SEOS FALL 2020 Course Information

This page is a working document that will provide details of course delivery as they become available.  Please check back. Last updated on: 2020-06-22.

Lectures for all undergrad courses in the fall term will be offered online. All except EOS 350 will be synchronous.

­Labs for all undergraduate courses in the fall term except EOS 205 and EOS 316 will be offered online. 

EOS 205 (Mineralogy) and EOS 316 (Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology) will be delivered synchronously, with lectures online and weekly labs taught in-person on campus. Any students who cannot attend on-campus labs in the fall of 2020 are asked to contact seos@uvic.ca as soon as possible.

Synchronous = at a set time (in real time) as per the UVic Timetable Schedule.
Asynchronous = not at a set time (on your own time).

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UVic Technology Guide for Students

This self-paced guide will help students get started with the online learning technologies for their courses. This includes CourseSpaces (soon to change to BrightSpace), Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate and Teams. After completing the guide, students will be able to navigate and use these tools for their online courses and know where to get help. 

When: Self-paced resource hosted on CourseSpaces (soon to be BrightSpace).
Register: CourseSpaces​​​

EOS 110 -- Oceans and Atmosphere -- Synchronous

EOS 110 – Oceans and Atmosphere

Course Instructors:  Roberta Hamme – rhamme@uvic.ca; Ben Grupe

Senior Lab Instructor: Ed Wiebe – EOS110LABS@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online; blend of synchronous and asynchronous. Class is divided up into modules, each approximately one week long. Each week, students will be given access to a BrightSpace page with a variety of short videos and other activities to work through. During the second lecture period of the module, students will participate in a live on-line discussion and Q&A session with the instructor.

Labs:  Delivered online synchronously.  Students will be divided into lab groups of 3-5 (different each week) within labs of 20-24 students each.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Custom textbook “Introduction to Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences: Investigating the Earth’s Fluid Systems” from Nelson Education. Available as an e-text through the Nelson website (ordering details to come) or as a print text through the UVic Bookstore (with free shipping, while quantities last). Lab Manual will be offered as a series of Google documents that students will copy, edit, save as a pdf, and submit over BrightSpace.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  The course will be evaluated on the basis of open-book quizzes, exams/assignments, labs, and participation marks.

Special Equipment Requirements:  Sufficient internet connection to take part in synchronous Zoom sessions. Webcam and microphone highly encouraged.

EOS 120 -- The Dynamic Earth -- Synchronous

EOS 120 – The Dynamic Earth

Course Instructor:  Lucinda Leonard – lleonard@uvic.ca

Senior Lab Instructor: Duncan Johannessen – EOS120LABS@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Labs:  Delivered online synchronously.  Students will be divided into lab groups of 20-24.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Lecture slides will be provided on BrightSpace. The e-textbook “Physical Geology” by Earle is available free online (https://opentextbc.ca/geology/); a printed copy can be ordered from the UVic Bookstore (~$44). Lab manual will be available as an e-text from the Bookstore (details to come).

EOS 170 -- Natural Hazards -- Synchronous

EOS 170 – Natural Hazards

Course Instructor:  Ed Nissen – enissen@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online; blend of synchronous and asynchronous. Each week a pre-recorded lecture will be provided online that students should watch either in the allocated lecture period or on their own time PRIOR to the second lecture period, when students will normally work through individual and group exercises relating to the pre-recorded lecture under supervision of the course instructor.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Lecture summaries and slides will be provided on BrightSpace. “Natural Disasters” by Abbott & Samson (McGraw-Hill Education) is an optional textbook that provides additional background and case studies to supplement the lectures. The most recent edition is an online only e-book (~$99); earlier editions are equally recommended and may be available second-hand from the UVic Bookstore or other sources.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  The course will be evaluated on the basis of open-book online exams and quizzes, as well as a small number of assignments.

EOS 205 -- Mineralogy -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Laurence Coogan – lacoogan@uvic.ca

Senior Lab Instructor: David Nelles – dnelles@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Labs:  Weekly labs will be taught in-person on campus. Any student who cannot attend on-campus labs in the fall of 2020 is asked to contact seos@uvic.ca as soon as possible.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Earth Materials, by Klein and Philpotts (Cambridge); no lab manual

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Details to come

Other: 

EOS/PHYS 210 -- Introductory Geophysics -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Stan Dosso – sdosso@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Details to come

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Details to come

Other: 

EOS 225 -- Earth System Modelling -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Adam Monahan – monahana@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously through Zoom.

Labs:  Delivered online synchronously through Zoom. Students will be divided into groups of 3-4 to work together during lab time.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  To be provided online through Brightspaces.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  There will be one midterm and one lab exam during the semester that will be held during the assigned lab hours.  There will be an online final exam during the University’s final exam period in December 2020.

Other:  Office hours will be held on Zoom.

EOS 260 -- Earth System Evolution -- Synchronous

EOS 260 – Earth System Evolution

Course Instructor:  Colin Goldblatt – czg@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Thursday lectures delivered online synchronously with a focus on working together on exercises/problem sets; Monday lectures delivered asynchronously, through recorded lectures and some readings.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  No required textbook.  Two excellent optional textbooks are: Kump et al., “The Earth System”, or Ruddiman, “Earth’s Climate, past and future”. Both are expensive; instructor recommends looking for a second-hand copy (older editions are ok).

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Details to come

Special Equipment Requirements (if any):  Computer with webcam and microphones, sufficient internet connection to take part in synchronous Zoom sessions.

Other:  Office hours will likely be scheduled during the Monday lecture time.

EOS/BIOL 311-- Biological Oceanography (scheduled through Biology) -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Diana Varela – dvarela@uvic.ca

Senior Lab Instructor: Karina Giesbrecht – karinag@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously through Zoom.

Labs:  Delivered online synchronously; details to come. Students may be further broken into smaller groups within each lab section. Live-online labs will be carried out during assigned lab time.  Labs will also be recorded. Field/cruise work will not be carried out during the term due to physical distancing rules (the instructors will explore the opportunity of students participating on a research cruise in 2021 when restrictions are lifted/relaxed). Lab office hours will be determined/fixed and will be carried out online using Zoom.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Online textbook is available through the UVic Library; lab notes will be posted online.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  There will be online quizzes and midterm during the assigned lecture/lab times.  Final exam will take place online during university final exam period in December. Other forms of examination (e.g. discussion groups) will be considered.  It is possible that some examinations will be carried out orally. Lab assignments and the major lab report (cruise data analysis) will be handed in online.

Special Equipment Requirements (if any):  None, other than internet connection, computer, camera and microphone.

Other:  Recorded lectures will be posted; office hours by appointment on Zoom.

EOS 314 -- Physical Oceanography -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Jody Klymak – jklymak@uvic.ca

Senior Lab Instructor: Karina Giesbrecht – karinag@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Labs:  Delivered online synchronously; additional details to come.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Details to come

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Details to come

Special Equipment Requirements (if any):  Details to come

Other: 

EOS 316 -- Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Kathy Gillis – kgillis@uvic.ca

Senior Lab Instructor: David Nelles – dnelles@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Labs:  Weekly labs will be taught in-person on campus.  Any student who cannot attend on-campus labs in the fall of 2020 is asked to contact seos@uvic.ca as soon as possible.

Required Textbook and Lab Manual:  Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, J.D. Winter, second edition. Hardcopy (new and used) and e-book versions may be purchased at the bookstore or other sources. The lab manual will be available for purchase during the first lab period.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Details to come

Other: 

EOS 335 -- Isotopes -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Laurence Coogan – lacoogan@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Labs:  Delivered online synchronously; additional Details to come.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  No required textbook or lab manual.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Details to come

Special Equipment Requirements (if any):  N/A.

Other: 

EOS 350 -- Understanding the World’s Oceans-- Asynchronous

Course Instructors:  Dave Riddell – riddelld@uvic.ca; Richard Dewey

Lectures:  Delivered online asynchronously and posted to UVic’s online course forum on/by the days and times in the course schedule. Lectures and other course materials will remain accessible from the post date for the duration of the course.

Textbook:  There is no formal textbook for the course; instead, required and supplementary readings, lecture slides and other materials will be posted on the EOS 350 online course forum.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Reading quizzes, midterm, assignments and final exam.

Other:  Office hours will be held online.

EOS 365 -- Climate and Society -- Synchronous

EOS/ES 365 – Climate and Society

Course Instructor:  Hansi Singh – hansingh@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously via BrightSpace.  Recordings will also be available for all lectures.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Required text is “Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and our Energy Future” by Mathez & Smerdon (Columbia U Press, 2nd Edition).

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Evaluation will consist of (approximately) weekly homework assignments, two midterm exams, a final exam, and a paper.  

Other:  Office hours will be via Zoom. 

EOS 410 -- Global Tectonics -- Synchronous

EOS 410 – Global Tectonics

Course Instructor:  Lucinda Leonard – lleonard@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Lecture slides will be provided on BrightSpace. No required textbook; the recommended textbook “Global Tectonics” by Kearey, Klepeis, and Vine is available as either an e-text or hard copy from the UVic Bookstore.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  There will be assignments, online quizzes, a course project, online midterm, and an online final exam during the final exam period in December.

Other:  Office hours will be held on Zoom.

EOS 425/538 -- Chemistry in EOS -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Jay Cullen – jcullen@uvic.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously through Zoom.

Labs:  Delivered online synchronously through Zoom.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Course notes and lecture slides provided through BrightSpace.

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  There will be problem sets, an online midterm during laboratory hours, and an open book final exam during the University’s final exam period in December.

Other:  Office hours will be held on Zoom.

EOS 450 -- Quaternary Geology -- Synchronous

Course Instructor:  Travis Ferbey – travis.ferbey@gov.bc.ca

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Labs:  reduced; additional details to come.

Textbook and/or Lab Manual:  Details to come

Evaluation, Exams & Quizzes:  Details to come

Special Equipment Requirements (if any):  Details to come

Other: 

EOS 491 -- Advanced Topics in EOS, “Advanced Sedimentology and Stratigraphy” *NEW! -- Synchronous

Course Instructors:  Blake Dyer – blakedyer@uvic.ca; Jon Husson

Lectures:  Delivered online synchronously.

Textbook:  none

Evaluation: course evaluation will be problem set and project based.

Other: 

*New course, initial offering. Will be offered in future as EOS 423, an alternate-year course with an associated lab.

An examination of how geologic and Earth surface processes, including tectonic, sea level and climate changes, are recorded and preserved in the stratigraphic record. Focus will be on modern and ancient case studies, with topics including basin analysis, cyclostratigraphy, process sedimentology and paleo-environmental reconstruction. Problem sets emphasize computational skills, including introductory time-series analysis, geospatial analysis and remote sensing.

Pre-requisites: EOS 225, 300, 335