GGH312 Military Geography

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GGH 312 Military Geography


FA 2010 HO


Ochsenhirt, Robert L.


Adjunct Faculty


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

Office Location

SC 013

Office Hours

As required on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Daytime Phone

(785) 856-7124

Other Phone

(330) 819-6129


Semester Dates

August 16  -  December 03, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM


Instructor Approval

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 & 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.

Class Assessment:

Class assessment will consist of four (4) examinations; four (4) map quizzes; a term paper and a final (comprehensive) exam.  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 64, 61, 64 and 68 points respectively.  The map quizzes are worth 20, 16, 20 and 20 points respectively.
The term paper is worth 50 points.
The final examination is worth 114 points.
Total points for the course are 497.
A   447 - 497
B   398 - 446
C   348 - 397
D   298 - 347
F   000 - 297

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All students are expected to be present on exam dates.  Missed exams not taken the very next class period become progressively more difficult and are generally essay type.
There 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 (2) 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 Instuctor.  The Instructor is not responsible for providing the student with any lecture notes or other material presented during a class session.
Cell phones, pagers, etc are to be turned off during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Aug 17            Introduction
Aug 19            Overview
Aug 24            Overview
Aug 26            Overview
Aug 31            Regional Geography
Sep 02            Reg'l Geog (TERM PAPER TOPIC DUE)
Sep 07            EXAM NO. 1
Sep 09            Physical Geography
Sep 14            Physical Geography
Sep 16            MAP QUIZ (SO AMERICA) / Open Discussion
Sep 21            Weather / Climate
Sep 23            Weather / Climate
Sep 28            EXAM NO. 2
Sep 30            Human Geography
Oct 05            MAP QUIZ (ASIA) / Human Geography
Oct 07            Geopolitics
Oct 12            FALL BREAK (NO CLASSES)
Oct 14            FALL BREAK (NO CLASSES)
Oct 19            EXAM NO. 3
Oct 21            Economic Geography
Oct 26            Economic Geography (TERM PAPER DUE)
Oct 28            MAP QUIZ (EUROPE) / Economic Geography
Nov 02           Urban Geography
Nov 04           Urban Geography
Nov 09           EXAM NO. 4
Nov 11           VETERANS DAY (NO CLASSES)
Nov 16           Operations - Amphibious
Nov 18           MAP QUIZ (AFRICA) / Amphibious Operations
Nov 23           Operations - Urban
Nov 25           THANKSGIVING    (NO CLASSES)
Nov 30           Operations - Guerilla
Dec 02            Operations - Guerilla
Dec 07            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 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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