GGP 315 World Physical Geography
U1T 2007 DLA
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Textbook: Geosystems, sixth edition by Robert W. Christopherson, Pearson Prentice Hall-ISBN-0-13-153117-4 (6th edition).
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass 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. At least two entries on research, weekly reading and lectures, or news items of interest are due by the end of each week. Any relevant discussion, whether questions, comments answers or all three, will earn full points as part of your participation grade. 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 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: 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: 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. 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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 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 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%
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Students should be able to accomplish the following at the end of class:
1. Use a variety of maps and understand coordinate systems and projections.
2. Describe Earth's orbital setting, and explain how the Earth's orbit affects the seasons in different climatic zones.
3. Describe the earth's atmosphere and the basic physical principles by which energy, air masses, and moisture travel through the atmosphere causing weather and climate.
4. Understand a weather report, and be able to explain why a particular locale has a certain type of climate.
5. Understand how materials are naturally recycled.
6. Explain the physical controls that govern the formation of soils and the distribution of plant and animal life on Earths.
The Core Learning Outcomes for this course address the following education standards:
1. Explain the basic processes of and interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.
· Relevant MoSTEP Standards: Standards (1999): 188.8.131.52.1.1, 184.108.40.206.1.2, 220.127.116.11.1.1, 18.104.22.168.1.2, 22.214.171.124.1.3, 126.96.36.199.1.4, 188.8.131.52.1.5, 184.108.40.206.2.2, 220.127.116.11.2.3, 18.104.22.168.2.4, 22.214.171.124.3.2, 126.96.36.199.3.3, 188.8.131.52.3.4, 184.108.40.206.4.1, 220.127.116.11.4.2, 18.104.22.168.4.3, 22.214.171.124.5.1, 126.96.36.199.5.2, 188.8.131.52.6.2, 184.108.40.206.6.3, 220.127.116.11.7.3, 18.104.22.168.8.1, 22.214.171.124.8.2, 126.96.36.199.8.3, 188.8.131.52.8.4, 184.108.40.206.9.1, 220.127.116.11.9.2, 18.104.22.168.9.3, 22.214.171.124.10.1, 126.96.36.199.10.2, 188.8.131.52.10.3, and 184.108.40.206.10.4; Competencies (January 2004): 220.127.116.11.1.1, 18.104.22.168.1.3, 22.214.171.124.1.4, 126.96.36.199.2.1, 188.8.131.52.2.3, 184.108.40.206.3.1, 220.127.116.11.3.2, 18.104.22.168.3.5, 22.214.171.124.3.6, 126.96.36.199.4.1, 188.8.131.52.4.2, 184.108.40.206.4.3, 220.127.116.11.5.1, 18.104.22.168.5.2, 22.214.171.124.5.7, 126.96.36.199.6.1, 188.8.131.52.6.3, 184.108.40.206.6.4, 220.127.116.11.6.6, 18.104.22.168.6.7, 22.214.171.124.6.8, 126.96.36.199.6.9, 188.8.131.52.7.1, 184.108.40.206.7.3, 220.127.116.11.7.4, 18.104.22.168.7.5, and 22.214.171.124.7.6; Competencies (March 2005): 126.96.36.199.1.1, 188.8.131.52.1.2, 184.108.40.206.1.3, 220.127.116.11.2.1, 18.104.22.168.2.2, 22.214.171.124.2.3, 126.96.36.199.2.4, 188.8.131.52.3.1, 184.108.40.206.3.2, 220.127.116.11.3.4, 18.104.22.168.3.5, 22.214.171.124.4.1, 126.96.36.199.4.2, 188.8.131.52.4.3, 184.108.40.206.7.1, 220.127.116.11.7.3, 18.104.22.168.7.4, 22.214.171.124.7.5, 126.96.36.199.7.6, 188.8.131.52.8.1, 184.108.40.206.8.3, and 220.127.116.11.8.4; Competencies (April 2005): 18.104.22.168.1.1., 22.214.171.124.1.2., 126.96.36.199.2.1., 188.8.131.52.2.2., 184.108.40.206.2.3., 220.127.116.11.2.4., 18.104.22.168.4.3., and 22.214.171.124.7.1.
· NMSA/NCATE Standards: Knowledge—1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.6, 3.10, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 5.7, 5.8, 6.2, 6.3, 6.9, 7.2; Performance—1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 1.10, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.8, 6.3, 6.6, and 7.1.
· NAEYC Standards: 4c.
· ACEI Standard: 2.4
· NCSS Standards: 2.2.1., 2.2.8., and 2.2.11.
· NCGE Standards: 1, 8, and 11.
· Assessment Artifacts for MoSTEP Portfolio: Lesson/Demonstration, Field Experience Report, Report/Observation Paper.
2. Evaluate geographic patterns of the earth.
· NCSS Standards: 1.3.1., 1.3.2., 2.2.4., 2.2.7., and 2.2.10.
· NCGE Standards: 4, 7, and 10.
3. Assess the effects human have on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.
· NCSS Standards: 1.3.4., 1.3.5., 1.3.8., 2.2.3., 2.2.5., 2.2.6., 2.2.9., 2.2.12., 2.2.13., 2.2.14., 2.2.15., and 2.2.16.
· NCGE Standards: 3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16.
4. Solve problems or make predications by analyzing the physical geography of a particular place.
· NCSS Standards: 1.3.3., 1.3.6., 1.3.7., 2.2.2., 2.2.17., and 2.2.18.
· NCGE Standards: 2, 17, and 18.
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