FAQ for Geology & Oceanography courses
|Welcome, Intro info & Complete the Check-In Survey
A) Welcome!! Geology
& Oceanography are fantastic subjects and you should enjoy learning the
material - as long as you have the time to work on the class each week.
|Waitlisted Student Info
Through the start of the semester, you will
be receive emails regarding course information - however, this does not mean
that you are added into the course. To add into the course, you need to receive
an add number and then register with the add number in LPC's Class Web (read
below for more info).
|General Add info:
|Contacting the Instructor - use your Zonemail
How emails will work between you and the
|Online Course materials may become available
during the week before the first day of the semester
You do not need to start anything for your Geology course before the first
day of the term; however, you may start as early as you wish if the materials
are available before the first day of the term.
|Geology lectures and labs - how the enrollment
The Geology lecture (and online sections)
and labs are separate courses, and this allows students great flexibility with
scheduling options. However, you must register for them separately (in other
words, enrolling in the lecture (or online section) does not automatically put
you in a lab section).
|Geology 1 Geode CD-ROM & the Geology
1 Green Study Guide
For Geology 1,
the course textbook comes with a CD-ROM if you
get the textbook through the LPC Bookstore.
|Can you use a different textbook, or a different edition of the course
(this is an often-asked question).
The course textbook is the one listed on the front page of the course syllabus.
When course assignments or exam references are made to chapter or page numbers,
these will refer to the textbook listed on the front page of the course
|The ASLPC may have a
few Geology 1 "Earth" textbooks (by Tarbuck) available for rental (see
below for info). [[They do not have the Green Physical Geology Study Guide or
the Geode CD, nor do they have copies of the lab manual for rental.]]
If a few Earth textbooks are available for rental - it's first-come, first-served, and the books are rented out for the entire semester. This program is run by the ASLPC (Associated Students of Las Positas College)
This is NOT the bookstore's rental program. If the ASLPC is conducting their rental program, then students may check out up to two books per semester at a cost of $30 each. It is based on a first-come, first-served basis, and the books go quickly. Students need to pick up an application at the Student Government office, 1300-C.
|FYI: The Geology 1 Geode
CD-ROM may be available for in-library-only use at the LPC LRC. You will
need to check with the front desk of the LPC library to see if they have a copy
or two of the CD on reserve - if they do, the CDs will only be available for
in-library-use (you can not check them out and take them off-site).
There is no guarantee that the CD will be available through the LPC library. It has been available in the past, but will only still be available if the CDs have not been damaged or broken by misuse or some such.
|Module Exam Target and Timeout Deadlines
Monday Target Dates are when you should have the Module Exams completed by.
Thursday Timeout Deadlines - are the end of the emergency extension time. There are no additional extensions.
MONDAYS are when you should have your quizzes and exams completed by Ė or
before. Your required Module Exams should all be completed by Monday of each
week = TARGET DATES = MONDAYS. Click on Exam/Quiz Calendar in the left-side
menu for this course in Blackboard for specific dates.
Do not procrastinate, as the timeout deadlines are not negotiable and will not be extended. Give yourself plenty of time to get things completed before the deadlines, and also allow time to deal with computer problems or other emergencies. Plan to complete your exams at least a few days before the timeout deadlines, and then if you need the last few days before the timeout deadline to work around an unexpected emergency, then you will still have time to complete the exams before the timeout deadlines.
|You have unlimited attempts on the required Module
Exams, until the specified timeout deadlines. Your last attempt is what counts
(not the highest score). IF YOUR GRADEBOOK SHOWS A SYMBOL instead of a score -
JUST CLICK ON THE SYMBOL. This will bring up a list of your attempts on that
quiz or exam. What counts is your last attempt. Most gradebook symbols are not
going to be cleared - so if your last attempt does not show a numerical score,
then you need to retake the quiz or exam before its timeout deadline.
Timeout deadlines for Module Exams can be found on the front page of the
|Your term grade is
the total number of points that you have at the end of the term. ((Your term
grade is not based on a percentage of the total points possible, because that
includes the extra credit))
=>By the end of the term, you need to have
|REMINDER: Be active in your classes every week, or you
may be dropped. To maintain active status: Login to this course in Blackboard
every week and complete at least one of the following: a Blackboard online Quiz,
Module Exam, Extra Credit Quiz and/or post work on a Discussion Board activity in this course.
To maintain 'active' status in this course, you need to
You may be dropped from this course you have 2 weeks of inactivity on Blackboard and/or you do not complete 2 consecutive Module exams. Note that this is a 'may', and that you can not assume that the instructor will drop you just because you had 2 weeks of inactivity and/or did not complete the 2 Module exams. Again, if you want to make sure that you are dropped from a course, then you need to make sure that you login to Class-Web and drop yourself before the drop deadlines.
REMINDER: To prevent being dropped from any of your classes, you must
demonstrate continued weekly activity in each of your courses. However, if you
do want to drop any of your courses, do not assume that your instructor is going
to take care of it for you. You need to watch the college academic calendar and
drop yourself before any deadlines (such as the W-date deadline)
|Recommendations for studying for
To study and learn each topic/chapter:
|Recommendations for studying
for Geology 12 Oceanography
To study and learn each topic/chapter: