Geosciences Seminar

Course Details

Course Number
GEOS 4001
Section Number
GEOS 4001
Spring 2017
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Thursday, 10-10:50 AM

Dr. Jonathan D. Price (view Profile)


Course Objectives


  • Increase proficiency at reading peer-reviewed technical articles
  • Enhance verbal and written communication skills
  • Sharpen critical thinking skills
  • Become efficient evaluators of scientific research

Course Expectations

  •  Each student will give two presentations during the semester.
  •  Presentations will each be 15 minutes long.
  •  Allow 10 minutes for your talk and 5 minutes for questions.
  •  Students will summarize papers and presentations
  •  Students will complete the programmatic capstone examination

Final Exam

05/09/2017 8:00 AM

Submission Format Policy

You will be assigned presentation dates. For each, you need to select and read a technical paper, and then share the paper’s contents and your analysis as a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation for your class.

  • By the week prior: Dr. Price needs to approve your article
  • By 10 AM on the Wednesday prior: you need to submit your PowerPoint slides to Dr. Price
  • Day of: Present your findings

Meanwhile, those not presenting need to complete two task for each presentation.

  1. Ask questions (each student will need to ask 3 thoughtful question for each series of presentations)
  2. Prepare a paragraph summary of the talk due one week later.

The presentation should be professional and follow the evaluation criteria outlined on D2L.  These include:

  • suitable topic
  • simple backgrounds and text
  • correct formatting
  • appropriate information
  • proper organization
  • professional form
  • An independent and original assessment.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

This is not a class has zero time in its schedule for lateness.  You will need to complete all assignments on time.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Mandatory.  Students with more than one absence may be dropped from the course.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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