This class is organized with a Lecture/Lab format. It is taught in a 3 hour block once each week. Work is done mostly during the class block with little or no homework except for simply learning material.
A typical class will begin with a Quiz for about 20 or 30 minutes.
Next there will be a presentation of lecture or slide material for around 30 to 50 minutes
During the remaining time people will be given the chance to examine mineral specimens associated with the lecture that week. Part of the quiz the following week will be to recognize minerals from the previous week. When one is done examining the minerals you will be free to leave for other activities (ie - the class will not necessarily take a full 3 hour time block).