GG 315 World Physical Geography
F1T 2006 DLA
08/21/06 - 10/09/06
Textbook: Geosystems (6th edition) Robert W. Christopherson ISBN: 0-13-153117-4
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Failure to take the final proctored exam or final project will result in an automatic "F" grade. Item Number Each Total Points Percentage Introduction 1 9 9 0.9 Weekly Discussion 8 12 96 9.6 Weekly Quizzes 6 15 90 9.0 Weekly Research 7 15 105 10.5 Final 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, Weekly Discussion. These are participation items, and receive full points for all entries that are relevant. Criteria for grading Quizzes, Midterm, and Final: 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 Progress Reports: Item Points Assignment Submitted 5 For Content (broken down in each week) 10 Criteria for grading Final Research Project: Item Points For Following Proper Format Title Page 10 Abstract 10 Headings 5 Adequate Length 10 Citations in Text 15 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
Grammar & Organization Writing Quality Basic Grammar 30 Advanced Grammar/Rhetoric 20 Quality of Organization 10 Total for Grammar & Organization 60
Total Points 200
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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: 8/21/06-8/27/06: Week 1/Earth systems, maps, the seasons/Chapters 1, 2/discussion, quiz, research report 8/28/06-9/3/06: Week 2/Atmosphere, heat, temperature/Chapters 2,4,5/discussion, quiz, research report 9/4/06-9/10/06: Week 3/Wind, water, weather/Chapters 6,7,8/discussion, quiz, research report 9/11/06-9/17/06: Week 4/Water and climate/chapters 9,10/discussion, midterm exam, research report 9/18/06-9/24/06: Week 5/The solid earth and the crust/chapters 11,12,13/discussion, quiz, research report 9/25/06-10/1/06: Week 6/Surficial processes/chapters 14,15,16,17/discussion, quiz, research report 10/2/06-10/8/06: Week 7/Soils, ecosystems and biomes/chapters 18,19,20/discussion, quiz, research report 10/9/06-10/15/06: Week 8/The Human denominator/discussion, term paper, final exam
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