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GGP 315 World Physical Geography
Verma, Carol


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

S2T 2008 DL

Faculty

Verma, Carol

Title

Instructor

Office Location

On Line

Office Hours

On Line, e mail, fax or phone

Daytime Phone

937 470 2216

E-Mail

carol.verma@park.edu

Semester Dates

17 March - 11 May 08

Class Days

on line, class week is Monday 12:01AM thru Sunday midnight EST.

Class Time

online, class week is Monday 12:01AM thru Sunday midnight EST.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Geosystems, sixth edition by Robert W. Christopherson, Pearson Prentice Hall-ISBN-0-13-153117-4 (6th edition).

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
http://www.prenhall.com/christopherson
http://www.nps.gov
http://www.nationalparks.com
http://www.usgs.gov
http://www.ametsoc.org
http://www.nws.noaa.gov

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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:

To provide a positive learning experience for the student.
Try to minimize the fear of online participation.
 
Encourage students to post questions and interact with each other.

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.


Core Assessment:

·         Multiple Homework assignments and/or Quizzes

·         Multiple lecture exams (objective and subjective)

·         Portfolio (CA) (consisting of papers
and Homework)

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Graded Items

Introductions: 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. One discussion post (due Thursday midnight EST each week and one peer review due Sunday midnight each week) are required. Any relevant discussion, whether questions, comments answers or all three, will earn full points as part of your participation grade when posted on time.

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 due Wednesday week 8.

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 type: 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.

Text: Include the equivalent of 8-10 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. Maximum of 15 pages all inclusive.

Headings: Use headings at more than one level. A heading is an internal title to a section of the paper. This instruction sheet has 2 levels of heading. The text you are now reading is contained under the first level heading of "Course Requirements" ( see this heading), under the second level heading of "Research Paper" ( see this heading) and under the third level heading of "Headings:" (which is the highlighted word at the beginning of this paragraph). 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 10 citations in the text; and at least 6 citations from primary sources. 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(open book): 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(open book): 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. Detailed review sheet will be provided for the final.
 
Here is more information to help you prepare for and take the proctored final exam:
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.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  

Other Information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

 

Grading:
Grading:
Introduction                  1,    9  points,  0.9% of grade
Weekly discussions      8,   96 points,  9.60% of  grade          
Weekly Quizzes           6,   90 points,   9 % of grade
Weekly Research         7,   105 points, 10.50% of grade
Final Research Paper   1,    200 points, 20.0% of grade due Wednesday week 8
Midterm Exam             1,    200 points, 20.0% of grade
Final Exam                 1,     300 points, 30.0% of grade
Total                                  1000 points,100.0% of grade

Criteria for grading Introduction, Weekly discussion

These are participation items, and receive full points for all entries that are relevant and posted on time.

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.

Letter Grade  Points Percentage
A 900-1000--90-100%
B 800-899-- 80-89.9%
C 700-799-- 70-79.9%
D 600-699-- 60-69.9%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work

Given the possibility of late adds and problems with ordering books, there is an automatic one-week grace period for the first week of work. Because grades are due immediately after the end of term, work will not be accepted after the last day of the term, Sunday night, week 8. Normally work is due at the end of the week( Sunday night) 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 waived 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:
Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This course is interdisciplinary in that it encompasses a wide range of subjects in a geographic context.
 
 The scope of physical geography includes:
 
1) the earths position in the solar system and its orbit and daily rotation (astronomy);
 2) the atmosphere, weather, and climate (meteorology);
 3) water on the land, under the ground and in the oceans (hydrology);
4) all things that live on earth, and where they are found (biology);
5) soil, soil formation, and soil properties (soil science);
6) The rocky earth, volcanoes, mountains, and earthquakes (geology);
 7) and the superficial processes that shape the landscapes: rivers, groundwater, wind, ice, and ocean waves (more geology). In addition, you will learn the basics of physics and chemistry necessary to understand these processes. In every section we will discuss the impact of these processes on people, and the impact that people have on these processes. However, an extensive discussion of political and cultural divisions is beyond the scope of this class.
 
WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Reading Chapters 1 and 2, Lecture, Discussion, Quiz 1(open book), Introduction and Research.
 
Week 2: Reading Chapters 3, 4 and 5, Lecture, Discussion, Quiz 2(open book) and Research.
 
Week 3: Reading Chapters 6, 7 and 8, Lecture, Discussion, Quiz 3 (open book) and Research.
 
Week 4: Reading Chapters 9 and 10, Lecture, Discussion, MIDTERM(open book) and Research.
 
Week 5: Reading Chapters 11, 12 and 13, Lecture, Discussion, Quiz 4(open book) and Research.
 
Week 6: Reading Chapters 14,15,16 and 17, Lecture, Discussion, Quiz 5(open book) and Research.
 
Week 7: Reading Chapters 18,19 and 20, Lecture, Discussion, Quiz 6(open book) and Research.
 
Week 8: Reading Chapter 21, Lecture, FINAL(under proctor supervision), TERM PAPER due on Wednesday, and Discussion.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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