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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GLY6255

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-11-08
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1639 2007-08-03
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geology AS 122500000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Jeffrey Ryan 9746492

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GLY 6255 Tracer Geochemistry

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Tracer Geochemistry
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    GLY 6246, or CI; GLY 6285 strongly recommended


    Course Description

    The use of trace elements and isotopic ratios as tools for understanding geologic processes. The collection and interpretation of trace element/isotopic data. Lecture/Discussion/Lab.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Advanced training for MS and Ph.D. students in Geology and allied disciplines (Geography, Anthropology, Environmental Science) requires a more in-depth examination of geochemistry than is possible in a single course. GLY 6255 is designed to follow on to

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    In past years, students in Engineering and Marine Science have taken this course, and it is appropriate for students in Environmental Science as well as Archaeology. All Geology graduate students who will collect chemical data on rocks and waters will take this course (about 50% of the current Geology graduate population, which currently stands at 55 students). The course is an essential advanced graduate offering for Geology Ph.D. students.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    The course has been offered as a Selected Topics offering on three occasions, with strong enrollments each time. Our plan is to offer the course in alternate years.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A Ph.D. in Geology with an emphasis in elemental or isotopic geochemistry. Experience with several tools for geochemical analysis is also preferable.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    --To familiarize students with relevant isotopic and elemental tracer systems for the study of geologic processes.

    --To learn to use trace element and isotopic data to resolve the effects of geologic processes at the Earth's surface or at depth.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    --Students will understand and be able to use isotopic and/or elemental tracer systems relevant to their thesis/dissertation/professional interests and needs.

    --Students will be able to critically examine geochemical data sets for indices of data quality (precision/accuracy, appropriateness of analytical approach, etc.)

    --Students will successfully use trace element and isotopic data to answer relevant geologic questions.

    C. Major Topics

    Course topics will vary with student interests and needs. However, each semester will include discussion of the following:

    --nucleosynthesis and terrestial/solar system abundances of elements

    --elemental substitution in crystalline solids - partition coefficients and distribution coefficients

    --Major terrestrial geochemical reservoirs and fluxes

    --Forward and inverse modeling techniques for elemental data

    --Principles of radioactive decay

    --Radiogenic isotope systems

    --radiometric dating (geochronometry)

    --Principles of mass fractionation

    --Stable isotope systems

    D. Textbooks

    Isotope Geology, Faure

    The Mineralogy and Geochemistry of the Rare Earth Elements, Lipin and McKay

    + assorted readings from the refereed literature to be selected by the students (in concert with the instructor)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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