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Student success

Success in Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) courses like Physical Geography (GEOG 1110) depends on a student's preparation and participation as well as on the format of the course.

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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:

Spring 2012 course schedule

Dates Lesson topic(s) Reading
17-Jan:19-Jan Essential geographic concepts 1
24-Jan:26-Jan Insolation, seasons and the atmosphere 2
31-Jan:2-Feb Global energy balance and temperature 3
7-Feb:9-Feb Air pressure, winds and ocean currents 4
14-Feb:16-Feb Atmospheric water and weather 5
21-Feb:23-Feb Water resources 6
28-Feb:1-Mar Climate and climate change 7
6-Mar:8-Mar Earth materials and plate tectonics 8
13-Mar:15-Mar Crustal structure, earthquakes and volcanoes 9
20-Mar:22-Mar Weathering, karst and mass movement 10
26-Mar:30-Mar spring break ---
3-Apr:5-Apr River systems and landforms 11
10-Apr:12-Apr Wind processes and desert landscapes 12
17-Apr:19-Apr Oceans and coastal processes 13
26-Apr Glaciation and glacial landscapes 14
1-May:3-May Soil formation and distribution 15
8-May:10-May Ecosystems and biomes 16
15-May:17-May wrap-up and review all
22-May final exam, 1:00-2:50 PM all

Evaluation

Grades will be based on total scores for:

There will be no alternate or "extra credit" assignments. For each writing assignment a student will read an article of their choice from several selected for the class and write an outline, abstract and revised abstract of that article. The final grade will be computed from the total of 300 points and scored as follows: > 90% = A; 80-89+% = B; 70-79+% = C; 60-69+% = D; and <60% = F. The instructor reserves the right to adjust these percentages if such and adjustment is warranted by the class average, but under no circumstances will a student who earns a score of <60% or fails to turn in any of the writing assignments receive a "satisfactory" (A, B, or C) grade.

A student should expect to spend about 6 hours per week reading the text, reviewing their notes, and studying for exams. Preparation of the homework and writing assignments will also require about 12 hours during the course of the semester.

Attendance, withdrawal, and incomplete policies

Regular participation and punctual submission of assignments are required for satisfactory completion of this course. Up to two absences will be excused if the student: (1) notifies the instructor by e-mail or phone, (2) schedules a time to make up the missed work before their next class session, and (3) makes up the work as scheduled. If a student incurs two unexcused absences he or she will receive a warning from the instructor; four unexcused absences will result in the student being dropped from the class. A student may withdraw before 27-Apr-2012 without receiving a grade, and is responsible for notifying the admissions office and completing all necessary forms. Arrangements for an incomplete must be made with the instructor, and an "I" will be granted only in the case of an unforeseen personal or family emergency.

Learning Disabilities

If you have a disability (learning, physical, psychological etc.) that may require classroom or testing accommodations please let me know as soon as possible to ensure these accommodations are implemented in a timely manner. If you have not already done so, please contact Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) in Eddy Hall, or call 938-5297, for authorization and coordination of disability verification and accommodation assistance.

Make-up policy for missed work

Writing and homework assignments, midterm exams, and daily clicker questions may be made-up if: (1) prior arrangements have been made with the instructor; and (2) they are completed within one week or before graded exercises are returned to the class (as appropriate). The final exam may not be made up.

Late assignment policy

Writing and homework assignments will be penalized 1 point for each class session they are late, and will not be accepted after the graded assignments have been returned to the class.

Academic integrity

Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they work on their homework assignments and prepare for exams. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she submits homework, takes exams, and writes his or her outlines and abstracts. If I find evidence that any students are not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because they submit identical or nearly identical writing assignments) I reserve the right to drop them from the class unless it is after the fourteenth week, in which case the students will receive F grades regardless of accumulated points.