Planet Earth

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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: 3
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.

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:

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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