1. World Regional Geography
Professor Lisa Schmidt
2. Important Information
Thursdays 7:00-9:50 PM
Room: BC 106
Professor: Lisa M. Schmidt
(909) 652-7090 Voice Mail
(760) 440-8977 Text or Voice Mail
Office Hours: By appointment
3. Class Web Page
• I have created a web page for your class.
• On this page, you will find the
PowerPoints that will be used for lecture,
study guides, maps, and other important
• You will use the web page to post for your
groups each week.
4. World Regional Geography
• World Regional Geography is a
study of the major developed and
developing regions of the world, with
emphasis on an awareness of
prevailing world conditions and
emerging developments, including
the diversity of ideas and practices in
• Major topics will include:
– culture, religion, language, landforms,
climate, agriculture, and economic
• Fundamentals or World Regional
Geography (3rd Edition)
– This book is REQUIRED.
– A digital version of this book is available
• National Geographic College Atlas of the
World (2nd Edition)
– This book is REQUIRED.
• Geography Coloring Book (3rd Edition)
– This book is NOT required, only recommended
– ISBN-13: 978-0131014725
• Pens, Pencils, Paper
• Internet Access
– Recommended: Colored Pens or Pencils for Map
7. Course Objectives
Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be able to:
Make a distinction between formal culture regions and functional culture
regions, recognizing the concepts of culture boundaries, core areas and
List key culture traits that make the landscapes of each of the major
culture regions of the world distinctive.
Recognize the significant landforms of each of the major culture regions
of the world.
Describe the broad climatic patterns that characterize the culture regions
of the world.
Compare and contrast the political, social and economic traits that
characterize developed and technologically less developed regions of
Describe ways that humankind has developed to deal with the arid lands
of the world.
Outline the impact of humankind on the rainforests of the world,
indicating the long term implications.
Compare and contrast market and command economic systems as they
relate to the major culture regions of the world.
Compare and contrast the basic elements of urbanism First and Third
World countries of the world.
8. A few More Course Objectives
1. To introduce students to several important problems,
events, and issues that affect the world today.
2. To develop a knowledge of the relative location of
places in the world*major states, cities, and
3. To become thoroughly conversant with the
global/regional issues presented in class and in the
4. To be able to demonstrate effectively the ability to
synthesize, evaluate, and form well-informed opinions
about contemporary global and regional issues.
5. To be able to acknowledge and critically evaluate
various viewpoints concerning a specific issue.
9. • 1 Presentation worth 100 points
• 4 Exams worth 100 points each for a
total of 400 points
• 11 Chapter Quizzes worth 20 points
each for a total of 220 points
• 11 Worksheets worth 10 points each
for a total of 110 points
• 10 Postings worth 10 points each for
a total of 100 points
• Random Participation Points up to
– Total Possible Points = 1030
10. • Grades will be calculated based
on the following:
11. Presentation Project
• You are also required to complete a
project for this class.
• Projects will consist of a report on a
place-you will write a paper or create
a web page and give a five minute
• Your project is worth 100 points and
can be done alone or in groups with
• Projects instructions are on the class
12. Chapter Quizzes
• There will be one quiz for each chapter. Quizzes
will be given online using Blackboard.
• You will have one week to complete quizzes and
get two chances.
• Each quiz will close at 6:30 PM on its due date.
• Quizzes will be multiple choice, true/false, or
• Quizzes will be based on the chapter covered that
week and they will include maps.
• Each quiz will be worth 20 points.
• Quizzes are times, you have 30 minutes.
• You will be required to complete
worksheets in class
• These worksheets will revolve
around maps and vocabulary
• There will be 11 worksheets.
Worksheets will be worth 10
points each and will be due at
the end of class.
14. Web Postings
• You will be required to join a group/pair that will be in
charge of one region of the world.
• You will be required to post something about your region
on the class web page each week or so (check the
• Instructions about posting are on the class web page
and will be discussed in class.
• You will also fill out a checklist about your posting and
discuss it in class.
• Postings will be worth 10 points each and are due at the
beginning of class one week after they are assigned.
15. Web Postings
Regions there will be
2. Russia & Neighbors
3. Middle East & North
4. South and East Asia
6. Sub Saharan Africa
7. Latin America
8. North America???
• Items you will be postingElements of Culture:
• Your exams will be based on chapter quizzes
and material from postings and worksheets.
• Exams will be multiple choice, true/false,
matching, and written.
• Exams will be given online using Blackboard.
• Exams will also close at 6:30 P.M. on their due
• Exams will be worth 100 points and you have
17. Random Participation Points
• 100 Random points have been built into
the points for this course.
• These will be given for things like in
class activities, pop quizzes, after the
break attendance, and parts of your
project-topic, sources, main points.
• They will be unannounced and you will
need to be present to earn them.
18. Late Work and Missed Exams or
• Late work will not be accepted.
• Do not ask me to open exams or
quizzes after their due dates.
19. Absences and Tardiness
• I reserve the right to drop students for
excessive absences, which is defined
as missing three classes.
• I reserve the right to drop students for
excessive tardiness, which is defined
as being more than five minutes late
• If you need to miss class, you should
contact me and it is your
responsibility to make up work and
• Make friends!
20. Emailing Assignments
• Assignments will NOT be accepted by email.
• If you are having difficulty making it to
class when an assignment is due, contact
• If you decide to drop, it is your
responsibility to drop yourself
from the class.
• If you stop coming, I don't know
what you want and will likely give
you an F.
22. Extra Credit
• Some extra credit may be
offered during the semester.
• It will be announced in class and
your attendance will be required
to take advantage of it.
23. Academic Honesty
• Cheating of any kind will not be
• Any incidences of cheating or
plagiarism will be reported to the
• Please refer to Crafton Hills
College policy on academic
24. Cell Phones
• Use of cell phones for talking or
texting during class is inappropriate.
You may be asked to leave the
classroom if you are talking or texting
• Phones should be set to silent mode
when in class.
• Laptop computers and mobile devices
may be used, but only for class
• No iPods, mp3 players or
headphones are allowed.
25. Disabled Students Programs and
• If you have, or think you have a disability
which may interfere with your ability to
perform in this class, please speak with
me immediately regarding any
accommodations and contact the Disabled
Students Programs and Services Office at
• Blackboard will be used
during this course.
• You must use Blackboard
to take your quizzes and
27. Contact Information
• The BEST way to reach me if you have
any questions or concerns is by e-mail.
My e-mail address is:
• (760) 440-8977 Text or Voice Mail
28. Note About Dates, Topics, and
• All dates, topics, rules, and point totals are
• I reserve the right to make changes as
they become necessary throughout the
• It is your responsibility to stay informed.
• Attendance is the best way, having a
friend in class is the next best, try to make
29. Conduct for Presentations
You are expected to be courteous to your classmates for presentations of
Do not talk while presentations are being given. Talking while another
student is presenting is disruptive behavior and you may be asked to leave
class for doing this. If you are asked to leave class, you may be suspended
from attending the next class if disciplinary action has to be taken.
When presentations are being given, you are to have NOTHING on your
desk. You may be asked to leave class for violating this rule.
Cell phones are to be on silent when in class. If your phone goes off during
a presentation, you will lose 10 points from YOUR grade for your
presentation for being discourteous.
Final presentations will be scheduled. If you do not present on the night you
are scheduled, you will lose 10 points.
31. For Your Success
32. Where Computers Are Available on
• Learning Resource Center
See the campus map in your syllabus!
33. What is Geography?
The scientific study of the Earth's surface and its
various climates, countries, peoples, and natural
34. Fields of Geography
• Human or Cultural
– Deals with social,
• Physical Geography
– Examines the natural
processes occurring at
Earth’s surface that
provide the physical
setting for human
36. Branches of Human Geography
37. Tools Geographers Use
– Paper representations of space showing point, line, or area data
• Or more simply put, locations, connections, and regions
– Aircraft or spacecraft provide images of earth’s surface
GIS or Geographic Information Systems
– Powerful computer mapmaking software connected to data bases
Mathematical Modeling and Statistics
– Used to understand natural and human phenomenon
38. • Get in groups of _______
• Designate a leader of your group.
• Group leaders: record the names of your
group members on a piece of paper.
• As a group, look through all of the things
you have brought to class with you, see
where they are made.
• Group leaders: record the items and the
places they were made.
39. The most stuff comes from:
40. What do you know about these
Where are they?
How big is that country?
What is the capital city like?
What’s the weather like there?
What kind of money do they use?
What kind of economic system do they have?
What kind of political system do they have?
What language do the people speak?
What religion(s) are they?
Is there a male or female preference for the
manufacturing of a particular item?
• How old do you think the person who made your stuff is?