Geography 111 Physical Geography Lab Ref 0527 Thursday 1:30-4:20 PM Professor Lisa Schmidt
What is Geography?
The study of the earth and its features and of the distribution of life on the earth, including human life and the effects of human activity.
Fields of Geography
Human or Cultural Geography
Deals with social, economic, and behavioral processes
Examines the natural processes occurring at Earth’s surface that provide the physical setting for human activities
Branches of Physical Geography
Branches of Human Geography
Tools Geographers Use
Paper representations of space showing point, line, or area data
Or more simply put, locations, connections, and regions
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
Physical Geography laboratory is an investigation of earth-sun relationships, weather, climate, vegetation, soils, rocks, minerals, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, the world oceans, tectonic forces, and landforms.
Maps, charts, and laboratory equipment will be used to arrive at conclusions about how these environmental phenomena interrelate.
When you have completed this course, you should be able to:
1. Explain absolute and relative location systems
2. Recognize and utilize the Public Land Survey system
3. Recognize and discuss the three types of map projections
4. Locate a place on a map projection, utilizing latitude and longitude
5. Utilize and analyze reference material to collect and report geographic data
6. Analyze data using GIS and GPS methods
7. Identify and diagram atmospheric pressure and winds
8. Construct a general map view and vertical model of atmospheric circulation patterns
9. Identify and explain the gain and loss of moisture by condensation and precipitation and
evaluate the changes that occur within the hydrologic system
10. Utilize weather reports to map and delineate air mass source regions and identify
potential atmospheric disturbances
11. Identify, locate and evaluate the world climatic regions
12. Identify, locate and compare the major terrestrial biomes with their perspective climatic
13. Identify and discuss Plate Tectonic boundaries, the Earth's crust, and geomorphologies
that result from these processes
14. Examine, locate and discuss the surface processes that contribute to regional
Concurrent enrollment in or completion of Physical Geography (Geog 110)
Grading Note: You must earn at least 60% to pass this class. You may be dropped for falling below 60%. Please refer to your syllabus.
Labs and Exams
Each class will consist of a short explanation of the lab exercise for the day and time in class to complete each assignment.
You will need to submit your lab answers on Blackboard.
You will have one week to submit your answers.
Labs will close at 1:00 PM on their due dates.
Exams will consist of problems taken directly from the lab worksheets and will also be given using Blackboard.
Late Work and Exams
Late work will not be accepted.
There will be no make-ups of missed exams.
There are two field trips planned for this class.
October 28, 2010: Etiwanda Nature Preserve, Mormon Rocks
November 18, 2010: ESRI
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 more than 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.
E-mailing Assignments/My Mailbox
Assignments will NOT be accepted by e-mail.
Assignments can be taken to my mailbox located in the library.
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.
It is your responsibility to pick up graded work.
You should keep all of your graded work until you receive your final grade.
Not only for this class but all of your classes!
All graded work will be held for 30 days after the end of the semester then discarded.
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
Any incidences of cheating or plagiarism will be reported to the deans office.
Please refer to Victor 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.
Blackboard will be used for this class.
You MUST use Blackboard to submit your labs and to take your exams!
You will also find PowerPoint lectures, study guides, and grades on Blackboard.
There is a login ‘button’ on Crafton’s main webpage.
If you have questions about blackboard, stay after class, I am here to help.