World Regional Geography Geography 120Professor Lisa Schmidt
Important Information• Ref. 4042• Fridays 9:00-11:50 AM• Room: PS 219• Professor Lisa Schmidt• (909) 652-7090• E-mail: Lisa_M_Schmidt@yahoo.com• Office Hours: By Appointment• Class Website http://worldregionswiki.wikispaces.com/
World Regional Geography• World Regional Geography is a study of the major developed and developing regions of the world, with emphasis on an awareness of prevailing world conditions and emerging developments, including the diversity of ideas and practices in various regions.• Major topics will include: – culture, religion, language, landforms, climate, agriculture, and economic activities.
Textbooks• Fundamentals or World Regional Geography (3rd Edition) – This book is REQUIRED. – 978-1133113782• National Geographic College Atlas of the World (2nd Edition) – This book is REQUIRED. – 978-1426201967• Geography Coloring Book (3rd Edition) – This book is NOT required, only recommended – ISBN-13: 978-0131014725
Required Materials• Pens, Pencils, Paper• Internet Access – Recommended: Colored Pens or Pencils for Map Study
Course Objectives1) To introduce students to several important problems, events, and issues that affect the world today.2) To provide students with a basic introduction to several means for analyzing these relevant issues.3) To become proficient in using information systems such as maps, graphs, models, and statistical data.4) To analyze human systems, physical systems, and interrelationships between the two.
Course Objectives5) To form critical viewpoints by becoming aware of and being able to assess the general political, economic, and social development issues of the world.6) To develop a knowledge of the relative locations of places in the world -- major states, cities, and geographical features.7) To be able to provide critical evaluation of various viewpoints concerning a specific issue expressed through several means of communication, such as written, oral, and/or visual material; and to be able to organize and communicate their findings effectively.8) To acquire and improve general reading, writing, and analytical skills that can be applied to personal and professional endeavors in and beyond the World Geography course.
Geography Course Objectives1) To become thoroughly conversant with the global/regional issues presented in class and in the readings.2) To be able to demonstrate effectively the ability to synthesize, evaluate, and form well- informed opinions about contemporary global and regional issues.3) To be able to acknowledge and critically evaluate various viewpoints concerning a specific issue.
• 1 Presentation worth 100 points• 11 Chapter Quizzes worth 10 points each for a total of 110 points• 5 Map Quizzes worth 25 points each for a total of 125 points• 4 Exams worth 100 points each for a total of 400 points• 6 News Groups worth 10 points each for a total of 60 points• Random Participation Points up to 100 possible – Total Possible Points = 895
• Grades will be calculated based on the following:
Presentation You are required to give a presentation for this class. The presentation will be on a place. It may be done in groups with instructor approval. It may be done as a video with instructor approval.
Chapter Quizzes• Chapter Quizzes will be given using Blackboard.• You must use a computer with an internet connection to take the quizzes.• They will consist of 20 multiple choice, true/false, or matching questions.• There will be a quiz on EACH chapter of your textbook.• Quizzes open after class and stay open for one week.• You may take quizzes twice before they close.• Quizzes will close ONE WEEK after they are posted at 8:30 AM.
Map Quizzes Map Quizzes will be based on in-class map studies. They will be given using Blackboard, you will have a week to complete maps quizzes. Map Quizzes will close ONE WEEK after they are posted at 8:30 AM.
Exams Exams will be given using Blackboard and will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions. You must use a computer with an internet connection to take your exams. If you do not know how to use Blackboard, stay after and I will help you.
News Groups You will join a group for this class and present current events each week with your group. Groups will be divided by parts of the world. You MUST make and account on the class web page so you can post your news. You are to post news on your groups web page before each class. You will present you news in class. Details are posted on the class web page.
Random Participation Points• 100 Random points have been built into the points for this course.• At any time I decide (usually after the break) I can assign pop quizzes, or participation points.• If you are not here when this happens, then you will not receive those points.
Late Work and Missed Exams or Quizzes • Late work will not be accepted. • There will be no make-up of missed exams or quizzes. • Do not ask me to open exams or quizzes after their due dates.
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 so that you are not inadvertently dropped.• You may also be dropped for excessive tardiness. – Excessive tardiness is 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 the class.• If you miss class, it is YOUR responsibility to obtain notes or ANY other information, including schedule changes.
E-mailing Assignments• I do not accept assignments by e-mail. – If you are having trouble making it to class when something is due, contact me and we will make other arrangements.
Last Day to Turn in Work• The last day that extra credit or any late work will be accepted is May 10, 2012.• NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE!
Dropping• If you wish to drop this course, you must do so formally.• Not dropping the course may result in a grade of an F.
Presentation Dates• Your presentations will be scheduled.• If you do not present on your scheduled date, you will lose points.
Extra Credit• Some extra credit may be offered during the semester.• It will be announced in class and your attendance will be required to take advantage of it.
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 Crafton Hills College policy on academic honesty.
Cell Phones• 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 during lecture.• Phones should be set to silent mode when in class.
Disabled Students Programs and Services• If you have, or think you have a disability which may interfere with your ability to perform in this class, please speak with me immediately regarding any accommodations and contact the Disabled Students Programs and Services Office at (909) 384-4443.
Blackboard• Blackboard will be used during this course.• You must use Blackboard to take your quizzes and exams.
Contact Information• The BEST way to reach me if you have any questions or concerns is by e-mail. My e-mail address is: Lisa_M_Schmidt@yahoo.com
Class Web Page• Please visit the class web page at http:// worldregionswiki.wikispaces.com• You will find documents, maps, links, videos and more.• You will post your news to the class web page.
Disruptive Behavior• You may be asked to leave the classroom if you are disrupting the learning process of others. This includes talking during lecture or during classmates presentations. If you are asked to leave, you may be suspended from the next class if disciplinary action is taken.
Note About Dates, Topics, and Assignments• All dates, topics, point totals, and assignments are tentative.• I reserve the right to change them throughout the course as may become necessary.
For Your Success• Tutoring Services• Library• Student Success Center• Writing Center• Health Center• Counseling• Childcare
Where Computers Are Available on Campus• Library• Student Success Center See the campus map in your syllabus!
• Get in groups of _______• Designate a leader of your group.• Group leaders: record the names of your group members on a piece of paper.• As a group, look through all of the things you have brought to class with you, see where they are made.• Group leaders: record the items and the places they were made.
What do you know about theseplaces?• Where are they?• How big is that country?• What is the capital city like?• What’s the weather like there?• What kind of money do they use?• What kind of economic system do they have?• What kind of political system do they have?• What language do the people speak?• What religion(s) are they?• Is there a male or female preference for the manufacturing of a particular item?• How old do you think the person who made your stuff is?
What is Geography?The scientific study of the Earths surface and itsvarious climates, countries, peoples, and naturalresources.
Fields of Geography• Human or Cultural • Physical Geography Geography – Examines the natural – Deals with social, processes occurring at economic, and Earth’s surface that behavioral processes provide the physical setting for human activities
Branches of Human Geography• Cultural Geography• Regional Geography• Developmental Geography• Economic Geography• Medical Geography• Historical Geography• Political Geography• Population Geography• Demography• Transportation Geography• Urban Geography
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