Section 67849 Mondays 1:00 – 2:50 PM Professor Lisa Schmidt Geography Five: Physical Geography Lab
About This Class…
Physical Geography Lab is field observation and analysis of the physical environment designed to accompany Physical Geography (Geography Four).
The course consists of in class labs an on-site interpretation of climate, soils, landforms, plant distribution, and more.
On-site interpretation means field trips.
Geography Four (Physical Geography) is a prerequisite for this course.
You must be currently enrolled in or already completed Geography Four to be eligible for this course.
If you drop Geography Four or earn a D or an F, you may receive an incomplete in this course.
Class Schedule Intro Lab One Lab Two Meeting/Orientation Field Trip One Field Trip Two Journal Due Journal Return Monday January 23 Monday February 6 Monday February 27 Monday March 5 Saturday March 10 Fri-Sun April 13-15 Monday April 30 Monday May 14
In Class Labs
Lab One February 6
Longitude, Latitude, and Time
You will need your atlas.
Lab Two February 27
Earth Sun Relationships, Topographic Maps, and Compasses.
You will need your California Road Map and your Compass.
Saturday March 10
9:00 AM to approximately 7:00 PM
Mormon Rocks/Mojave Desert
Friday-Sunday April 13-15
9:00 AM April 13 to approximately 4:00 PM April 15
Northern Owens Valley/Mono Lake
Attendance and ALL class meetings and All field trips is required.
You must turn in a photo journal.
You must reserve a motel room or make arrangements to share a room before March 5, 2012.
You must feed yourself on field trips, money or food is required.
California Road Map
Hard Cover 1-inch, 3-ring binder OR
Optional: Internet Access for Digital Journal
Recommended but not required: A physical Geography textbook
Strenuous Activity Warning
This class requires strenuous physical activity.
If you have any medical/physical condition which may impair your full participation, check with your physician.
Field Trip One requires approximately 2 miles of walking on a rough trail.
Field Trip Two requires approximately 4 miles of walking on several types of trails, especially up and downhill.
If you are under 18 years old, your parent or guardian must give written permission for you to go on the field trips.
Grading 10 points 10 points 20 points 60 points ________ 100 points Lab One Lab Two Field Questions Photo Journal ________________ Total
Grading A B C D F 100-90 points 89-80 points 79-70 points 69-60 points 59-0 points
Rules and Regulations
If you decide to drop the class, you must do so formally.
Failure to drop in a timely manner will result in a grade of an F.
Assignments are due at the end of class or on the stated date and will not be accepted late.
It is your responsibility to pick up graded work.
It will be held for 30 days after the end of the semester and then discarded.
Plagiarism includes using someone else’s photographs in your journal.
Students are not to share photos.
If I see duplicate pictures in photo journals, I have no way of knowing who the original photographer is.
Any incidences of plagiarism will be reported to the dean.
Should you use ANY photographs or images in your journal that are not your own, the source MUST be cited.
If you have or think you might have a disability which might impair your performance in this course, contact the Disability Services Program office immediately at (909) 652-6398.
If you need any accommodations made, you must talk to me about them immediately.
Accommodations will Not be made after February 27, 2012.
Disability Services Program
You must reserve a room or make arrangements to share a room by March 5th.
At the March 5, 2012 class meeting you are required to have a motel resrvation.
We will be staying at Bristlecone Motel
101 North Main Street (US HWY 395)
Big Pine, CA, USA 93513
Phone: (866) 609-3785
Motel Reservations: Make them early!
I do not have office hours.
The best way to reach me is by e-mailing me.
My email address is listed at the top of the syllabus [email_address]
I would like to be able to reach all of my students by e-mail or phone.
This is just in case there are any problems such as weather or road conditions that might prevent us from making our scheduled trips.
Please list your phone number and e-mail address on the contact information page of the syllabus provided for you and let me know which is the best way to reach you.
Make sure to hand that page in!
I will require four volunteers to drive.
You must have a valid drivers license.
Drivers must provide licenses by February 6, 2012.
This course is designed to accompany Physical Geography.
At each stop there will be many points of interest that relate to Physical Geography.
We will travel to different climate regions:
We will also see evidence of past climate change
Weather and Climate
We will study the distribution of plants and animals in Eastern California.
We will travels through different biomes:
Mojave Desert Biome
We will travel across the San Andreas Fault.
We will travel across the Garlock Fault.
We will see tectonic landforms such as tilted fault blocks at Mormon Rocks and a sag pond at Diaz Lake.
We will travel to the Coso Volcanic Field.
We will see lava flows, cinder cones, and many other volcanic landforms.
We will also travel to a geothermal area, Hot Creek.
The southernmost glacier on the planet, The Palisades Glacier, is on our route.
Glaciers shaped the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
We will study the landforms left by the glaciers.
Manzanar is on our route and we will stop there.
A trip through the high desert also provides for a lesson in suburban sprawl, and leapfrog development.
No trip to the Eastern Sierra Nevada would be complete without a lesson on imported water.
Expectations for Photo Journals
You will be given a list of objects to photograph. Your journal must include ALL of them or you will not receive full credit.
You will be given instructions for your journal, you MUST follow them or you will lose points.
Photo Journals are required to be typed and must look professional.
When you are asked to write one-page about a topic in your journal, if you do not have one page, you will lose points.
As an alternative to the ‘paper’ photo journal, you may create a digital photo journal-but it must be exactly as instructed.