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GGH 110 Cultural Geography
Thompson, Amy D.


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 110 Cultural Geography

Semester

F2T 2012 DL

Faculty

Thompson, Amy D.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA - Geography

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Anytime

Daytime Phone

913-669-5687

E-Mail

Amy.Thompson04@park.edu

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, 10th Edition (2011) By James M. Rubenstein ISBN: 0321677358

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
See the Webliography page in our course eCollege website for additional internet resources that may be posted throughout the semester.

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.
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Course Description:
GGH110 Cultural Geography : This course is an introduction into cultural difference and spatial interactions within and between groups (religion, language, and customs) from around the globe. The course will also focus on human organization of space and how it impacts upon environment. 3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and evaluate the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth's cultural regions.
  2. Define and evaluate the concepts of diversity and globalization and analyze their dynamic tension.
  3. Identify, locate, and describe the physical and human characteristics of places.
  4. Explain and analyze how physical systems affect human systems, and vice versa.


Core Assessment:

·         Multiple Homework assignments and/or Quizzes

·         Multiple lecture exams (objective and subjective)

·         Portfolio (CA) (consisting of papers
and Homework)

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

*NOTE: PLEASE DISREGARD THE ABOVE "CORE ASSESSMENT" INFORMATION.  THE CORE ASSESSMENT FOR THIS COURSE WILL BE THE FINAL EXAM, AS INDICATED BELOW.

 

Discussions:  You are always expected to participate in any class discussion activities.  Each week you will be evaluated on the basis of your participation in these important learning opportunities.  This will require making a written summary of your thoughts and reactions regarding weekly content or specific questions.  A grading rubric detailing how your discussion activity will be scored will be available in the course website. 

Exams:  Four exams (including the "Final Exam," which will serve as the course Core Assessment) will be given during the weeks as indicated in the course schedule below.  Each exam may consist of multiple choice, true/false, matching, short answer, map, or short essay questions.  Note: The Final Exam will include some questions that are comprehensive in nature and is a CLOSED BOOK/NOTE exam that must be taken with an instructor approved PROCTOR.  You must login to the proctor site at http://proctor.park.edu to make a proctor request by Week 6.  All Park Distance Learning students should keep the following in mind:

Failure to secure a proctor or to attend your scheduled testing session may result in your not being allowed to take the exam and/or a lowered or failing grade. Contact your instructor to determine if you will be allowed to take the final exam. 

With your instructor's approval you may make arrangements to take your final with a Park University campus center approved proctor (http://military.park.edu/locations.shtml) or non-park proctor. The proctor must meet the requirements highlighted on this website: http://www.park.edu/online/proctoredform.asp.

The proctor must then send an email to your instructor with the following information: Proctor name, site/location, email address, phone & fax numbers, date/time of your test and a brief statement stating they agree to proctor your exam.

If you have already completed the proctor form but your instructor and/or proctor did not receive an email confirmation, ask your proctor to send an email to your instructor confirming that they will proctor your final. Your instructor will then email the final exam and coversheet to the proctor.

The proctored exam is required.  Failure to take the exam will result in an F for the course.

If you have any other questions, contact your instructor or send an email to onlinestudents@park.edu.

Assignments: Two homework assignments will be given during the weeks as indicated in the course schedule below and will be due by 11:59 p.m. CST on the Sunday at the end of each of those weeks.  These assignments are primarily intended to reinforce student learning of one or more of the Core Learning Outcomes and to help you prepare material for your course presentation.

 

Presentation:  Students will be required to research various aspects of the cultural geography of a selected place (i.e., a political state/country, for our purposes).  The presentation will require use of Microsoft PowerPoint software.  Specific requirements and instructions for this assignment will be made available to students in the course eCollege website.  Your presentation must be posted by 11:59 p.m. CST on the Sunday at the end of Week 7.

Grading:

ASSESSMENTS
% OF GRADE
Discussions (8 @ 2% each)
16
Assignments (2 @ 8% each)
16
Exams (3 @ 12% each)
36
Final Exam (Core Assessment)
20
Presentation (1 @ 12%)
 12  
TOTAL
100


The course grade is determined by weighting the number of points earned for each assessment based on the above percentages.  Final grades will be based on the following percentage cutoffs:

100-90% = A

89.9-80% = B

79.9-70% = C

69.9-60% = D

59.9-0%= F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Discussions: Discussions must be posted in the appropriate week. Any discussions posted after Sunday midnight will not count towards the student’s weekly discussion points.  This policy is in place so that you do not miss current material by trying to catch up for the previous week.  We are on an 8-week schedule and it is important that you stay current! In addition, students must post at least once before Friday of each week for full credit.

Assignments and Exams: Assignments and Exams submitted after the announced due date may be penalized 15% of the total possible points for each day they are late. An alternate due date may be arranged without penalization if you have arranged for and been granted an alternate due date by the instructor. Failure to turn in the assignment by the alternative due date may result in a 10% point deduction per day.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Make class time your first priority.  Notify the instructor as soon as possible if you have an emergency situation that would require a deadline extension.

Treat fellow students and the instructor with RESPECT.  Disrespectful comments toward another student or the instructor will not be tolerated.  The offending student(s) will NOT receive any credit for class discussion during the week in which the disrespectful comments are made.  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 in class 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 will not excuse the student from questions over that material on any assessment activity (quiz, exam, assignment, etc.).

You will be expected to use the eCollege website for the course: www.parkonline.org.  As an online course, all assignments/activities will require use of this website.  Students are expected to notify the instructor in advance of the due date of any questions or concerns accessing or using this technology.

You are expected to be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of any 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 OFTEN and in multiple locations for backup purposes. 

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize.  Always follow and abide by the university's policies on academic honesty and freedom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 WEEK

 TOPICS/ASSIGNED READINGS

ASSESSMENTS DUE

1

 Ch. 1: Basic Concepts

Ch. 2: Population

 Discussion

2

 Ch. 3: Migration

Ch. 4: Folk & Popular Culture

 Discussion; Exam #1

3

Ch. 5: Language

Ch. 6: Religion

Discussion; Assignment #1

4

Ch. 7: Ethnicity

Ch. 8: Political Geography

Discussion; Exam #2

5

Ch. 9: Development

Ch. 10: Agriculture

Discussion; Assignment #2

6

Ch. 11: Industry

Ch. 12: Services

Discussion; Exam #3

7

Ch. 13: Urban Patterns Discussion; Presentation

8

Ch. 14: Resource Issues

Discussion; Final Exam (Proctored)

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 95-96

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 95

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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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)
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 core learning outcomes Written work demonstrates minimal evidence of integrating the concepts identified in at least 3 of the 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 
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 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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 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 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work demonstrates a clear and thorough understanding of the major geographic concepts relevant to each assignment within the portfolio and the core learning outcomes Written work generally demonstrates a clear and thorough understanding of the major geographic concepts relevant to each assignment within the portfolio and the core learning outcomes, however it may be obvious that 1-2 of the concepts are not entirely understood Written work contains evidence that 3-5 of the major geographic concepts relevant to each assignment within the portfolio or the core learning outcomes are not entirely understood There is no evidence presented that indicates an understanding of any of the major geographic concepts relevant to each assignment or the core learning outcomes 
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 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the assignments within the portfolio are professionally presented and are entirely free of spelling or grammatical errors The assignments within the portfolio are professionally presented but they may contain a minimal amount of spelling or grammatical errors (less than 5) The portfolio, in general, is lacking in professionalism in its style and manner of presentation; or the written work contains several spelling or grammatical errors (5-10) The portfolio is entirely lacking in professionalism in its style and manner of presentation; or the written work contains numerous spelling or grammatical errors (over 10) 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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 

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