GEOG 101 Syllabus

 

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Welcome to Physical Geography GEOG 101

Instructor:  Dr. P. K. Vig                                                                    Office:  ST-206

Office Phone:  545-3373                                                                    Office Hours:  Always open.

Text:   Geo Systems – An Introduction to Physical Geography by R. W. Christopherson,  Prentice Hall.

Objectives:
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of the physical environment, specifically climate, weather, water, and earth.  The course will cover

  • -                     Earth-Sun relations
  • -                     Energy, work, and electromagnetic spectrum
  • -                     Heat associated with the Earth’s surface, climate systems
  • -                     Air pressure, regional and global air circulation
  • -                     Condensation, dew point, stable/unstable air
  • -                     Clouds, fronts
  • -                     Hydrologic cycle, rivers, flooding
  • -                     Ground water, uses, contamination
  • -                     Tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanism

Exams and Course Grade:

Four tests will determine the course grade.  Each test is worth 100 points.

  • Test 1 – Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Test 2 – Ch. 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Test 3 – Ch. 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Test 4 – Ch. 13, 14, 15, 16

 

  • 90%-100%      A
  • 80%-89%        B
  • 70%-79%        C
  • 60%-69%        D
  • 00%-59%        F

 

Make-up tests will not be given.

 

Academic Dishonesty:
Any form of knowing and willful cheating or plagiarism is unacceptable and may result in failure in the course.

 

Miscellaneous:
Students with any disability are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the quarter.  Adaptation of methods, materials, or testing may be made to provide for equal participation.

Learning Outcomes from Physical Geography:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should have learned the:

  1. elements that contribute to climate, sun angle, latitude, circulation pattern, presence of land and water, man-induced changes in climate;
  2. ozone layer, ozone pollution, inversions, greenhouse gases;
  3. weather maps and forecasts;
  4. various types of weather hazards such as tornados, hurricanes, etc.;
  5. ground and surface waters;
  6. water contaminations, flooding;
  7. oceans, coastal erosion, wind, and water motion;
  8. earthquakes, volcanoes, deformation processes;
  9. plate tectonics.

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