The orientation for GEG 101-W01 is Thursday, 8/23, 5:00-6:15 p.m. in room J-155.
The orientation is optional. All the information is available online on this syllabus and on the orientation webpage at: ORIENTATION
- Always put "GEG 101" and a message in the subject lines of e-mail messages sent to the me. To avoid viruses, I delete messages prior to reading them if I don't know who they are from. Please use proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Printed textbooks can be bought at the Harper College bookstore (L building) or online at: http://www.harperstore.com
The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography, by H. J. de Blij, Peter O. Muller, Jan Nijman, and Antoinette M. G. A. WinklerPrins, 5th edition, 2011
- Hardcopy: 978-0-470-64638-0
- Ebook: 978-0-470-91203-4.
- There are many different ways to get the textbook:
[The options and prices below are not guaranteed by your insturctor. They are provided only to give students information on some of the options available. Students should verify the information before purchasing. ]
- Harper Bookstore or at http://www.harperstore.com
1. New for around $126 plus sales tax. Students can sell the book back for up to 50% ($63) of what they paid,
($125 - $63 = $63)
2. Used for around $94 plus tax.. Students can sell the book back for up to 50% ($47) depending on the condition of the book. ($94 - $47 = $47)
3. They can rent the book for around $56 and will NOT pay sales taxes.
- Other options:
1. They can purchase the e-book for around $76.50 by going to: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP001788.html and click on Purchase This E-Book and Learn More [http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470912030,descCd-interstitial_ebook.html]
2. Students can also rent an e-book for about $35. The web site for renting the textbook as an e-book: http://www.chegg.com
- Go to http://www.wiley.com/college/deblij
- find our textbook
- then click on "Student Companion Site" on the right hand side of screen
When e-mailing your instructor always put "GEG 101" and a message in the subject line. Please use proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Option to Forward Mail from your Harper E-mail AccountIf you are not planning on using your Harper email account, you can find instructions on how to forward email from that account to one you check frequently by logging in to the Harper Student Portal and clicking on the "My Harper E-Mail" tab. All correspondence in this class will be sent to your Harper e-mail account.
Use the Blackboard Discussion Board for any question which might be of use to other students - like asking a question in class. Do not ask such questions via e-mail. If you use the Discussion Board everyone can "hear" the answer.
Since we do not use the discussion board a lot, it is strongly suggested that you SUBSCRIBE to the discussion board thread so that you get an e-mail whenever a new message is posted. Just go to our Blackboard site, click on the "Discussion Board" link, click on "STUDENT QUESTIONS", then click on the "Subscribe" button.
- Introduction (NOTE: this is a very important chapter)
- Chapter 6A and 6B: Subsaharan Africa
- Chapter 4A and 4B: Middle America
- Chapter 5A and 5B: South America
- Chapter 7A and 7B: North Africa and Southwest Asia
- Chapter 8A and 8B: South Asia
- Chapter 9A and 9B: East Asia
- Chapter 10A and 10B: Southeast Asia
- Chapter 1A and 1B: Europe
- Chapter 2A and 2B: Russia
- Chapter 3A and 3B: North America
- Chapter 11: The Austral Realm, and Chapter 12: The Pacific Realm and Polar Futures
The final grade for the class will be awarded according to the following point system:
best 11 of 12 @ 10 points each
Unit Exams *
3 @ 50 points each
1 @ 100 points
Required Activities **
12 @ 4 Points each
Video Quizzes **
12 @ 2 Points each
432 points* there is one optional "retake" exam (different questions) and only the higher score will count
** can be retaken as many times as necessary and only the highest score will count
NOTE: Changes may be made to this grading scheme. All changes will be announced on our Blackboard Announcements webpage and via e-mail.
Letter grades: 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, below 60%=F
All map quizzes will be taken on the Harper campus in the Assessment Center, Student and Administration Center, room A-148, phone 847-925-6541 [see: Assessment Center hours ]. Map quizzes should be taken by the date listed on the class schedule below. They will be taken online on our Blackboard site at the Harper Testing Center. You will a picture ID and be able to log onto Blackboard.
For each regional chapter (all map quizzes, except the first one) students will be required to name and locate various countries and physical and cultural features on a blank outline map of the region. All of these map quiz locations are listed on the ASSIGNMENTS - BEGIN HERE Blackboard page for each chapter. A link to a blank outline map of each region, and an online tutorial, can also be found there. These map quizzes will consist of ten locations labeled on a map with the numbers 1 through 10. You will be required to select the name of numbered physical or political (country) feature from a list. There is a practice map quiz on the "MAP QUIZZES" link on Blackboard.
The first map quiz is slightly different. Map quiz 1 will require you to know the borders of the 12 world realms discussed in our textbook. See the BLUE LINES on the map in Figure G-3 on page 5 of your textbook. For each of the twelve realms you will be shown five world maps indicating the location of the realm. Only one is correct. You are to select the one that is correct.
If you are able to precisely draw the borders of the 12 world realms as shown in figure G-3 of the textbook, then you will be able to find the correct map for each realm.
Map quizzes can be taken individually OR at the time you take the unit exam. All map quizzes for each unit should be completed before you take the unit exam. I strongly recommend that you take the first few map quizzes individually so that you can judge their difficulty and time commitment. There will be 12 map quizzes (one for each chapter, including the introduction, and chapters 11 and 12 will be combined on one map quiz) and only 11 will be counted (for 110 points).
All exams will be taken at the Testing Center on the Harper campus in the Student and Administration Center, room A-148, phone 847-925-6541 [see: Assessment Center hours ]. You will need a picture ID and you will need to log onto our Blackboard site. Exams should be taken by the date listed on the class schedule below.
The three unit exams will consist of about fifty multiple choice questions. The comprehensive final exam will have 100 multiple choice questions.
Optional "retake" Exams will be available for exams 1, 2, and 3. If you choose to do the "retakes" only the higher exam score will be included in your total score. Please do not take the retake on the same day that you took the exam. If you need to retake an exam then you need to study more first.
Students will be allowed to take an exam at a later time other the scheduled week ONLY IF:1. the instructor is notified BEFORE the week the exam is scheduled AND
2. the student has a very good reason.
BEFORE taking the exams, be sure to see the "EXAM STUDY GUIDES" Blackboard page. THESE EXAM STUDY GUIDES ARE VERY IMPORTANT. If you cannot do them you will do poorly on the exam. Be sure to use the Discussion Board to ask questions from the review activities.
The required activities will most often be 20 multiple choice questions for each chapter. They will be completed at home via Blackboard and you can take them as many times as you wish. Only the highest score will count. The Required Activities can be found on the ASSIGNMENTS - BEGIN HERE link on Blackboard.
The Video Quizzes consist of matching or multiple choice questions based on the online video assigned for each chapter. They tend to stress WHERE things seen in the video are located. They will be completed at home via Blackboard and you can take them as many times as you wish. Only the highest score will count. Both the links to the videos and the video quizzes can be found on the ASSIGNMENTS - BEGIN HERE link on Blackboard.
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Falsifying records includes but is not limited to falsifying or improperly altering college records and documents, or knowingly supplying false or misleading information to others (e.g., the College, other educational institutions, or prospective employers).
Any form of academic dishonesty as defined by the faculty member or department is a serious offense requiring disciplinary measures. Discipline for academic dishonesty involving a specific course shall be first determined by the instructor of the course and may include failure of the specific assignment, project or test, or failure of the course. The student may appeal the instructor's decision in accordance with the College's Student Academic Complaint Procedures. In cases of academic dishonesty the faculty assigned grade supersedes a student-initiated withdrawal. In cases where disciplinary measures beyond course failure may be deemed appropriate by the instructor, or dishonesty that is not related to a specific course, the student may be disciplined in accordance with the Student Conduct Policy with the appropriate vice president involved in the decision.