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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 2014 course schedule

Dates Lesson topic(s) Reading
9-Jan Global location, time and maps 1
14-Jan : 16-Jan Global location, time and maps (continued) 1
21-Jan : 23-Jan Global energy balance 2
28-Jan : 30-Jan Air temperature 3
4-Feb : 6-Feb Atmospheric moisture and precipitation 4
11-Feb : 13-Feb Global atmospheric and oceanic circulation 5
18-Feb : 20-Feb Weather systems 6
25-Feb : 27-Feb Global climates and climate change 7
4-Mar : 6-Mar Earth's internal structure and materials 8
11-Mar : 13-Mar Plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes 9
18-Mar : 20-Mar Weathering and mass wasting 10
24-Mar : 31-Mar Spring Break ---
3-Apr Groundwater and river systems 11
8-Apr : 10-Apr Landforms shaped by running water 12
15-Apr : 17-Apr Landforms shaped by wind and waves 13
22-Apr : 24-Apr Glacial and periglacial landforms 14
28-Apr : 1-May Soil formation and distribution 15
6-May : 8-May Biogeographic processes 16
13-May : 15-May Global biogeography 17
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 18-Apr-2014 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 assignments, online activities, midterm exams and in-class clicker questions may be made-up if: (1) prior arrangements have been made with the instructor; and (2) they are completed before the graded exercises are returned to the class or the material is covered on a midterm (as appropriate). The online study questions and the final exam may not be made up.

Late assignment policy

Writing assignments and online activities 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. Online study questions will be penalized 1 point if they are turned in within 24 hours of the original deadline; after that they will not be accepted.

Academic integrity

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