Bob Pinker


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Class Format

Face-to-face sections

Physical Geography: The student will be involved in listening, discussing concepts, answering questions from the professor and other students, filling out worksheets, and taking notes. In my classes, students learn best through active participation as opposed to passive listening.

In geology, a lab component exists: lab activities cover mineral and rock identification, topographic map reading and interpretation, and analyzing data from other concepts.

Resource Use

Textbooks and a lab manual in geology are required. I use these textbooks extensively within each class. It is a valuable tool to prepare for the upcoming class or if a student misses a class. I provide a detailed set of learning objectives for each chapter and unit. The test questions come from these learning objectives. The lab manual contains the lab exercises the student completes as part of the course.

Assessment

Physical Geography: Five unit exams and four written homework assignments on issues discussed in the course. The grade for the course will be determined by the student's performance on the exams and homework assignments. A total of 700 points is possible for the course. Final grades are determined based on the minimum percent of points the student earns out of those possible: A-90%, B-80%, C-70%, D-60%, F- <60%.

Geology: Six unit exams and a comprehensive final exam, three lab tests, twenty five lab exercises, and ten current event summaries. A total of 1200 points is possible for the course. Final grades are determined based on the minimum percent of points the student earns out of those possible: A-90%, B-80%, C-70%, D-60%, F- <60%.

Homework Policy

Due to fairness considerations, late work is assessed a penalty.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is the student’s responsibility. I expect each student to attend all scheduled classes. Absence makes successful completion more difficult.

Availability

I am available during office hours, via email, phone, and by appointment.