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GGH 200 Geography of North America
Wright, Ann Lee


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

GGH 200 Geography of North America

Semester

S2T 2012 DL

Faculty

Wright, Ann Lee

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MA, Geography, 1980, University of Missouri--Columbia

Office Location

TBA

Office Hours

TBA

Daytime Phone

816-769-3625

Other Phone

816-763-4800, extension 203

E-Mail

Ann.Wright@park.edu

awright@oharahs.org

Semester Dates

March 19, 2012 to May 13, 2012

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Hardwick, Susan, Fred Shelley and Donald G. Holtgrieve.  The Geography of North
America:  Environment, Political Economy, and Culture.  Upper Saddle River,
NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2008.  ISBN 0-13-009727-6

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Course Description:
GGH200 Geography of North America: 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:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one that stresses interaction between teacher, student, and course materials.  Materials that will assist this interaction include lectures, readings, quizzes, discussion threads, examinations, internet sites, videos, and class assignments.  The facilitator will engage each student to think creatively about the ideas, issues, and content of regional geography.  Questions are welcomed and it is only through a willingness to share that we can all learn more about the world in which we live and the relationship of the environment to its people.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and identify the basic characteristics of North American regions.
  2. Identify North American countries and major physiographic features by name and map location.
  3. Analyze the characteristics, distribution and cultural complexity of North American populations.
  4. Evaluate the North American role in the global community.


Core Assessment:

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:

ASSIGNMENT

WEEK(S) DUE

WEEKLY POINTS

TOTAL POINTS

% OF FINAL GRADE

Introduction

1

10

10

1%

Discussions

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

20

160

16%

Activities

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

25

150

15%

Quizzes

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

50

350

28%

Core Assessment

7

200

200

20%

Final Exam

8

200

200

20%

Grading:

90-100      A
80-  89      B
70-  79      C
60-  69      D

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized as indicated in the grading rubric or 10% per day if not specified in the rubric. Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed because of an unexcused absence.  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:
Class participation is considered an essential part of the learning process.  Part of your course grade specifically consists of your participation in weekly class discussions and activities that can only be done if you are present (exceptions will only be made for those students who have properly submitted documentation for an excused absence).  Also, be aware that the instructor is required to submit attendance for each class period and that the Park University attendance policy will be strictly followed.  This policy states that any student who has two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences will be administratively withdrawn.  

The instructor strives to create an informal and non-threatening classroom environment for class discussion.  Since this is an educational forum, the instructor expects each student to act accordingly.  Therefore, students will be expected to treat fellow students and the instructor with respect.  Disruptive or disrespectful behavior toward another student or the instructor will not be tolerated, and the offending student(s) will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the period (which will affect the student's class participation score).  Repeated occurrences of such behavior will be grounds for further administrative action as allowed by the Park University student code of conduct.

All students will be held accountable for any material presented or discussed or through assigned readings.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain all materials and information missed during a class session, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused by the instructor.  Failure on the part of the student to acquire missed information – for any reason (excused or unexcused absence, etc.) – will not excuse the student from questions over that material on any assessment activity (quiz, final exam, Core Assessment project, etc.).

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  However, students must recognize that technology can also be problematic.  Students are expected to be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technological problems that may be encountered.  Therefore, computer problems will NOT automatically be considered grounds for having late work excused.  Be sure to save copies of your work to both a disk and your computer hard drive and print extra paper copies for backup purposes.

· Repeated failure to adhere to any of these guidelines for classroom conduct may result in a deduction of one letter grade to the student's

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK

 TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS

 ASSESSMENTS

Week 1

1:  Introduction
2: North America’s Environmental Setting

 Introduction, Discussion, Activity, Quiz

Week 2

3: Historical Settlement of North America
4:  North American Political Economy

 Discussion, Activity, Quiz

Week 3

5:  The Atlantic Periphery
6:  Quebec
7:  Megalopolis

 Discussion, Activity, Quiz

Week 4

8:  The Great Lakes and Corn Belt
9:  The Inland South
10:  The Coastal South

 Discussion, Activity, Quiz

Week 5

11:  The Great Plains
12:  The Rocky Mountains

 Discussion, Activity, Quiz

Week 6

13:  The Intermontane West
14:  MexAmerica

 Discussion, Activity, Quiz

Week 7

15:  California
16:  The Pacific Northwest

 Discussion, Quiz, Core Assessment

Week 8

17:  Hawai’I and the Pacific Islands
18:  The Far North
19:  The Future of North America

 Discussion, Final Exam

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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 .

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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 3 of the 4 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 1-2 core learning outcomes Written work does not indicate an integration of concepts from any of the core learning outcomes 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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 within the portfolio contains numerous errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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 
First Literacy: Civic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships, an appreciation of the geographical and historical roots which are shaping these systems, and demonstrate that the student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships, an appreciation of the geographical and historical roots which are shaping these systems, and demonstrate that the student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene Only one of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships, an appreciation of the geographical and historical roots which are shaping these systems, and demonstrate that the student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene None the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships, an appreciation of the geographical and historical roots which are shaping these systems, and demonstrate that the student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene 
Second Literacy: Values                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments and demonstrates that the student is sensitive to value questions. 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, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments and demonstrates that the student is sensitive to value questions. 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, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments and demonstrates that the student is sensitive to value questions. 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, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments and demonstrates that the student is sensitive to value questions. 

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