Physical Geography 101
Course Syllabus - Fall 2012
GEOG 101: A study of earth orbital factors affecting time, tides and seasons; climate, weather, soils and vegetation; interaction between Man and the natural resources; map reading. 3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week. IAI: P1 909L
Building 2 Room 219
11:00 - 11:50 Monday, Wednesday and Friday
1:00 - 2:50 Wednesday Lab
Monday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Thursday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Friday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Building 2, Rm 215, Tel. 309-796-5271. To arrange a meeting, talk to the instructor in class, lab or during office hours. E-mail: email@example.com. Click here to see Richard Harwood's schedule.
|Aug. 20||Introduction to Course, Outline, Expectations|
|Aug. 22-24||Origin of the Earth||*|
|Aug. 27||Maps and Location Systems||1|
|Aug. 29||Earth Rotation and Revolution||1|
|Sept. 3||Labor Day - NO CLASSES|
|Sept. 5||The Sun and Electromagnetic Radiation||2|
|Sept. 7||Global Radiation Balance||2|
|Sept. 10||Global Energy System||2|
|Sept. 12||Composition of the Atmosphere||2|
|Sept. 14||Open Date|
|Sept. 17||EXAM I|
|Sept. 19||Air Temperature||3|
|Sept. 21||Temperature Structure of the Atmosphere||3|
|Sept. 24||Greenhouse Effect||3|
|Sept. 26-28||Global Warming||3|
|Oct. 1||Hydrosphere and Hydrologic Cycles||4|
|Oct. 3||Humidity, Clouds, Fog||4|
|Oct. 8||Columbus Day - NO CLASSES|
|Oct. 10||Pollution (Lab Practical I - in Lab)||4|
|Oct. 12||Open Date|
|Oct. 15||EXAM II|
|Oct. 17||Atmospheric Pressure, Pressure Gradients||5|
|Oct. 22||Global Wind Patterns||5|
|Oct. 24||High Altitude Winds||5|
|Oct. 31||Cyclones and Anticyclones||6|
|Nov. 2||Tropical Weather Systems||6|
|Nov. 5||Poleward Transport||5|
|Nov. 9||EXAM III|
|Nov. 12||Veteran's Day - NO CLASSES|
|Nov. 14||Climate Classification||7|
|Nov. 21-26||Plants and Environment||8|
|Nov. 23||Thanksgiving - NO CLASSES|
|Nov. 28||Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles||16|
|Nov. 30||Nature of Soils (Lab Practical II - in Lab)||15|
|Dec. 3||Soil Development||15|
|Dec. 5||Global Soils||15|
|Dec. 7||Soils - Erosion||15|
|Dec. 10||FINAL EXAM - 10:00-11:50 a.m.|
* Three articles from Scientific American, Oct. 1994, p. 52-75. These articles are available on reserve in the library and Online at the course web page. See details below for access to this material.
The schedule is subject to changes during the semester. Students are responsible for keeping track of changes. The web page schedule will be updated when changes occur.
A detailed outline of each day's topics is available at the Lecture Material links on the course web page.
Text Book - Required
Visualizing Physical Geography, by Strahler and Merali
Lab Manual - Required
Physical Geography 101 Lab Manual, by Richard Harwood
Web Page Study Materials
Lecture outlines, study material, additional information and reading material may be found on the Physical Geography 101 Web Page under the Lecture Material link at the following URL: http://facweb.bhc.edu/academics/science/harwoodr/geog101/index.htm
NOTICE: It is strongly recommended that students access, print out and read the lecture notes prior to attending class.
WARNING: The web page lecture notes are intended to be used to enhance and assist students in acquiring and learning the material presented in the lectures. They are designed to allow students to follow along and contribute to lectures without the need to write everything down in notes. The web page lecture notes, however, do not contain all of the material presented in class. The web page lecture notes are not a substitute for coming to lecture - attendance is required for successful completion of the course. The web page lecture notes alone will not see you through this course without attending lecture.
Students may access the Internet at any of the open computer labs on campus. Computers are available in the Independent Learning Center, Library and the Science Resources Lab (Rm 2-210). Students do not need an account or login name to access the Internet in these labs. Assistance is available in the labs for students that have never accessed material on the World Wide Web.
Access to some of this material is password protected on myBlackHawk and Canvas (formerly Blackboard/WebCT). To access this material and other online resources, use your myBlackHawk username and password to login into Canvas at: https://learn.bhc.edu/login
Login information to myBlackHawk was provided to you when you enrolled at BHC. If you have forgotten this login information or have difficulties logging in to myBlackHawk or Canvas follow the directions in the Secure Access Login box at the myBlackHawk homepage.
There are four exams. Each exam will be comprehensive. The majority of questions, approximately 80%, will cover material from the most recent lectures, with additional questions covering major topics, concepts and definitions from the previous sections and exams. Exams may not be taken before the scheduled exam time - no exceptions.
Each exam may contain one or more of the following items: multiple choice questions, true/false statements, matching, fill-in-the-blank statements, and short essay topics. All exams will contain a full length essay topic. Students should read the Essay Policy prior to taking an exam. This policy may be found at the following URL: http://facweb.bhc.edu/academics/science/harwoodr/Essay.htm
Missed Exams and Lab Practicals
Missed exams and lab practicals will be made up by class time the first day that the student returns to class - no exceptions. For example, let's say you miss the first exam on Monday, Sept. 17th. You then come to the next class period on Wednesday, Sept. 19th. You would be required to take the exam at that time, during the class period. Failure to take the exam at that time will result in a score of zero. All missed exams will be taken in the ILC's Testing Center. Students may arrange to take the exam prior to the next class period, and are encouraged to do so. Contact the ILC for Testing Room hours.
There are no extra credit assignments.
The final grade will be calculated according to the following percentages:
Exams and Lab Practicals - 75%
Lab Assignments - 25%
Click here to use a Grade Calculator to figure out your grade in the course.
All grades will be assigned using the following scale:
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
<60% = F
No incompletes (I) will be given for any reason.
My policy on grades is that you will receive the grade that you earn. I do not "give" grades, you earn them. The grade that you earn will be based upon your knowledge of the required material, your skills in the required activities and your participation, performance and attitude.
Web Page Grade Posting
Individual grades may be accessed through myBlackHawk and Canvas (formerly Blackboard/WebCT).
See the Canvas Access section above for details on your access to this information.
Daily attendance is not taken in this course. However, if you miss four lecture or lab class hours, either consecutively or cumulatively, you may be officially withdrawn from the class for non-attendance. You will be checked off for attendance on a weekly basis during lab.
I am not interested in hearing excuses for missed classes. Whether you are in class or not, you are responsible for all material and announcements presented in the lecture and lab sections. It is your job to make sure you have all of the current information. Missed assignments must be turned in by class time the first day that the student returns to class - no exceptions. Missed exams and lab practicals will be made up by class time the first day that the student returns to class - no exceptions. Failure to take the exam at that time will result in a score of zero.
You are all adults and I expect you to have behavior appropriate to a college level class - this is not High School. The classroom environment should be professional and friendly. Anyone showing disruptive behavior will be asked to leave. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to: a) using profanities, b) intentionally damaging classroom or laboratory materials, c) using cellular phones (Cell phones are to be turned off during class, lab and exams), d) playing video games while the instructor is addressing the class, e) placing feet on the lab table tops while class is in session, f) excessive talking while the instructor is addressing the class, and g) creating an environment that is not conducive to learning for others.
Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Copying another's work, plagiarism and cheating on tests may be punishable by a failing grade on that assignment or exam, or a failing grade for the course - depending on the severity of the incident.
Food in the Classroom
I have no objection to your bringing food or drink into lecture or lab. However, it is your responsibility to clean up after yourself. Because other instructors and students use the classroom, don't leave your trash on the lab benches. Put all aluminum cans, plastic bottles and office paper in the proper recycling containers in the hall. Throw all other trash in the waste can in the classroom. If I find trash being left on the lab benches in lab or lecture I will ban all food and drink for everyone for the remainder of the semester.
You are responsible for knowing due dates and exam dates. They are on your syllabus, know them, even if they are not announced in class.
I expect you to have read the lecture assignments prior to coming to class. Be prepared to discuss the material. A discussion requires at least two people that have read the material and are prepared to examine that information. A discussion with only one participant is a lecture.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1) Describe the interaction of the Earth and sun, including time, seasons and energy balance.
2) Describe and measure the physical characteristics and properties of the atmosphere.
3) Summarize global weather and circulation patterns.
4) Classify climates through the use of climographs.
5) Classify and describe vegetation, ecosystems and soil types, and their distribution.
6) Explain the interaction between the sun, weather, climate, vegetation and soil.
Assessment of Student Learning
The following assessment methods, measures and techniques may be used during the semester to determine how well students are learning.
Withdrawal from the Course
Students are strongly encouraged to talk with the instructor before withdrawing from the course to discuss your reasons for withdrawal, and to discuss options other than withdrawal. If you need to withdraw from the course for any reason, you may do so without instructor approval prior to completion of three-quarters of the course. Withdrawal from the course is the responsibility of the student. Students may either complete the Black Hawk College Add/Drop form or send a letter, fax, or email from the student's myBlackHawk account to the Registrar. After three-quarters of the course is completed, but no later than the last scheduled day of instruction, students must obtain instructor permission to withdraw from the course. Students may not drop the course after the last day of instruction. (see the Student Handbook for the official college policy on withdrawals)
|1||Aug. 22||Introduction to Lab|
|2||Aug. 29||Metric System, Scientific Notation, Graphing, and Graphic Analysis|
|3||Sept. 5||Maps and Time|
|5||Sept. 19||Spectral Analysis|
|6||Sept. 26||Temperature and Thermometers|
|7||Oct. 3||Temperature Cycles and Temperature Maps|
|Oct. 10||Lab Practical I|
|8||Oct. 17||Humidity and Orographic Precipitation|
|9||Oct. 24||Barometric Pressure|
|11||Nov. 7||Air Masses and Severe Weather Risk|
|12||Nov. 14||Weather Maps|
|13||Nov. 21||Human Impact on Natural Systems - Field Trip
- footwear for muddy conditions
- rain gear if needed
|Nov. 28||Lab Practical II|
|Dec. 5||No Lab (make-up lab date if needed)|
Lab exercises are to be completed during the lab period and turned in at the end of the lab. Students are expected to remain in lab for the full hour and fifty minutes, working on the lab assignment and studying past lab assignments.
Missed labs must be completed within one week of the date of the assigned lab. For example, if you miss Lab #2, it must be complete prior to Lab #3. Labs completed before the following week's lab will receive full credit for that lab. No credit will be given for labs completed after the one week grace period. However, it is to your advantage to complete all labs, even late labs, as you will be tested over the material on the lab practical. You are responsible for making arrangements to make up a lab.
There will be two lab practicals. These are equivalent to exams and will test your knowledge and skills on the lab material. Missed lab practicals will be made up by class time the first day that the student returns to class. Failure to take the lab practical at that time will result in a score of zero.
Each lab practical will be based directly on the activities in the lab exercises. For example, in the Maps and Time lab, you will be asked to determine the Longitude and Latitude of various cities around the world using an atlas. On the Lab Practical, you can expect to identify Longitude and Latitude for cities using an atlas.
The only materials that you will need to bring are your lab manual, and writing utensils. USE A PENCIL to complete each assignment. Errors will be made and are easier to correct in pencil than in pen. Three colored pencils are often useful. The textbook should be brought to lab as well. A calculator with trigonometric (sin, cos, tan) functions is recommended. All other materials will be provided.
Working on Lab Assignments
Do your own work. You may work in groups or alone but you alone are responsible for knowing the material. Students often fail the lab because they let someone else do the work. You will be tested as an individual on your knowledge and skills during the lab practical - you will not be tested as a group. Do your own work.
Evaluation of Completed Lab Assignments
Lab assignments will be evaluated prior to the student being dismissed from lab. The instructor and student will go over the lab assignment together to check for errors and make corrections. Upon completion the lab will contain all the correct answers, and the student will receive credit for the lab.
Check your current BHC Student Handbook for important information about college processes, policies and procedures.
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting accommodations, contact the instructor and the
Office of Student Accomodations at 796-5949 as soon as possible during the semester.
For more information about Black Hawk College, visit the BHC web page at www.bhc.edu.