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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GLY6071

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-01-10
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1998 2003-11-21
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geology AS 1225-00000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Peter Harries x44974

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GLY 6071 Greenhouse-Icehouse Earth

    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 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Greenhouse-Icehouse Earth
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    This course is designed to investigate the differences between green- and icehouse climates through an examination of both the data employed to reconstruct past climates and the impact these changes have had on the Earth System.

  3. Justification

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

    This course is critical to increasing our graduate population's awareness of how major climate regimes have produced very different conditions and responses in the Earth System. Furthmore, their exposure to the range of data that can be brought to bear o

    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?

    This course is the 'keystone' of the Paleoenvironmental Research Group within the Geology Dept. It could also draw students from Environmental Science and Policy as well as the College of Marine Science.

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

    Yes, it has been offered as a selected topic course two times.

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

    PhD with training/research expertise in paleoclimatology and Earth Systems Science.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Through readings, class discussions, and individual research we will compare, contrast and explore the evidence for greenhouse and icehouse modes in Earth history. The participating students will develop an understanding of these two major states of Earth's climate, including the geologic paleontology records, processes driving climate changes, and their timing and cyclicity through the last 600 million years.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Ability to critically analyze hypotheses and data presented in the literature.

    Understanding of how the current Earth climate-ocean system functions, and how that compares to the past.

    Researching, preparing a paper, and presenting a contentious topic in paleoclimate research.

    C. Major Topics

    Controls on climate

    Geologic indicators of paleoclimate

    Modeling of paleoclimate

    Comparing and contrasting greenhouse and icehouse data

    D. Textbooks

    Ruddiman, W. F., 2001, Earth's Climate: Past and Future, New York: W. H. Freeman and Co., 465 p.

    As well as readings from the primary literature.

    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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