Review Comment

[EESC W4947] Plate Tectonics

June 10, 2010

Abers, Geoffrey
[EESC W4947] Plate Tectonics

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I took this course with relatively little preparation for such advanced coursework.

Professor Abers can be a dry lecturer at times, but at least when he is lecturing he is coherent in both his pronunciation and in his explanation of geological processes. He posts all of his lectures as well as "notes" from the lectures (bullets of important points and equations that he wrote on the blackboard during his powerpoint presentations) onto courseworks which is extremely helpful when studying for exams.

Unfortunately, you will be taking this class with mostly graduate students, so finding a study partner is nearly impossible unless you decide to take the class with a friend ahead of time. His grading is fair and he offers to give back 50% of the points that were deducted from homework assignments if you correct your errors within a reasonable amount of time.

He does a thorough review before each exam as well as offers pointers on topics he believes are especially important to study for.

Also, throughout the semester there are visiting professors that lectured on specific topics in Plate Tectonics, some were better than others.

Overall, Abers is a A+ professor. Don't procrastinate though, because it can be extremely hard to catch up!

Workload:

3 or 4 homework assignments throughout the beginning of the semester worth 30% of your grade, so do well on them! A term paper due before the finale exam worth 30% of your grade; this includes a presentation as well. A midterm and a final, each worth 20% of your grade. It's nice how he places more weight on homework than on exams.
The term paper shouldn't seem like a burden; you will most likely enjoy reading about very interesting geological processes and interpreting them on your own and developing your own ideas.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics Geoffrey Abers 2012 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics Geoffrey Abers 2011 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics Geoffrey Abers 2010 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics Geoffrey Abers 2009 Spring TR / 10:40-11:55 AM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics William Ryan, Walter Pitman 2007 Spring TR / 11:30-12:45 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics William Ryan, Walter Pitman 2005 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics William Ryan, Walter III 2004 Spring TR / 1:00- 2:15 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics William Ryan, Walter III 2003 Spring TR / 10:00-11:15 AM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC W4947: Plate Tectonics William Ryan, Walter III 2002 Spring TR / 10:00-11:15 AM 1