Professor Lisa Schmidt
Wednesdays 7:00-10:10 PM
• Professor Lisa Schmidt
• Section 45160 Fall 2013
• 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
• Bldg 30 Rm 17
• Units: 1
• Telephone ext.: 8585
• Office Hours: By appoint.
• Geography 101 lecture or concurrent
– Recommended: English 6 and Math 50
• GEOS Prentice Hall Custom
Laboratory Program for the
• Goode's World Atlas (or another
recent World Atlas)
• Recommended: A Physical
• Calculator, ruler, colored pencils/pens,
• Physical Geography laboratory provides the
student with experience in investigation and
interpretation of the physical environment. Upon
completion of this course you will be able to:
• 1. Analyze earth-sun relationships and describe
how they affect daylight, seasons, and time for
various place on earth.
• 2. Define weather data, interpret a weather map
and use weather instruments to collect and
record data about local temperature, humidity,
pressure and wind conditions.
• 3. Analyze the characteristics of different
climate categories and describe the unique flora
and fauna of each.
• 4. Identify the characteristics of landforms and
rocks that relate to specific tectonic and
• 5. Find location using the global grid of latitude
and longitude and be able to utilize GPS
• 6. Identify landforms created by the erosion of
water, wind and ice and describe the
characteristics of each.
What to expect
1. Each class will consist of a short explanation of the lab
exercise for the day and time in class to complete each
2. All labs, except LAB SIX, will come from the GEOS
Workbook. You must bring the GEOS workbook to
3. Students will be required to complete the worksheets in
the lab book, and then submit the answers on
4. Labs must be completed on Blackboard by 9:45 AM one
week after they are assigned.
5. Exams will consist of problems like lab worksheets and
will also be given using Blackboard.
• 10 labs @ 50 points each = 500 points
• 2 exams @ 100 points each = 200
• 100 Random Participation Points
• Total possible points = 800
• A 100-90%**800-720
• B 89-80%**719-640
• C 79-70%**639-560
• D 69-60%**559-480
• F 59-0%**479-0
NOTE: You must earn at least 60% of the
points possible in order to pass this class.
I reserve the right to drop you from the
class at any time your grade drops below
60% of the total points possible.
Physical Geography laboratory provides the student with experience in
investigation and interpretation of the physical environment. Upon completion of
this course the student will be able to understand the global grid of latitude and
longitude, our system of time, be able to analyze topographic maps, understand
earth-sun relationships as they affect daylight, seasons, and time, understand
the seasonal movement of angle and duration of solar insolation and how it
affects temperatures on earth, understand how temperature is affected by
specific variables relating to a region, understand how heat energy is transferred
through various processes, understand how moisture is transferred as water
changes phases, understand how differences in pressure occur and result in
wind, understand the driving forces in the atmosphere, understand many
interrelationships within the earth's weather patterns, climate, vegetation and soil
distributions, tectonic and gradational forces.
Late Work and Missed Exams
• Late work will not be accepted.
Labs are due on their stated
due dates and will not be
accepted late. Exams will be
given using Blackboard and
will be open for seven days,
there is no excuse to miss an
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. If
you are going to be late, come in
quietly and take a seat WITHOUT
interrupting lecture. Excessive
tardiness is being more than five
minutes late three times. Directions
for completing lab worksheets will be
given at the beginning of class and
WILL NOT be repeated.
• There may be some extra credit
opportunities. These will be given in class
and your attendance is required to take
advantage of them.
• Assignments will NOT be accepted by
e-mail. If you cannot make it to class,
take your assignment to my mailbox
which is located in Liberal Arts Building
where the faculty offices are.
Assignments can also be taken to the
switchboard operator, located in
building 53. If assignments are taken
to the switchboard operator, I will not
receive them immediately, so you
should contact me and let me know
that they have been taken there.
• If you have attended this class once, from
there on out, it is your responsibility to
drop the class if you want to.
• Not dropping the course will likely result in
Random Participation Points
• At any time I may give a pop quiz, an
in-class assignment, or perhaps a
second roll after the break.
• These activities or assignments WILL
not be announced in advance and your
presence in class is required in order
to receive these points.
• Some labs have parts that cannot be
turned in on Blackboard. I will give
random participation points for parts of
• It is your responsibility to pick up your
graded work. Graded work will be held for
30 days after the last day of class and
• It is highly recommended that you keep
your graded work until final grades are
• Cheating of any sort will be reported to the
dean. Please refer to the college*s policy
on academic honesty.
• Using a cell phone while in
class is distracting to your
classmates and inappropriate.
Cell phones should be turned
to silent mode while in class. If
you absolutely have to use
your phone during class, go
• Blackboard will be used during this
course. You must access Blackboard to
submit your labs EACH week and for your
exams. You can access blackboard at
Class Web Page
• A web page has been created for your
class. You will find all of the class power
points, study guides, and more posted
there. You may access the web page at:
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
and please contact the Disabled
Students Programs and Services
Office at (760) 245-4271 ext, 2212,
or stop by their office located in
building 50. There is help available.
• The best way to reach me is by e-mail at
Note About Schedule and Topics
• All dates, topics, point totals
and assignments are
tentative. I reserve the right
to make changes as they
may become necessary
throughout the semester.
Should you happen to miss
class, it is your responsibility
to obtain information about
and any changes.
For Your Success
• Advanced Technology
• Health Office
What is Geography?
• The scientific study of the Earth's surface
and its various climates, countries,
peoples, and natural resources.
Fields of Geography
• Human or Cultural
– 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
Branches of Human Geography
• Economic Geography
• Medical Geography
• Urban Geography
• Cultural Geography
• Historical Geography
• Political Geography
Tools Geographers Use
– 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
• GIS or Geographic Information Systems
– Powerful computer mapmaking software
connected to data bases
• Mathematical Modeling and Statistics
– Used to understand natural and human
What we will be
• Four great physical realms or spheres of Earth
• The gaseous layer that surrounds the earth
• The outermost solid layer of the Earth
• The liquid realm of the Earth
• Encompasses all living organisms of the Earth
• Lab One
• Bring your calculators!
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