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Physical Geography 1

City College of San Francisco Summer Quarter 2001

Instructor: Alan Forsberg.

Office hours:
by appointment.
415-239-3104 ext. #5
e-mail: and


Geography is both a natural science and a social science that focuses on where things are and why. Physical Geography integrates several branches of the natural sciences to provide students with an understanding of natural environment in which we live and the systems and processes that shape it. This course also examines the impact of the physical environment upon people and the impact of people upon their physical environment.

Readings schedule

and this syllabus can be accessed at the following web addresses:


At the conclusion of the course you should be able to:


 Elemental Geosystems (3rd ed.), by R.W. Christopherson, 2001

Reading assignments will be made from this textbook, and occasional handouts.



The topics of this course are divided into weeks, which may cover one or two chapters. Specific topics areas are supplemented with online resources (posted on the page of assigned readings). Classes will be in the lecture/discussion format with full use of graphic illustration.


You should complete the assigned reading by the due date. Check the online schedule to see if there have been any revisions. Prepare for the class by taking notes and asking questions on topics that you do not understand. There will be one group presentation at the end of the course.


I give quizzes to encourage you to keep up with your reading and to enable you to measure your progress. Questions may include multiple-choice, true-false, open-ended questions, and matching. Some questions will involve the analysis of maps, diagrams, or statistics. There will be no make-up quizzes. If you cannot make it to class for a quiz, you must provide an official written excuse and write a make-up essay within one week of your return.

These exams include fill in the blank, diagrams, short answer and essay questions. I will give you a handout before each test that will give you a clear idea of the most important material to review and I will suggest essay topics in advance so that you can do some preparatory research.


Attendance will be taken periodically using short evaluations at the end of class.


Class participation means attending regularly, answering questions in class, asking appropriate questions, contributing to classroom discussion and group activities. You may be dropped if you are absent more than six class hours. However, it is your responsibility if you decide to drop the class. Do not count on me to drop you before the last date for a "W".


 Examinations (2 @ 250 points each)  500 points
 In-class Quizzes (5 @ 60 points)  300 points
Presentation  100 points
 Participation  100 points
 TOTAL POINTS  1000 points


The total number of points that you accumulate during the semester will determine your final course grade. Final grades are based on the following percentages of total points:

 A = 900-1000 pts.  B = 800-899 pts.   C = 700-799 pts.  D = at least 600 pts.


Readings schedule