GGH312 Military Geography

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GGH 312 Military Geography


FA 2009 HO


Ochsenhirt, Robert L.


Adjunct Faculty


BS.....Mechanical Engineering ; U of Louisville
MS....Economic Geography ; U of Akron

Office Location

SCI 013

Office Hours

11:00AM to Noon ; Mon and Wed

Daytime Phone

(785) 856-7124

Other Phone

(330) 819-6129


Semester Dates

FALL '09.....August 17, 2009 to December 07,  2009

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM


Permission of Instructor

Credit Hours


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

Additional Resources:

Getis, Getis and 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 interpretation and analysis.  This, in turn, should prompt group discussion and response to various viewpoints.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate how physical and human geographic factors influence military operations and provide historical examples.
  2. Apply knowledge, especially of maps to assess geographic advantages and disadvantages within a military context
  3. Explain the roles and missions of various militaries throughout the world and throughout history.
  4. Analyse the evolving relationship between the military and the environment
Class Assessment:
Class assessment will consist of four (4) Exams; four (4) map Quizzes; a Term Paper and a comprehensive Final Examination.  The examinations will primarily consist of True/False; Matching; Fill-In-The -Blank; etc type questions.
Classroom participation will determine all borderline grades.


The four (4) examinations will be worth 57, 55, 57 and 58 points respectively.
The Map Quizzes are worth 20, 16, 20 and 20 points respectively.
The Term paper is worth 50 points; and the Final Examination is worth 112.
The total possible points for the course is 465.
The Grading Scale is as follows.....
A     418 - 465
B     372 - 417
C     325 - 371
D     279 - 324
F     000 - 278

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All students are expected to be present on exam days.  Missed exams not taken the very next class period become progressively more difficult and are generally essay type.
Ther will be NO makeup of the final Exam.
A five (5) point deduction is assessed for each class period that the Term Paper is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class attendence is simply expected.  In accordance with Park University Policy, attendence will be taken and reported.  Any student who has two consecutive weeks of unexcused absenses, 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 absense is excused by the Instructor.  The Instructor is not responsible for providing the student with any lecture notes or other materials presented during a class session. 
Cell phones, pagers, etc are to be turned off in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE           TOPIC/EXAMINATION      (Subject to change)
Aug 17          Introduction
Aug 19          Overview
Aug 24          Overview
Aug 26          Overview
Aug 31          Regional Geography
Sept 02         Reg'l Geog  (Term Paper topic due)
Sept 07         Labor Day  (No Class)
Sept 09         Exam No 1
Sept 14         Physical Geography
Sept 16         Physical Geography
Sept 21         Map Quiz (South America) / Open discussion)
Sept 23         Weather / Climate
Sept 28         Weather / Climate
Sept 30         Exam No 2
Oct 05          Human Geography
Oct 07          Map Quiz (Asia) / Human Geography
Oct 12          Fall Recess (No Class)
Oct 14          Fall Recess (No Class)
Oct 19          Geopoitics
Oct 21          Exam No 3
Oct 26          Economic Geography
Oct 28          Economic Geography
Nov 02         Map Quiz (Europe) / Econ Geog
Nov 04         Open Discussion
Nov 09         Urban Geography
Nov 11         Veterans Day  (No Class)
Nov 16         Urban Geography
Nov 18         Exam No 4
Nov 23         Operations - Amphibious
Nov 25         Map Quiz (Africa) / Amphibious
Nov 30         Operations - Urban
Dec 02         Operations - Guerilla
Dec 07         Final Exam (1:00PM - 3:00PM)

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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