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.CourseGGH 200 Geography of the United States and CanadaSemesterSP2 2009 HOZFacultyFox, David P.TitleAssistant Professor of GeographyDegrees/Certificates(PhD student Geography, University of Kansas)MA, Geography, University of Missouri-ColumbiaBA, Geography, University of Missouri-ColumbiaOffice LocationFindlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 003BDaytime Phone(816)584-6813E-Maildfox@park.eduSemester DatesMar. 16 - May 10, 2009PrerequisitesNoneCredit Hours3Textbook: McKnight, Tom L. Regional Geography of the United States and Canada (4th edition). Prentice Hall, 2004.
Additional Resources: Recommended Book:
Garreau, Joel. The Nine Nations of North America. Avon Books, 1981.
United States Geological Survey - www.usgs.gov
United States Census Bureau - www.census.gov
Natural Resources Canada - www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca
Canada's National Statistical Agency - www.statcan.ca
See Webliography page in the course eCompanion website at www.parkonline.org for additional websites that may be posted throughout the semester.
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.Course Description: This introductory course is designed to closely examine variations in cultural and physical differences in North America. Topics will include water supply, climate, dialect, economics, and population. 3:0:3.Educational Philosophy: "Education must, then, be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them." -- Jerome S. Bruner
"Education is the art of making [humans] ethical." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, and writings. My goal is to create a positive, interactive, challenging, engaging, lively, and even, at times, confusing (believe it or not) classroom environment. But my success in doing so is largely dependent upon you--your willingness to engage in class discussion, to ask questions, to share your opinions and knowledge from other learning experiences. I believe that education is most effective when approached as a process during which the teacher and students share equally in contributing to the learning that takes place. Rather than being the "sage on the stage" or a "fountain of wisdom" (neither of which I am), I will attempt to guide, encourage, and facilitate your learning. Therefore, you will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss, debate, reflect on, analyze, evaluate, and question the readings and other class material every bit as much as I am. Put simply, I believe that you will get out of this class what you put into it.
GGH 200 Geography of the United States and Canada
SP2 2009 HOZ
Fox, David P.
Assistant Professor of Geography
(PhD student Geography, University of Kansas)MA, Geography, University of Missouri-ColumbiaBA, Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia
Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 003B
Mar. 16 - May 10, 2009
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
-- Jerome S. Bruner
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Homework Assignment Portfolio – collection of 4 assignments, as well as a learning essay. Each assignment is related to each of the core learning outcomes.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments submitted at any time after the announced due date may be penalized 10% of the grade for each day they are late. If you have arranged for or been granted an excused absence by the instructor, then you must submit the work by the alternate date arranged with the instructor. Failure to do so may result in a 10% deduction per day after the alternate due date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The following rules of conduct always apply:
1) Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor.
2) Be honest with yourself and others.
3) Keep your sense of humor.
4) Participate in discussions and activities, and invite others to participate as well.
5) Respect the ideas and opinions of other, even when you do not agree.
Week 1 (Mar. 16-22) - Chapter 1: North American Continent
Week 2 (Mar. 23-29) - Chapter 2: Physical Geography
- Chapter 3 Population
Week 3 (Mar. 30-Apr. 6)- Chapters 4 & 8: Megalopolis
- Chapters 6 & 7: Atlantic Northeast & French Canada
Week 4 (Apr. 7-12)- Chapter 9: Appalachians & Ozarks
- Review & MID-TERM EXAM (TBA)
Week 6 (Apr. 20-26)- Chapter 12: Heartland
- Chapters 13 & 14: Great Plains & Rocky Mountains
Week 7 (Apr. 27-May3)- Chapters 15 & 16: Intermontane West & California
- Chapter 18: Pacific Northwest
Week 8 (May 4-10) - Chapters 19 & 20: Boreal Forest & the Arctic; Wrap-up & Review
- Core Assessment due by May 5
- FINAL EXAM (TBA)
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 87Students will receive a zero (i.e., no credit) for any assignment that has violated the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism policies in any way. In addition, the student may be reported to the Dean for any additional disciplinary action that is deemed appropriate by the university.
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87ANY INSTANCE OF PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN A ZERO (i.e., NO CREDIT) FOR THE ASSIGNMENT ON WHICH IT OCCURS. IF YOU ARE AT ALL UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU MAY BE COMMITTING PLAGIARISM AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO ASK THE INSTRUCTOR BEFORE SUBMITTING THE WORK FOR GRADING.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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 .
Attachments:Core Assessment InstructionsRubric
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