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GGP 315 World Physical Geography
Greenwald, Lester K.


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Course

GGP 315 World Physical Geography

Semester

UU 2007 HO

Faculty

Greenwald, Lester K.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Ed.
M. Ed

Office Location

SCI 010

Office Hours

12:15 - 1:15  Tues. and Thurs.  SCI 010 GIS Lab.

Daytime Phone

(913) 433-3873 cell

E-Mail

lester.greenwald@park.edu

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

1:20 - 3:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

   Physical Geography : a landscape appreciation Tom L. McKnight, Darrel Hess – 9th ed. 2008 Pearson Prentice Hall. The 2008 publishing date is correct. Obviously, the text has been printed, but the supplements such as the study guide have not. We will use my copy of the 8th edition of the guide. I’ll make copies where necessary. It should not be a major problem.

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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

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:

   Four exams; the first three have 20 Multiple Choice questions, 10 T-F, and 20 points written. The written part will be two essays, each about half a page long, handwritten. The fourth exam will have 20 additional MC questions on major concepts from all the chapters in the text.

    A term paper approximately 7-10 pages long on a topic you choose with my approval before you start writing it. We will discuss details in class. I will expect college level work in all respects.

    Three or four written answers to assigned questions at the end of chapters in the text. Each answer will be handwritten or typed double-spaced, about half a page in length. Each answer will be worth a maximum of 10 points.

    Class Participation – You will add to the class in a positive way when you actively participate in class activities. You will have the opposite effect when you don’t. For example, we will have short quizzes for the purpose of allowing you to see how well you understand information or concepts. Grades on these will not go into the grade book. If you take these lightly and don’t focus on them, our time and efforts are being wasted. I will keep notes on each student to arrive at a fair grade.

Grading:

  Grades will be determined by dividing the number of points you have by the number of points possible, expressed as a percentage. This will be done with each individual grade. Points for the final grade will come from:

            40% of your average on tests

            30% of your average on written answers to questions at the end of chapters

            20% of your term paper grade

            10% of your grade for class participation

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 

Turning in work late cannot always be avoided, of course. We all have families who can get sick, or jobs we need to keep. I only ask that you inform me ahead of time about an absence due (for example) to a doctor who refuses to give you an appointment at a different time. For each absence I require a statement written by you or someone else which justifies your absence.

   Cutting class is a very bad idea. Most late submission of work is due to cutting class. Attending class, and being on time, and not leaving early will help assure a good grade for class participation and a good grade in general.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

   It should not be necessary to even discuss this topic. There is so little time for us in this course that wasting it on problems in conduct is just unacceptable. My expectations are; common sense, common courtesy, and use of the golden rule, at a minimum. I will show very little leeway.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The reason for the sequence of chapters we will use is that some of the more difficult concepts come in studying the atmosphere and weather, chapters 3-8. These will come near the end of the course when you are used to the text and our class. More on that in class. The tests will be at the end of the class on weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8. You will have plenty of time to complete them without worrying about running out of time.

 

Here is the overall plan, week by week: Dates are on Thurs. each week because the exams are on those dates.

 

Week 1 June 7 Ch’s 1,2, and 9

 

Week2 June 14 Ch’s 12 and 13 and exam 1 on Ch’s 1, 2, 9, 12, and 13

 

Week 3 June 21 Ch’s 14, 15, and 16

 

Week 4 June 28 Ch’s 17 and 18 and exam 2 on Ch’s 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18

 

Week 5 July 5 Ch’s 19, 20, 3, and 4

 

Week 6 July 12 Ch’s 5 and 6 and exam 3 on Ch’s 19, 20, 3, 4, 5, and 6

 

Week 7 July 19 Ch’s 7, 8, 10, and 11 Term paper is due on this date.

 

Week 8 July 26 Review and exam 4 on Ch’s 7, 8, 10, and 11 and 20 MC questions from previous chapters.

 

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 .


Attachments:
GGP 315 DESE Geography Standards.doc

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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