GGP 315 World Physical Geography
F1T 2006 DL
MA in Geography
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21 Aug - 15 Oct 2006
Textbook: Geosystems, sixth edition by Robert W. Christopherson, Pearson Prentice Hall-ISBN-0-13-153117-4 (6th edition).
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Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: Introduction 1, 9 points, 0.9% of grade Weekly discussions 8, 96 points, 9.60%of Weekly Quizzes 6, 90 points, 9 % of grade Weekly Research Reports 7, 105 points, 10.50% of grade Final Research Paper 1, 200 points, 20.0% of grade Midterm Exam 1, 200 points, 20.0% of grade Final Exam 1, 300 points, 30.0% of grade Total 1000 points,100.0% of grade Criteria for grading Introduction, Weekly discussion These are participation items, and receive full points for all entries that are relevant Course Grading Scale Your final letter grade will be assigned at the end of the term based on the points earned for the class according to the following table. Letter Grade Points Percentage A 900-1000--90-100% B 800-899-- 80-89.9% C 700-799-- 70-79.9% D 600-699-- 60-69.9%
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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: This course is interdisciplinary in that it encompasses a wide range of subjects in a geographic context. The scope of physical geography includes 1) the earths position in the solar system and its orbit and daily rotation (astronomy); 2) the atmosphere, weather, and climate (meteorology); 3) water on the land, under the ground and in the oceans (hydrology); 4) all things that live on earth, and where they are found (biology); 5) soil, soil formation, and soil properties (soil science); 6) The rocky earth, volcanoes, mountains, and earthquakes (geology); 7) and the superficial processes that shape the landscapes: rivers, groundwater, wind, ice, and ocean waves (more geology). In addition, you will learn the basics of physics and chemistry necessary to understand these processes. In every section we will discuss the impact of these processes on people, and the impact that people have on these processes. However, an extensive discussion of political and cultural divisions is beyond the scope of this class.
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Students should be able to accomplish the following at the end of class:
1. Use a variety of maps and understand coordinate systems and projections.
2. Describe Earth's orbital setting, and explain how the Earth's orbit affects the seasons in different climatic zones.
3. Describe the earth's atmosphere and the basic physical principles by which energy, air masses, and moisture travel through the atmosphere causing weather and climate.
4. Understand a weather report, and be able to explain why a particular locale has a certain type of climate.
5. Understand how materials are naturally recycled.
6. Explain the physical controls that govern the formation of soils and the distribution of plant and animal life on Earths.
7. Explain how Earth's internal systems interact with the atmosphere to form the full spectrum of land forms.
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