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GGP 315 World Physical Geography
Mohr, David W.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

GGP 315 World Physical Geography

Semester

F2DD 2006 DC

Faculty

Mohr, David W.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Park University, DSCC, Columbus, OH

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(937) 257-4351

Other Phone

(740) 506-1357

E-Mail

David.Mohr@park.edu

David.Mohr@wpafb.af.mil

Semester Dates

October 23 to December 17, 2006

Class Days

U----FS

Class Time

Fri 5:00 - 10:45 PM; Sat & Sun 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation; McKnight, Tom L., and Hess, Darrel; Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Inc,; 8th ed., 2005.

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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 instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, Internet, videos, and writings.  The goal of effective learning is to transfer skills and knowledge to real-world application.  The instructor's function is to advance learning by providing guidance and feedback. 

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:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on examinations and practical exercises.

Grading:

Examinations:  Two (2) exams, 50 points each = 100 points

Chapter Exercises:  Twenty (20) exercises, 10 points each = 200

Participation:  Ten (10) sessions, 5 points each = 50

 

Grading Distribution:

A = 90% - 100% (315 - 350 points)

B = 80% - 89% (280 - 314 points)

C = 70% - 79% (245 - 279 points)

D = 60% - 69% (210 - 244 points)

F = 59% and lower (0 - 209 points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  1. Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning and end of each class session.
  2. Excused absences will be granted at the instructor's discretion.  It is the student's responsibility to make up anything missed in class.
  3. This course will consist of class discussion, small group, and lecture.  The student is expected to participate in class discussions and group work.  Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.
  4. There will be two exams, a midterm and final.  Examinations will be from reading assignments.
  5. Periodic written homework assignments are required in this course.  Either MLA or APA is acceptable.  For more information on both formats, visit the Academic Support Center.
  6. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
  7. A group project presentation is required in this course.  The group project  requirements will be discussed the first night of class.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Friday, Oct 26th

Introduction & Overview; Chapters 1-2; Chapter Exercises 1-2

Saturday, Oct 27th

Chapters 3-6; Chapter Exercises 3-6

Sunday, Oct 28th

Chapters 7-10; Chapter Exercises 7-10

Midterm Exam

Friday, Dec 1st

Chapters 11-12; Chapter Exercises 11-12

Saturday, Dec 2nd

Chapters 13-16; Chapter Exercises 13-16

Sunday, Dec 3rd

Chapters 17-20; Chapter Exercises 17-20

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

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

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

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 .



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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