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GEOGRPH101 - Physical Geography with Lab - Kathy Duret

Course:Physical Geography with Lab
Professor:Kathy Duret
  • Online
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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This course combines lecture and lab to create an adventure in learning.  We will explore, observe, and learn about the physical processes that shape the landscape as well as the atmospheric conditions or Earth.

Your understanding of Earth's processes will enrich your lives and help you to see the connections between weather, climate, landscapes, and much more.

You will be able to understand the landscapes around you, wherever you go.  For instance, you can even interpret and understand this landscape of Sedona, Arizona.  You could even travel here someday soon.   Think about it...


Sedona Red Rocks park

Course Description

We will examine the basic physical elements of Earth which include the processes that affect landforms, vegetation and forests, weather and climate.  Consider this a "Landscape Appreciation" course because we will be engaged in everything to do with the outdoors.  

You will be able to interpret and analyze the weather and landscapes that you see when you venture out, even simply out  your own front door. 

Lecture and Lab combined will give you the best experience in your Geographic Adventure.

What to Expect in this Course


•The optimum tools for a college course includes a computer and printer.  That combination allows for the student to have the best learning opportunity and to engage in the class in the most efficient manner.  Really. 

• Using your phone app to participate in a college course is not the best choice.  If you do happen to make that choice to use a phone app, be sure you are able to see the modules.  Use those modules.  Don't simply rely on the "To do " list.  Working within the modules are essential.

HEAD'S UP ON THE PHONE APP:  Students have alerted me that using the phone app does not show all material that I am providing within the modules.  Please consider this when engaging in a college course.  A phone is not appropriate as the only tool to use to be successful in college.

Types of Assessments

Exams will take place in the classroom and on Canvas.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook



1. “MC KNIGHT’S PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY"   4th CAL. ED.”   Darrel Hess. 2017       ISBN: 978-1-323-27229-9   


2. "MC KNIGHT'S PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY"   12th edition.   Darrel Hess. 2017      ISBN: 978-0-13-419542-1

Either 4th CAL. ED.” or 12th ed. Both by Darrel Hess. 2017   No need to purchase both texts, just choose one.  They both work for this course.  (A hard copy text is recommended vs. online version.)




  •  You will need a NEW LAB MANUAL.  No used or rented manuals.  You will need your manual for course work, and for exams.
  • You will need a CALCULATOR. NO  PHONES AS CALCULATORS.  Calculators will be used during class tasks and during exams.  It is imperative that you do NOT use your phone as a calculator.  

photo of textbook                  

photo of textbook

       Cover Photos of our Lecture texts, take your pick.  They are both the same.  Choose one.

       Lab Manual will have the same photo as the one at the far left. 

Other Relevant Course Information

High Sierra Lakes

How to do well in this course: 

  •   Take responsibility for yourself and your learning success.  This is the most important characteristic of a successful student.  
  •   Read the required pages in the textbook.  Take notes.
  •   Complete all assignments and submit them prior to the due date. The deadline dates and time are FIRM and cannot be changed in ANY way.
  •   If  you are actually still reading this letter at this point, well done to you.  You will probably be one of the very successful students. ?

  I do wish you all the best.  I look forward to this semester together.  =>

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 05/29/2022 Sub#: 263