GGP 115 Physical Geography
S1T 2013 DLA
Faith, Karen S.
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration--University of ArizonaMaster of Arts, Geography--Arizona State University
9 am to 5 pm Arizona time
January 14, 2013 to March 10, 2013
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Use of the free version of Google Earth software is a required part of this course. Students should go to http://earth.google.com and click on the "Download Google Earth" button. Simply follow the instructions from there. You do NOT need to install Google Chrome or any other items Google offers as a part of this download. This should take just a few minutes to complete.
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is to further the student learning process through individual attention focusing on the different abilities and learning styles of each learner. An atmosphere of openness and acceptance of student's ideas and opinions is created in the classroom with attention to the writing and articulation of ideas through lectures, quizzes, dialogues, discussions, labs and examinations. The facilitator will engage each learner in lively exploration of ideas, issues and real-world examples and possibilities in geographic thought.
Discussions: This is a weekly requirement for all 8 weeks and determines your participation grade. Weekly discussion posts will be graded for content, relevance and timeliness. The first post must be made by Thursday and at least two additional peer review posts must be made by Sunday at midnight CST. A complete grading rubric can be found in the ‘Grading Rubric’ page of the course website. Please note that the purpose of the peer review posts is to create a discussion (an exchange of ideas) of the topics presented. Your first post and subsequent posts should be multiple (more than one), complete sentences. A short posting similar to “I agree” or “me too” is not acceptable. Everyone’s input is valuable, so please take the time to tell us what you think about, or your experience with, the topics being discussed.
Lab Assignments: Multiple lab exercises are assigned each week through Week 7 that are designed to apply and extend the concepts being learned in the readings material of the course. All lab assignments are associated with lab exercises of the same title in the Physical Geography Laboratory Manual (by Darrel Hess)that is a required purchase for this course. Each lab is given as a short, quiz-style assignment with questions clearly associated with a point value. Direct, single answer questions receive full points or no points; short answer and essay questions may receive partial points.
Quizzes: Weekly quizzes during weeks 1-7 consist of multiple choice and/or true-false questions randomly selected from a set of questions designed to align with the weekly objectives. Although these are open book/notes, you will have a 50 minute time limit, and each quiz can only be taken once, so you should make sure that you have sufficiently read and studied the textbook and “lecture” presentations before you begin each quiz.
Research Project: This project involves the investigation of the various elements of the physical geography of a selected location. The location selection is entirely up to you. However, it should be a place that you will be able to personally visit at least once during the course of the semester in order to obtain certain data through “field work.” The project consists of gathering and compiling information from various sources, including field observations, and is due by Thursday of Week 8, no later than 11:59 PM (CST). Use of Microsoft PowerPoint is the preferred software for the final document that must contain all of your information. Use of Google Earth, Microsoft Excel, and other Internet resources will be required to complete this project. See the Research Project instructions available in the course ‘Doc Sharing’ page for specific instructions and requirements. The grading breakdown is listed below, and a detailed grading rubric is available in the course ‘Doc Sharing’ page.
Total Points 120
You MUST follow the Park University procedures for obtaining an approved proctor. Please refer to the Help and Resources page to review the requirements for locating a proctor and the procedure for completing a Proctor Request Form. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class. It is your responsibility to arrange for a proctor and to send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval by the 6th week of the term.
Grade (% value of each)
Total % Value Toward Final Grade
1 through 8
1 through 7
Weighted by point value
Final Exam (Core Assessment)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments will not be accepted after their due date and students may not make up quizzes or exams missed because of unexcused absences. Excused absences may be allowed for medical and work emergencies, at the discretion of the instructor, with a 10% penalty per day. If you anticipate problems finishing any work on time, contact me to make arrangements prior to the due date. Since grades are due immediately after the end of term, work (including the Final Project) will not be accepted after the last day of the term, Sunday night, week 8. In other words, don’t procrastinate! If you leave your Final Project to the last minute and have technical issues, I will not accept a late submission.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The following rules of conduct always apply:
1) Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor.
2) Be honest with yourself and others.
3) Keep your sense of humor.
4) Participate in discussions and activities, and invite others to participate as well.
5) Respect the ideas and opinions of other, even when you do not agree.
6) Never, never plagiarize
Discussion, Lab Exercises, Quiz
Review; Research Project due on Thursday; Complete Final Exam with an approved proctor by the end of the week.
Discussion, Research Project, Final Exam
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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.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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Last Updated:12/15/2012 12:28:09 PM