Physical Geography Geography 101 Professor Lisa Schmidt Section 31242 Mondays 7:00-10:10 PM
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
What we will be studying…
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
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!
Physical Geography California Edition
McKnight and Hess
Goode’s World Atlas
Or any recent World Atlas that contains physical maps
The Geography Coloring Book
You may also use Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation by McKnight and Hess
9 th edition
Colored Pens or Pencils
For map studies
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.
3 Exams 100 points each = 300 points
14 Chapter Quizzes 10 points each = 140 points
5 Map Quizzes 25 points each = 125 points
1 Research Paper = 100 points
Total Points Possible = 665
100-90% 665-598 A
89-80% 597-532 B
79-70% 531-465 C
69-60% 464-399 D
59-0% 398-0 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.
A study guide will be available for each exam.
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.
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.
North America 25 points
South America 25 points
Europe 25 points
Asia 25 points
Africa 25 points
Total 125 points
You are required to write one research paper for Physical Geography.
Your paper must be 5-pages long and typed.
You will be able to choose from a list of topics.
You may receive extra credit for seeking assistance from the writing center for your paper.
See Blackboard for paper details.
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.
Late Work and Exams
Late work will not be accepted.
Assignments are due on their stated due dates.
No make-up exams.
You will have one week to complete exams, no excuses!
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 May 23rd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For help (and extra credit) with your Research Paper , visit the Writing Center located in the Advanced Technology Center (ATC Building #21) Room #177, or call for more information (760) 245-4271 ext. 2607 or 2783.
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…
Do not forget about the writing center.
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.