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Click on the Chapter links on the Schedule for Summaries and tests. It is designed to make you familiar with the procedures you need to use Canvas in this course. Find "Quizzes" and the "Intro Quiz. Leave the tab with the quiz open and use the tab with the syllabus to find the answers.
Course Objectives: This is an introductory course covering the broad area of cultural geography as opposed to physical geography.
This includes the sub-disciplines of demographics, agriculture, industry, economics, politics, languages, and religions, each of which could be a separate course unto itself. The where is emphasized by a series of map tests to enable the student to gain a minimal geographic foundation of places. This is important knowledge, because humans are social beings, and have throughout our history come together in groups. These groups have developed unique characteristics, and experience teaches us that the more we understand about other people and places, the more enriched our own culture is and the less likely we are to blunder into conflict.
As the world becomes increasingly more accessible, success in many careers is becoming more and more dependent on the ability of a person to demonstrate some understanding of the rest of the world. Building your knowledge is an important goal, but is secondary to skill development and your growth as a critical thinker and a thoughtful citizen.
I encourage students who have some direct experience or knowledge of other places to share that in class. In past semesters this class has been greatly enriched by students who were able to reveal characteristics about regions which otherwise would have been unknown to this class. Course Requirements: Exams: There will be three exams covering: the material presented in lecture, and the reading in the textbook.
The exams will be spaced at approximately equal intervals throughout the semester. Tentative dates are indicated in the syllabus lecture outline. Example questions can be found through the links online in the schedule. For example, if you click on "Chapter 1" on the schedule, you will be taken to a set of review questions.
Look at the maps in the text and pay attention to the maps presented in class!! Take good notes. These are your best review. The Final Examination will have points on the material since the last examination and points of comprehensive questions. Seniors that have an average of 90 percent or above after the last map quiz Africa can opt out of the final. There will be one test for each of the major regions of the world.
Dates of the tests are on the schedule. The map list and practice maps can be found online from the links on the schedule below. The map tests will be given in the last 15 minutes of the scheduled class period. Canvas quizzes: You have several days to several weeks to complete the online quizzes. Therefore, there is no makeup or extension for any reason. If you put it off until the last minute and make mistakes or your computer dies, that is your decision. Quiz rules are also given on Canvas.
The chapter quizzes are under "Quizzes" in Canvas. Each quiz is worth 10 points. You get two attempts on each quiz. The average of the 2 attempts is your assigned grade. Be sure to review the text before you start. If you leave a question unanswered in the hopes of an easier one on the next attempt, you might get one harder as questions are randomly chosen by the program. Read the chapter first! You have 12 minutes to complete each quiz attempt. Two quizzes are open at any given time.
If you plan you can get ahead if needed. Answers submitted after 5 PM or your 12 minute time limit are not graded. There are No quiz makeups. Late homework will NOT be accepted. Failure to do so will result in taking the examination in class with everyone else. If you have to miss an exam or a map test with a valid reason, you must let me know before the test, otherwise, the above policy is in effect..
I also must have a written verification of your reason for missing from the appropriate person before I can consider any exception to the above policy for a make-up exam or test. All make-up exams will be essay in format. There will be no makeups for a reading assignment quiz.
Makeup examinations must be completed within 1 week of the scheduled exam. The day that the assignment is listed is the day BY which it should be read. Quizzes will cover assigned readings. Homework Assignments: Each assignment is worth points. The due date will be given when the assignment is handed out. Attendance: Please plan on attending every class. This is, of course, a good idea in any class, but especially in this one, as a majority of the points on each exam will be drawn from class your notes.
Although there are no points assigned for attendance, it will be taken daily by a seating chart if the classroom allows.
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