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GO 125 Natural Disasters
Verma, Carol


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.

Course

GO 125 Natural Disasters

Semester

F1T 2011 DL

Faculty

Verma, Carol

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Distance Learning

Office Hours

On Line, email, fax or call

Daytime Phone

937 470 2216

Other Phone

937 470 2216

E-Mail

carol.verma@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org/

Semester Dates

Aug 15 -  Oct 9,  2011

Class Days

Online, class week is 12.00AM Monday - 11:59PM EST Sunday each week

Class Time

Online, class week is 12.00AM Monday - 11:59PM EST Sunday each week

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

TITLE: Natural Disasters

EDITION:  7th edition. ISBN # 9780073376691

AUTHOR: Patrick L. Abbott

 
http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073376698/ 
 


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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
GO 125 Natural Disasters (MGE): This course will study the earths natural processes and phenomena that impact the earth. These natural impacts will be studied which result in massive damage to the earth and to its inhabitants. The course will explore how humans cope with natural disasters. Humans typically measure the damage in terms of loss of life or economic loss, but the end result is that these natural disasters influence human culture and population distribution. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

To provide a positive learning experience for the student.
Try to minimize the fear of online participation.
 
 Encourage students to post questions and interact with each other.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the major reasons for most natural disasters and the impact they have on societies around the world and through history.
  2. Recall the details associated with famous natural disaster events.
  3. Identify precursors to various natural disasters.
  4. Discuss the predictability of various natural disasters.
  5. Compare and contrasts the causes of Earth's worst natural disaster, mass extinctions.


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment (40% of course grade):
Portfolio: collection of 4 assignments. Each assignment is completely or partially related to each of the core learning outcomes.


Assignment 1 (final; 10%): CLO #1, #2, #3,#5
Assignment 2 (homework 1; 10%) CLO #2, #4
Assignment 3 (homework 2; 10%) CLO #5
Assignment 4 (Exam 1; 10%) CLO #2, #3, #4

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Discussion:
 
Students will participate in 8 discussions, worth 20 points each. These discussions are open and free form. Students will receive a 100% grade for any participation that is relevant to the subject matter covered in those chapters posted on time, and a 0% grade if they fail participate. Relevant participation includes asking or answering questions, debating issues, or giving examples. 

Your first post (150 words minimum, no maximum) required by Thursday each week.

Your overal participation in discussion should be at least 300 words. The more you post the better.
At least 1 peer review is required.

Quiz:
 
Students will take 7 online quizzes(open book) on chapter readings, worth 50 points each. One quiz will be administered every week except week 8. These quizzes contain fill-in-the-blank, short answer and multiple choice and true false questions. When the quizz is administered, the point value of each question will be visible. The quizzes are open-book. 
 
Week 8 Final, 200 points, closed book, review sheet provided, under proctor supervision.
 
Homework:
 
Two homework assignments due Week 3 and Week 7. Homework is worth 100 points each. Students are required to write their own reports, not copy previous work, and to cite at least two references (more is better). Reports should be saved in MS Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) and posted in the activities drop box.

Grading:

Your grade will be based on your score out of the total points possible, 910.
 
Quizzes: 7 quizzes worth 50 points each                                                                          = 350
Homework: 2 homework assignments worth 100 points each                                    = 200
Final: 1 comprehensive final worth 200 points.                                                                = 200
Weekly Discussions: 8 worth 20 points each                                                                   
= 160
                                                                                                                   TOTAL                       = 910
 
 
 

Grading Breakdown

A: 910 - 814 points               89.5% - 100%

B: 813 - 723 points               79.5% - 89.4%

C: 722 - 632 points               69.5% - 79.4%

D: 631 - 532 points               58.5% - 69.4%

F: 531 -   0  points                   0% - 58.4%



                    Quiz    1       5.5%               Quiz   6   5.5%                Discussions (17.6%;  2.2% each week)
                    Quiz    2       5.5%               Quiz   7   5.5%
                    Quiz    3       5.5%               HW 1      11%
                    Quiz    4       5.5%               HW 2      11 %  
                    Quiz    5       5.5%               Final        22%

                   

 * Quiz 1,2,3 = Exam 1 of Rubric.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of Late Work Given the possibility of late adds and problems with ordering books, there is an automatic one-week grace period for the first week of work. Because grades are due immediately after the end of term, work will not be accepted after the last day of the term, Sunday midnight EST, week 8.
 
Normally work is due at the end of the week(sunday night) that it is assigned unless otherwise indicated. Work submitted after the deadline is subject to up to a 5% per day penalty. Work that is more than a week late may not be accepted. Late penalties may be waived for medical and work emergencies, at the descretion of the instructor. If you anticipate problems finishing any work on time, contact your instructor in advance or ASAP to make arrangements.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

COURSE SCHEDULE
GO 125

WEEK






ASSIGNMENT

1

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 1, 2 and 3.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz 1(open book).

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2

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 4 and 5.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz 2(open book).

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3

 

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 6 and 7.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz  3(open book).
  5. Submit Homework 1 in the Dropbox.

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4

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 8, 9, and 10.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz  4(open book).

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5

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 11 and 12.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz 5(open book).

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6

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 13 and 14.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz 6(open book).

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7

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 15 and 16.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take quiz 7(open book).
  5. Submit Homework 2 in the Dropbox.

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8

 

  1. Start with your weekly reading in Natural Disasters 6th ed. -Chapters 17.
  2. Watch the weekly PowerPoints.
  3. Participate on the weekly discussion threads.
  4. Take Comprehensive Final Exam (Proctored , Chapters 1-17). Review sheet provided, closed book.

 

The schedule and procedures for this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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 4 of the 5 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 1-3 core learning outcomes Written work does not indicate an integration of concepts from any of the core learning outcomes 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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 does not include the use of any relevant terms discussed in the course or related to the core learning outcomes; or all of the terms used are incorrectly applied 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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 
Civic Literacy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster.  The student is clearly able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. Only one of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. None the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of how to be an effective citizen pre-, post-, and during a natural disaster. The student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and how natural disasters influence them national and globally. 
Values Literacy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life 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.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life 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.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life 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.  The artifacts also demonstrate that the student is sensitive to value questions, especially the importance of human life 

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