Planet Earth

Course Number: GEOGRPHY 1040
Course Name: Planet Earth (Online)
Course Description:   

The features of the natural environment (lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere); their character, distribution, origin and relationship with human beings. Principles of environmental conservation are also included. A field trip is required (to be modified to accommodate distance education students).  This course has a course fee of $11.  

Prerequisites:    Not open to students who have had GEOGRPHY 1140 or GEOGRPHY 1240.
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 4
Format: Online
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.


Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Use maps and geographic tools and technologies to locate and report information from a spatial perspective.
  • Analyze the spatial and temporal distribution of the environments and ecosystems on the Earth’s surface.
  • Understand the physical characteristics of places on the Earth.
  • Describe the physical processes that shape the patterns of the Earth’s surface.
  • Discuss how human actions modify the physical environment.
  • Explain how physical systems affect human systems.
  • Apply geography to interpret the past.
  • Apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.

Unit Descriptions
Unit 1

Describing Earth

Unit 2
The Lithosphere

Unit 3
The Hydrosphere

Unit 4
The Atmosphere

Unit 5
The Cryosphere

Unit 6
Field Trip

Unit 7
The Biosphere

Unit 8
Climate Change

Unit 9
Build Your Own Planet

Exams:  There is 1 exam for this course.
Assignments:  There are 36 individual assignments.
Group Assignments:  There is 1 group project for this course.

Grading Information
The breakdown of points is as follows:

Guided Presentation Assessments (9 @ 10 pts. each) 90 points
Supporting Material Assessments (9 @ 10 pts. each) 90 points
Online Interactive Assignments (9 @ 10 pts. each) 90 points
Current Event Minute Paper Assignments (9 @ 10 pts. each) 90 points
Textbook Module Quizzes (9 @ 10 pts. each) 90 points
Devils Lake Field Trip (or alternative) 50 points
Field Trip Research Poster Construction and Presentation 50 points
Final Exam - "Build Your Own World" 50 points
Planet Earth Labs (8 @ 50 pts. each) 400 points
Total: 1,000 points


Grading Scale
A 910 - 1,000 points
A- 900 - 909 points
B+ 890 - 899 points
B 810 - 889 points
B- 800 - 809 points
C+ 790 - 799 points
C 710 - 789 points
C- 700 - 709 points
D+ 690 - 699 points
D 610 - 689 points
D- 600 - 609 points
F 0 - 599 points


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