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GO 125 Natural Disasters
Barwood, Henry J.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

GO 125 Natural Disasters

Semester

F1T 2009 DL

Faculty

Barwood, Henry L.

Title

Professor, Earth Science/ Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD - Virginia Tech - Clay Mineralogy and Surface Chemistry
MS Auburn University - Clay Mineralogy
BS Auburn University - Geology

Office Location

Troy, Alabama

Office Hours

6-8 PM CST M-F

Daytime Phone

334-670-3574

Other Phone

334-730-4860

E-Mail

Henry.Barwood@park.edu

hbarwood@troy.edu

hbarwood@troy.edu

Semester Dates

F1T 2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 

Textbook 6th ed

TITLE: Natural Disasters

EDITION: 6th ed.

AUTHOR: Patrick L. Abbott

ISBN: 978-0073292328

Copyright year:
March 13, 2007

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Course Description:
GO 125 Natural Disasters (MGE): This course will study the earths natural processes and phenomena that impact the earth. These natural impacts will be studied which result in massive damage to the earth and to its inhabitants. The course will explore how humans cope with natural disasters. Humans typically measure the damage in terms of loss of life or economic loss, but the end result is that these natural disasters influence human culture and population distribution. 3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the major reasons for most natural disasters and the impact they have on societies around the world and through history.
  2. Recall the details associated with famous natural disaster events.
  3. Identify precursors to various natural disasters.
  4. Discuss the predictability of various natural disasters.
  5. Compare and contrasts the causes of Earth's worst natural disaster, mass extinctions.


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment (40% of course grade):
Portfolio: collection of 4 assignments. Each assignment is completely or partially related to each of the core learning outcomes.


Assignment 1 (final; 10%): CLO #1, #2, #3,#5
Assignment 2 (homework 1; 10%) CLO #2, #4
Assignment 3 (homework 2; 10%) CLO #5
Assignment 4 (Exam 1; 10%) CLO #2, #3, #4

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Each week you will have regular learning activities:

ReadingsTextbook. It should be noted that the textbook is the main source for materials. All
the PowerPoints are designed to enhance, clarify the information in the textbook.

Lectures – Presentations and supplemental websites.  The PowerPoints are an extremely helpful tool to help guide you through key information.  Not viewing them is commonly an indication of a student not willing to actively engage in the course.  Most of the PowerPoints also indicate what is being stressed for the week.

Discussions - Respond at least 6 times per week. A response is more than just one sentence. The first post must be completed by Wednesday, second by Thursday. Many of the discussions present questions that then lead the class to additional questions.  Posting five comments in 5 minutes on Sunday night does not help your peers.   

Quizzes - Complete the quizzes for weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.  These are open book but you had better know the chapters well before taking the exam because 60 minutes goes by fast if you are still thumbing through your book trying to answer #3. 

Final Exam - This is a proctored exam. IT IT NOT OPEN BOOK.  The final chapter is stressed in the final but it is a comprehensive final covering all the cha[ters.  Your proctor form must be completed by week 6. There test format will consist of different question styles they may or may not include: Multiple Choice, Matching, Short Answer, Sketch and Label, and Fill in the Blank. This is a proctored exam. You must start looking for a suitable proctor by week 2 and fill form out by week 6. Failure to take the final exam will result in an F.

PROCTORED FINAL EXAM
•You must follow the Park University procedures for obtaining an approved proctor. Please refer to the Help and Resources page to review the requirements for locating a proctor and the procedure for completing a Proctor Request Form.
•For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.
•A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor, by the 6th week of the term.
•Approval of proctors is at the discretion of the Online instructor.
•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:

ASSIGNMENT

DESCRIPTION

WEEKS

WEEKLY

POINTS

TOTAL POINTS

Discussion

This is a weekly requirement and determines your participation grade. You must post at least 6 times during each week. The first posting must be completed by Wednesday, the second by Thursday, and the final posting by Sunday. The posting should be related to the weekly topics and contain multiple sentences. Weekly discussions will be graded for content, relevance and timeliness.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

20

160

Homework

There are two homework assignments that must be submitted through the dropbox.

3, 7

100

200

Quiz Exams

There are weekly quizzes that are meant to be comprehension of the material that week, so think of them as a mini exam. These can only be taken once. Their format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer.  They are open book, but I can not stress enough that studying for them would be a necessity.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

50

350

Final Exam

This is a proctored exam. It is NOT open book.  Your proctor form must be completed by week 6. The format can consist of all the following: multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer..

8

200

200

Total Points for Term: 910

Grading Breakdown

A: 910 - 814 points               89.5% - 100%

B: 813 - 723 points               79.5% - 89.4%

C: 722 - 632 points               69.5% - 79.4%

D: 631 - 532 points               58.5% - 69.4%

F: 531 -   0  points                   0% - 58.4%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized 10% per day. Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed because of an unexcused absence.

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 "WH".
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.


NOTE: An attendance report of “P” (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
You will be expected to conduct yourself in a respectful manner. Discussions will remain polite and disrespect will be kept out of discussions (no flame wars!).

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK






ASSIGNMENT

1

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 1, 2 and 3.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz / mini-exam 1.

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2

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 4 and 5.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz / mini-exam 2.

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3

 

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 6 and 7.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz / mini-exam 3.
  5. Submit Homework 1 in the Dropbox.

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4

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 8, 9, and 10.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz / mini-exam 4.

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5

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 11 and 12.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz / mini-exam 5.

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6

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 13 and 14.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz / mini-exam 6.

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7

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 15 and 16.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz / mini-exam 7.
  5. Submit Homework 2 in the Dropbox.

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8

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 17.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take Comprehensive Final Exam (Proctored over Chapters 1-17).

 

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:
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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Written work provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio 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 of the assignments 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 of the assignments Written work does not provide any discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Written work clearly and effectively integrates the concepts identified in all of the core learning outcomes Written work appropriately integrates the concepts identified in at least 4 of the 5 core learning outcomes Written work demonstrates minimal evidence of integrating the concepts identified in at least 3 of the 4 core learning outcomes; or only integrates concepts from 1-3 core learning outcomes Written work does not indicate an integration of concepts from any of the core learning outcomes 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Written work provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all of the assignments in the portfolio Written work generally provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all of the assignments in the portfolio; or written work does not provide analysis for one of the assignments in the portfolio Written work provides vague or superficial analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the portfolio; or written work does not provide analysis for 2-3 of the assignments in the portfolio Written work does not provide analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the portfolio 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
All assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes All but one of the assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 2-3 of the assignments within the portfolio fail to demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes None of the assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear or appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Multiple examples of terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used appropriately throughout the written work A variety of terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used throughout the written work, however 1-2 may be incorrectly used Only a few terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used in the written work; or 3-5 of the terms are incorrectly used Written work does not include the use of any relevant terms discussed in the course or related to the core learning outcomes; or all of the terms used are incorrectly applied 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
All written work within the portfolio is entirely error-free in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains only 1-2 errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains 3-4 errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains numerous errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation 
Civic Literacy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster.  The student is clearly able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. Only one of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. None the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. 
Values Literacy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life Only one of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life None of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life 

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