Midterm Exam Grades:
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GEOGRAPHY 10: WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
ONLINE SYLLABUS and COURSE GUIDE
Professor David Hamilton Golland
Announcements and Emergency Information
April 19: The final exam information has changed. Please see the schedule below.
March 27: The midterm exam grades can be found to the left, in alphabetical order according to ID#.
March 4: The midterm exam study guide is now online. See "Tests," below.
Online Course Guide
|GEO 10 Section 2377
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Description and Objectives:
Through this course you will develop knowledge and skills necessary to become globally aware, engaged world citizens--one of the goals of general education at BCC. We will focus on specific geographic regions, examine connections in and between these regions, and see how people of different regions interact as parts of a global system. You will get a sense of history for each region we cover, its physical characteristics, some cultural characteristics, and some significant current economic, social, political and environmental issues. As you study specific places, you will learn geographic concepts as well. You should expect to pay attention to current world events.
Map skills: Reading and working with maps--the geographer's tool--will develop your general education proficiencies of symbolic and graphic communication skills. In addition to these map-reading and interpretation skills, you should be able to identify on a map the nations of the world as well as major cities and physical features (like mountain chains, deserts, oceans, and rivers).
Critical thinking skills: You will often be required to use the general education proficiency of reasoning to interpret, analyze, and evaluate what we read, whether texts, maps, or websites. This course will examine complex issues facing people and places, And you will develop skills to help you approach and evaluate these situations.For example, there are many controversies over how people use land and resources. Should a river be dammed to serve irrigation or electricity needs? Or should the water keep flowing in its natural form to preserve the ecosystem and sustain a fishing economy? Who makes these decisions, and how are people and places affected by the consequences of these decisions?
Textbook: Pulsipher and Pulsipher, World Regional Geography: Global Patterns, Local Lives (Without Subregions) (4th Ed.)
Workbook: Rogalsky and Aspaas, Mapping Workbook and Study Guide for World Regional Geography
Atlas: Atlas of World Geography, Rand-McNally
Please bring ALL THREE books to class every day except the midterm.
Testing will consist of one outside assignment, a midterm examination, and a final examination.
The outside assignment is entitled "Looking at the Global Economy at Home." Click HERE for the assignment. We will also discuss it in class.
The midterm and final exams will each consist of a multiple choice section, an identifications section, and a map-labeling section. The final exam will not by cumulative.
We will discuss the format and topics covered by each exam during the class just before each exam.
Part One of the Midterm will require that you identify eight of the following fifteen terms or phrases. An identification is a two-to-three sentence explanation of the item.
GDP per capita
Economies of Scale
Part Two of the Midterm will require that you answer questions. To be prepared for these questions, please ensure that you understand the following:
NAFTA and The European Union--know the names of the member countries of each and be prepared to compare the two organizations
Contested Space--especially as pertains to the Amazon rainforest
Free Trade and Fair Trade--know what they are and the difference between them
Global Climate Change--know what it is, what is causing it, and what its impact is now and will be in the future
The Caribbean Sea--be prepared to name at least seven islands in it and to explain why it experiences so many earthquakes
Topography--be prepared to define it and identify the major land areas in the U.S. that are below sea level
Deforestation--be prepared to define it
Squatter Settlements--be prepared to define them and explain why they exist
Part Three of the Midterm will ask you to briefly write about one other thing you have learned in class so far this semester.
Quiz and Exam Rules
Please observe these rules carefully. Infraction will result in lost points.
No pencil or red ink.
Please clear your desks of all items except a writing implement prior to the start of the quiz or exam.
Keep your eyes on your own quiz or exam.
Write your name first; no extra time will be alloted at the end to write your name.
Do not speak during the quiz or exam. If you have a question, raise your hand and the instructor will come to your seat.
You may not leave the classroom during the quiz or exam. If you must leave for an emergency, turn in your quiz or exam; you're finished. So please handle biological functions in advance.
If you finish a quiz early, please wait quietly until I have called the time.
If you finish an exam early, you may leave. I begin grading exams as soon as the first student has finished; if you'd like to stay, it's possible I'll get to yours before the end of the class, so let me know if you're staying.
Outside assignment: 15%
Midterm Examination: 30%
Final Examination: 30%
The mathematical scores will strictly translate into letter grades as follows:
98 or higher: A+
93 or higher: A
90 or higher: A-
88 or higher: B+
83 or higher: B
80 or higher: B-
78 or higher: C+
70 or higher: C
60 or higher: D
Less than 60: F
Some students will receive a grade one notch higher than that dictated by their mathematical score. For instance, a high F (above 57) could become a D-; a D- could become a D; a D could become a D+; etc. There are two ways in which a student can earn a "Bump-up."
"Bump-Up" for Improvement: Students who score at least ten points higher on the final than on the midterm.
"Bump-Up" for Standard Deviation: Students who earn a grade on one component of the course which is at least 20 points lower than their grades on all other components of the course.
Please note that these "Bump-ups" are the ONLY exceptions. All other students will receive the exact grade they have earned. As an example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 who does not qualify for a "Bump-up" will receive a B+; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 who does not qualify for a "Bump-up" will receive an F.
Students who fail both the midterm and the final examination will fail the course regardless of their mathematical score and are not eligible for "Bump-ups."
Cellphones and other electronic devices: For the sake of your fellow students, please remember to silence your phones and pagers. Each time your phone rings during the class may result in as much as one point off your final grade--at my discretion. Please notify me if you are an emergency services worker on call while off-duty.
Eating and Drinking: As long as you clean up after yourself, I have no problem with eating or drinking in the classroom. It should go without saying that "drinking" refers to non-alcoholic beverages.
You will be treated like an adult, so you are expected to behave like an adult. When class has started, you are expected to be attentive to the lesson. You don't need permission to leave the room, just do it. But you have a responsibility to arrive in class on time and not leave class more than absolutely necessary.
Dismissal Distractions: Packing up or otherwise making noise prior to my dismissal of the class is an unnecessary distraction both to me and your fellow students. Accordingly, each time you do so may result in as much as one point off your final grade--also at my discretion. Please notify me in advance if you need to leave early for any reason.
Students who are absent five or more times will automatically fail the course.
No students will be retroactively excused from the midterm examination for any reason other than an emergency, which must be documented. Students who know in advance that they will need to miss the midterm may inform me and have the documentation requirement waived. All makeup midterms, whether arranged in advance or due to a documented emergency, will carry a penalty.
Students who otherwise succesfully complete the course but fail to attend the final examination will receive a grade of ABS (absent from final) and will be required to attend a makeup examination during the following semester. Failure to attend the makeup final exam will result in immediate failure of the course.
Students who are absent from the final examination but would have failed the course based on pre-final exam performance will not receive a grade of ABS but will automatically fail the course. Such students who also were absent for the preceding seven class sessions will receive a grade of WU, or "Withdrawn Unofficially," which is the equivalent of a grade of F.
Schedule of Assignments:
The page numbers listed by date below refer to the TEXTBOOK.
January 28: Introduction, distribution of Day One Handout; discussion of outside assignment.
February 2: 1-19
February 4: 19-40
February 9: 40-51
February 11: 52-82
February 16: 82-92; discuss outside assignment progress.
February 18: No class (classes follow a Monday schedule)
February 23: 92-97; outside assignment due.
February 25: 98-132
March 2: 132-143
March 4: 144-170
March 9: 170-185
March 11: 186-212
March 16: 212-223
March 18: Catch up/Prepare for Midterm
March 23: Midterm Examination
March 25: 224-250
March 30 and April 1: Spring break (no classes)
April 6: 250-265
April 8: 266-283
April 13: 283-315
April 15: 316-342
April 20: 342-359
April 22: 360-384
April 27: 373-374; 384-397
April 29: 398-430
May 4: 430-435
May 6: 436-458
May 11: 458-469
May 13: Open extended office hours.
Final Exam: Friday, May 21, 2:00 p.m. Rm. CO 317.
During "open extended office hours" (Thursday, May 13), formal class will not be held. Professor Golland will be available to students in his office during normal class time. No appointment is necessary.
Professor David Hamilton Golland
Department of History
Bronx Community College
Office Location: CO-343.
Office Hours: E-mail for an appointment.
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Last Updated 20 May, 2010 (DHG)