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Advanced Structural Geology and Geodynamics

Course Details

Course Number
GEOS 5433
Section Number
GEOS 5433
Fall 2016
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times
  • Lecture: MW 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm
  • Lab 11A: M 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dr. Jonathan D. Price (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Geodynamics 3rd Ed.
The authoritative examination of applying continuum dynamics to Earth processes.
Course Objectives
The course objectives are attributes that help underpin all study of the solid Earth.
  • Learn the coarse geophysical properties of the Earth
  • Constrain geological processes
  • Investigate the constraints on plate tectonics
  • Evaluate the transport of energy
  • Provide tools for examining geodynamical reactions
  • Examine the fundamentals of Earth's gravity
  • Introduce useful attributes to be applied to research
  • Engage  data and critically evaluate its merits and weaknesses
  • Discuss and evaluate scientific literature
Course Expectations

The course is divided into two components: lecture and laboratory.

Lecture will be evaluated through the following means:

  • 1 project on a topic of the professor's choosing (15%)
  • Participation and interaction within discussion (10%)
  • 2 examinations (midterm - 20%, Final - 22%)

Laboratory through the following means:

  • Weekly lab assignments (33%)

The project requires a fourteen-seven format.

  • 14 pages, double-spaced using 10 point Times or Times New Roman font.
  • 7 figures with captions, including one or more originally produced graphs using Matlab, R, Excel, or other computational output.
  • 14 in-depth sources on the topic
  • All material must be original or directly cited to the sources. Citations must follow format used in Journal of Geophysical Research

Papers will be evaluated using the same level of professional rigor required of scientific publications. Submissions should be free of spelling, typographical, and grammatical errors. They should provide significant insight to the topic in a unique and thorough fashion.ditional criteria to be specified during the course

Grading Standards

In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.

Final Exam 12/07/2015 5:45 PM
Submission Format Policy

I will issue specific assignments in class and lab, and try to replicate these on D2L.  Completed work may be remitted to the professor in person, through his office mailbox (Bolin 102), or by electronic submission.

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

Late assignments will be provisionally accepted and at discounted credit.   I will not take any late assignment after I returned the evaluated materials to the rest of the class.

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

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This class is targeted at graduate students. At this point, you undoubtedly realize the importance of interactions with your professor and colleagues in the classroom and lab settings. You need to be both present and fully engaged in each meeting. In the rare case you are missing class, you should contact the professor and the other members of the class to inform us of your absence.

Other Policies


The official source of internet information for this class is the D2L site on the MSU network - it shall be considered the authoritative web source for the class for this semester.  All assignment info, grades, official schedule, etc... will be on this site.

Advanced Structural Geology and Geodymanics is challenging. Please start each assignment early, and permit adequate time for interactions prior to its completion.

Writing Center

Begin drafting papers as early as possible and take advantage of the MSU Writing Center, located off the 2nd floor atrium of Prothro-Yeager! Tutoring is available Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm; you can also find a tutor at the satellite location in Moffett Library Honors Lounge, Sunday and Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.  Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide support and feedback at every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to drafting, revising to proofreading.

The Writing Center opens on Tuesday, September 6.

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

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at