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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). 
Prerequisites:    Not open to students who have had GEOGRPHY 1140 or GEOGRPHY 1240.
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 4
Format: Online

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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

Module  Descriptions

MODULE 1

COURSE INTRODUCTION / DESCRIBING EARTH:  Syllabus; Textbook Units 1,2,3,27 TOPICS:  Introducing Physical Geography; The Planet Earth; Mapping Earth’s Surface; The Layered Interior

MODULE 2

THE LITHOSPHERE:  Textbook Units 30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37

TOPICS:  Plates of the Lithosphere; Plate Movement; Volcanism; Earthquakes; Faults and Folds; The Formation of Landforms and Landscapes; Weathering Processes;  Mass Movements

MODULE 3

THE HYDROSPHERE:  Textbook Units 38,39,40,48,49,10

TOPICS:  Water in the Lithosphere; Slopes and Streams; Landscapes Shaped by Stream Erosion; Coastal Processes; Coastal Landforms and Landscapes; Circulation of the World Ocean

MODULE 4

THE ATMOSPHERE:  Textbook Units 4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,13

TOPICS:  Earth-Sun Relationships;  Heat Balance of Planet Earth; Atmospheric composition, structure, temperature, circulation patterns and moisture;  Precipitation, air masses, and fronts;  Weather Systems

MODULE 5

THE CRYOSPHERE:  Textbook Units 43,44,45,46

TOPICS:  Glacial Erosion and Deposition; Continental Glaciation; Mountain Glaciation; Periglacial Environments and Landscapes; Geomorphology of the Great Lakes and Wisconsin

MODULE 6

FIELD TRIP

Group formation, location determination, research question and methodology development, fieldwork. Poster development and presentation  

MODULE 7

THE BIOSPHERE: Textbook Units 20,24,25

TOPICS:  Climate, Soil, Plants and Animals (Natural Geography); Biogeographic Processes (Biosphere); Biomes

MODULE 8

CLIMATE CHANGE: Textbook Units 14,18,19

TOPICS:  Climate Classification; Natural Climate Change; Global Warming and Human Impacts on Climate

MODULE 9

FINAL EXAM

Exams:  There is one exam for this course.

Assignments:  There are 36 assignments

Group Assignments:  There is one group projects for this course.

Grading Information

POINTS

MODULE  ASSESSMENTS  AND ASSIGNMENTS

90

Guided Presentation Assessment 9 @ 10 pts each

90

Supporting Material Assessment 9 @ 10 pts each

90

Online Interactive Assignment - 9 @ 10 pts each

90

Current Event Minute Paper Assignment 9 @ 10 pts each

90

Textbook Module Quiz (in D2L Monday through Sunday) 9 @ 10 pts each

50

Devils Lake Field Trip (or alternative) – Group planning, question and methodology development and fieldwork

50

Field Trip Research  Poster construction and presentation

50

Final Exam – ‘Build Your Own World’

400

Planet Earth Lab 8 @ 50 pts each

1000  

TOTAL CLASS POINTS

Grading Scale:

POINTS

Grading Scale

A

≥ 910

A-

900 - 909

B+

890 - 899

B

810 - 889

B-

800 - 809

C+

790 - 799

C

710 - 789

C-

700 - 709

D+

690 - 699

610 - 689

D-

600 - 609

F

≤ 599

 

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