GEOGRAPHY 1 - PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
Instructor: Dave Howell
Office Hours: MW 8:30-9 & 12:30-1,TTH 8:30-9 & 12:00-1
An investigation of weather, climate, landforms, maps. An emphasis is placed on explaining the distribution of physical phenomena on the surface of the earth, and examining the relationship between man and the environment (for more specifics, see course outline in the division office). This class is presented in a lecture-discussion format.
Essentials of Physical Geography by Gabler , Sager, and Wise
Hammond Comparative World Atlas
Four exams will be given, each worth 100 points. Exam questions consist of multiple choice, true-false, matching, short answer, and essays. All exam dates will be announced at least one week in advance.
There will be map quizzes requiring students to locate countries and major physical features throughout the world. Each map quiz will be worth 50 points.
There will be several in-class activities each worth 5-10 points. You must attend on a regular basis to participate in these activities.
A few in-class activities will provide an opportunity for extra credit points.
Students will be allowed to make up one map quiz or one exam if they are unable to attend class on a test date. All make-ups will be given during a designated time period the week before finals. Extra-credit and in-class activities cannot be made up.
Class attendance and participation are an important part of the course because a large percentage of test questions are derived from lectures and classroom activities.
If you wish to withdraw from the class (I HOPE YOU WILL NOT!), the burden rests with you to take the proper steps.
Grades are determined by total points accumulated throughout the semester and will be based on the following percentage system :
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
66 - 79% C
55 - 65% D
0 - 54% F
I reserve the right to raise your grade a few points at the end of the semester based on factors such as attendance, participation, and effort.
Please come to class on time and do not bring children. Late work may be accepted at the instructor's discretion and will include point deductions. Cheating and plagiarism will be dealt with according to the Student Code of Conduct which includes consequences ranging from reprimand to expulsion.