GGH140 Economic Geography

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


FA 2010 HO


Ochsenhirt, Robert L.


Adjunct Faculty


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

Office Location

SCI 013

Office Hours

As Required on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Daytime Phone

(785) 856-7124

Other Phone

(330) 819-6129


Semester Dates

August 16, 2010 to December 03, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM


Instructor Approval

Credit Hours


Stutz & Warf; The World Economy; Pearson/Prenyice Hall; 5th Edition or later; ISBN 0-13-243689-2

Additional Resources:

Getis, Getis & Fellman; Introduction to Geography; McGraw Hill; ISBN 0-07252183-2

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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 rsponse 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.

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 term paper; and one (1) comprehensive final examination.  All examinations will primarily consist of true/false; matching; fill-in-the-blanks; 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 Examination is worth 88 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All students are expected to be present on the days of the exams.  Missed exams get progressively harder.  There will be NO makeup of the Final Exam.  A five (5) point deduction will be assessed for each class period that the Term Paper is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class attendence and participation are simply expected.  In accordance with 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 responsibility of the student 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 or other material presented during a class period.  Cell phones and pagers are to be TURNED OFF in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Aug 17            Introduction/Basic Concepts
Aug 19            Overview
Aug 24            Economic Dynamics/Globalization
Aug 26            Development of Capitalism
Aug 31            MAP QUIZ (South America); Population
Sep 02            Population (PAPER TOPIC DUE)
Sep 07            EXAM NO. 1
Sep 09            Resources
Sep 14            Resources
Sep 16            Industrial Location
Sep 21            Map Quiz (Asia); Industrial Location
Sep 23            EXAM NO. 2
Sep 28            Agriculture
Sep 30            Agriculture
Oct 05            Manufacturing
Oct 07            Manufacturing
Oct 12            FALL BREAK (NO CLASSES)
Oct 14            FALL BREAK (NO CLASSES)
Oct 19            Manufacturing
Oct 21            EXAM NO. 3
Oct 26            Services
Oct 28            Services
Nov 02           TERM PAPER DUE (Transportation)
Nov 04           Transportation
Nov 09           Cities & Urban Economics
Nov 11           Veterans Day (NO CLASSES)
Nov 16           Cities & Urban Economics
Nov 18           EXAM NO. 4
Nov 23           Business Dynamics
Nov 25           Thanksgiving Day (NO CLASSES)
Nov 30           MAP QUIZ (Africa) / Int'l Trade
Dec 02            Developing World
Dec 09            FINAL EXAM  (8:00AM-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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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