GGH312 Military Geography

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GGH 312 Military Geography


SP 2011 HO


Ochsenhirt, Robert L.


Adjunct Faculty


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

Office Location

SCI 005

Office Hours

As required on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Daytime Phone

(785) 856-7124

Other Phone

(330) 819-6129


Semester Dates

January 10, 2011 to May 06, 2011

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
NOTE...Textbook is optional)

Additional Resources:

Getis, Getis & Fellman; 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 for 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 borderline grades.


The four examinations will be worth 53, 55, 57 and 58 points.
The four (4) map quizzes will be worth 20,20,16 and 20 points.
The term paper is worth 50 points, and
the final exam is worth 112 points.
Total points for the course are 461.
A   415-461
B   369-414
C   323-368
D   277-322
F   000-276

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All students are expected to be present on the days of exams.  Missed exams not taken the very next class period become progressively harder 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 absences will be administratively withdrawn.  All students will  be accountable for any material presented or discussed in class.  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 absence is excused by the Instructor.  The Instuctor 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 in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE            TOPIC
Jan 11            Introduction
Jan 13            Overview
Jan 18            Overview
Jan 20            Overview
Jan 25            MAP QUIZ (So Amer) / Regional Geography
Jan 27            TERM PAPER TOPIC DUE / Regional Geography
Feb 01            EXAM NO 1
Feb 03            Physical Geography
Feb 08            Physical Geography
Feb 10            MAP QUIZ (Asia) / Weather & Climate
Feb 15            Weather & Climate
Feb 17            EXAM NO 2
Feb 22            Human Geography
Feb 24            Human Geography
Mar 01            Geopolitics
Mar 03            Geopolitics
Mar 08            NO CLASS (Spring Break)
Mar 10            NO CLASS (Spring Break)
Mar 15            EXAM NO 3
Mar 17            Economic Geography
Mar 22            Economic Geography
Mar 24            Economic Geography
Mar 29            TERM PAPER DUE / Urban Geography
Mar 31            MAP QUIZ (Africa) / Urban Geography
Apr 05            EXAM NO 4
Apr 07            Open Discussion
Apr 12            Operations-Amphibious
Apr 14            Operations-Amphibious
Apr 19            Operations-Urban
Apr 21            Operations-Guerilla
Apr 26            Operations-Guerilla
Apr 28            Review
May 03            FINAL EXAM (10:15AM)

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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