GGH200 Geography of United States and Canada

for FA 2006

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GG 200 Geography of the United States and Canada


FA 2006 HO


Ochsenhirt, Robert L.


Adjunct Faculty


BS   Mechanical Engineering    University of Louisville
MS   Geography                       University of Akron

Office Location

SCI 013

Office Hours

11:30AM - 12:45PM....Tuesday and Thursday

Daytime Phone

(785) 856-7124

Other Phone

(330) 819-6129


Semester Dates

August 21 - December 15,2006

Class Days


Class Time

2:25 - 3:40 PM



Credit Hours


McKnight; "Regional Geography Of The United States And Canada"; 4th Edition; Pearson/Prentice Hall;  ISBN #  0-13-101473-0

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Course Description:
This introductory course is designed to closely examine variations in cultural and physical differences in North America. Topics will include water supply,climate, dialect, economics, and population. 3:0:3.   Special emphasis will be placed on agricultural and industrial activities within the various regions of the North American continent, and how these regions interact with one another.   Map exercises will also assist in locating the pertinent features of both the United States and Canada.

Educational Philosophy:
Education is not only a state of mind, but a sense of responsibility.  While professional instruction is almost a necessity, the ultimate outcome of the educational process is more highly dependent upon the input of the students themselves.  Various concepts and ideas will be presented which beg individual interpretation and analysis.  This, in turn, should prompt group discussion and response to various viewpoints.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and evaluate the characteristics and distribution of geographic phenomenon within North America
  2. Identify and locate prominent landmarks in the United States and Canada
  3. Define and analyse the cultural differences between the varios regions within North America.
  4. Explain how the physical landscape has helped to shape the cultural and economoic differences within the continent
Class Assessment:
Class assessment  will consist of four (4) examinations; two (2) map quizzes and one (1) comprehensive final examination.  All examinations will predominately consist of True/False; matching; fill-in-the-blank; etc type questions.  Classroom participation will determine all borderline grades.


The number of points for each exam and map quiz will be determined later. The Grading Scale will be as follows:






Late Submission of Course Materials:
All students are expected to be present on Exam days.  There will be NO makeup of the Final Examination

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class attendence and participation are simply expected.  In accordance with Park University policy, attendance will be taken and reported.  Any student who has two (2) consecutive weeks' of unexcused absences will be administratively withdrawn.  All students will be accountable for any materials presented or discussed during a class period.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain all materials and information missed during a class session from another student, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused by the Instructor.  The Instructor is not responsible for providing the student with any lecture notes or other materials presented during class sessions

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Aug 22 Introduction / Overview

Aug 24 Physiography/Climate/Soils/Vegetation

Aug 29 Population/Urbanization

Aug 31 Urbanization/Regions

Sept 05 Map Quiz No 1 & 2

Sept 07 Exam No 1

Sept 12 Atlantic Northeast

Sept 14 Atlantic NE / French Canada

Sept 19 French Canada

Sept 21 Megalopolis

Sept 26 Megalopolis

Sept 28 Exam No 2

Oct 03 Appalachians & Ozarks

Oct 05 Appal's & Ozarks / Inland South

Oct 10 Inland South

Oct 12 Southeastern Coast

Oct 17 Fall Break  (No Classes)

Oct 19 Fall Break  (No Classes)

Oct 24 Exam No 3

Oct 26 The Heartland

Oct 31 The Heartland

Nov 02 Great Plains & Prairies

Nov 07 Great Plains & Prairies

Nov 09 Exam No. 4

Nov 14 Rocky Mountains

Nov 16 Rockies / Intermontane West

Nov 21 Intermontane West / California

Nov 23 Thanksgiving  (No Classes)

Nov 28 California / Hawaii

Nov 30 North Pacific Coast

Dec 05 North Pacific Coast / Boreal Forest

Dec 07 Boreal Forest

Dec 12 Arctic

Dec 14 Final Examination

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

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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