GGH140 Economic Geography

for SP 2007

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


SP 2007 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 - 1:00PM    Tuesday and Thrusday

Daytime Phone

(785) 856-7124

Other Phone

(330) 819-6129


Semester Dates

January 16, 2007 - May 08, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Credit Hours


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Course Description:
The course will introduce the basic concepts and processes underlying the spatial distribution (international and regional) of economic activities. Topics such as agriculture, forestry, industry, and mining will be discussed. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate basic theory of economic geography.
  2. Analyze the basic features of the global economy.
  3. Analyze the relationships between economic resources and geography.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Evaluate and explain differences in national wealth.
  2. 2. Identify the part that populations and resources play in national wealth
  3. 3. Define "business dynamics" and their impact on the world
  4. 4. What is the current state of economic development
Core Assessment:

·         Multiple Homework assignments

·          Multiple lecture exams (objective and subjective)


Paper Project with map (CA)

Class Assessment:

Class assessment will consist of five (5) examinations; six (6) map quizzes; a "group" term paper, and ..if time permits...a "group" presentation; and one (1) comprehensive final examination.

All examinations will consists of true/false; matching; fill-in-the-blank; etc type questions. 

Classroom participation will determine borderline grades.


The number of points for each exam and map quiz will be determined later.  The term paper will be worth 50 points.

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 exam.

Late term paper submittal will result in a five (5) point reduction for each class period after due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class attendance 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 and/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 lecture notes, or other material presented during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Jan 16 Introduction

Jan 18 Basic Geographic Concepts

Jan 23 Economic Overview

Jan 25 Economic Overview

Jan 30 Population

Feb 01 No American Map Quiz/Population

Feb 06 Test No 1

Feb 08 Resouces/Group Paper Topic Due

Feb 13 Resources

Feb 15 Europe Map Quiz/Transportation & Communications

Feb 20 Transportation & Communications

Feb 22 Test No 2

Feb 27 Agriculture

Mar 01 Agriculture

Mar 06 Urban Land Use

Mar 08 South American Map Quiz/Urban Land Use

Mar 13 Spring Break - No Classes

Mar 15 Spring Classes - No Classes

Mar 20 City Locations

Mar 22 Test No. 3

Mar 27 Industrial Plant Location

Mar 29 Asia Map Quiz/Industrial Location

Apr 03 Industrial Location

Apr 05 Test No 4

Apr 10 Int'l Business Dynamics

Apr 12 Int'l Business Dynamics/Group Papers Due

Apr 17 Africa Map Quiz/Int'l Business Patterns

Apr 19 Int'l Business Patterns

Apr 24 Test No 5

Apr 26 Australia Map Quiz/Economic Development

May 01 Economic Development/Presentations

May 03 Presentations

May 08 Final Exam (1:00PM - 3:00PM)

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 2006-2007 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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