GEOSCI 535T Sampling

 

California State University, Fullerton

Department of Geological Sciences



GEOSCI 535T Sampling 3 units

Prerequisites: Hydrogeology



Instructor: Dr. W. Richard Laton, Geological Sciences,


Office: MH 208a Phone: (657) 278-7514; FAX: (657) 278-7266; email: Wlaton@fullerton.edu;


Class Hours: TBA


Office Hours: TBA and by appointment


Textbook:


Catalog Description:


Occurrence and movement of groundwater in non-indurated and indurated rocks; Remote sensing, geologic, hydrologic and geophysical techniques in groundwater exploration; development of groundwater resources by well drilling, well design and safe yield determination.


Objectives:


        1.      Investigate sampling protocols for environmental and scientific problem solving.


        2.      Look at the methods of sampling in detail.


        3.      Evaluate the methodologies for short-comings and advances.


Each student will be required to go to the field and collect water samples from either surface water bodies or groundwater wells/seeps.  Our own laboratory on campus will analyze the water samples.  This data will then be used by local entities for the purpose of monitoring overall water quality.  The students will additionally be required to work with the local entities in developing sampling protocols that will and can be used by future workers or volunteers of that entity.   The purpose is to develop relationships with the local entities that are involved in water quality issues.  This could be city, county or non-profit entities.  The student involvement will bring together CSUF with entities that deal with water issues on a daily basis.  The students will gain valuable experience in dealing with the public on sensitive issues surrounding water quality and data gathering techniques.


Percentage of course grade for learning through service experience:


    * 20% of the students overall course grade will be determined by the activities that the student undertakes and the write-up of that activity.


Total number of hours of service to be required:


The total number of hours of service will be a minimum of 20 hours in the field working with a non-profit group or collection data for such a group.  The remainder of the work will be done through our lab and the write up of the data collected.


Proposed course assignments and related activities, including critical reflection on experiential learning:


Each student will be required to go to the field and collect water samples for one month from either surface water bodies or groundwater wells/seeps.  They will be responsible for the sample collection and analysis.  The students will additionally be required to work with the local entity in developing sampling protocols that are specific to there needs and can be used by future workers or volunteers. 


The students will gain valuable experience in dealing with the public or sensitive issues surrounding water quality.  This will be invaluable to the students as they embark on careers that will deal with such issues on a daily basis.


Topics Include: (Paper and Presentation due at end of each Topic)

  1. -Soil Sampling

  2. -Water Sampling

  3. -Gas Sampling

Copyright © 2011 W.Richard Laton, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Hydrogeology


California State University, Fullerton


Department of Geological Sciences


(657) 278-7514