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GO 125 Natural Disasters
Hassinan, Wael


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

GO 125 Natural Disasters

Semester

S2T 2012 DLC

Faculty

Hassinan, Wael

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Online

E-Mail

Wael.Hassinan@Park.edu

wael99@cox.net

Semester Dates

S2T 2012 (March 19 - May 13)

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

  TITLE: Natural Disasters

EDITION: 8th ed.

AUTHOR: Patrick L. Abbott

ISBN: 0073369373

Copyright year:
2012

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
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.

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:

Core Assessment
Introduction 
Discussions
Quiz Exams
 Homework
 Final Exam

Grading:

INTRODUCTION: Introduce yourself to the rest of the class by entering the introduction thread found under Course Home. This should be completed during the first week. Although this is not a graded assignment, we would like to know more about you.

DISCUSSIONS: Discuss the reading, lectures each week with the entire class. Weekly units include a discussion thread with various questions and topics for you to participate. One sentence answers will not be counted as participation. Any relevant discussion, whether questions, comments answers or all three, will earn points as part of your participation grade.

Quiz Exams: To test your knowledge of the reading materials and PowerPoint Lecture there will be a weekly quiz or mini-exam. This 50 point weekly quiz is due at the end of the week. You may take the quiz one time.

Homework: There are two homework assignments that are due Week 3 and Week 7. Each is worth 100 points. The homework is due at the end of those weeks and must be submitted in the dropbox.

Final Exam: The final exam, administered and due during week 8, will be comprehensive and will include multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. You will have two hours to take this proctored exam, and it will be a closed book/ closed notes exam. Here is more information to help you prepare for and take the final proctored exam:
The final proctored exam will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. Photo identification will be required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments are late if they are not posted by 11:59p.m.M.S.T. the day they are due. Late assignments receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late. Assignments more than five days late will not be accepted unless the student/learner and instructor have negotiated and mutually agreed upon an alternative submission date in advance. Technological issues are not considered valid grounds for late assignment submission. In the event of an Argosy server outage, students should submit assignments through email to the instructor and post to the appropriate folder when systems are restored.

Note: Although late Week 8 assignment submissions can be accepted (with any appropriate deductions) prior to 3 AM M.S.T Day 4, no extensions of the due date beyond this point can be made, regardless of circumstance, unless an Incomplete has already been approved.

Late Discussion Board Posts:

Participation in the threaded discussions is a core aspect of Park University’s learning environment. It is critical to the success of the classroom environment that students contribute to the threaded discussions in a timely manner. Please note that students can only earn participation points during the current week. For example, students must actively participate during Week 2 in order to earn participation points for Week 2. Students will not receive participation points for Week 2 if they respond in the discussion threads after the due date. No points will be earned for DQs' responses posted after the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is an online class and requires adherence to some basic rules of online etiquette. Mainly, avoid making disparaging remarks about others, particularly other participants, in the classroom discussions. Do not use offensive or lewd language, and avoid steering too far off topic in topical discussions. Remember that private conversations, including conversations with the instructor, are best carried out through email, where you may be able to express yourself more directly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

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 / mini-exam 1.

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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 / mini-exam 2.

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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 / mini-exam 3.
  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 / mini-exam 4.

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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 / mini-exam 5.

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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 / mini-exam 6.

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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 / mini-exam 7.
  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 over Chapters 1-17).

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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