GGP390 SpecTops in Physical Geography:

for FA 2012

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GGP 390 SpecTops in Physical Geography:


FA 2012 HO


Hageman, Scott


Associate Professor of Geology

Office Location

SCI 105

Office Hours

MW 11:00-11:45          TR  10:00-11:30

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Credit Hours



  2ND ED.

·         Publisher:MAC HIGHER

·         ISBN: 9780716784906

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Course Description:
GGP390 Physical Topics in Physical Geography: This course will consist of an in-depth examination of specific areas of geography at the upper level. It may be repeated once for credit with a change of topic. Variable credit 1-4 hours.

Class Assessment:
  Exams, HW


  Exam 1, 2, 3 and Final         100 pts each                 400
  Homework 1 and 2              100 pts each                 200
                                                            TOTAL          600 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Homework turned in late will be counted off 10% per day, so you have 10 days to submit it before it becomes worth 0 Points. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events will need to make arrangements prior to their absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

• Students are held responsible for acquiring all materials and information missed during a class session from another student. • Wireless (cellular) phones and/or pagers must be either turned to the silent mode (vibrate only) or OFF in the classroom. If you do receive notice of an emergency call/page quietly leave the classroom to make or receive a call in the hall or outside of the building.
 • The instructor will strive to create an informal and comfortable classroom environment for class discussion. However, this is an educational forum and the instructor expects students to act accordingly. Students will treat fellow students and the instructor with respect.
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• Don’t show up late! If you do, DO IT QUIETLY!!
• Do not go to the bathroom every class period.
• Do not talk loudly to others during class.
• Do not ask me for my book or notes.
• Please do not ever feel like you can not talk to me. I get paid to help you!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Aug. 20            M         Introduction 
        22            W         
  Overview of Climate Science________________________ 
        27            M         
  Climate Archives, Data, and Models 
 29            W         Tectonic-Scale Climate Change_________________________
Sept   3            M         NO CLASS       
          5            W        
CO2 and Long-Term Climate___________________________
        10            M        
Plate Tectonics and Long-Term Climate
 12            W         Greenhouse Climate (100-50 Million years ago)_____________
        17            M          EXAM 1  
        19            W        
Greenhouse to Icehouse (Last 50 Million Years)_____________
        24            M         Orbital-Scale Climate Change
        26            W         Astronomical Control of Solar Radiation____________________
Oct   1            M         Insolation Control of Monsoons                     HW 1 DUE
          3            W        Insolation Control of Icesheets ___________________________
      8-12           MWF   NO CLASS_________________________________________ 
        15            M         Orbital-Scale Changes in Carbon Dioxide and Methane
        17            W         Orbital-Scale Interactions, Feedbacks, and Unsolved Problems___
        22            M         EXAM 2 
        24            W        Deglacial Climate Change________________________________   
29            M         Last Glacial Maximum
        31            W         Climate During and Since the Last Deglaciation_________________
Nov.  5             M         Millenial Oscillations of Climate                       HW 2 DUE
          7            W        
Historical and Future Climate Change_________________________
         12           M         NO CLASS

14          W         _Humans and Preindustrial Climate___________________________

19           M         EXAM 3

21          W         __Climate Changes During the Last 1000 Years__________________

26          M        Climate Changes Since 1850
28          W        Causes of Warming over the Last 125 Years_____________________
Dec.   3            M        Future Climatic Change
          5           W        Future Climatic Change_________________________________
FINAL EXAM December 10      10:15-12:15 pm




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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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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