Controversies in the Earth Sciences



Before we begin our semester of study together, it is important that you review all of the material in this Course Orientation, as it will not only prepare you to be successful in this course, but it will also help you prepare for the quiz at the end of the orientation. You must get a score of at least 90% on that quiz to be able to submit assignments later in the course ... and the answers are all contained in this orientation and the syllabus!

Speaking of the syllabus . . .

This course orientation will complement and expand on the information provided on our syllabus. But you should read the syllabus, too. Go ahead and do it now. A link to the syllabus is located in the menu bar.

What will we learn about in the Course Orientation?

  • The structure of EARTH 501
  • Technical requirements for EARTH 501
  • How to succeed in this course
  • Where to get course assistance if you need it

What is due for the Course Orientation?

You should complete the Course Orientation by the Tuesday following the first full week of classes, 15 Jan 2019. Due dates in this class are almost always on Tuesdays.

The table below provides an overview of the requirements for the Course Orientation. For further assignment details, keep reading the orientation.

Course Orientation due dates
Activity Details Due Date
Forward your PSU e-mail Students new to PSU might want to do this 15 Jan
Set up your Canvas profile If you are new to Canvas 15 Jan
Introduce yourself and meet the rest of the class! Canvas: Find the Course Orientation module and click the Meet and Greet discussion to enter spanning 7-15 Jan
Take the Course Information Quiz Canvas: Find the Course Orientation module and click Course Information Quiz to take the quiz. 15 Jan


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not e-mail). You can get to the Questions? discussion forum in Canvas. It is up near the top in a module called "Stuff Pertaining to the Whole Course." I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.

Keep reading!

On the following pages you will find important information about the course structure, requirements, scheduling, and technical requirements and assistance...all of which you'll need to know in order to pass the course. Remember, you are also responsible for the information located on our course syllabus (linked from the menu).