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					                              Fall 2011 Geography 06.100-4 Course Outline

Earth, People & the Environment, 3 credits

Instructor: Judy Okun
Phone: 256-4811
Office: 315 Robinson Hall
Office Hours: T/TH 4-4:30 or by appt.
(I can usually be available right after class as well.)

Course Website:
Meeting Dates: 8/6-12/13

Meeting Times: T/TH., 12:15-1:30 pm, Geog. Conference Room

Course Objectives:

Geography investigates physical and cultural occurrences on Earth and attempts to explain their spatial
patterns. In this course you will gain understanding of several key themes and issues within the study
of geography, with particular emphasis on physical geography and its relationship to humans. We will
investigate the physical patterns and environmental issues of places as diverse as the Great Salt
Desert in Utah to the New Jersey coastline. Several modes of teaching/learning will be accomplished
through lectures, discussions, power points, student presentations, map analysis, DVDs, writing
assignments, and exams.

Course Website:

       Our course website can be accessed through this web address:

       You will be asked to enter your name and most frequently used email address for our class
        email list so that you will be informed of course news, announcements, etc.—on the left side of
        the homepage, click on “mailing lists”.

       Homework assignments will be posted on after each course
        meeting, as will DVD and website links, study outlines, and other pertinent information. Simply
        click on your course link on the homepage.

       It is your responsibility to check schoolrack for each homework posting.

       Power Points and outlines will be posted on „files‟ on the left side of the homepage.

       I will demonstrate how to access the site on the first and second meetings of class.

Final Grade Evaluation:

 College Skills—classroom performance/participation………………10%


 Exam 1—covers material from first half of course…………………..25%


 Presentation Report…………………………………………………….15%

 Exam 2--covers material from last half of course..............................25%

 Perfect Attendance=two points added to cumulative average, one point deducted for each absence.

Lecture Notes:

Students should make arrangements with other students to acquire class notes in the event of an
absence. If you are aware in advance of a class you must miss please notify the instructor and make
arrangements with a fellow student to obtain missed lecture notes. An excellent guide to college note-
taking can be found at:

Exam Preparation:

Exams will be based on work covered in class plus homework assignments and outside readings or
DVDs. It is essential that you attend class and take careful notes in order to do well on exams.
The textbook will provide a very helpful reference for exam prep., but I will not include textbook info not
covered in class on exams. The short of it—don‟t miss class, do assignments, and be involved in
lectures/discussions to be comfortable with test material. There is no substitute for being actively
involved in class. Learning is not a spectator sport!

      I will post study outlines and Power Points on and we will have a
review session the meeting before each exam.

      No make-ups for exam 2. You will receive an F for the course if you miss it.

      For exam 1—a 10 point grade deduction for each day late.

                                                 Grading Scale

                                          Letter Grades by Percentage

                          A = 90%-100%          B- = 79%-79.9%       D+ = 67%-68.9%

                          A- = 89%-89.9%        C+ = 77%-78.9%       D = 60%-66.9%

                          B+ = 87%-88.9%        C = 70%-76.9%        D- = 59%-59.9%

                          B = 80%-86.9%         C- = 69%-69.9%       F = Below 59%

Course Requirements:

Both exams and the presentation report are required for this course. You cannot pass this course
without completing these. If you are absent on the date which your group presents, you will be given a
grade of zero.

Required Textbook:

Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, fifth edition, by Dahlman, Renwick and
Bergman. It is not necessary to bring it to class unless otherwise indicated.


Attendance and promptness are mandatory. Chronic lateness/leaving class early will affect your grade.
Leaving the class or arriving at the halfway point will be counted as a half-absence. Perfect
attendance=two extra points added to your cumulative average. Each absence=one point deduction
from cumulative average.

Group Presentation:

        Small groups of 4-5 people will have five min. each to present. Going beyond the time limit will
result in grade reduction.

      Power Points are recommended, as are eliciting discussion/questions from the audience.

      We will determine groups on the second or third session of class.

       In addition, a three-five page, double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman typed report of your
findings and how they relate to our discussions in class for each participant is due on presentation day.
Works Cited page in MLA format required and citations within the body of your paper. Late papers
receive a letter grade deduction for each day late.

        A great website for research papers, writing and grammar help is:

      A website for quick and easy MLA formatting is

       The audience will also be given the opportunity to earn extra credit by contributing questions to
the discussion.

      Be sure to plan ahead to be present on day of presentation—absentees receive a zero grade.

     Presentations and reports will be graded individually, but extra credit will be given for groups
who have presented their separate parts as a well-coordinated whole.

 Presentation Topic Choices:

 Weather/Climate              Language                      Biosphere

 Landforms                    Religion                      Food/Agriculture

 Energy Resources             Water Resources               Urbanization

 Population/Migration         Political Geography           Development

Email List:

In order to keep abreast of class news/announcements you will need to provide an email address
through group email at the home page, click on the „Mailing Lists‟ link.


      It is essential to complete all homework assignments on time and hand in the hard copy for
grading—late work is not accepted.

       Homework assignments can be accessed through my website on

      You are also responsible for emailing homework on due date if absent from class. Hand in a
hard copy when you are back in class.

       All homework should be grammatically correct, professional in tone, typed, double-spaced and
in 12 pt. Times New Roman font.

      We‟ll review how to access homework assignments from on the first in

     Typically there are ten assignments per semester. A check is 10 ten points, check plus is 12,
check minus is 8, no homework is zero. Total is computed for cumulative homework grade.

Plagiarism-Academic Honesty:

Your responsibilities as a college student include practicing academic honesty and challenging yourself
to higher levels of learning. With these in mind, all of your writing should be in your original words-
whether for a homework assignment, a Power Point, or a research paper. Any work derived directly
from a source should be cited. If I have any doubt about the originality of your writing, I will ask you to
email me the file and I will run it through an anti-plagiarism program such as Please
refer to Rowan‟s academic honesty policy for further information and specific penalties in cases of
plagiarism or cheating.

Classroom Decorum:

It is a given in a college class that distracting behavior is unacceptable. Please shut off all
electronics before class begins. Refrain from side conversations, and avoid lateness/leaving the
class in the middle of lecture. Anyone detracting from the learning environment of the classroom will be
asked to leave.

                                           Course Schedule
 Date/Topic                                                                 Chapter
 9/6           Intro/Phys., Cultural Geog. Concepts                         Ch. 1
 9/8           cont.‟d
 9/13          Weather/Climate                                              Ch. 2
 9/15          Landforms                                                    Ch. 3
9/27         Biomes                                              Ch. 4

9/29         Class Cancelled/Research assignment
10/4         Population                                          Ch. 5
10/11        Migration                                           Ch. 5

10/18        Exam 1
10/20        Language                                            Ch. 7
10/27        Religion                                            Ch. 7
11/1         College Holiday-No classes
11/3         Agriculture                                         Ch. 8

11/8         Presentations and Papers due
11/10        Presentations and Papers due
11/17        Natural Resources                                   Ch. 9
11/24        College Holiday-No Classes
12/1         Political Geography                                 Ch. 11
12/8         Development                                         Ch. 12
12/13        Conclusion                                          Ch. 13
*This schedule is subject to change
*Homework will be assigned based on work completed—check


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