GGH312 Military Geography

for U1T 2008

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GGH 312 Military Geography


U1T 2008 DL


Allison, LeAnn


Adjunct Instructor


MS Mississippi State University
BS University of Mississippi

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Semester Dates

6/2/2008 -7/27/2008

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Military Geography for Professionals and the Public
John M. Collins
Brassey's Edition (originally published by the National Defense University Press
ISBN 1-57488-180-9

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Additional Resources:

Introduction to Geography
Getis, Getis and Feldman
ISBN 0-0725183-X
CIA World Fact Book
or you can order from a local bookstore

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Course Description:
An examination of human and physical geography and the role it plays in military planning of operations, its role in the eventual military outcomes, and a detailed analysis of how their results impacted the local and global society. Historic examples from around the world will be utilized for investigations. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
On-line learning is very similar to a traditional classroom.  Even though you are not meeting face-to-face, you are required to learn the same amount of material.  My advise to you would be to spend the same amount of time on this course as you would a traditional course.  You spend approximately 5 hours a week in the classroom, so spend at least 5 hours a week reading your lectures, taking quizzes, and exploring the information available in your virtual classroom.  Spend additional time studying for your tests, writing papers and additional homework.  If you do this, you should suceed in the virtual classroom.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate how phuscal and human geographic factors influence militar operations and provide examples.
  2. Apply the knowledge, especially of maps to access geographic advantages and disadvantages to a setting.
  3. Explain the roles and missions of the various militaries throughout the world and throughout history.
  4. Analyze the evolving relationship between the military and the environment.
Class Assessment:
Each week you will have regular learning activities:
READINGS....Text and supplemental readings
LECTURE....Powerpoint presentations with limited audio.  (The audio wll draw attention to particularly important subject matter.)
DISCUSSIONS....Respond at least one topic each week, and post a response to a classmate's posting.
QUIZZES....complete the map quizzes week 2, week 4, and week 5.
EXAMS....Complete the semester exams week 2, week 4, week 6; and the comprehensive (proctored) final exam during week 8.
TERM PAPER....In addition to the above weekly assignments, a 6-10 page term paper is required.  The subject should address the geographic influence on a particular battle or campaign.  The paper should include a historical context of the situation; a geographic overview; the specific geographic impact on the tactics, strategy and/or actual operations; and the outcome.
Possible topics, but are not limited to:  Normandy, 1940 German Invasion of the West, Crete, Market Garden, Barbarossa 1941, Dien Bien Phu, Anzio, Desert Storm, Khe Sanh, etc.
This paper should be in APA, MLA or similar format.
Appropriate maps and references must be included.
The paper topic must be submitted by Sunday of week 2, and the final document submitted by Sunday of week 7.


Possible Points
Total Points 
 Total Percentage
 10 points each 
 80 points
 Map Quizzes
 1, 3, 5
 25, 25, 20
 70 points
 2, 4, 6
 47, 47, 53
 147 points
Term Paper
50 points
100 points
447 points


Letter Grade Number of Points Percentage
A 402-447 90-100%
B 358-401 80-89.99%
C 313-357 70-79.99%
D 268-312 60-69.99%
F 000-267 00-59.99%
I will round up if all of your work for the term is completed.  There can be no missing or late (without prior approval) for this to apply.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date (except for work due week 8).  There will be a 10% penalty for late work.  Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed without PRIOR approval.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class attendance and participation are expected.  You have 7 days to complete the work for the week.  In accordance with University Policy, attendence will be taken and reported.  Any student who has 2 consecutive weeks of unexcused absence will be administratively withdrawn.  All students will be accountable for all materials presented throughout the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


June 2-June 8   

Readings:  Chapters 1-2
Clausewitz's Elements of Strategy
Physical/Cultral Factors and Strategy
Historical Perspective
Elements of Global Position
Discussion (10 points)
Map Quiz - Europe (25 points)
2 June 9-June15  
Readings:  Chapters 2 & 8
Natural Resources/Raw Materials
Populations and Cultural Areas
A World at War
Power and Distance
Attack or Defend
Geographic Concepts and Maps
Discussion (10 points)
Submit Term Paper Topic
Exam #1 (47 points)
3 June 16-June 22
Readings:  Chapters 3, 4, & 5
Physical Geography Overview
Geomorphology and Plate Techtonics
Earth Materials and Physical Forces
Discussion (10 points)
Map Quiz - South America (25 points)
4 June 23-June 29
Readings:  Chapters 3, 4, 5 & 6
Weather and Climate
Earth's Inclination and Seasons
Air Pressure/Winds/Ocean Currents
Precipitation and Storms
Discussion (10 points)
Exam #2 (47 points)
5 June 30-July 6
Readings:  Chapter 9
Human Geography/Demography/Birth and Death Rates
Population Pyramids/Demographic Transition
Elements of Cultural Geography
Discussion (10 points)
Map Quiz - Asia (20 points)
6 July 7-July 13
Readings:  Chapters 9, 14, 15, 16
Political Geography/The Modern State
National Boundaries
Economic Geography/Systems/Classifications
Agriculture and Manufacturing
Discussion (10 points)
Exam #3
7 July 14-July 20
Readings:  Chapter 10
Urban Geography/History and Economic Base
Urban Setlement/Central Place Theory
Internal Urban Structure
Discussion (10 points)
Submit Term Paper
8 July 21-July 27
Readings:  Chapters 11 & 17
Operations Overview
Amphibious Assault
Urban Warfare
Guerilla Warfare
Discussion (10 points)
Comprehensive Final Exam (100 points)

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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