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  • 1. World Regional Geography Geography 120 Professor Lisa Schmidt
  • 2. Important Information • • • • • • • • • Ref. 0642 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 E-mail: Lisa.Schmidt@Chaffey.edu Office Hours: By appointment Class Website: http://worldregionswiki.wikispaces.com
  • 3. Class Web Page • http://worldregionswiki.wikispaces.com/ • 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 documents. • 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 various regions. • Major topics will include: – culture, religion, language, landforms, climate, agriculture, and economic activities.
  • 5. Textbooks • Fundamentals or World Regional Geography (3rd Edition) – This book is REQUIRED. – 978-1133113782 – A digital version of this book is available through http://www.coursesmart.com/ • National Geographic College Atlas of the World (2nd Edition) – This book is REQUIRED. – 978-1426201967 • Geography Coloring Book (3rd Edition) – This book is NOT required, only recommended – ISBN-13: 978-0131014725
  • 6. Required Materials • Pens, Pencils, Paper • Internet Access – Recommended: Colored Pens or Pencils for Map Study
  • 7. Course Objectives Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Make a distinction between formal culture regions and functional culture regions, recognizing the concepts of culture boundaries, core areas and codes. 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 the world. 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 geographical features. 3. To become thoroughly conversant with the global/regional issues presented in class and in the readings. 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 100 possible – 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 presentation. • Your project is worth 100 points and can be done alone or in groups with instructor approval. • Projects instructions are on the class web page.
  • 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 matching. • 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.
  • 13. Worksheets • You will be required to complete worksheets in class • These worksheets will revolve around maps and vocabulary words. • 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 schedule.) • 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 groups for: 1. Europe 2. Russia & Neighbors 3. Middle East & North Africa 4. South and East Asia 5. Oceania 6. Sub Saharan Africa 7. Latin America 8. North America??? • Items you will be postingElements of Culture: – – – – – – – – – – Music Food Language Art Literature Holidays Beautiful Place News Theater/Film Customs
  • 16. Exams • 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 dates. • Exams will be worth 100 points and you have ONE chance.
  • 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 Quizzes • 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 three times. • If you need to miss class, you should contact me and it is your responsibility to make up work and get notes. • 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 me.
  • 21. Dropping • 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 tolerated. • Any incidences of cheating or plagiarism will be reported to the deans office. • Please refer to Crafton Hills College policy on academic honesty.
  • 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 during lecture. • Phones should be set to silent mode when in class. • Laptop computers and mobile devices may be used, but only for class related activities. • No iPods, mp3 players or headphones are allowed.
  • 25. Disabled Students Programs and Services • 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 (909) 389-3325.
  • 26. Blackboard • Blackboard will be used during this course. • You must use Blackboard to take your quizzes and exams.
  • 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: lisa.schmidt@chaffey.edu • (760) 440-8977 Text or Voice Mail
  • 28. Note About Dates, Topics, and Assignments • All dates, topics, rules, and point totals are tentative. • I reserve the right to make changes as they become necessary throughout the semester. • It is your responsibility to stay informed. • Attendance is the best way, having a friend in class is the next best, try to make friends.
  • 29. Conduct for Presentations • You are expected to be courteous to your classmates for presentations of any kind. • 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.
  • 30. Class Schedule
  • 31. For Your Success • • • • • • • • Counseling Services Library Tutoring Services Financial Aid EOPS Health Center CalWORKS Assistance And more!
  • 32. Where Computers Are Available on Campus • Library • 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 resources.
  • 34. Fields of Geography • Human or Cultural Geography – Deals with social, economic, and behavioral processes • Physical Geography – Examines the natural processes occurring at Earth’s surface that provide the physical setting for human activities
  • 35. Branches of Physical Geography • • • • • • • Biogeography Climatology Coastal Geography Geomorphology Glaciology Hydrology Oceanography
  • 36. Branches of Human Geography • • • • • • • • • • • Cultural Geography Regional Geography Developmental Geography Economic Geography Medical Geography Historical Geography Political Geography Population Geography Demography Transportation Geography Urban Geography
  • 37. Tools Geographers Use • • • • Maps – Paper representations of space showing point, line, or area data • Or more simply put, locations, connections, and regions Remote Sensing – 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 places? • • • • • • • • • • 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?