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Mon 840 fall 2011

  1. 1. Physical Geography Geography 101 Professor Lisa Schmidt Section 36812 Mondays and Wednesday 8:40-10:05 PM
  2. 2. Welcome to Geography 101! <ul><li>In this class you will learn the basic elements of geography. </li></ul><ul><li>We will study climate, landforms, water, soils, and native plants and animals. </li></ul><ul><li>We will examine the inter-relationships between these things and we will look at their patterns of distribution throughout the world. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Textbooks <ul><li>Required </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Geography California Edition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>McKnight and Hess </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>ISBN 0-558-11417-2 </li></ul><ul><li>Required </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goode’s World Atlas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ISBN 0-528-65000-3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or any recent World Atlas that contains physical maps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recommended </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Geography Coloring Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wynn Kapit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>978-0131014725 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Alternate Texts <ul><li>You may use older editions of this book. </li></ul><ul><li>Details can be found here: http:// /Textbooks </li></ul>
  5. 5. Required Materials <ul><li>Pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Pens </li></ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Access </li></ul>
  6. 6. Recommended Materials <ul><li>Colored Pens or Pencils </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For map studies </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Course Description <ul><li>The goal of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts in physical geography… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Since it is an introductory course, it is assumed students have little or no background in physical geography. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Course Objectives <ul><li>By the end of this course you should be able to do the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain why we have seasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe the function and composition of the atmosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss the earth's hydrologic cycle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe the structure of the solid earth and relate it to phenomena such as earthquakes, mountain ranges and volcanoes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate the effects of the atmosphere and the hydrosphere on the lithosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare and contrast the earth's ecosystems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify various landforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be more geographically literate! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Grading Scale <ul><li>3 Exams 100 points each = 300 points </li></ul><ul><li>14 Chapter Quizzes 10 points each = 140 points </li></ul><ul><li>5 Map Quizzes 25 points each = 125 points </li></ul><ul><li>1 Presentation = 100 points </li></ul><ul><li>100 Random Points=100 points </li></ul><ul><li>Total Points Possible = 765 </li></ul><ul><li>100-90% 765-688 A </li></ul><ul><li>89-80% 687-612 B </li></ul><ul><li>79-70% 611-535 C </li></ul><ul><li>69-60% 534-459 D </li></ul><ul><li>59-0% 458-0 F </li></ul>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. 10. Exams <ul><li>There will be three exams. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to log in to Blackboard for each exam. </li></ul><ul><li>The format will be multiple choice, true and false, and/or matching. </li></ul><ul><li>Each exam will be worth 100 points. </li></ul><ul><li>Exams will close at 8:00 PM on their due dates. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Chapter Quizzes <ul><li>There will be a quiz for each chapter we cover in the textbook. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quizzes will be posted on Blackboard after each lecture. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You must be connected to the internet to complete the quizzes. See syllabus for campus locations. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quizzes will be due one week after they are posted by 8:00 PM. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There will be 14 quizzes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The format will be multiple choice, true/false, and or matching. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quiz questions may be used on exams. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You will want to take notes from your quizzes and study them. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Map Quizzes <ul><li>We will study the physical features of Earth. </li></ul><ul><li>You MUST bring your atlas to class on map study nights. </li></ul><ul><li>Colored pens or pencils will be helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>You will have five map quizzes. </li></ul><ul><li>Map Quizzes will be given using Blackboard and will also close at 8:00 PM. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>North America 25 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South America 25 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Europe 25 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asia 25 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa 25 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total 125 points </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Presentation <ul><li>A presentation is required for this class. </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations will be no less than five minutes and no more than ten. </li></ul><ul><li>You may choose from a list of topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations MAY be done in groups with instructor approval. </li></ul><ul><li>A video may be created as an alternative to a presentation. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Random Points <ul><li>These may be assigned at any time during this course. </li></ul><ul><li>This could be and assignment or simply an attendance check. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Late Work <ul><li>Late work will not be accepted. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not ask to have quizzes or exams opened if you miss them. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Absences and Tardiness <ul><li>I reserve the right to drop students who miss class twice. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have to miss class, you should stay in contact with me if you do not want to be dropped. </li></ul><ul><li>You may be dropped for excessive tardiness. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This means being more than five minutes late, more than three times. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you are going to be late, come in quietly and take a seat WITHOUT interrupting lecture. </li></ul>
  17. 17. E-mailing Assignments/My Mailbox <ul><li>Assignments will NOT be accepted by e-mail. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Last Day to Turn in Work <ul><li>The last day that extra credit work or late work (if it has been approved), will be accepted is Dec 7th. </li></ul><ul><li>No exceptions will be made. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Dropping <ul><li>If you decide to drop, you must do it formally. </li></ul><ul><li>If you stop coming to class, I have no way of knowing if you want to drop or receive and F. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I will give F’s, it is your responsibility to drop. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Graded Work <ul><li>It is your responsibility to pick up graded work. </li></ul><ul><li>You should keep all of your graded work until you receive your final grade. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not only for this class but all of your classes! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All graded work will be held for 30 days after the end of the semester then discarded. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Extra Credit <ul><li>Some extra credit may be assigned throughout the semester. </li></ul><ul><li>It will be announced in class and you must be present in order to take advantage of it. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Academic Honesty <ul><li>Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any incidences of cheating or plagiarism will be reported to the deans office. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please refer to Victor Valley College’s policy on academic honesty. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Cell Phones and Texting <ul><li>Use of cell phones for talking or texting during class is inappropriate . </li></ul><ul><li>You may be asked to leave the classroom if you are talking or texting on your phone during lecture. </li></ul><ul><li>Phones should be set to silent mode when in class. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Blackboard <ul><li>Blackboard will be used for this class. </li></ul><ul><li>You must use Blackboard for your quizzes, map quizzes, and exams. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You will also find PowerPoint lectures, study guides, blank maps, grades and course documents. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you have questions about blackboard, stay after class, I am here to help. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Disabled Students Programs and Services <ul><li>If you need accommodations for this course, please see me after class. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>There is help available. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Contact Information <ul><li>The best way to reach me is by e-mail. </li></ul><ul><li>My e-mail address is: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>My mailbox is located the Liberal Arts Building (Building 30, our building) </li></ul><ul><li>My voice mail is (760) 245-4271 ext. 8585. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I do not check my voice mail as often as my e-mail. </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Note bout Schedule and Topics <ul><li>All dates, topics, point totals, and assignments are tentative. </li></ul><ul><li>I reserve the right to make changes as they may become necessary throughout the semester. </li></ul><ul><li>Should you happen to miss class, it is you responsibility to obtain information about any changes. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Class Schedule… <ul><li>Please take a moment to look at the schedule in your syllabus. </li></ul><ul><li>Notice when quizzes are due, when map studies are, when exams are, and when your paper is due. </li></ul>
  29. 29. For Your Success <ul><li>There are computers available for your use on campus in the library and in the ATC. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See the map on the syllabus… </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. What is Geography? <ul><li>The scientific study of the Earth's surface and its various climates, countries, peoples, and natural resources. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Fields of Geography <ul><li>Human or Cultural Geography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deals with social, economic, and behavioral processes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Physical Geography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examines the natural processes occurring at Earth’s surface that provide the physical setting for human activities </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Branches of Physical Geography <ul><li>Biogeography </li></ul><ul><li>Climatology </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Geomorphology </li></ul><ul><li>Glaciology </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrology </li></ul><ul><li>Oceanography </li></ul><ul><li>Paleogeography </li></ul>
  33. 33. Branches of Human Geography <ul><li>Developmental Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Political Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Population Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Demography </li></ul>
  34. 34. Tools Geographers Use <ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper representations of space showing point, line, or area data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Or more simply put, locations, connections, and regions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Remote Sensing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aircraft or spacecraft provide images of earth’s surface </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GIS or Geographic Information Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerful computer mapmaking software connected to data bases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mathematical Modeling and Statistics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used to understand natural and human phenomenon </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. What we will be studying… <ul><li>Four great physical realms or spheres of Earth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Atmosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The gaseous layer that surrounds the earth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lithosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The outermost solid layer of the Earth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hydrosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The liquid realm of the Earth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encompasses all living organisms of the Earth </li></ul></ul></ul>