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Introfall 2016 14week

  1. 1. Geography 110 Physical Geography Reference # 4362 Sect. 71 14 Week Online Course Professor Lisa Schmidt
  2. 2. Important Information • Professor Lisa Schmidt • Ref. 4362 • 14 Week Online Class • • Fall 2016 • (909) 384-5221 Voice Mail • (760) 440-8977 Text or Voice Mail •
  3. 3. Physical Geography • 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 world.
  4. 4. Textbooks  Required  McKnight’s Physical Geography 11th Edition  McKnight and Hess  ISBN-13: 978- 0321820433  Recommended  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 A digital version of the text is available, link on web page. Text can also be rented at Amazon, and a Kindle edition is available.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. Required Materials  Internet Access  Access to a computer – not just a tablet or a phone  Pencils  Pens  Paper
  7. 7. Recommended Materials  Colored Pens or Pencils For map studies
  8. 8. Course Description  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 geography.
  9. 9. Course Description • 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 the lithosphere.
  10. 10. Course Objectives • 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 phenomena. • 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 the environment.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. Weekly Discussions • There will be a discussion assignment for each week of the course. • 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.
  14. 14. Chapter Quizzes  There will be a quiz for each chapter in the textbook.  Quizzes will be posted each week on Blackboard.  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 exams.  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 2 chances
  15. 15. Map Quizzes  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 2 chances 1 week close at 11:59 PM
  16. 16. Exams  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
  17. 17. Presentation/Project  You are required to create a presentation for this Physical Geography course.  You will be able to choose from a list of topics.  Details will be posted on the class web page.
  18. 18. Changes • 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…
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 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 wisely… Late work will not be allowed after the end of class this semester, so use this option in a timely manner as well.
  21. 21. Dropping  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.
  22. 22. Extra Credit  Some extra credit may be assigned throughout the semester.  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 page.  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.
  23. 23. 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 San Bernardino Valley College’s policy on academic honesty.
  24. 24. Cell Phones  I encourage the use of cell phones for geography, please note apps posted to the class web page that relate to the various chapters…  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!
  25. 25. Disability Accommodations • 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.
  26. 26. Blackboard • 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 assignments. – • If you have questions about blackboard, stay after class, I am here to help.
  27. 27. Contact Information • The best way to reach me is by e-mail. • My e-mail address is: • My mailbox is located in the Physical Science building. • You may text me at (760) 440-8977 and you can leave voice mail at this number too.
  28. 28. Note
  29. 29. Disruptive Behavior • You may be asked to leave class if you disrupt the learning process for others. This includes talking during lecture or during classmate's 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…
  30. 30. Course Schedule 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.
  31. 31. For Your Success
  32. 32. For Your Success
  33. 33. Service Available For Your Success • EOPS 384-4412 • Counseling – Educational 384-4404 & Psychological 384-4495 • Childcare Center 384-4440 • Veterans Services 384-4441 • Health Center 384-4495 • Tutoring Services • Student Success Centers • Open Computer Labs • STEM-Science Technology Engineering Mathematics – 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.
  34. 34. What is Geography?  The scientific study of the Earth's surface and its various climates, countries, peoples, and natural resources.
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. Branches of Geography  The next two slides list some of the various branches of geography, both human and cultural.  This is to give you an idea of the depth of this discipline.  Once you read the National Geographic Standards, you will have a better idea of what these kinds of geographers do in the real world.
  37. 37. Branches of Human Geography  Developmental Geography  Economic Geography  Medical Geography  Transportation Geography  Urban Geography  Cultural Geography  Historical Geography  Political Geography  Population Geography  Demography
  38. 38. Branches of Physical Geography  Biogeography  Climatology  Coastal Geography  Environmental Geography  Geomorphology  Glaciology  Hydrology  Oceanography  Paleogeography
  39. 39. 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
  40. 40. 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
  41. 41. Week One Assignments • Complete survey, post an introduction, read this PPT and National Geographic Standards PPT, Read Chapters One and Two & take quizzes 1 & 2.