GGH312 Military Geography

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GGH 312 Military Geography


SP 2009 HO


Ochsenhirt, Robert L.


Adjunct Faculty - Geography


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

Office Location

SCI 013

Office Hours

11:30AM - 12:30PM   Tuesdays and Thursdays

Daytime Phone

(785) 856-7124

Other Phone

(330 819-6129


Semester Dates

January 12, 2009 - May 09, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM


Instructor Approval

Credit Hours



John M Collins;  "Military Geography For Professionals And The Public";  Brassey's Edition (Originally published by the National Defense University Press);  ISBN 1-57488-180-9

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Additional Resources:

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

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Course Description:
GGH312 Military Geography (MLL) An examination of human and physical geography and the role it plays in military planning of operations, its role in the eventual military outcomes, and a detailed analysis of how their results impacted the local and global society. Historic examples from around the world will be utilized for investigations. 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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Evaluate how physical and human geographic factors influence military operations and provide historical examples.
  2. 2. Apply cartographic knowledge to assess geographic advantages and disadvantages within a military context.
  3. 3. Explain the roles and missions of various militaries throughout the world and throughout history
Class Assessment:
Class assessment will consists of four (4) Exams, a Term Paper (see separate document) and a comprehensive Final Examination.  the examinations will predominately consists of true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, etc type questions.  Class room participation will determine all borderline grades.


The four (4) examinations will be worth 64, 61, 64 and 68 possible points. 
The Term paper is worth 50 points and the Final Exam is worth 112 points.
The four (4) map quizzes are worth 20, 16, 20 and 20 possible points.
The total possible points for the course is 495.
The Grading Scale is as follows.....
A   446 - 495
B   396 - 445
C   347 - 395
D   297 - 346
F   000 - 296

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.  A five 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, attendence 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 student's 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 material presented during a class session. Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE        TOPIC/EXAMINATION   (Subject to Change)
Jan 13         Introduction
Jan 15         Overview
Jan 20         Overview
Jan 22         Overview
Jan 27         Regional Geography
Jan 29         Regional Geography (Submit Term Paper Topic)
Feb 03         Exam No 1
Feb 05         Physical Geography
Feb 10         Physical Geography
Feb 12         Map Quiz / So America;  Weather & Climate
Feb 17         Weather & Climate
Feb 19         Exam No 2
Feb 24         Human Geography
Feb 26         Human Geography
Mar 03         Geopolitics
Mar 05         Geopolitics
Mar 10         NO CLASS - Spring Break
Mar 12         NO CLASS - Spring Break
Mar 17         Exam No 3
Mar 19         Map Quiz / Asia; Economic Geography
Mar 24         Economic Geography
Mar 26         Urban Geography
Mar 31         Map Quiz / Europe; Urban Geography
Apr 02         Urban Geography;  Submit Term Paper
Apr 07         Exam No 3
Apr 09         Operations - Amphibious
Apr 14         Operations - Amphibious
Apr 16         Map Quiz / Africa; Operations - Urban
Apr 21         Operations - Urban
Apr 23         Operations - Guerilla
Apr 28         Operations - Guerilla
Apr 30         Review
May 05         Final Exam / 10:15AM - 12:15PM

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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