Geography 110Physical Geography Section 4100 Tuesday 6:00-8:50 PM Professor Lisa Schmidt
What is Geography? The scientific study of the Earths surface and its various climates, countries, peoples, and natural resources.
Fields of Geography Human or Cultural Geography Dealswith social, economic, and behavioral processes Physical Geography Examines the natural processes occurring at Earth’s surface that provide the physical setting 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 The atmosphere Atmospheric processes Weather and Climate The Biosphere Soil Vegetation Hydrosphere Tectonic Processes Volcanic Processes
What we will be studying… Four great physical realms or spheres of Earth Atmosphere The gaseous layer that surrounds the earth Lithosphere The outermost solid layer of the Earth Hydrosphere The liquid realm of the Earth Biosphere Encompasses all living organisms of the Earth
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
Textbooks Required Physical Geography California Edition 2nd Ed. McKnight and Hess ISBN-13: 978- 0558585976 Required Goode’s World Atlas ISBN 0-528-65000-3 Or any recent World Atlas that contains physical maps Recommended The Geography Coloring Book Wynn Kapit 978-0131014725
Required Materials Internet Access Pencils Pens Paper
Recommended Materials Colored Pens or Pencils For map studies
Course Description The goal of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts in physical geography… Sinceit is an introductory course, it is assumed students have little or no background in physical geography.
Course Description Topics covered include the atmosphere, atmospheric processes, weather, geographic patterns of climate, the biosphere, soil and vegetation processes, the hydrosphere, water in all of its phases, the formation, modification, and distribution of various landforms, and the lithosphere.
Course Objectives You will gain an understanding of the geographic perspective 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, in particular, the geographic distribution of natural phenomena. You will learn about the four environmental spheres, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere, and how they interact across the surface of the Earth. In particular, you will learn the role of humankind within the environment.
Grading Scale 4 Exams 100 points each = 100-90% 865-778 A 400 points 89-80% 777-692 B 14 Chapter Quizzes 10 79-70% 691-605 C points each = 140 points 69-60% 604-519 D 5 Map Quizzes 25 points 59-0% 518-0 F each = 125 points 1 Presentation = 100 points 100 Random Participation Points Note: You must earn at least Total Points Possible = 865 60% to pass this class. You may be dropped for falling below 60%. Please refer to your syllabus.
Chapter Quizzes There will be a quiz for each chapter in the textbook. Quizzes will be posted on Blackboard after each lecture. Quizzes will be due one week after they are posted by 5:30 PM. There will be 14 quizzes. The format will be multiple choice, true/false, and or matching. Quiz questions may be used on exams. You will want to take notes from your quizzes and study them.
Exams There will be four exams. Exams will be given using Blackboard. The format will be multiple choice, true and false, 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.
Map Quizzes We will study the physical features of Earth. You MUST bring your atlas to class on map 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
Presentation You are required to give a presentation for this Physical Geography course. You will be able to choose from a list of topics. Presentations will be no less than five minutes but no more than ten minutes long. Presentations MAY be done in groups WITH INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL. See the class web site for presentation details: http://schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com/
Random Points At any time, I may give an assignment in class, like a quiz or an activity, or I might give another attendance check. Points will be given for random activities and if you are not present, you will not receive those points. Random activities will usually happen after the break, but sometimes may happen at the very beginning of class. Being late or absent CAN hurt your grade.
Changes The dates, topics, assignments, and due dates in the syllabus are tentative. There may be changes, it is your responsibility to stay informed of changes.
Late Work and Exams Late work will not be accepted. Assignments are due on their stated due dates. No make-up exams or quizzes. Do NOT ask to have quizzes or exams reopened after their due dates.
Absences and Tardiness I reserve the right to drop students who miss class twice. Ifyou have to miss class, you should stay in contact with me if you do not want to be dropped. You may be dropped for excessive tardiness. This means being more than five minutes late, more than three times. If you are going to be late, come in quietly and take a seat WITHOUT interrupting lecture.
Last Day to Turn in Work The last day that extra credit work or late work (if it has been approved), will be accepted is Dec 4th. No exceptions will be made.
Dropping If you decide to drop, you must do it formally. If you stop coming to class, I have no way of knowing if you want to drop or receive and F. I will give F’s, it is your responsibility to drop.
Extra Credit Some extra credit may be assigned throughout the semester. It will be announced in class and you must be present in order to take advantage of it.
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 San Bernardino Valley College’s policy on academic honesty.
Cell Phones and Texting 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 on your phone during lecture. Phones should be set to silent mode when in class. Use of a cell phone for texting or talking during a quiz or exam is absolutely forbidden. If you are caught using your phone during a quiz or exam, you will receive a grade of 0 points for that quiz or exam.
Disabilities If you need accommodations for this course, please see me after class. If you have or think you may have a disability that might affect your performance in this course, please contact the office of Disabled Students Programs and Services at (909) 384- 4443.
Blackboard Blackboard will be used for this class. You will find PowerPoint lectures, study guides, blank maps, research assignments, and extra credit assignments, quizzes, and grades on blackboard. http://blackboard.valleycollege.edu If you have questions about blackboard, stay after class, I am here to help.
Contact Information The best way to reach me is by e-mail. My e-mail address is: Lisa_M_Schmidt@yahoo.com My mailbox is located the Chemistry building, room 121. My voice mail is (909) 384-5221 I do not check my voice mail as often as my e-mail.
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