Instructor: Alan Forsberg.
Class meets every Tuesday in room L11, every Thursday in room ATC 102
Office hours: every Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m. or by appointment.
Tel: 408-864-5700 x8430
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org be sure to include "geography 1" in the subject line.
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.
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.
HOW THE COURSE IS ORGANIZED
The topics of this course are divided into weeks, which may cover one or more 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, and quiz days will include student computer work.
PREPARATION AND ASSIGNMENTS
You should complete the assigned reading by the due date. Check the online calendar 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.
The links from the COURSE SCHEDULE are designed to complement the readings and lecture, and to provide students with additional explanation and resources. Treat them as readings on reserve.
QUIZZES / IN-CLASS EXERCISES
I give four quizzes/exercises (each worth 75 points) to encourage you to keep up with your reading, to familiarize you with internet resources, and to enable you to measure your progress. Quizzes 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.
MIDTERMS AND FINAL
There will be two midterms and a final. Each of these tests will be worth 200 points and will cover about a third of the course material. 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 (3 @ 200 points each)||600 points|
|In-class Quiz/Work (4 @ 75 points each)||300 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.|