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  • 1. Physical Geography Geography 101 Professor Lisa Schmidt Section 36748 Mondays and Wednesday 7:05-8:30 PM
  • 2. Welcome to Geography 101!
    • In this class you will learn the basic elements of geography.
    • We will study climate, landforms, water, soils, and native plants and animals.
    • We will examine the inter-relationships between these things and we will look at their patterns of distribution throughout the world.
  • 3. Textbooks
    • Required
      • Physical Geography California Edition
        • McKnight and Hess
    • ISBN 0-558-11417-2
    • 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
  • 4. Alternate Texts
    • You may use older editions of this book.
    • Details can be found here: http:// schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com /Textbooks
  • 5. Required Materials
    • Pencils
    • Pens
    • Paper
    • Internet Access
  • 6. Recommended Materials
    • Colored Pens or Pencils
      • For map studies
  • 7. Course Description
    • The goal of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts in physical geography…
      • Since it is an introductory course, it is assumed students have little or no background in physical geography.
  • 8. Course Objectives
    • By the end of this course you should be able to do the following:
      • Explain why we have seasons
      • Describe the function and composition of the atmosphere
    • Discuss the earth's hydrologic cycle
      • Describe the structure of the solid earth and relate it to phenomena such as earthquakes, mountain ranges and volcanoes
      • Evaluate the effects of the atmosphere and the hydrosphere on the lithosphere
      • Compare and contrast the earth's ecosystems
      • Identify various landforms
      • Be more geographically literate!
  • 9. Grading Scale
    • 3 Exams 100 points each = 300 points
    • 14 Chapter Quizzes 10 points each = 140 points
    • 5 Map Quizzes 25 points each = 125 points
    • 1 Presentation = 100 points
    • 100 Random Points=100 points
    • Total Points Possible = 765
    • 100-90% 765-688 A
    • 89-80% 687-612 B
    • 79-70% 611-535 C
    • 69-60% 534-459 D
    • 59-0% 458-0 F
    Note : You must earn at least 60% to pass this class. You may be dropped for falling below 60%. Please refer to your syllabus.
  • 10. Exams
    • There will be three exams.
    • You will need to log in to Blackboard for each exam.
    • The format will be multiple choice, true and false, and/or matching.
    • Each exam will be worth 100 points.
    • Exams will close at 6:30 on their due dates.
  • 11. Chapter Quizzes
    • There will be a quiz for each chapter we cover in the textbook.
      • Quizzes will be posted on Blackboard after each lecture.
        • You must be connected to the internet to complete the quizzes. See syllabus for campus locations.
      • Quizzes will be due one week after they are 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 on exams.
      • You will want to take notes from your quizzes and study them.
  • 12. 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.
    • Map Quizzes will be given using Blackboard and will also close at 6:30 PM.
      • North America 25 points
      • South America 25 points
      • Europe 25 points
      • Asia 25 points
      • Africa 25 points
        • Total 125 points
  • 13. Presentation
    • A presentation is required for this class.
    • Presentations will be no less than five minutes and no more than ten.
    • You may choose from a list of topics.
    • Presentations MAY be done in groups with instructor approval.
    • A video may be created as an alternative to a presentation.
  • 14. Random Points
    • These may be assigned at any time during this course.
    • This could be and assignment or simply an attendance check.
  • 15. Late Work
    • Late work will not be accepted.
    • Do not ask to have quizzes or exams opened if you miss them.
  • 16. 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 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.
  • 17. E-mailing Assignments/My Mailbox
    • 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 the Liberal Arts Building, where the faculty offices and secretaries are located.
  • 18. 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 7th.
    • No exceptions will be made.
  • 19. 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.
  • 20. Graded Work
    • 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.
  • 21. 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.
  • 22. 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 Victor Valley College’s policy on academic honesty.
  • 23. 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.
  • 24. Blackboard
    • Blackboard will be used for this class.
    • You must use Blackboard for your quizzes, map quizzes, and exams.
      • You will also find PowerPoint lectures, study guides, blank maps, grades and course documents.
      • http:// vvc.blackboard.com
        • If you have questions about blackboard, stay after class, I am here to help.
  • 25. Disabled Students Programs and Services
    • 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 (760) 245-4271 ext, 2212, or stop by their office located in building 50.
    • There is help available.
  • 26. Contact Information
    • The best way to reach me is by e-mail.
    • My e-mail address is: [email_address]
    • My mailbox is located the Liberal Arts Building (Building 30, our building)
    • My voice mail is (760) 245-4271 ext. 8585.
      • I do not check my voice mail as often as my e-mail.
  • 27. Note bout 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 you responsibility to obtain information about any changes.
  • 28. Class Schedule…
    • Please take a moment to look at the schedule in your syllabus.
    • Notice when quizzes are due, when map studies are, when exams are, and when your paper is due.
  • 29. For Your Success
    • There are computers available for your use on campus in the library and in the ATC.
      • See the map on the syllabus…
  • 30. What is Geography?
    • The scientific study of the Earth's surface and its various climates, countries, peoples, and natural resources.
  • 31. Fields of Geography
    • Human or Cultural Geography
      • 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 activities
  • 32. Branches of Physical Geography
    • Biogeography
    • Climatology
    • Coastal Geography
    • Environmental Geography
    • Geomorphology
    • Glaciology
    • Hydrology
    • Oceanography
    • Paleogeography
  • 33. Branches of Human Geography
    • Developmental Geography
    • Economic Geography
    • Medical Geography
    • Transportation Geography
    • Urban Geography
    • Cultural Geography
    • Historical Geography
    • Political Geography
    • Population Geography
    • Demography
  • 34. 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
  • 35. 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