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GGP 315 World Physical Geography
Dattilo, Benjamin F.


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Course

GGP 315 World Physical Geography

Semester

S2T 2007 DL

Faculty

Dattilo, Benjamin F.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD Geology 1994 University of Cincinnati
MS Geology 1988 Brigham Young University
BS Geology 1986 Brigham Young University

Office Location

In the Deep Dark Hills of Eastern Kentucky

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

606-368-2567

Other Phone

606-368-2567; Fax: (815)301-8305

E-Mail

benjamin.dattilo@park.edu

Semester Dates

19 March 2007 to 13 May 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

none

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Geosystems, Sixth Edition,

Pearson Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2006

Author: Robert W. Christopherson<

ISBN: 0-13-153117-4

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Course Description:
Examination of the major physical elements that comprise the earth's environmental surface on a global basis-water, landforms, climate, vegetation, and soil; their continuous interaction and relevance to man's occupancy of the earth on a global basis. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The core educational tool of this course is the term paper. The philosophy behind assigning such a paper is that the student learns general principles when he/she uses these principles to explain specific situations. To this end, each student is asked to write a paper explaining the full geographic characteristics of a single location.  In researching the geographic characteristics of a place and explaining why they are a certain way, the student learns more about how earth systems work in general..  For example, in the process of explaining why a particular place has a certain climate, the student gains an understanding of climate in general. In addition to the term paper, student learning is supported by  discussions with the instructor and the other students, and by regular objective quizzes

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the basic processes of, and interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.
  2. Evaluate geographic patterns to the earth's physical environment (soil, vegetation, climate, earthquakes, winds, etc.) that result from various processes.
  3. Assess the effects humans have on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.
  4. Solve problems or make predications by analyzing the physical geography of a particular place.


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Introduction: For your first assignment, introduce yourself to the rest of the class by entering the introductions discussion found in the Course Home This will be graded as part of participation, and  is due at the end of the first week

Discussions: Discuss the week's reading, lectures, and your own research progress with the rest of the class each week. Each weekly unit includes a discussion board where you can do this. At least two entries on research,  weekly reading and lectures, or news items of interest are due, one by Thursday, and the other by the end of each week. Any relevant discussion, whether questions, comments answers or all three, will earn full points as part of your participation grade

Reasearch Project: the research project for this class is to thoroughly investigate the physical geography of one place on earth, such as the area of a National Park, the area around a city, or a county area. The project includes weekly Research Progress Reports and a Final Research Paper

Research Progress Reports: A weekly Research Progress Report is due at the end of weeks 1-7. To make a report, download a form, fill it out, and drop it in the weekly drop box provided. Specific grading criteria are listed in the form.

Final Research Paper: The research paper is due by Wednesday of week 8. The final paper is a compilation of all of the weekly Research Progress Reports and should be a final, polished example of your own writing and research. Submit the final Research Paper as a file in MS Word, RTF, or PDF format using the drop box provided.

 

The research paper has the following format:

 

File Format: Submit the paper as a word processor document, a PDF document, or use other formats as approved by the instructor.

 

Cover Page: Include a cover page with the following information: title, author, date, class

 

Abstract: Include a 1 page abstract. An abstract is a fact-rich synopsis of the paper. The abstract does not; tell the reader what the paper is about; rather it provides the reader with a condensation of the actual facts and conclusions presented in the paper.

 

Length: Include the equivalent of 10-15 double spaced pages of text. Other parts of this paper, such as cover page, abstract, summary, references cited, and illustrations do not count as text.

 

Headings: Use headings at more than one level. A heading is an internal title to a section of the paper. Note that different levels of heading are indicated by different font formatting, alignments and relationships to text. You are free to choose the formatting of different headings, and most word processors have built-in heading styles. It is important to be consistent.

 

Citations. Include at least 1 citation for each chunk of information tin your paper. A citation is an annotation which indicates that information was taken from a particular source. Any fact that you obtained from researching should appear in the paper accompanied by a citation. Citations generally refer back to a “References Cited” list. One format for citations is: “author (YYYY)” or “(author, YYYY)”. An example: It rains a lot in Brazil (Smith, 1999). Another method is to assign each reference a number, and to insert these numbers after facts as superscripts after the fact is mentioned in the text. An example: it does not rain a lot in the Sahara1. The superscript “1” will correspond to an article listed in the “References Cited” section. Use any format you like, but be consistent.

References Cited.  Include at least a 1 page list of references for which citations exist. Note that a list entitled “References Cited” is not exactly the same as a “bibliography” though they are similar. Both contain enough information about each source that the source can be identified and found by the reader. However, each source listed in a References Cited must actually have a citation in the text. Formats for a reference list vary radically; choose one that is sufficient to identify each source and stick to it. If you use numbers to identify references in the text, be sure to include them prominently in the list of References Cited.

 

Quizzes: To test your understanding of the reading materials, there will be a weekly multiple choice quiz for weeks 1-3, 5-7. This weekly quiz is due at the end of the week.

 

Midterm Exam: The midterm exam is comprehensive through week 4, and includes multiple choice, short answer, and essay type questions. It is an open book exam and is due at the end of week 4

Final Exam: The final exam, administered and due during week 8, will be comprehensive and will include multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. You will have two hours to take this proctored exam, and it will be a closed book/ closed notes exam. Here is more information to help you prepare for and take the proctored final A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. 

 

http://www.park.edu/online/proctoredform.asp Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

Grading:

Point Values for Graded Items

 

 Task  number  points each
 total points
 total percent
 Introduction  1  9  9  0.9%
 Weekly Discussions
 8  12  96  9.6%
 Weekly Quizzes
6 15 90 9.0%
 Weekly Research Reports
7 15 105 10.5%
 Final Research Paper
1
200
 200  20.0%
 Midterm Exam
 1  200  200  20.0%
Final Exam
 1  300  300 30.0%
Total      1000 100.0%


Criteria for grading introduction and discussions

 

One entry is required for introductions, and any relevant entry will receive full points.  Two entries are required for weekly discussions, and each entry is worth 6 points.  Any reasonable and timely entry will receive full points.

 

Criteria for grading quizzes, midterm, and final exam

 

These are quiz items and each question will be clearly associated with a point value. Multiple choice questions receive full points or no points; short answer and essay questions may receive partial points. If total possible points for a quiz or exam do not add up to the points listed above, then score will be normalized before posting in the grade book.

 

Criteria for grading weekly research reports

 

For submitting assignment in proper format: 5 points

For the content of your report: 5 points

For proper scholarship—references: 5 points

Total: 15 points

 

Criteria for grading final research paper

 

For Following Instructions

Includes Title Page: 10

Includes Abstract: 10

Includes Headings: 10

Adequate Length: 10

Contains Citations in Text: 10

Utilizes Quality of Sources: 10

Total for Following Instructions: 60

Quality of Content

Location: 16

Climate: 16

Hydrology: 16

Biology and soils: 16

Geology: 16

Total for Quality of Content: 80

Finesse

Writing Quality Basic Grammar: 30

Advanced Grammar/Rhetoric: 20

Quality of Organization: 10

Total for Finesse: 60

Total Points: 200

 

  

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.

 

 Grade  Points  Percent
 A  900 - 1000  90.0% - 100.0%
 B  800 - 899
 80.0% - 89.9%
 C  700 - 799
 70.0% - 79.9%
 D
 600 - 699
 60.0% - 69.9%
 F  Below 600
Below 60.0%


If overall scores are particularly low, the instructor has the discretion to relax these criteria slightly

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Given the possibility of late adds and problems with ordering books, there is an automatic one-week grace period for the first two weeks of work. Because grades are due immediately after the end of term, work may not be accepted after the last day of the term, Sunday night, week 8. Normally work is due at the end of the week that it is assigned unless otherwise indicated. Work submitted after the deadline is subject to up to a 5% per day penalty. Work that is more than a week late may not be accepted. Late penalties may be waved for medical and work emergencies, at the descretion of the instructor. If you anticipate problems finishing any work on time, contact your instructor to make arrangements.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is an online class and requires adherence to some basic rules of online etiquette.  Mainly, avoid making disparaging remarks about others, particularly other participants, in the classroom discussions. Do not use offensive or lewd language, and avoid steering too far off topic in topical discussions.  Remember that private conversations, including conversations with the instructor, are best carried out through email, where you may be able to express yourself more directly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

03/19/07-03/25/07: Week 1/Earth systems, maps, the seasons/Chapters 1, 2/discussion, quiz, research report

03/26/07-04/01/07: Week 2/Atmosphere, heat, temperature/Chapters 2,4,5/discussion, quiz, research report

04/02/07-04/08/07: Week 3/wind, water, weather/Chapters 6,7,8/discussion, quiz, research report

04/09/07-04/15/07: Week 4/water and climate/chapters 9,10/discussion, midterm exam, research report

04/16/07-04/22/07: Week 5/The solid earth and the crust/chapters 11,12,13/discussion, quiz, research report

04/23/07-04/29/07: Week 6/surficial processes/chapters 14,15,16,17/discussion, quiz, research report

04/30/07-05/06/07: Week 7/soils, ecosystems and biomes/chapters 18,19,20/discussion, quiz, research report

05/07/07-05/13/07: Week 8/the Human denominator/discussion, term paper, final exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89
There is a “no tolerance policy” for cheating in effect in this class. If cheating is caught, the students involved will receive a zero grade for the assignment, and will be reported to Park University administration as a matter of routine. In some cases (see below) this will result in a failing grade for the class.  See also “Plagiarism” below.

Much of the work in this class is open book/ take home material, and weekly quizzes are given on an “unlimited” basis.  So “cheating” on objective (multiple choice) quiz questions would be both difficult to define and impossible to detect.  It is understood that you attempt quiz questions on your own and that you do not ask for help from other students to answer them, but different students get different sets of questions, so the discussion would actually benefit learning.  

Midterm exams include both multiple choice and essay type questions.  Essay questions should be answered in the student's own words, and any evidence of plagiarism (see below) will be counted as cheating.  DO NOT PLAGIARIZE ESSAY ANSWERS from other students, the book, or any other source.  Use your own words, or, under very rare circumstances, use quotations marks and cite the source of the information.

The final exam is to be taken under the supervision of a proctor.  Any attempt to circumvent the proctoring system, or any evidence of copied/plagiarized work (evidence of “successfully” circumventing the system) on the final exam will result in a failing grade for the entire class.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
This course contains a lot of written assignments and the temptation to copy work is very strong. The instructor will search specifically for evidence of copying.  Plagiarized weekly research progress reports will be returned to the student with a zero grade and without opportunity for resubmission. The final paper is meant to be a finished product, and if plagiarism is detected in this paper, the paper will earn a zero grade, and there will be no opportunity for resubmission. For many students this will result in an F for the class. If the plagiarism is extensive and appears willful, the student will earn an F for the class, no matter how many points the student has earned on previous work.

Attendance Policy:
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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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 "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

The Core Learning
Outcomes for this course address the following education standards:


 1.         Explain the basic processes of and
interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.


·       
Relevant MoSTEP Standards:  Standards (1999): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.2,
1.2.1.2.1.1, 1.2.1.2.1.2, 1.2.1.2.1.3, 1.2.1.2.1.4, 1.2.1.2.1.5, 1.2.1.2.2.2,
1.2.1.2.2.3, 1.2.1.2.2.4, 1.2.1.2.3.2, 1.2.1.2.3.3, 1.2.1.2.3.4, 1.2.1.2.4.1,
1.2.1.2.4.2, 1.2.1.2.4.3, 1.2.1.2.5.1, 1.2.1.2.5.2, 1.2.1.2.6.2, 1.2.1.2.6.3,
1.2.1.2.7.3, 1.2.1.2.8.1, 1.2.1.2.8.2, 1.2.1.2.8.3, 1.2.1.2.8.4, 1.2.1.2.9.1,
1.2.1.2.9.2, 1.2.1.2.9.3, 1.2.1.2.10.1, 1.2.1.2.10.2, 1.2.1.2.10.3, and
1.2.1.2.10.4; Competencies (January 2004): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.3,
1.2.1.1.1.4, 1.2.1.1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.2.3, 1.2.1.1.3.1, 1.2.1.1.3.2, 1.2.1.1.3.5,
1.2.1.1.3.6, 1.2.1.1.4.1, 1.2.1.1.4.2, 1.2.1.1.4.3, 1.2.1.1.5.1, 1.2.1.1.5.2,
1.2.1.1.5.7, 1.2.1.1.6.1, 1.2.1.1.6.3, 1.2.1.1.6.4, 1.2.1.1.6.6, 1.2.1.1.6.7,
1.2.1.1.6.8, 1.2.1.1.6.9, 1.2.1.1.7.1, 1.2.1.1.7.3, 1.2.1.1.7.4, 1.2.1.1.7.5,
and 1.2.1.1.7.6; Competencies (March 2005): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.2,
1.2.1.1.1.3, 1.2.1.1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.2.2, 1.2.1.1.2.3, 1.2.1.1.2.4, 1.2.1.1.3.1,
1.2.1.1.3.2, 1.2.1.1.3.4, 1.2.1.1.3.5, 1.2.1.1.4.1, 1.2.1.1.4.2, 1.2.1.1.4.3,
1.2.1.1.7.1, 1.2.1.1.7.3, 1.2.1.1.7.4, 1.2.1.1.7.5, 1.2.1.1.7.6, 1.2.1.1.8.1,
1.2.1.1.8.3, and 1.2.1.1.8.4; Competencies (April 2005):  1.2.1.1.1.1., 1.2.1.1.1.2., 1.2.1.1.2.1.,
1.2.1.1.2.2., 1.2.1.1.2.3., 1.2.1.1.2.4., 1.2.1.1.4.3., and 1.2.1.1.7.1.


·       
NMSA/NCATE Standards:  Knowledge—1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.6,
3.10, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 5.7, 5.8, 6.2, 6.3, 6.9, 7.2; Performance—1.2, 1.3, 1.4,
1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 1.10, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.8,
6.3, 6.6, and 7.1.


·       
NAEYC Standards: 
4c.


·       
ACEI Standard: 
2.4


·       
NCSS Standards: 
2.2.1., 2.2.8., and 2.2.11.


·       
NCGE Standards: 
1, 8, and 11.


·       
Assessment Artifacts for MoSTEP Portfolio:
Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report, Report/Observation Paper.


 2.         Evaluate
geographic patterns of the earth.


·       
Relevant MoSTEP Standards:  Standards (1999): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.2,
1.2.1.2.1.1, 1.2.1.2.1.2, 1.2.1.2.1.3, 1.2.1.2.1.4, 1.2.1.2.1.5, 1.2.1.2.2.2,
1.2.1.2.2.3, 1.2.1.2.2.4, 1.2.1.2.3.2, 1.2.1.2.3.3, 1.2.1.2.3.4, 1.2.1.2.4.1,
1.2.1.2.4.2, 1.2.1.2.4.3, 1.2.1.2.5.1, 1.2.1.2.5.2, 1.2.1.2.6.2, 1.2.1.2.6.3,
1.2.1.2.7.3, 1.2.1.2.8.1, 1.2.1.2.8.2, 1.2.1.2.8.3, 1.2.1.2.8.4, 1.2.1.2.9.1,
1.2.1.2.9.2, 1.2.1.2.9.3, 1.2.1.2.10.1, 1.2.1.2.10.2, 1.2.1.2.10.3, and
1.2.1.2.10.4; Competencies (January 2004): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.3,
1.2.1.1.1.4, 1.2.1.1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.2.3, 1.2.1.1.3.1, 1.2.1.1.3.2, 1.2.1.1.3.5,
1.2.1.1.3.6, 1.2.1.1.4.1, 1.2.1.1.4.2, 1.2.1.1.4.3, 1.2.1.1.5.1, 1.2.1.1.5.2,
1.2.1.1.5.7, 1.2.1.1.6.1, 1.2.1.1.6.3, 1.2.1.1.6.4, 1.2.1.1.6.6, 1.2.1.1.6.7,
1.2.1.1.6.8, 1.2.1.1.6.9, 1.2.1.1.7.1, 1.2.1.1.7.3, 1.2.1.1.7.4, 1.2.1.1.7.5,
and 1.2.1.1.7.6; Competencies (March 2005): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.2,
1.2.1.1.1.3, 1.2.1.1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.2.2, 1.2.1.1.2.3, 1.2.1.1.2.4, 1.2.1.1.3.1,
1.2.1.1.3.2, 1.2.1.1.3.4, 1.2.1.1.3.5, 1.2.1.1.4.1, 1.2.1.1.4.2, 1.2.1.1.4.3,
1.2.1.1.7.1, 1.2.1.1.7.3, 1.2.1.1.7.4, 1.2.1.1.7.5, 1.2.1.1.7.6, 1.2.1.1.8.1,
1.2.1.1.8.3, and 1.2.1.1.8.4; Competencies (April 2005):  1.2.1.1.1.1., 1.2.1.1.1.2., 1.2.1.1.2.1.,
1.2.1.1.2.2., 1.2.1.1.2.3., 1.2.1.1.2.4., 1.2.1.1.4.3., and 1.2.1.1.7.1.


·       
NMSA/NCATE Standards:  Knowledge—1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.6,
3.10, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 5.7, 5.8, 6.2, 6.3, 6.9, 7.2; Performance—1.2, 1.3, 1.4,
1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 1.10, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.8,
6.3, 6.6, and 7.1.


·       
NAEYC Standards: 
4c.


·       
ACEI Standard: 
2.4


·       
NCSS Standards: 
1.3.1., 1.3.2., 2.2.4., 2.2.7., 
and 2.2.10.


·       
NCGE Standards: 
4, 7, and 10.


·       
Assessment Artifacts for MoSTEP Portfolio:
Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report, Report/Observation Paper.


 3.         Assess the
effects human have on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.


·       
Relevant MoSTEP Standards:  Standards (1999): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.2,
1.2.1.2.1.1, 1.2.1.2.1.2, 1.2.1.2.1.3, 1.2.1.2.1.4, 1.2.1.2.1.5, 1.2.1.2.2.2,
1.2.1.2.2.3, 1.2.1.2.2.4, 1.2.1.2.3.2, 1.2.1.2.3.3, 1.2.1.2.3.4, 1.2.1.2.4.1,
1.2.1.2.4.2, 1.2.1.2.4.3, 1.2.1.2.5.1, 1.2.1.2.5.2, 1.2.1.2.6.2, 1.2.1.2.6.3,
1.2.1.2.7.3, 1.2.1.2.8.1, 1.2.1.2.8.2, 1.2.1.2.8.3, 1.2.1.2.8.4, 1.2.1.2.9.1,
1.2.1.2.9.2, 1.2.1.2.9.3, 1.2.1.2.10.1, 1.2.1.2.10.2, 1.2.1.2.10.3, and
1.2.1.2.10.4; Competencies (January 2004): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.3,
1.2.1.1.1.4, 1.2.1.1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.2.3, 1.2.1.1.3.1, 1.2.1.1.3.2, 1.2.1.1.3.5,
1.2.1.1.3.6, 1.2.1.1.4.1, 1.2.1.1.4.2, 1.2.1.1.4.3, 1.2.1.1.5.1, 1.2.1.1.5.2, 1.2.1.1.5.7,
1.2.1.1.6.1, 1.2.1.1.6.3, 1.2.1.1.6.4, 1.2.1.1.6.6, 1.2.1.1.6.7, 1.2.1.1.6.8,
1.2.1.1.6.9, 1.2.1.1.7.1, 1.2.1.1.7.3, 1.2.1.1.7.4, 1.2.1.1.7.5, and
1.2.1.1.7.6; Competencies (March 2005): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.2, 1.2.1.1.1.3,
1.2.1.1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.2.2, 1.2.1.1.2.3, 1.2.1.1.2.4, 1.2.1.1.3.1, 1.2.1.1.3.2,
1.2.1.1.3.4, 1.2.1.1.3.5, 1.2.1.1.4.1, 1.2.1.1.4.2, 1.2.1.1.4.3, 1.2.1.1.7.1,
1.2.1.1.7.3, 1.2.1.1.7.4, 1.2.1.1.7.5, 1.2.1.1.7.6, 1.2.1.1.8.1, 1.2.1.1.8.3,
and 1.2.1.1.8.4; Competencies (April 2005): 
1.2.1.1.1.1., 1.2.1.1.1.2., 1.2.1.1.2.1., 1.2.1.1.2.2., 1.2.1.1.2.3.,
1.2.1.1.2.4., 1.2.1.1.4.3., and 1.2.1.1.7.1.


·       
NMSA/NCATE Standards:  Knowledge—1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.6,
3.10, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 5.7, 5.8, 6.2, 6.3, 6.9, 7.2; Performance—1.2, 1.3, 1.4,
1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 1.10, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.8,
6.3, 6.6, and 7.1.


·       
NAEYC Standards: 
4c.


·       
ACEI Standard: 
2.4


·       
NCSS Standards: 
1.3.4., 1.3.5., 1.3.8., 2.2.3., 2.2.5., 2.2.6., 2.2.9., 2.2.12.,
2.2.13., 2.2.14., 2.2.15., and 2.2.16.


·       
NCGE Standards: 
3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16.


·       
Assessment Artifacts for MoSTEP Portfolio:
Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report, Report/Observation Paper.


 


4.         Solve
problems or make predications by analyzing the physical geography of a
particular place.


·       
Relevant MoSTEP Standards:  Standards (1999): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.2,
1.2.1.2.1.1, 1.2.1.2.1.2, 1.2.1.2.1.3, 1.2.1.2.1.4, 1.2.1.2.1.5, 1.2.1.2.2.2,
1.2.1.2.2.3, 1.2.1.2.2.4, 1.2.1.2.3.2, 1.2.1.2.3.3, 1.2.1.2.3.4, 1.2.1.2.4.1,
1.2.1.2.4.2, 1.2.1.2.4.3, 1.2.1.2.5.1, 1.2.1.2.5.2, 1.2.1.2.6.2, 1.2.1.2.6.3,
1.2.1.2.7.3, 1.2.1.2.8.1, 1.2.1.2.8.2, 1.2.1.2.8.3, 1.2.1.2.8.4, 1.2.1.2.9.1,
1.2.1.2.9.2, 1.2.1.2.9.3, 1.2.1.2.10.1, 1.2.1.2.10.2, 1.2.1.2.10.3, and
1.2.1.2.10.4; Competencies (January 2004): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.3,
1.2.1.1.1.4, 1.2.1.1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.2.3, 1.2.1.1.3.1, 1.2.1.1.3.2, 1.2.1.1.3.5,
1.2.1.1.3.6, 1.2.1.1.4.1, 1.2.1.1.4.2, 1.2.1.1.4.3, 1.2.1.1.5.1, 1.2.1.1.5.2,
1.2.1.1.5.7, 1.2.1.1.6.1, 1.2.1.1.6.3, 1.2.1.1.6.4, 1.2.1.1.6.6, 1.2.1.1.6.7,
1.2.1.1.6.8, 1.2.1.1.6.9, 1.2.1.1.7.1, 1.2.1.1.7.3, 1.2.1.1.7.4, 1.2.1.1.7.5,
and 1.2.1.1.7.6; Competencies (March 2005): 1.2.1.1.1.1, 1.2.1.1.1.2,
1.2.1.1.1.3, 1.2.1.1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.2.2, 1.2.1.1.2.3, 1.2.1.1.2.4, 1.2.1.1.3.1,
1.2.1.1.3.2, 1.2.1.1.3.4, 1.2.1.1.3.5, 1.2.1.1.4.1, 1.2.1.1.4.2, 1.2.1.1.4.3,
1.2.1.1.7.1, 1.2.1.1.7.3, 1.2.1.1.7.4, 1.2.1.1.7.5, 1.2.1.1.7.6, 1.2.1.1.8.1,
1.2.1.1.8.3, and 1.2.1.1.8.4; Competencies (April 2005):  1.2.1.1.1.1., 1.2.1.1.1.2., 1.2.1.1.2.1.,
1.2.1.1.2.2., 1.2.1.1.2.3., 1.2.1.1.2.4., 1.2.1.1.4.3., and 1.2.1.1.7.1.


·       
NMSA/NCATE Standards:  Knowledge—1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.6,
3.10, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 5.7, 5.8, 6.2, 6.3, 6.9, 7.2; Performance—1.2, 1.3, 1.4,
1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 1.10, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.8,
6.3, 6.6, and 7.1.


·       
NAEYC Standards: 
4c.


·       
ACEI Standard: 
2.4


·       
NCSS Standards: 
1.3.3., 1.3.6., 1.3.7., 2.2.2., 2.2.17., and 2.2.18.


·       
NCGE Standards: 
2, 17, and 18.


·       
Assessment Artifacts for MoSTEP Portfolio:
Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report, Report/Observation Paper.


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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work clearly, effectively, and impressively integrates the concepts identified in all of the core learning outcomes Written work appropriately integrates the concepts identified in 3-4 of the core learning outcomes Written work demonstrates minimal evidence of integrating the concepts identified in at least 3 of the core learning outcomes;

or only integrates concepts from 1-2 core learning outcomes
 
Written work does not indicate an integration of concepts from any of the core learning outcomes 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all 4 parts of the homework assignment Written work generally provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all 4 parts of the homework;

or written work does not provide analysis for 1 out of 4 of the parts of the homework assignment
 
Written work provides vague or superficial analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the homework;

or written work does not provide analysis for 2 parts of the homework assignment  
 
Written work does not provide analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the homework assignment 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each part of the homework. Written work generally provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio, although discussion may be vague or incomplete for 1 part of the homework Written work provides vague or superficial discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio; or discussion is not included for 2-3 parts of the homework. Written work does not provide any discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the parts of the homework. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Multiple examples of terms discussed through the course, that are relevant to the core learning outcomes, are used appropriately throughout the homework assignment A variety of terms discussed through the course, that are relevant to the core learning outcomes, are used throughout the homework assignment, however 1-2 may be incorrectly or inaccurately used Only a few terms discussed through the course, that are relevant to the core learning outcomes, are used in the homework assignment;

or 3-5 may be incorrectly or inaccurately used
 
Written work does not include the use of any relevant terms discussed in the course;

or all of the terms are incorrectly or inaccurately applied
 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work demonstrates a clear and thorough understanding of the major geographic concepts relevant to all 4 parts of the homework and the core learning outcomes Written work generally demonstrates a clear and thorough understanding of the major geographic concepts relevant to all 4 parts of the homework and the core learning outcomes, however it may be obvious that 1-2 of the concepts are not well understood Written work contains evidence that 3-5 of the major geographic concepts relevant to all 4 parts of the homework or the core learning outcomes are not well understood There is no evidence presented that indicates an understanding of any of the major geographic concepts relevant to the homework 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All 4 parts of the homework demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 3 out of 4 parts of the homework demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 2-3 parts of the homework fail to demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes None of the parts of the homework demonstrate a clear or appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All 4 parts of the homework are professionally presented and are entirely free of spelling or grammatical errors All 4 parts of the homework are professionally presented but they may contain a minimal amount of spelling or grammatical errors (less than 4) The homework is lacking in professionalism in its style and manner of presentation;

or the written work contains several spelling or grammatical errors (5-8)
 
The portfolio is entirely lacking in professionalism in its style and manner of presentation;

or the written work contains numerous spelling or grammatical errors (9+)
 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All written work within the homework is entirely error-free in the following format items: introduction, methods, discussion, conclusion, References, and  length Written work within the portfolio contains only 1-2 errors in the following format items: introduction, methods, discussion, conclusion, References, and  length Written work within the portfolio contains 3-4 errors in the following format items: introduction, methods, discussion, conclusion, References, and  length Written work within the portfolio contains numerous errors in the following format items: introduction, methods, discussion, conclusion, References, and  length 

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