GGH140 Economic Geography

for SP 2009

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


SP 2009 HO


Ochsenhirt, Robert L.


Adjunct Faculty


BS   Mechanical Engineering     University of Louisville  
MS   Economic Geography        University of Akron

Office Location

SCI 013

Office Hours

11:30AM - 12:30PM   Tuesday & Thursday

Daytime Phone

(785) 856-7124

Other Phone

(330) 819-6129


Semester Dates

January 12, 2009 - May 09, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM


Instructor Approval

Credit Hours


Stutz & Warf; "The World Economy"; Pearson/Prentice Hall: 5th Edition:  ISBN 0-13-243689-2

Additional Resources:
Getis, Getis & Fellman;  "Introduction To Geography"; McGraw Hill:  ISBN 0-07252183-X

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Course Description:
GGH140 Economic Geography (MGE): 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.

Educational Philosophy:
Education is not only a state of mind, but a sense of responsibility.  While professional instruction is almost a necessity, the ultimate outcome of the educational process is more highly dependent upon the input of the students themselves.  Various concepts and ideas will be presented which beg individual analysis and interpretation.  This, in turn, should prompt group discussion and response to various viewpoints

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.
Core Assessment:

·         Multiple Homework assignments

·          Multiple lecture exams (objective and subjective)


Paper Project with map (CA)

Class Assessment:

Class assessment will consist of four (4) examinations; four (4) map quizzes; a "group" term paper, and...if time permits...a "group" presentation; and  one (1) comprehensive final examination.
All examinations will primarily consist of true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, etc type questions.
Class room participation will determine borderline grades.


The four (4) examinations will be worth 58, 44, 52 and 45 possible points.
The four (4) map quizzes are worth 20, 16, 20 and 20 possible points.
The Term Paper is worth 50 points.
The final exam is worth 88 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All students are expected to be present on Exam Days. Missed exams get progressively harder.  There will be NO makeup of the Final Exam.  Afive (5) point deduction will be assessed for each class period the term paper is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class attendence and participation are simply expected.  In accordance with Park University Policy, attndence will be taken and reported.  Any student who has two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences, will be administratively withdrawn.  All students will be accountable for any material presented or discussed during a class period.  It is the students responsibility 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 the student with any lecture notes and/or other materials presented during a class period.  Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE          TOPIC/EXAMINATION  (Subject to change)
Jan 13            Introduction/Basic Geographic Concepts
Jan 15            Overview
Jan 20            Economic Dynamics/Globalization
Jan 22            Development of Capitalism
Jan 27            Map Quiz/So America - Population
Jan 29            Population
Feb 03            Exam No 1
Feb 05            Resources
Feb 10            Resources
Feb 12            Industrial Location
Feb 17            Map Quiz/Asia - Industrial Location - Paper Topic Due
Feb 19            Exam No 2
Feb 24            Agriculture
Feb 26            Agriculture
Mar 03            Manufacturing
Mar 05            Manufacturing
Mar 10            NO CLASS - Spring Break
Mar 12            NO CLASS - Spring Break
Mar 17            Manufacturing
Mar 19            Exam No 3
Mar 24            Services
Mar 26            Services
Mar 31            Map Quiz/Europe - Transportation
Apr 02            Transportation/Communications
Apr 07            Cities & Urban Economics
Apr 09            Cities & Urban Economics
Apr 14            Exam No 4
Apr 16            Business Dynamics
Apr 21            Int'l Trade
Apr 23            Map Quiz/Africa - Int'l Trade
Apr 28            Int'l Trade
Apr 30            The Developing World
May 07            Final Examination - 8:00AM to 10:00AM

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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