In this non-lab course, students examine the nature of the Earth and its development through
time. Topics include the Earth's origins and composition, volcanoes, earthquakes, and the
development of the landscape over time by such processes as weathering, mass wasting, rivers,
glaciers, wind, and waves.
- Identify common rocks and minerals and show an understanding of how they form.
- Describe the structure and composition of the Earth and the methods used to acquire
information about the Earth's crust and interior.
- Describe the nature of the sea floor and how it changes over time
- Discuss the theory of plate tectonics and how it can be used to explain the formation and
distribution of earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain belts.
- Describe how continents grow and change over time.
- Understand the nature of the geomorphic processes that modify the Earth's landscape.
- Identify a variety of landforms from diagrams and photographs and discuss their
- Discuss the interaction of humans and the landscape on which they live and their responses to
natural destructive forces such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides.
- Unit 1: Introduction, Minerals, Igenous Rocks, and Volcanism
- Unit 2: Weathering and Soil, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks, and Geological Time
- Unit 3: Earth’s Interior, Plate Tectonic, and Earthquakes
- Unit 4: Water, Glaciation, and Mass Wasting
- Unit 5: Shorelines, Climate Change, and the Geological History of Western Canada
Required text and materials
The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbook, free of charge, is required for this
- Earle, S. (2019). Physical geology (2nd ed.). Vancouver, BC: BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/physicalgeology2ed/
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1: Introduction, Minerals, Igneous Rocks, and Volcanism
|Assignment 2: Weathering and Soil, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks, and Geological
|Assignment 3: Earth’s Interior, Plate Tectonics, and Earthquakes
|Assignment 4: Water, Glaciation, and Mass Wasting
|Assignment 5: Shorelines, Climate Change, and the Geological History of Western Canada
|Assignment 6: Analysis of the Environmental and Social Costs of the Manufacture, Use, and
Disposal of Li-ion batteries
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.