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GEOLOGY 100 - Physical Geology - Jason Burgdorfer

Course:Physical Geology
Professor:Jason Burgdorfer
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Hi Prospective Geology 101 Students,

This course is offered in a 100% online quick short term format (either 5 or 8 weeks). The course will be broken up into weekly modules covering material from three chapters of your textbook each week. Each week there will be three chapters to read with corresponding practice quizzes, three discussion board questions, one activity, and one test to complete by deadlines posted in the syllabus. There will be no final exam in this class.

You will need to purchase Essentials of Geology, 5th Edition or 6 Edition by Marshak. Older additions are acceptable. E-text versions are also acceptable. The book is available for purchase in the COC bookstore on the Valencia Campus and various online retailers. It is very important that you purchase this textbook as soon as possible so that you will have it for the first week of class. We will be using Chapters 1-3 of the textbook during the first week of class so be sure to get a head start on the readings.

To succeed in this class it is recommended that you complete to following in this order for each week’s learning module. 1. Read the assigned chapters. 2. Review the assigned chapter lecture presentation slides and videos. 3. Take the practice quizzes. 4. Post your answers to the discussion board questions. 5. Post your responses to other student’s posts in the discussion board. 6. Complete the activity. 7. Review for the test. 8. Take the weekly test.

The course’s Canvas page will become available to you a couple days before class starts. In the meantime it is recommended that you begin to read chapters 1-3 of your textbook. As soon as you have access to Canvas you are welcome to begin working on the first week’s assignments.

When you login to the Geology 101 course’s Canvas page for the first time please locate the “Home Page” and then navigate to “Start Here: Course Overview and First Instructions” section at the top of the page  to get started working on the class. The class is graded out of 1000 points with 900 needed for an A, 800 for a B, and 700 for a C. Points are roughly evenly distributed between discussions, short answer question homework assignments, chapter quizzes, and weekly tests. Tests may consist of multiple choice and/or open ended short answer, essay, drawing, or problem solving questions. 

 If you have any questions please feel free to email me at

Course Description

Explores the basic features of the exterior and interior of the earth's crust, the materials of which those features are composed, and the geologic processes which produced them. Formerly GEOL-101.

What to Expect in this Course

 You expect to complete at least 10-12 hours of work a week in order to succeed in this short term course. 

2-3 hours per chapter reading.

2-3 hours a week reviewing presentations and videos.

3 to 4 hours working on discussion board questions and short answer questions/other assignment homework

3 to 4 hours working on chapter quizzes and weekly tests. 

If you have any other questions about the course please feel free to email me at

Types of Assessments


Activity Assignments

Chapter Quizzes

Weekly Tests

Textbook Information

Essentials of Geology, by Marshak, 5th Edition or 6th Edition

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 06/08/2022 Sub#: 733