GEOGRPH-100 - Physical Geography - Jeremy Patrich
The College of the Canyons and I am excited that you chose this course, and I am looking forward to getting to know you during the semester. Whether this course is on-line, hybrid or in-person, we will have lots of interaction via the pre-recorded chapter summaries and YouTube lectures, discussion boards, weekly announcements, emails, and even social networking! Remember, that regardless of the semester length, it will be the same amount of content and work, in other words, this means that there are the same amount of assignments and reading in a 4-week course as there is in a 16-week course.
It is my goal for you to accomplish your academic goals, and I will provide you with a variety of resources including videos, podcasts, practice tests, study guides, and even extra credit to help you succeed. I aim to be very clear about deadlines, expectations, and course content. Do not hesitate to email me with any questions- and I look forward to sharing my course with you.
Examines the Earth's dynamic physical systems and processes. Topics include Earth-sun geometry, weather, climate, water, landforms, soil, and biosphere. Emphasis is on the interrelationships among environmental and human systems and processes and their resulting patterns and distributions. Tools of geographic inquiry are also briefly covered; they may include: maps, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Field trips may be required. Formerly GEOG-101.
What to Expect in this Course
This course has prerecorded lectures and is organized by utilizing modules. With the support of weekly announcements, students will engage in assignments and discussions throughout the term.
Physical Geography is a three unit course. I teach using modules because I like seeing content and assignment chunked together. I have outlined below an average weeks' workload, so you may have a better idea as to what to expect workwise. I also like to unlock several modules at a time to provide students the opportunity to work ahead.
Physical Geography | Week 5 To-Do List (Please Complete All Work by Sunday)
Welcome to your fifth week of our online course. This week, we begin an introduction to geology! The best way to learn about Earth’s crust would be to travel around the world, viewing minerals, rocks, and structures in a variety of places to see what they are and how they can be coaxed into telling Earth’s story.
- One module quiz
- One discussion board with at least two peer responses
- One module assignment (500-word written response)
- Two short chapters of reading
- Four 15-minute lecture videos
Types of Assessments
At the session’s end, you will be evaluated by your performance on the basis of two lecture exams, one lab exam, a series of assignments, reading quizzes, and other general activities. Each of these components will be graded separately, and your total grade for the course will be determined by a combined grade-point total: being weighed as indicated below.
- The Lecture Exams: (20%) Exams will be open written notes. There will be two (2) exams. Exams may include multiple-choice, true/false, map or diagram interpretation, and short-answer questions. Make sure you plan ahead and include additional time in the event of technical issues- and exams cannot be made up or submitted late.
- Assignments: (55%) Please complete all assigned assignments on time for credit. No partial credit is awarded, and no late work is accepted. Please take note of the Canvas Calendar to make sure you are on top of your assignments. You can always work ahead. Assignments include module reading/lecture quizzes as well modular written assessments.
- Online Discussions: (25%) Please complete all assigned assignments on time for credit. No partial credit is awarded, and no late work is accepted. Please take note of the Canvas Calendar to make sure you are on top of your assignments. You can always work ahead, and also be sure to always follow up on your responses. Each forum assignment is a two-part assignment – it consists of an initial post (worth 3 points) and a follow-up post (worth 1 point each). For your initial post, you will answer two to three critical thinking questions pertaining to the weeks’ topics. Your initial post is expected to be in the form of short paragraphs (usually 250 words minimum). For the follow-up post, you must provide commentary and feedback on one of your classmate’s posts. The Forum assignments will be available in Canvas and your initial posts must be posted by 11:59pm on Fridays. Your follow-up posts are due on Sundays at 11:59pm. A rubric and additional details will be provided in the weekly instructions.
- A: 100%-89.6%
- B: 89.5%-79.6%
- C: 79.5%-69.6%
- D: 69.5%-59.6%
- F: 59.5-Below
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
This course is ZTC (Zero Text Cost), the free text is integrated into the Canvas modules.
Other Relevant Course Information
Waitlists: I will do my best to accommodate all students on the waitlist. I will provide permissions to those on the waitlist first, so keep an eye on your Canyons email account.
Welcome Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBHr6XCPIRo
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- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 09/14/2022 Sub#: 1074