MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SOCIAL SCIENCE DIVISION – GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (GEO 135 – 3 CREDITS)

WAYNE BREW

SPRING 2003 – SECTION CC - ROOM PH 123

COURSE INFORMATION AND SYLLABUS

 

Office Hours: I am available to answer questions or discuss course materials with you in my office (PH 158) during the following hours:

 

·         Mondays and Wednesdays – 9:00 to 10:00 AM

·         Tuesdays – 12:40 to 1:40 PM

 

You can get in touch with me at

 

·         Phone: (215) 641-6326

·         E-mail:  wbrew@mc3.edu

 

Class Calendar: Class is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:10 to 11:05 AM.

 

Course Description: This course is a descriptive-explanatory study of the relationship of man to his physical environment. Units of the course include: climate, landforms, soil, and vegetation.

 

Course Objectives: To gain an understanding of the concepts of physical geography through a combination of lectures, classroom discussions, videos, and exercises.

 

Required Text: “Essentials of Physical Geography” by Gabler, Sager, Wise, and Peterson: Sixth Edition.

 

Class Cancellation: In the event of inclement weather or other emergency, the MCCC   School Closing Code is 320. Announcements will be made on KYW (1060 AM) and other local stations.

 

Attendance Policy: This course will involve in-class and take home exercises, videos, and information outside of the text. Therefore, I encourage all students to attend every class and be on time. Mandatory attendance is required when an exam or quiz is scheduled. If you know that you will miss a mandatory class please let me know in advance so that a make-up date can be scheduled. You will be responsible for any graded, take-home exercises missed. Ten percent (10%) of your exercise grade will be deducted for every class day a take-home exercise is not completed after the due date.  In-class exercises cannot be made-up at a later time.

 

Withdrawal Policy: Withdrawal is allowed up until May 12, 2003. Be sure to get my signature on the withdrawal form after March 26, 2003.  If you do not formally withdrawal from the course you will receive an F for the course.

 

Policies: The MCCC Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook is a binding part of this syllabus. Cheating will not be tolerated. College practice on weather cancellations will be followed.

 

Grading: There will be three (3) exams consisting of multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. The final exam will not be comprehensive. The two best exams will each be worth 25% of your grade; the lowest grade exam will be worth 20%. There will be 5 location quizzes that will be worth 10% of your grade. There will be in-class  and take-home exercises that will be worth 20% of your grade.

 

Grades: 90 – 100% A, 80 – 89% B, 70 – 79% C, 60 – 69% D, below 60% F.

 

 

 

WEEK

DATE

WHAT WILL BE COVERED

1

1-22-03

Introductions—Review Syllabus - Chapter 1

2

1-27-03

Earth as a Planet and Maps - Chapters 2 and 3

QUIZ 1

3

2-3-03

The Atmosphere - Chapters 4 and 5

4

2-10-03

The Atmosphere - Chapters 6 and 7

QUIZ 2

5

2-17-03

The Atmosphere – Chapter 8

EXAM #1 (Chapters 1 through 8)

6

2-24-03

Climate - Chapters 10 and 11

QUIZ 3

7

3-3-03

Climate Change – Chapter 9

8

3-10-03

Biogeography and Soils - Chapters 12 and 13

QUIZ 4

9

3-17-03

SPRING BREAK

10

3-24-03

Plate Tectonics - Chapter 14

Landforms – Chapter 15

EXAM #2 (Chapters 9 through 15)

11

3-31-03

Weathering and Mass Movement - Chapter 16

QUIZ 5

12

4-7-03

Fluvial Processes; Desert and Wind Landforms

Chapters 18 and 20

13

4-14-03

Groundwater and Karst - Chapter 17

14

4-21-03

Glacial Landforms - Chapter 19

15

4-28-03

The Ocean - Chapters 21 and 22

16

5-5-03

Final Exercise

16

5-9-03

12:30 PM

FINAL EXAM (Chapters 16 through 22)

Room PH 123

 

Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations in this course.  Please contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities in the Counseling Center, College Hall, at (215) 641-6575/6577 for more information.