Geology 118 (= ENVS 180 + GLBL 118) - Natural Disasters
MWF 2 pm, Lincoln Hall Theater
Please Turn OFF Cell Phones
No Extended Personal
Conversations in Class
Welcome to the Geology
118 home page. Geology 118 introduces the nature, causes, risks,
effects, + prediction of natural disasters including earthquakes,
volcanoes, landslides, subsidence, severe weather, global climate
change, coastal erosion, floods, + meteorite impacts. It also
covers geologic + atmospheric principles, case histories of natural
disasters, + human responses to natural disasters including societal
impact, mitigation strategies, + public policy.
Choose from the topics below:
Announcements (click here for
Grades - Class Results
A = 30% of class (includes + and -)
B = 44% of class (includes + and -)
C = 17% of class (includes + and -)
D = 7% of class (includes + and -)
F = 2% of class
ABS (absent from final) = 1% of class
Exam - Class Results
A = 102
- 90% (21%
B = 89 - 80% (33% of class)
C = 79 - 70% (24% of class)
D = 69 - 60% (12% of class)
F = <60% (9% of class)
Range = 102 - 36%, Average score = 78%
• Final Exam scores (column labeled 'Final Exam'),
Total Percentage Scores (column labeled 'Final') + Final Grades are
visible in Illinois
Compass Gradebook. For information on how to calculate Total
Percentage Score, see Frequently
Asked Question #36. For information on grade changes, see Frequently
Asked Questions #37, 38 + 39.
• Because the class average for the Final Exam is
is no curve for the Final Exam.
Total Score for Writing Assignment = 81%
Average Essay Score = 7.9 (out of 10 points)
Scores: You can view
your individual scores for the GEOL 118 Writing Assignment at the CPR Web site
and at Illinois
A more detailed explanation of how to interpret your scores is
Requests of Review by Prof.
Altaner: (NOTE: The deadline has passed for this option.)
If you think grading of your Writing Assignment was
seriously unfair, e.g., one or more anonymous student reviews of your
Essay was wrong by several points (out of 10), submit a written request
(e-mail or paper) to Prof. Altaner by 3 pm on Friday (12/1) for
along with a detailed
explanation of the unfair grading. After examining the information,
Prof. Altaner will tell you his decision, which can be to leave the
grade unchanged, to raise the grade, or to lower the grade. Requests
his review that do not include a detailed explanation of unfair grading
will not be considered. Also, it is extremely unlikely that Prof.
Altaner will consider requests to review your score for the Calibration
Essays because everyone received identical treatment for that part of
Overall Grading Basis:
Part I (300 - 500 word Essay) = 30 points, Part II involves Evaluation
of 3 Calibration Essays = 30 points, Evaluation of 3 other student
Essays = 30 points, + Evaluation of your own Essay = 10 points.
Maximum of 100 points + worth 9% of total course grade.
Scoring for Essay Reviews:
You get full credit (10 points) for a Calibration Essay review if you
"mastered" it on your first attempt, which means you were within 3
points of the overall rating given by the answer key AND you correctly
4 out of 7 Style questions (questions #1 - 4, 7, 11 + 12) + 2 out of 5
questions (questions #5, 6, + 8 - 10). You get half credit (5 points)
Calibration Essay review if you "mastered" it on your second attempt.
You get no credit (0 points) for a Calibration Essay review if you did
not master it on either attempt.
You get full credit (10 points) for each review of another student’s
Essay if your overall rating score was within 3 points of the average
rating score by all students for that Essay. No credit is given if your
rating was >3 points from the average rating by students for that
You get full credit for your review of your own Essay, if your rating
score was within 2.5 points of the average rating by other students.
Half credit is given if you were within 3.5 points of the average
student rating + no credit if you were >3.5 points of the average
Exam #2 - Class
A = 102% - 90% (25% of class)
B = 89% - 80% (33% of class)
C = 79% - 70% (24% of class)
D = 69% - 60% (11% of class)
F = <60 (5% of class)
Range = 102% - 38%
Average score = 80%
- Scores for Exam #2 are visible on Illinois
- Question sheets are on reserve in Geology
Library, 223 NHB.
- Error sheets were
distributed on Nov. 10.
- Because class average for Exam #2 is above
77%, there is no curve for regularly scheduled Exam #2.
- 3 points were added to all scores for
Conflict Exam to achieve an average score similar to regularly
scheduled Exam #2. Conflict Exam scores in IL Compass contain this 3
- The plus/minus
grading system is used for final grades in GEOL 118 with approximate
cutoffs at the following representative values:
B+ = 86.67 -
B = 83.33 -
B- = 80.00 -
118 Exam #1 - Class Results
A = 102
- 90% (23%
B = 89 - 80% (37% of class)
C = 79 - 70% (22% of class)
D = 69 - 60% (12% of class)
F = <60% (6% of class)
Range = 102 - 32%, Average score = 80%
(NOTE: Average score for Conflict Exam #1 = 80%)
• Exam scores are visible in Illinois
• Because class average for Exam #1 is >77%, there
is no curve for Exam #1.
• The plus/minus grading system is used for final
grades in GEOL 118 with approximate cutoffs at the following
B+ = 86.67 - 89.99%
83.33 - 86.66%
= 80.00 - 83.32% etc.
Change In Office Hours - Joshua Defrates
Joshua Defrates' regular office
hours have been changed to Wednesday 11 am - noon.
Questions? Contact GEOL 118 TA
If you have questions about your
scores in Illinois Compass Gradebook, please contact Scott Clark
Lost + Found
Iff you have questions about Web Exercises or Web sites, please contact
Scott Clark (Head TA,
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joshua Defrates (TA, email@example.com). If you
have questions immediately before or after class, please speak to
Joshua Defrates or Prof. Altaner and not Scott Clark, who will be
setting up or taking down the projection system.
Any items left in Lincoln Hall
Theater will be taken to the LAS College Office in 294 Lincoln Hall.
Planned Future Absences (+ Will there be a Quiz on
Please do not contact Prof. Altaner or a TA to inform us
of your planned future absence from class with the idea that this
will be your documentation of your absence if there is a pop quiz.
Because there are so many students in the class, we cannot and
will not keep track of this information.
Also, we will not answer whether or not there will be a
quiz on a specific future class date. The occurrence of a pop
quiz will always be announced on the Class Web site and in later
classes. If you missed a quiz, you will be allowed one week to
make it up, assuming you have an official University excuse.
Geology 118 is taught by Prof.
Stephen Altaner, Office = 244 NHB, mailbox in 245 NHB, 244-1244,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Office hours = Tu 10 - 11, Th 2 - 3, or by
Teaching Assistants are: Scott
Clark (Head TA), Office = 208 NHB, mailbox in 247 NHB, 244-6048,
email@example.com, Office hours = Wed 3 - 4 or by
Defrates, Office = 260 NHB, mailbox in 247 NHB, 244-1246,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Office hours = Wed 11 am - noon or by