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  Course Description
Course Name : Paleogeography and fossils

Course Code : J 417

Course Type : Optional

Level of Course : First Cycle

Year of Study : 4

Course Semester : Fall (16 Weeks)

ECTS : 3

Name of Lecturer(s) : Prof.Dr. ÜMİT ŞAFAK

Learning Outcomes of the Course : Learns paleogeography and its relationships with fossils.
Understands the evolutions of land and seas.
Learns the paleoclimate subject.

Mode of Delivery : Face-to-Face

Prerequisites and Co-Prerequisites : None

Recommended Optional Programme Components : None

Aim(s) of Course : To explain interrelation of oceans and continents in geological time, continentals drift and their migrations, the evaluation of fossil groups within the context.

Course Contents : Palaeogeography in geological time.

Language of Instruction : Turkish

Work Place : Faculty classrooms and department laboratories

  Course Outline /Schedule (Weekly) Planned Learning Activities
Week Subject Student's Preliminary Work Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
1 Solar System, the Solar Effect on Earth, the Lunar and Solar Eclipses Reading references Presentation, discussion
2 Weather conditions, Air Masses and approaches to each other, Storms Reading references Presentation, discussion
3 Ocean effectss, wave formation, Waves and Sea Surges, Underwater Marine Environment, Continental Shelf, Coral Development, the deep ocean trenches Reading references Presentation, discussion
4 Evolution of the land and the sea, Plate Tectonics, Earth Events: Geysers, Earthquake, Seismic Waves Reading references Presentation, discussion
5 Factors in the formation of the land: erosion, wind erosion, coastal erosion, elevated and crashed coastal Lines, river erosion, glacial erosion Reading references Presentation, discussion
6 Development History of Rocks, Geological Age Determination, Geological Time table Reading references Presentation, discussion
7 First Stages of Life, the first oxygen, chemical chains, ocean life, First Age Seas Reading references Presentation, discussion
8 Mid-term exam Exam preparation Written exam
9 Precambrian seas and life, Cambrian seas: Big Nautiloids, large snails, trilobites, etc.., Ordovician seas: graptolites, Reading references Presentation, discussion
10 Silurian seas: graptolites, Crinoids, first fishes, Devonian sea and land Ecosystem: trilobites, brachiopods, bony fishes, first vertebrates, Land Plants Reading references Presentation, discussion
11 Progress on land and land life period: Permian Sea and Land Ecosystem: Herb and Meat Eater large reptiles, giant flies, first trees Reading references Presentation, discussion
12 Jurassic Ecosystem: Advanced Bead Fish and dinosaurs, Jurassic paleogeography Reading references Presentation, discussion
13 Palaeogeography of Cretaceous, the Tethys Sea Position, Land and Sea Turtles, dinosaurs, modern bony fishes Reading references Presentation, discussion
14 Pleistocene Palaeogeography and Life: ice age, distribution and evolution of mammals, migration between continents. (I) Reading references Presentation, discussion
15 Pleistocene Palaeogeography and Life: ice age, distribution and evolution of mammals, migration between continents (II) Reading references Presentation, discussion
16/17 Final exam Exam preparation Written exam

  Required Course Resources
Resource Type Resource Name
Recommended Course Material(s)  Bremer, H.,1978, Paleontoloji
 Sayar, C.,1992; Biyostratigrafi;
 Taner, G. ve Uysal,K., 1994; Paleoekoloji İlkeleri
 Brasier, M.D., 1983, Microfossils
Required Course Material(s)

  Assessment Methods and Assessment Criteria
Semester/Year Assessments Number Contribution Percentage
    Mid-term Exams (Written, Oral, etc.) 1 60
    Homeworks/Projects/Others 7 40
Total 100
Rate of Semester/Year Assessments to Success 40
Final Assessments 100
Rate of Final Assessments to Success 60
Total 100

  Contribution of the Course to Key Learning Outcomes
# Key Learning Outcome Contribution*
1 Thinks, interprets, analyzes and synthesizes geological events in 3D. 0
2 Chooses and applies necessary methods and instruments for engineering applications 2
3 Uses the information technology effectively. 3
4 Designs and performs experiments, collects data and interprets the results. 4
5 Works and undertakes responsibility in solving geological problems both individually and in multidiciplinary working groups 1
6 Investigates to obtain scientific information, and uses data bases and other data sources actively. 3
7 Has an awareness of life long learning; follows developments in science and technology to keep up to date 4
8 Uses Fundamental Geological information, having necessary information in Mathematical and Natural sciences and employs theoretical and applied information in these areas in engineering solutions. 4
9 Knows job related and ethical responsibilities, project management, office applications and safety, and realizes juridical responsibilities of engineering applications 4
10 Knows the universal and societal effects of engineering solutions and applications. 5
11 Has an awareness of entrepreneuring and innovative subjects; knows and finds solutions for the new century 3
12 Identifies, formulizes and solves geological problems. 4
13 Realizes the social effects of identified solutions for geological problems. 5
14 Identifies, defines, formulizes and solves engineering problems. Chooses and applies the appropriate analytical and modelling techniques for this purpose. 3
15 Investigates and reports all kinds of natural resources and geological hazards 5
16 Initiates effective interactions in Turkish both orally and in written form, and speaks at least one foreign language 3
17 Uses necessary techniques and instruments for geological applications 3
18 Identifies rock types, draws geological maps and cross sections. 5
19 Defines necessities in learning in scientific, social, cultural and artistic areas and improves himself/herself continuously. 0
* Contribution levels are between 0 (not) and 5 (maximum).

  Student Workload - ECTS
Works Number Time (Hour) Total Workload (Hour)
Course Related Works
    Class Time (Exam weeks are excluded) 14 2 28
    Out of Class Study (Preliminary Work, Practice) 14 2 28
Assesment Related Works
    Homeworks, Projects, Others 7 2 14
    Mid-term Exams (Written, Oral, etc.) 1 2 2
    Final Exam 1 2 2
Total Workload: 74
Total Workload / 25 (h): 2.96
ECTS Credit: 3