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  Course Description
Course Name : Micropaleontology

Course Code : J 203

Course Type : Compulsory

Level of Course : First Cycle

Year of Study : 2

Course Semester : Fall (16 Weeks)

ECTS : 3

Name of Lecturer(s) : Prof.Dr. NİYAZİ AVŞAR

Learning Outcomes of the Course : Learns the description of the fossils.
Learns the areas in which the fossils are beneficial.
Learns the fossilization.
Learns trace fossils.
Learns the properties of foraminifera.
Learns test structure and coiling of foraminifera.
Learns taxonomy proporties of foraminifera.

Mode of Delivery : Face-to-Face

Prerequisites and Co-Prerequisites : None

Recommended Optional Programme Components : None

Aim(s) of Course : To teach the solutions of the geological and stratigraphical problems of Earth by investigating the microfossils.

Course Contents : Stratigraphical palaeontology, hypothesis on the begining of life, micropaleontology, micropaleontological methods, foraminifera and their living environments, systematic definitions, ostracoda, siliceous microfossils, palynology, tintinnids, calpionelids, conodonts, calcareous algae.

Language of Instruction : Turkish

Work Place : Classroom

  Course Outline /Schedule (Weekly) Planned Learning Activities
Week Subject Student's Preliminary Work Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
1 Definition of paleontology, importance and benefits of the fossils, classification of single-celled fossils reading Lecture
2 Fossilization event, systematic and taxonomy (classification of living things) reading Lecture
3 Ichnology, assumptions about the beginning of life reading Lecture
4 The first real fossils, characteristic fossils, and fossils of the zone reading Lecture
5 Micropaleontology, history, sampling and preparation reading Lecture
6 General characteristics of foraminifera, foraminifera shell structure reading Lecture
7 Ecological zones, the factors affecting the distribution of foraminifera reading Lecture
8 Mid-term exam Midterm exam Preparation Written exam
9 Test structure and coiling of foraminifera reading Lecture and Laboratory
10 Systematic identification, Textularia, Fusulina reading Lecture and Laboratory
11 Miliolidae, Alveolinidae reading Lecture and Laboratory
12 Rotalidae, Cymbaloporidae, Nummulitidae reading Lecture and Laboratory
13 Globotruncanidae, Globorotalidae, Orbitoididae, Discocyclinidae, Lepidocyclinidae, Miogypsinidae reading Lecture and Laboratory
14 Ostracods, Radiolarias, Diatoms reading Lecture and Laboratory
15 Silicoflagellates, Palynology, Dinoflagellates, Acritarchs, Tintinnids, Calpionellids, Conodonts. reading Lecture and Laboratory
16/17 Final exam Final exam Preparation Written exam

  Required Course Resources
Resource Type Resource Name
Recommended Course Material(s)  Meriç, E., 1990. Mikropaleontoloji, Jeoloji Mühendisleri Odası Yayını no: 19. (2. baskı)
 Sayar C., 1991. Paleontoloji (Omurgasız Fosiller) İTÜ Matbaası, Gümüşsuyu İstanbul.
 Dizer, A., 1983. Paleontoloji (Omurgasız). İ.Ü. Mühendislik Fakültesi Jeoloji Müh. Bölümü. Avcılar/ İstanbul.
 Bremer, H., 1978. Paleontoloji. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi. Bornova / İzmir.
Required Course Material(s)

  Assessment Methods and Assessment Criteria
Semester/Year Assessments Number Contribution Percentage
    Mid-term Exams (Written, Oral, etc.) 1 100
    Homeworks/Projects/Others 8 0
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. 2
2 Chooses and applies necessary methods and instruments for engineering applications 3
3 Uses the information technology effectively. 2
4 Designs and performs experiments, collects data and interprets the results. 2
5 Works and undertakes responsibility in solving geological problems both individually and in multidiciplinary working groups 3
6 Investigates to obtain scientific information, and uses data bases and other data sources actively. 2
7 Has an awareness of life long learning; follows developments in science and technology to keep up to date 2
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. 3
9 Knows job related and ethical responsibilities, project management, office applications and safety, and realizes juridical responsibilities of engineering applications 2
10 Knows the universal and societal effects of engineering solutions and applications. 2
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. 2
13 Realizes the social effects of identified solutions for geological problems. 2
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 3
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 2
18 Identifies rock types, draws geological maps and cross sections. 2
19 Defines necessities in learning in scientific, social, cultural and artistic areas and improves himself/herself continuously. 2
* 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 8 2 16
    Mid-term Exams (Written, Oral, etc.) 1 2 2
    Final Exam 1 2 2
Total Workload: 76
Total Workload / 25 (h): 3.04
ECTS Credit: 3