Details can be found here: http:// schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com /Textbooks
Colored Pens or Pencils
For map studies
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.
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!
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.
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 8:00 PM on their due dates.
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 8:00 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.
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 8:00 PM.
North America 25 points
South America 25 points
Europe 25 points
Asia 25 points
Africa 25 points
Total 125 points
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.
These may be assigned at any time during this course.
This could be and assignment or simply an attendance check.
Late work will not be accepted.
Do not ask to have quizzes or exams opened if you miss them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for your quizzes, map quizzes, and exams.
You will also find PowerPoint lectures, study guides, blank maps, grades and course documents.
If you have questions about blackboard, stay after class, I am here to help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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 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