Reference # 4362 Sect. 71
14 Week Online Course
Professor Lisa Schmidt
• Professor Lisa Schmidt
• Ref. 4362
• 14 Week Online Class
• Fall 2016
• (909) 384-5221 Voice Mail
• (760) 440-8977 Text or Voice Mail
• Welcome to Geography 110, Physical
Geography. In this class, you will learn
the basic elements of geography. We will
study climate, landforms, water, soils,
native animal life and native vegetation.
We will examine the inter-relationships
between these things and we will look at
their patterns of distribution throughout the
Geography 11th Edition
McKnight and Hess
Goode’s World Atlas
Or any recent World Atlas
that contains physical maps
The Geography Coloring
A digital version
of the text is
on web page.
Text can also be
Amazon, and a
Kindle edition is
Note to Online Students
I listed the Geography Coloring Book and the Atlas as
recommended because this is how I run the on-site
classes. I would say that for my online students, I highly
recommend at least the coloring book.
You will need to print your own maps or pick them up at
school – either way, the copies are not always clear.
The maps come from the coloring book though, so if you
have it, you will not ever have to worry about an unclear
copy, or about printing the maps.
Access to a computer – not just a tablet or
The goal of this course is to introduce students
to basic concepts in physical geography…
(please read course description in the syllabus)
Since it is an introductory course, it is assumed
students have little or no background in physical
• Topics covered include the atmosphere, atmospheric
processes, weather, geographic patterns of climate, the
biosphere, soil and vegetation processes, the
hydrosphere, water in all of its phases, the formation,
modification, and distribution of various landforms, and
• You will gain an understanding of the geographic
perspective within natural and environmental sciences,
including place, space, map scale, map projection,
spatial connection, and spatial diffusion.
• You will better understand how to use maps, in
particular, the geographic distribution of natural
• You will learn about the four environmental spheres,
atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere,
and how they interact across the surface of the Earth.
In particular, you will learn the role of humankind within
Assignments & Grading
• Weekly Discussions 18 @ 10
points each = 180
• Chapter Quizzes 14 @ 10
points each = 140
• Map Quizzes 5 @ 25 points
each = 125
• Exams 4 @ 100 = 400
• Project 1 @ 115 = 115
• Total Possible = 960
• 100-90% 906-864 A
• 89-80% 863-768 B
• 79-70% 767-672 C
• 69-60% 671-576 D
• 59-0% 576-0 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.
Weekly Reading & Map Studies
Each week you will be required to read
chapters of your text and/or study your maps.
You will have a posting assignment based on
the reading or map study and you will be
quizzed on the material as well.
• There will be a discussion
assignment for each week of the
• Topics will be selected from the
current material for that week.
• Posting assignments will be due
one week after they are assigned
at 11:59 PM.
There will be a quiz for each
chapter in the textbook.
Quizzes will be posted each week on
Quizzes will be due one week after
they are posted by 11:59 PM.
There will be 14 quizzes.
The format will be multiple choice,
true/false, and or matching.
Quiz questions may be used on
You will want to take notes from your
quizzes and study them.
You can always access the
quizzes you have taken so you
can study from them-go into
“My Grades” on Blackboard and
click your score, that will take
you into yourr quiz.
Timed: 30 minutes
We will study the physical features of Earth.
Colored pens or pencils will be helpful.
You will have five map quizzes.
North America 25 points
South America 25 points
Europe 25 points
Asia 25 points
Africa 25 points
Total 125 points
Also given using Blackboard
Timed 30 minutes
1 week close at 11:59 PM
There will be four exams.
Exams will be given using Blackboard.
The format will be multiple choice, true and
false, and/or matching.
Each exam will be worth 100 points.
The final exam will be cumulative.
A study guide will be available for each exam.
Also given using Blackboard
Timed: 60 minutes
ONE chance – close 11:59 PM
You are required to create a presentation
for this Physical Geography course.
You will be able to choose from a list of
Details will be posted on the class web
• The dates, topics, assignments, and due
dates in the syllabus are tentative.
• There may be changes, it is your
responsibility to stay informed of changes.
• I recommend you make friends…
Class Web Page
• I have created a web page for your class.
• All of the presentations and maps used in class
are posted there already.
• Each chapter has supplemental material as well,
like videos and pictures or articles that connect
the topics to our lives in the real world.
• I would like you to be familiar with the class web
page, but you do not need to worry about
navigating it yourself. Each week, I will link the
appropriate pages to Blackboard. You just need
to follow the links each week.
– Feel free to explore the page if you would like though.
Late Work and Exams
Late work ...
You are allowed one late
assignment. This can be a
quiz, map quiz, exam, or
part of your project. Use this
Late work will not be allowed
after the end of class this
semester, so use this option
in a timely manner as well.
It is your responsibility to drop if you
decide you want to.
If you stop doing your work and you do
not drop, you will receive an F.
If you miss your assignments two
consecutive weeks in a row and you do
not contact me, I may drop you – but do
not rely on this, ultimately it is your
responsibility to drop the class should
you decide to.
Some extra credit may be assigned throughout
It must be turned in by the end of the semester,
if I have not stated a due date.
There is an extra credit link on the class web
I also give extra credit for donating blood – send
me a picture to prove you did it, I give extra
credit for getting your ed plan done, send me a
picture or scan of your current ed plan, and I
give extra credit for posting pictures of clouds.
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
Any incidences of cheating or plagiarism will
be reported to the deans office.
Please refer to San Bernardino Valley
College’s policy on academic honesty.
I encourage the use of cell
phones for geography, please
note apps posted to the class
web page that relate to the
You are carrying around a
small computer!! LOL when I
was a kid these things took up
whole rooms!! Young people
are so lucky! Use it for
everything you can!
• If you need accommodations for this course,
please contact me.
• 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 (909) 384-4443.
• Blackboard will be used for this class.
– You will need to log in to Blackboard to take
your quizzes and exams and links to your
• If you have questions about blackboard, stay after
class, I am here to help.
• The best way to reach me is by e-mail.
• My e-mail address is:
• My mailbox is located in the Physical
• You may text me at (760) 440-8977 and
you can leave voice mail at this number
• You may be asked to
leave class if you
disrupt the learning
process for others. This
includes talking during
lecture or during
presentations. If you
are asked to leave, and
disciplinary action is
taken, you may be
suspended from the
next class meeting.
I left this slide in the intro because I want
To issue a caution to all of you – I
expect you to be respectful of each other
Through any class communication –
this means postings or discussions or
group work. Treat other people the way
you want to be treated. If you are
having a bad day and feel like
posting something negative, just
walk away from the computer and
come back when you are in a better
mood. I will not tolerate any meanness or
bullying and the same rules apply to you
that apply to in class students as far as your
conduct with each other.
For Online Students…
At this time, I would like you to look at the
Schedule in your syllabus…
Note that it is quite detailed, you have information
On the topics being covered each week, what opens on
Blackboard, what closes, when parts of your project are due,
When maps studies happen, and when exams happen.
Service Available For Your
• EOPS 384-4412
• Counseling – Educational
• Childcare Center
• Veterans Services
• Health Center 384-4495
• Tutoring Services
• Student Success Centers
• Open Computer Labs
– Has a club
– Has its own counselor
– Has money for book
grants and more
And more… If you need something, there is probably an
office on campus that can help, ask me too.
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
Examines the natural processes occurring at
Earth’s surface that provide the physical setting for
Branches of Geography
The next two slides list some of the various
branches of geography, both human and
This is to give you an idea of the depth of this
Once you read the National Geographic
Standards, you will have a better idea of what
these kinds of geographers do in the real world.
Branches of Human Geography
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
Encompasses all living
organisms of the Earth
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
• Complete survey, post an introduction, read this PPT
and National Geographic Standards PPT, Read
Chapters One and Two & take quizzes 1 & 2.