be tested by e-Instruction. Sometimes Part V when done at the end of the video, it may be open notes, but closed book.


Part  T (True-False) may be tested as a separate Part. Currently true and false questions are  incorporated into the textbook’s web site, but may be separated if tested on Blackboard.


Students absent for a paper and pencil quiz, will NOT be allowed makeup. Online quizzes have a deadline. Students not completing the exercises by the deadline will receive a zero grade.


Major Exams (Gateway verification of online learning):

 Four major exams (1st Quarter: 2/1 or 2/2;  Midterm: 2/29 or 3/1;  3rd Quarter 4/4 or 4/5 and Endterm: 5/3 (10:30-12:30) or 5/4 (1:00-3:00)) will be administered in class on during weeks four, eight, 12 and 16. Each exam is worth 200 points for 800 points in class test verification. (If the tests are online, then there will be more questions for a greater point value.) The test will consist of 50-100 multiple choice/image matching questions worth one/two point each and 50-100 matching vocabulary questions worth one/two point each.  A third Image exam for each chapter may be included in the multiple choice or as a separate exam worth 100 points each.


A student must score 60% on each portion of the test. If a student scores below 60%, then all the online testing for that part (MC or Voc) for that ¼  course will be void and the exam score average will be prorated to replace all the online testing for that part Each test will also count 200 points in the final grade calculation.



Exams  (Approximate Date):

Exam 1 Week 4 1st quarter Exams February 1/2 Chapters 1-5 (In Class Paper and Pencil)

Exam 2 Week 8 Midterm Exams Feb 29/Mar 1 Chapters 6-9 (In Class Paper and Pencil)

Exam 3 Week 12: 3rd Quarter Exams April 4/5 Chapters 13-19.

Exam 4 Week 16: End Term Exams May ¾ Chapters 20-24.



There will four projects/papers/experiments assigned during the term. Completion of the project, provided all criteria has been included will award the student full credit. The project grades may total up to 400 points of the student’s final grade. One will be due at Midterm, one the class after Spring Break, and the other two on Endterm Exam day.


Some of the projects may include:

1. Scientific Method Paper    4. Home Energy Analysis         7. Space Exploration Paper/Video

2. Electrical Demand              5. Our Fossil Fuel Supply        8. Building an Energy Efficient Home

3. Gasoline Demand               6. Weather/Cloud Charting      9.  Alternate Energy Sources

10. Nuclear Energy Paper     11. Global Warming-Pro or Con Paper

12. Hollywood Film Involving Earth Science Principles       12. Electric Car

(Links to descriptions:: HTTP://


Video Notebooks

Student will submit a midterm and an endterm video notebook, including completed video logs and handouts for each video shown in class.


Email Requirement:

Each student should send the instructor an email during the first week from both your fscj email account and an outside email account for a backup contact. Be certain you put in subject box:

10: first email (10M for MW Class, 10T for TR Class)


Tell me about yourself. Why are you taking this course? What science did you have in high school? When? What grades did you make? What is your highest math course completed? Where do you live? What are your telephone numbers? What is your external email address in addition to FCCJ assigned email. Always begin the subject of each email with 10M or 10T :. Subject-less emails will be deleted.


OFFICIAL OFFICE HOURS:     (also Unofficial – anytime I am in my office)

Some office hours are in my actual office D-270; while others will be in the classroom 30 minutes prior to class and 30 minutes after class for testing: See my schedule below.


Students with Disabilities:

         Qualified students with documented disabilities are eligible for physical and academic accommodations under the American Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Students requesting accommodations should contact this professor during the first week of class with official documentation of disability


Withdrawal Policy:

         Students will be allowed to withdraw from this class any time during the semester through Tuesday March 27  for an A-16 schedule and will post a grade of “W . After this date a letter grade must be assigned reflecting the student’s performance in the class including FN.  Students failing to attend class for the first two consecutive weeks are subject to withdrawal (WNA) by the instructor according to FSCJ policy. These ‘no shows’ must be reported to Admissions and  Records by the end  of two weeks.

Academic Misconduct:

         Academic misconduct or dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism is not permitted.  Suspected cases may be reported to the FSCJ administration and/or may result in failure of an assignment, failure in the course or exclusion from the class. Also, the instructor reserves the right to reassign work to students and void any papers at any time. No questions asked-The instructor may tell the student to reattempt the work to earn the daily quiz grade or examination grade or the instructor may assign a zero). The following are excerpts from the Student Catalog and are rules for the operation of this course:

 “Academic dishonesty, in any form, is expressly prohibited by the rules of the District Board of Trustees of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

As used herein, academic dishonesty incorporates the following.





Alleged Academic Dishonesty in the Classroom

A faculty member who has a concern regarding a student’s conduct in the area of academic dishonesty may elect to meet with the student directly.

Once the student is notified, it is advised that the student resolve the matter with the faculty member. However, at any time the student may request a hearing with the campus dean of student success.

Meeting(s) referenced above shall meet the College’s requirements for due process.

Following the discussion with the student, the faculty member may take one or more of the following action(s).

1. Verbally warn the student that continuation or repetition of misconduct of this nature may be cause for further disciplinary action.

2. Require the student to retake the test or rewrite the assignment.

3. Require the student to withdraw from the course.

4. Fail the student for the assignment.

5. Fail the student for the course.

6. Refer the student(s) to the campus dean of student success for possible suspension or dismissal.

For cases in which the student is referred to the campus dean of student success for action, the dean will appropriately involve the faculty member and inform the faculty member of the disposition of the matter.

Each faculty member shall communicate the College’s policy on academic dishonesty to each class section with which that faculty member is involved. (This syllabus is that communication)  

Classroom Etiquette:

         Students are expected to conduct themselves as adults in the classroom showing respect to their classmates. Only persons registered for this class are permitted in the classroom.  As a courtesy to the instructor and your fellow classmates, cellular telephones and other electronic devisces should be cut off before entering the classroom or laboratory. No laptops may be used during in-class testing, nor may the student use cell phones/ PDAs to access the internet during testing. Likewise, the instructor sometimes forgets to shut his down at the beginning of class, so hopefully someone sitting close to the front may remind the instructor with a hand gesture for him to check his phone. During a video there is great temptation to visit with your neighbor, send text messages, listen to you IPOD/MP3 player or even make cell phone calls. Either leave this technology in your car, backpack or purse. It is rude to have your IPOD/MPs player hooked into your ear while class is in session. If you need to talk or use your phone please step outside the classroom. If a video is playing, do not come back in until it is over. Disruptive students will be asked to leave. The instructor will warn a student or group of students once, but the next time he will stop class or the video and kindly ask the student to leave for the day.





A =  90-100%              1st Quarter and Midterm Exam                           400 points
B =  80-89 %               3rd Quarter and Endterm Exam                          400 points
C =  65-79 %               Projects/Papers                         400 points

D =  50-64 %              Online/Inclass Daily Testing   ~1400-1800 points

F = below 50%           Video Notebook/Forms              400 points

                                                    Attendance                                              100 points

The instructor reserves the right to make necessary modifications or adjustments to the syllabus and grading during the semester as necessary, but will not add additional closed book exams or any additional testing than listed above.



 This course uses the or or web site giving you access to course information. This course uses Blackboard for chapter exercises and to list the Chapter and Final Exams scores not completed online, and check-your-final grade through the Internet (Note: The course materials are not currently on Blackboard.)


The instructor will use his  email account to send weekly group emails in-place of the course calendar. The weekly email may be posted on Blackboard as an Announcement. This course was recently GLY 1001 and changed to ESC 1000. Many online pages will have GLY 1001 instead of ESC 1000 as it would take way too many hours to replace all the links and changes in this 500 page web site.


Project #1:  Hollywood and Earth Science

During the course, the student will watch a Hollywood Film which deals with Earth Science Issues. The student will write a three to five page, double spaced, 12 point word processed paper explaining the Earth Science principles applied in the film. Notation should be made where the vocabulary words from the chapter(s) are used. The plot and the story does not matter, but may be summarized.  It is the science applied in the film that should be your focus and the science fiction. See the separate handout for the list of films. This project is due May 2/3.


Project #2: Climate Change (Chapter 20) Assignment:

Write a paper on Global Warming. Take a pro or con stand on the issue. You should use references or scenarios from the film and use additional references. This paper should be at least two pages Double Spaced. This paper is due the week after Spring Break. The following film may be shown In class or watch outside of class time:

National Geographic: Six Degrees Could Change the World (2007)


Starring: Alec Baldwin Director: Ron Bowman Rating

Product Description
In a special broadcast event National Geographic explores the startling theory that Earths average temperature could rise six degrees Celsius by the year 2100. In this amazing and insightful documentary National Geographic illustrates one poignant degree at a time the consequences of rising temperatures on Earth. Also learn how existing technologies and remedies can help in the battle to dial back the global thermometer

Project#3:  Energy Project: Gasoline Demand Data Spreadsheet/Conclusion:


During the first two weeks of class you need to fill your gasoline tank in your car. During course you will keep a record of all purchases of gasoline noting dates, price, amount, cost and odometer reading. Get receipts or keep a diary in your vehicle. Then transfer each purchase to page in your lab notebook.


During the last two weeks, you fill your tank again and record the data. You will determine:

      a. The Total Miles driven; the Total Gallons Used; the Total Cost.

  1. Then you will compute the average MPG and the average cost per mile for the gasoline.
  2. You will also calculate your average daily mileage. How many times did you exceed 75 miles in one day?
  3. What is your annual mileage, your projected annual need for gasoline and what will be annual cost at $2.00 per gallon; $2.50 per gallon; $3.00 per gallon; $3.50 per gallon; $4.00 per gallon; $4.50 per gallon; and $5.00 per gallon.

e The instructor may add additional data for you to determine to complete this project.


These calculations should be saved to you computer, and use a spreadsheet to display your data and calculation. However, this project may also be hand drawn.


You need to only fill the tank twice, at the beginning and at the end of the project.


You will not use most of the data for the first fill-up in your calculations. You only need to have the odometer reading! Why?


On the back is a sample of a project submitted by a student.


If you do not drive or own a vehicle and can not get cooperation from your family, the instructor will assigned an alternate energy demand project


Project #4: The Scientific Method

(Controlled Experiment Paper [Andromeda Strain Movie Paper]):

Movie Film: Andromeda Strain – 1971-Required Weeks 1-2



In conjunction with Chapter 1, your assignment is to watch the film partially during class time, then at home, or at an additional on campus time. Note the problem which threatened life on earth, and setoff a "wildfire" protocol. Note how did the scientists approach the "Wildfire" problem and note all the steps and procedures used in the experimental controls that help eliminate the various variables from their investigation, then explain how they went about trying to solve the problem to come up with a solution. What were the three questions did they had to determine to understand the strain?


You may check –out this film for one class period and the instructor will provide you with a four page handout for your notes.





General Education Artifact:

The original Andromeda Strain move was deemed boring by the critics (see review above) because it spent too much time on the Scientific Method which makes it great as a learning tool for this course. There is a college wide project for each student to demonstrate core general education outcomes in each and every course you take. Our common course outline lists the scientific method as a major outcome to be learned by completing this course. Here is what should be presented to you in our syllabus from the FSCJ document:


FSCJ ESC 1000 Official Learning Outcomes:


1.     Demonstrate knowledge of scientific method.

Outcome #1 above is a major purpose for you to understand and learn in this course or any science course you take. The district science faculty developed a set of questions for you to answer to be an artifact demonstrating your ability to understand the scientific method. This general education document was aimed at formal lab courses and for you to complete this document based on a specific laboratory experiment performed in the lab. However, CHM 1020 and our Earth Science ESC 1000 course do not have a lab component as part of the final grading.


FSCJ Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning Rubric

*Updated 10/2010









Identifies a problem

Student recognizes / categorizes a problem and is aware of how to approach the problem.


Student can recognize and/or categorizes a problem but is unaware of how to approach the problem.

Student is unable to identify the nature of the problem.





Formulates or translates the problem

Student translates the problem into appropriate mathematical language or generates a scientific hypothesis.


Student partially translates the problem into mathematical language or generates a scientific hypothesis.

Student cannot translate the problem into mathematical language or generate a scientific hypothesis.





Solves the problem

Student correctly solves the formulated problem.


Student attempts to solve the formulated problem.

Student does not know how to start solving the problem.





Interprets data and draws conclusions from the data

Student draws a valid conclusion based on correct interpretation of the data.


Student draws incomplete or partially valid conclusions based on the data.

Student is unable to draw any conclusions from the data.





Uses appropriate technology to analyze data and/or solve a problem


Student analyzes data and/or solve the problem using the appropriate technology.

Student analyzes data and/or solves the problem without using technology appropriately.

Student does not use appropriate technology.


This project must be completed by the Exam#2 Day.


However, if the above film is not used then there will be an interpretation of an online video as directed by the instructor.


Name: ______________________                                                                              

CHM 1025C Lab Exercise #2: Andromeda Strain Movie Project

Directions:   Answer the following questions with respect to the Andromeda Strain Movie show in our lab.

1.    What is the problem or question to be solved?

a.     The overall problem

b.     One Specific incidence: In one scene the scientist tested a live white rat whose cage was connected to a cage with a dead rat. What was the problem they were testing for and how did they conduct the test

2.       How was the problem solved?

a.      What is the hypothesis (or hypothesi) that was(were) tested?

       1. The Overall Problem

       2. The Specific lab test


b.      What are the variables that were used?

       1. The Overall Problem (there are many)




Critical Thinking Artifact:

Midway through the course, a critical thinking artifact will be required. It may be the analysis of a film, analysis of a journal article, or interpretation of a set of lab data









Instructor Requested Information:

 During the first week of class, the student will fill out a 4x6 file card or a data page. The instructor has provided a sample below with his personal data and his block scheduled time. 


Data Card/Page (4x6 file card):       Front Side (Personal Data)



Name:            John Taylor                                  ESC 1000

Office:            North Campus Building D Room 270                    

         Address:        4417 Port Arthur Road

                                 Jacksonville, FL 32224                         

Telephone:   904-766-6763 (office)

           Cell:   904 614-0531  Home: 904-992-2052



 Employment:       FSCJ since 8/21/06

                                  Full time chemistry faculty


Major: Instructional Technologies        Minor: Chemical Education

Long Term Goal: Educational Software Developer


                              Prerequisite: MAT 1024 equivalent Algebra completed

                             Earth Science Background:  High School completed: none

                                                                     Middle School-8th grade completed


                                Software/Computer Literacy: WP, Word, Excel, HTML, Javascript


                                Home Computer: yes    Internet ISP: yes or have access


                              Why are you taking this course? Required for education major




 Class/Work Schedule Summary:


Number     Section      Room         Time          Days

ESC 1000       360903            D-213              12:30-1:15 p.m.          MW

ESC 1000       360904            D-218              12:30-1:45 p.m.            TR

ESC 1000       364896            D-214              09:00-11:00 a.m.            F*B-12 Schedule

CHM 1025C  358404            D211               08:30-09:30 a.m.            M (Lecture)

                                                D204               10:00-11:45 a.m.            M (Lab)

CHM 1025C                          D211               08:30-11:00 a.m.            W (Lecture)

CHM 1025C  358405            D211               08:30-09:30 a.m.            T  (Lecture)

                                                D204               10:00-11:45 a.m.            T    (Lab)

CHM 1025C                         D211               08:30-11:00 a.m.           R  (Lecture              




Class/Office Matrix Schedule (Where is Your Instructor?):


My Schedule Matrix: I have 10 hours of office hours, Office/Pretest means I am in the course’s classroom, while Office means my office D-270. You must find 10 hours in you weekly matrix for studying chemistry. Please make your own!



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Student’s Data Page:                       Spring 2012



Name:            _____________________               ESC 1000


         Address:        ____________________



Telephone:     ______________ (cell)



  Employer:       __________________________________


Major:             __________________________________


Long Term Goal: ________________________________


                             Pre/Corequisite: MAT 0024 equivalent Algebra completed     yes     no


                             Earth Science Background:  High School E.S.    completed:    yes    no


                            Physics Background: High School Physics completed:              yes     no


                                Software/Computer Literacy:  ________________________________



                                Home Computer: yes   no   Internet ISP:   yes or have access    no


                             Why are you taking this course? ______________________________



 Class Schedule Summary:


Class Schedule Summary:


Number              Section                Room                   Time                                     Days

ESC 1000       360903            D-213              12:30-1:45 p.m.          MW


ESC 1000       360904            D-218              12:30-1:45 p.m.            TR










Student’s Class/Work Matrix Schedule:

Where can you find 10 hours per week minimum to study?


Name: ___________________________ CHM 1025C Spring Term 2012

E-Mail: ___________________________ 360903 MW or 360904  TR                                                                                                


















































































































































































































































































Submit this form 2nd class period