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GEOG 1050 - 01 Spring, 2017
|Survey of Human Geography
Geog 1050 - 01 - MWF 11:00-11:52 Boebel 225
Geog 1050, 3 Credit Hours
NOTE: To start GEOG 1050, you MUST complete the following
task (10 points) within the first 2 weeks. It is designed to make
you familiar with the procedures you need to use D2L in this course.
into D2L using your campus username and password.
2) Find the syllabus which shows up as a link on the course page or
under "content." Open the syllabus.
3) Open a new tab in your browser and open D2L again. Find "Quizzes"
and the "Intro Quiz." Start the quiz. Leave the tab with
the quiz open and use the tab with the syllabus to find the answers.
4) Complete the Intro Quiz and submit the answers.
5) Your grade should be posted under "grades." If you don't
take and submit the quiz, your grade with not be posted.
This is an introductory course covering the
broad area of cultural geography (as opposed to physical geography).
This includes the sub-disciplines of demographics, agriculture, industry,
economics, politics, languages, and religions, each of which could
be a separate course unto itself. As such, the aim of this course
is not depth, but exposure to each of the sub-disciplines to gain
an understanding of WHAT each is, WHERE various aspects of each can be found, and
WHY each is found where it is.
The where is emphasized by a series of map tests to enable
the student to gain a minimal geographic foundation of places.
This is important knowledge, because humans are social
beings, and have throughout our history come together in groups. These
groups have developed unique characteristics, and experience teaches
us that the more we understand about other people and places, the
more enriched our own culture is and the less likely we are to blunder
into conflict. As the world becomes increasingly more accessible,
success in many careers is becoming more and more dependent on the
ability of a person to demonstrate some understanding of the rest
of the world.
I encourage students who have some direct experience
or knowledge of other places to share that in class. In past semesters
this class has been greatly enriched by students who were able to
reveal characteristics about regions which otherwise would have been
unknown to this class.
- There will be three exams covering: the material
presented in lecture, and the reading in the textbook. The exams
will be spaced at approximately equal intervals throughout the semester.
Tentative dates are indicated in the syllabus lecture outline. If
it is necessary to change the date of an exam, you will have at
least one week's notice of the new date.
- Example questions can be found through the links online
in the schedule. For example, if you click on "Chapter 1"
on the schedule, you will be taken to a set of review questions.
The most helpful for you to see if you understand and remember the
material are the "SHORT ANSWERS."
- There will be maps on each exam where you will have to locate
the characteristics that are covered in the chapter. Look
at the maps in the text and pay attention to the maps presented
- Exams will emphasize what's been covered in class. Take
good notes. These are your best review.
- The Final Examination will have 100 points on the material
since the last examination and 100 points of comprehensive
- Seniors that have an average of 90 percent or above after the
last map quiz (Africa) can opt out of the final.
Quizzes & Map Tests:
There will be five map tests, which will only
cover place name identification for a total of 200 points. There will
be one test for each of the major regions of the world. Dates of
the tests are on the schedule. If it is necessary to change the
date of a map test, you will have at least one week's notice of the
new date. The map list and practice maps can be found online from
the links on the schedule below. The
map tests will be given in the last 15 minutes of the scheduled class
Quizzes over the reading assignments are online and listed
and linked on the schedule below by the due date. Each is worth 10
points and is added to the total points in the course. You will have
15 minutes to complete each quiz. If you get a 60%
or better on the first attempt, you can try a second time in
the remaining time. Read and study the chapter before you take
the quiz!! The total of all the quizzes is worth 100 points,
the same as an exam. Quizzes not completed by
the due date will get a grade of 0. Since you have all the availability
and due dates already listed, extensions will
not be given.
Exam/Test Make-Up Policy:
- There will be NO makeup examinations .
- There are No quiz makeups.
- Late homework will NOT be accepted.
- Anyone who has a VISA and needs extra time or facilities
will take examinations in the C.A.T. and must bring in the
appropriate paperwork at least 2 days prior to each exam
(as per the instructions for the VISA and C.A.T.). Failure to
do so will result in taking the examination in class with everyone
- If you have to miss an exam or a map test with a valid reason,
you must let me know before
the test, otherwise, the above policy is in effect..
- I also must have a
written verification of your reason for missing from the appropriate
person before I can consider any exception to the above policy for
a make-up exam or test.
- All make-up exams will be essay in format. There will be no
makeups for a reading assignment quiz.
- Makeup examinations must be completed within 1 week of
the scheduled exam.
The reading assignment FOR EACH DAY is given on the syllabus. The
day that the assignment is listed is the day BY which it should be
read. Quizzes will cover assigned readings.
Each assignment is worth 10-30 points. The due date will be given
when the assignment is handed out or placed on D2L.
- Please plan on attending every class. This is,
of course, a good idea in any class, but especially in this one,
as a majority of the points on each exam will be drawn from
class (your notes).
- Although there are no points assigned for attendance,
it will be taken daily by a seating chart (if the classroom allows).
Faculty are now required to report anyone
with frequent absenses, missing exams, or failure to turn in/complete
100 points each
100 points last section
100 points cumulative
5 Map Tests
40 points each
|10 Chapter quizzes - D2L
||10 points each
||10-30 points each
||A- to A
Based on 750 points
|B- to B+
|80 to 89%
||C- to C+
|70 to 79%
||D to D+
|60 to 69%
To pass the course you will need a total average of 60% or more.
* Note: I do not curve final grades. I also do not give grades.
Your final grade in this class will be based on what you have earned.
I am more than happy to discuss your overall grade or a grade you
earned on a specific assignment. However, I will not do so via
email. If you would like to discuss your grade, please come and
see me in person during office hours or make an appointment.
- Cell phones should be silent in class. If your "vibration
mode" is louder than your ringer, just turn the phone off.
- Any phone or communication device that
is heard or seen being used (texting/email) in class will
require the owner to bring treats for the entire class
to the next class.
- Failure to do so will forfeit 10 points
from quizzes or homework (-10).
here for Map List - Click on the Map Test Link in the table
below to get copies of the maps
For Summaries of the
chapters and REVIEW
TEST QUESTIONS, click on the links under "Event"
*ST = Self Tests -- *Rev=Review
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