Course Description

Course Structure and Requirements


Class Schedule



Course Structure: The course will consist of four parts, 1) lecture, 2) class presentations and discussions, 3) several labs and problem sets, and 4) a GRL-scale original research paper.  Each class will begin with a lecture overview of the main points of the Chapter and a review of the part of the planetary geological record under consideration, followed by discussion.  Specific readings from the literature for each week related to the themes will be assigned the prior week.  Each week, one or more of these research papers linked to the themes of the week will be reviewed with the discussion led by a student in the class.  For the literature/paper reviews presented in class by students, the student will be responsible for several presentations during the semester on literature associated with one of the discussion themes, as well as an oral presentation on their term paper at the end of the semester. Student presenters will be responsible for distributing a hard-copy/digital basic summary of the paper at the time of the class, concluding with a series of specific conclusions and questions that will be the basis for the in-class discussion following the summary presentation.  Following each class the non-presenters will be asked to submit a one-page summary of the discussion for the day. The final grade will be allocated as follows: 1) the GRL-scale research paper (and your oral presentation of it) (35%), 2) your class presentations (25%), 3) the problem sets and labs (20%), and 4) your day-to-day class discussion contributions (20%). There will be no exams. 
On the assumption that there are somewhat different backgrounds among students in the course in terms of volcanology and petrology, in addition to the Fundamentals of Physical Volcanology (Parfitt and Wilson) text, we will also have available the following four texts:

1) Encyclopedia of Volcanoes: H. Sigurdsson, Editor in Chief.
2) Volcanoes: Global Perspectives: Jack Lockwood and Rick Hazlett.
3) Origins of Igneous Rocks: Paul Hess.
4) Volcanic Successions: Modern and Ancient: Ray Cas and J. Wright.

Students should explore these books to the depth necessary to bring them up to speed on the various topics.

Class Structure: We will meet weekly in Lincoln Field 105. Prior to a particular weekly discussion, you will be provided with a literature reading list and a set of general questions to focus the reading.  Following the introductory lectures and discussions, we will proceed to review and discuss the readings, with the specific students chosen for these papers/topics leading the discussion. The class is expected to participate in the discussion on the basis of the background reading.

Research Paper: You will be responsible for writing a GRL-scale (length and style) original research paper on a planetary volcanology topic of your choice.  The topic should be selected in consultation with the instructor.  The topic should be chosen early in the semester (February 7th), a detailed outline submitted by February 14th, and the completed paper is due on May 2nd, 2014.  The papers will be made available to all members of the class.  We will have a series of presentations on the results of each paper in our last class meeting (the week of May 5th). 

Availability of Readings: The books will be available in boxes on the shelf in the room next to Lincoln Field 105 and a copy of the readings will be sent digitally.  There will be a web site where readings and other information will be posted, starting at the beginning of the semester.

Guest Colloquium Speakers: There may be several colloquium speakers this semester who will focus on topics of planetary volcanological interest.  We may have an opportunity to meet with them for discussion.  I will keep you informed of the schedule and details.