Geography 4Physical GeographySecti on 781467:00 to 8:40 PMM on/Tu es/W ed/Thu r sPr ofessor L i sa Schm i dt
Information Professor Lisa Schmidt Section 71890 7:00 to 8:40 PM MTWTh PS 102 E-mail: Lisa_M_Schmidt@yahoo.com Office Hours: By Appointment/After Class (909) 652-7090 http://schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com
Student Learning Outcomes Geography 4 students will be able torecognize and identify Plate Tectonic Theoryand its impact on Southern California. Students will be able to identify earth’s majorgrid lines. Students will be able to understand anddescribe why and how Santa Ana winds formin Southern California.
Introduction Welcome to Geography 4, PhysicalGeography. In this class you will learn the basic elementsof geography. We will study climate, landforms, water, soils,native animal life and vegetation, We will examine the interrelationshipsbetween these things and we will look at theirpatterns of distribution throughout the world.
Textbooks Required Physical Geography A LandscapeAppreciation10th Ed. McKnight and Hess ISBN-13: 978-0321677341 Required Goode’s World Atlas ISBN 0-528-65000-3 Or any recent World Atlas thatcontains physical maps Recommended The Geography Coloring Book Wynn Kapit 978-0131014725
Alternate Texts You may also usePhysicalGeography: ALandscapeAppreciation byMcKnight and Hess 9thedition ISBN 978-0-13-223901-1http://schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com/TextbooksA list of other texts is available on the class web page.
Required Materials Internet Access Pencils Pens Paper
Recommended Materials Colored Pens or PencilsFor map studies
Course Description The goal of this course isto introduce students tobasic concepts inphysical geography… Since it is an introductorycourse, it is assumedstudents have little or nobackground in physicalgeography. Atmosphere Atmospheric Processes Weather Climate Biosphere Soil Vegetation Hydrosphere Landforms Lithosphere
Course Description Emphasis is on the processes drivingphysical systems on Earth, interactionsbetween physical systems, and humaninteraction with the physical environment.
Course Objectives You will gain an understanding of the geographicperspective within natural and environmental sciences,including place, space, map scale, map projection,spatial connection, and spatial diffusion. You will better understand how to use maps, inparticular, the geographic distribution of naturalphenomena. You will learn about the four environmental spheres,atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere,and how they interact across the surface of the Earth. Inparticular, you will learn the role of humankind within theenvironment.
AssignmentsandGrading ScaleNote: You must earn at least60% to pass this class. Youmay be dropped for falling below60%. Please refer to your syllabus. 4 Exams 100 points each =400 points 14 Chapter Quizzes 10 pointseach = 140 points 5 Map Quizzes 25 points each= 125 points 1 Presentation/Video = 100points Random Points = 100 Possible Total Points Possible = 865
Chapter Quizzes There will be a quiz for each chapterin the textbook. Quizzes will be posted on Moodle at theend of each chapter, check the classschedule. Quizzes will be due one week after theyare posted by 6:30 PM. There will be 14 quizzes. The format will be multiple choice,true/false, and or matching. Quiz questions may be used onexams. You will want to take notes from yourquizzes and study them.
Exams There will be four exams. Exams will be given using Moodle-just like quizzes. They will open at 8:40 PM and close at 6:30 PM the next week. The format will be multiple choice, true and false, essay,and/or matching. Each exam will be worth 100 points. The final exam will be cumulative. A study guide will be available for each exam. You get one chance to take exams.
Map Quizzes We will study the physical features ofEarth. You MUST bring your atlas to class onmap study nights. Colored pens or pencils will be helpful. You will have five map quizzes. North America 25 points South America 25 points Europe 25 points Asia 25 points Africa 25 points Total 125 points Maps quizzes will be on Moodle too! You get one week, two chances, open at 8:40PM and close at 6:30 PM the next week.
Presentation You are required to give a presentation for this class. You will be able to choose from a list of topics. Presentations must be 5 minutes long. Presentations may be done in groups or alone-groupsrequire instructor approval. You may make a video as an alternative-videos requireinstructor approval too. Schedule: Note you must go on your scheduled day oryou will lose points. See the class web site for paper details: http://schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com/
Random Points At any time a pop quiz, exitquestion, attendance check,worksheet or other activity may begiven. Your attendance isnecessary to receive these points.
Graded Work It is your responsibility to pick up gradedwork. You should keep all of your graded workuntil you receive your final grade.Not only for this class but all of your classes! All graded work will be held for 30 daysafter the end of the semester thendiscarded.
Absences and Tardiness I reserve the right to drop students who miss class twice. If you have to miss class, you should stay in contact with me. You may be dropped for excessive tardiness. Coming in late is disruptive to your classmates. If you are going to be late, come in quietly and take a seatWITHOUT interrupting lecture. Excessive tardiness is being more than five minutes late threetimes. If you miss class, it is your responsibility to obtain notes,or ANY other information, including schedule changes.
Extra Credit Some extra credit may be assignedthroughout the semester. It will be announced in class and you mustbe present in order to take advantage of it.
Late Work / Exams / Quizzes Late work is not accepted unlessyou have written documentationproving a legitimate reason forbeing late.Unless you have documentationexams or quizzes missed onMoodle WILL NOT be reopened.
Dropping If you decide to drop, you must do itformally. If you stop coming to class, I have no wayof knowing if you want to drop or receiveand F.I will give F’s, it is your responsibility to drop.
Academic Honesty Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.Any incidences of cheating or plagiarism willbe reported to the deans office.Please refer to Chaffey College’s policy onacademic honesty.
Cell Phones and Texting Use of cell phones for talkingor texting during class isinappropriate because it isdistracting to your classmates. If you need to use yourphone, go outside. Phones should be set to silentmode when in class.
Disabilities Programs andServices If you need accommodations for thiscourse, please see me after class. If you have or think you may have adisability that might affect yourperformance in this course, pleasecontact the office of Disabled StudentsPrograms and Services at (909) 652-6379, or go see them at CCE 14.
Moodle Moodle will be used for this class.You will take your tests and quizzes onMoodle.http://moodle2.chaffey.edu/ If you have questions about Moodle, stay afterclass, I am here to help.
Class Web Page A web page has been created for thisclass. You can access it at:http://schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com/ You will find PowerPoints, maps, videos,study guides and more on the class webpage.
Contact Information The best way to reach me is by e-mail. My e-mail address is:Lisa.Schmidt@chaffey.edu I have a mailbox on the Chino campusand in Zimmerman Hall on the maincampus. My voice mail is (909) 652-7090 I do not check my voice mail as often asmy e-mail.
Note All dates, topics, points totals, andassignments are tentative. I reserve the right to make changesshould it become necessary during thesemester.
Disruptive Behavior You may be asked to leave class if youare disruptive to the learning process ofothers. For example, talking during lecture orduring your classmates presentations. If you are asked to leave, you may besuspended from the next class as well, ifdisciplinary action is taken.
For Your Success There are many resources on your campus. Computers areavailable for student use in the library. The Success Centersoffer a wide range of services including tutoring and workshops.There is a Student Health Center on the campus to help youwith your physical and mental health needs. Guidancecounselors are available too. Take advantage of the serviceavailable to you and if you have questions, ASK!
What is Geography? The scientific study of the Earths surfaceand its various climates, countries,peoples, and natural resources.
Fields of Geography Human or Cultural GeographyDeals with social, economic, and behavioralprocesses Physical GeographyExamines the natural processes occurring atEarth’s surface that provide the physicalsetting for human activities
Branches of Human Geography Cultural Geography Developmental Geography Economic Geography Medical Geography Historical Geography Political Geography Population Geography Demography Transportation Geography Urban Geography
What we will be studying… Four great physical realms orspheres of Earth Atmosphere The gaseous layer thatsurrounds the earth Lithosphere The outermost solid layerof the Earth Hydrosphere The liquid realm of theEarth Biosphere Encompasses all livingorganisms of the Earth
What we will be studying The atmosphere Atmospheric processes Weather and Climate The Biosphere Soil Vegetation Hydrosphere Tectonic Processes Volcanic Processes
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