IV. To Delete or Change an Existing Course – check X all that apply

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Course Form

(revised
8
-
200
9
)


I. Summary of Proposed Changes

Dept / Program

Geosciences

Prefix and

Course #

GEO 309

Course Title




Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

Short Title (max. 26 characters incl. spaces)

Sedimentation/Stratigraphy

Summarize the

change(s) proposed

New course

II. Endorsement/Approvals


Complete the form and obtain signatures before submitting to Faculty Senate Office

Please type / print name

Signature

Date

Requestor:

James R. Staub



Phone
/ email
:

james.staub@umontana.edu



Program Chair/Director:

William Woessner



Other affected programs








Dean
:


Chris Comer



III:
To
Add a New Course


S
yllabus
and

assessment information
is
required
(
paste syllabus

into
section V
or attach
)
.

Course should have internal cohere
nce and clear focus.

Common Course Numbering
Review
:

Does an equivalent
course exist elsewhere
in the MUS? Do the proposed abbreviation, number, title and credits align with
existing course(s)?
Please indicate equivalent course/campus



http://msudw.msu.montana.edu:9030/wfez/owa/musxfer.p_CCN_MAIN


YES


X

NO


Exact entry

to
appear in the next catalog (Specify course abbreviation, level, number, title, credits,
repeatabi
lity (if applicable), frequency of offering, prerequisites, and a brief

description.)




U 309 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy 4 cr. Offered spring. Pre
req. GEO 100N
-
101N or 211, 226.
Origin
s

of sediments and sedimentary rocks; climate, weathering, and
weathering products;
transport, deposition, and depositional environments
of

sediments;
concepts and methods
of
s
tratigraphy
including correlation of sedimentary rocks
and
an introduction to
basin analysis.



Justification:

How does the course fit with th
e existing curriculum?

Why is it needed
?


This course is part of a restructuring
towards a more research oriented

undergraduate curriculum.
The course
is an essential
introduction and
principles class for one of the major geologic sub
-
disciplines and
will
function as a gateway
prerequisite class for 400 level sedimentology and stratigraphy classes. The course had
previously been listed as GEOL 202. It was inadvertently dropped from the curriculum in the common
course renumbering/transfer process. Th
e
course
content has been
substantially
strengthened to justify a 300
level listing.

Are there curricular adjustments to accommodate teaching this course?






no

Complete for
UG courses
. (UG courses should be assigned a 400 number).

Describe graduate increment (Reference guidelines:
http://www.umt.edu/facultysenate/Grad/UG.htm
)




Fees may
be requested only for courses meeting specific conditions determined by the
Board of Regents. Please indicate whether this course will be considered for a fee.


YES

X


NO

If YES, what is the proposed amount of the fee?

$30

Justification:

In order to t
rain geoscientists it is necessary to conduct field trips to examine rocks

and conduct
field exercises
outside of the classroom. The proposed fee will be used to defray the cost of vehicle rental.

IV.
To
Delete or Change
an
Existing Course



check X all

that apply

Deletion


Title


Course Number Change


From:


Level U, UG, G


From:


To:


To:


Description Change


Repeatability


Change in Credits


From:


Cross Listing
(primary program
initiates form)


To:


Prerequisites


Is there a fee associ
ated with the course
?


1. Current course information at it appears in catalog
(
http://www.umt.edu/catalog
)


2. Full and exact entry (as proposed)




3. If cross
-
listed course: secondary program & course
numbe
r


4. Is this a course with MUS Common Course Numbering? If yes, then will this change eliminate the
course

s common course status? Please explain below.



5
.

Graduate increment if level of course is changed to
UG. Reference guidelines at:

http://www.umt.edu/facultysenate/Grad/UG.htm

(syllabus required in section V)

Have you reviewed the graduate increment

guidelines? Please check (X) space provided.




6
. Other programs affected by the c
hange


7
. Justification for proposed change


V. Syllabus/Assessment Information

Required for new courses and course change from U to UG.
P
aste syllabus

in field below or attach and send
digital copy with form.


Syllabus


GEO 309


Sedimentology and St
ratigraphy, 4 credits


Text:

Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, 4
th

edition, Sam Boggs, Jr., 2006, Prentice
Hall, ISBN 0131547238


Course Objectives:

To provide you with a working knowledge of the characteristic features of
sedimentary rocks a
nd the physical and chemical processes responsible for their origins and
diagenesis. A working knowledge of stratigraphic principles, methods of correlation, and methods
of paleographic reconstruction will also be provided by this course. In addition, co
ncepts of basin
analysis are introduced. These objectives are achieved through class room lectures, a series of
laboratory exercises and problem sets, library research culminating in a term paper, and a field
exercise.


Course Content:

Facies and Facies M
odels

Weathering and Soils

Transport and Deposition of Siliciclastic Sediment

Sedimentary Textures

Sedimentary Structures

Siliciclastic Sedimentary Rocks

Carbonate Sedimentary Rocks

Chemical/Biochemical and Carbonaceous Sedimentary Rocks

Depositional Envir
onments


Controls on Sea Level


Continental Environments


Marginal Marine Environments


Siliciclastic Marine Environments


Carbonate and Evaporite Environments

Lithostratigraphy

Seismic, Sequence, and Magnetic Stratigraphy

Biostratigraphy

Chronostratigraph
y

Basin Analysis and Tectonics


Grading:

There will be two midterm exams (15% each). They will not be comprehensive. The
final exam (30%) will be comprehensive. Exam questions will be short answer/essay and
computational in format. Laboratory exercise
s and problem sets will be graded and count as part of
your final grade (15% in total). In addition, a term research paper is required (15%). The text of the
paper (not including the abstract and references) should be between 7 and 10 pages in length and

the
format to follow is the
Geological Society of America Bulletin
. The paper will be graded and count
as part of your final grade. Please see the instructor for paper topics. There will also be a field
exercise as part of a weekend long (Friday
-
Sunday
) field trip that will be graded (10%).


Student Conduct Code:

Please be familiar with the UM Student Conduct Code. It

outlines the
rights and responsibilities

of students

at The University of Montana.


Being a student at UM
presupposes a commitment to t
he principles and policies embodied in the code. The Student
Conduct Code can be found on the Vice President for Student Affairs web site at
http://life.umt.edu/vpsa/student_conduct.php
.


Cours
e Accommodations (D
S
S):

Students with disabilities will receive reasonable
accommodations in this course.


To request course modifications, please contact me as soon as
possible.


I will work with Disability Services in the ac
commodation process.


For more
information, visit the Disability Services website at
http://life.umt.edu/dss

or call 406.243.2243
(Voice/Text).



VI Department Summary

(
R
equired if
several forms are
submitted)

In
a
separate document
list course
number, title,
and
proposed change

for all proposals
.

VII Copies and Electronic Submission
.

After approval, s
ubmit
original, one copy,
summary of
proposals
and electronic file
to the Faculty Senate Office, UH 221
,

camie.foos
@mso.umt.edu.