NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

World/Regional Geography

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: World/Regional Geography
    B. Course Number: GG 113 - 10310
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 11:00:00 AM - 11:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Ollinger Riefstahl, Alison
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 223
    H. Email Address: AOllinger@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2814
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 02:30:00 PM-4:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Saturday: 02:30:00 PM-4:30:00 PM (MST);
    I am also available by appointment. If these days and times do not work for you, please contact me to set up a time that does.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: BUC241
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is designed as an introductory geographic survey arranged around the following major regions: the United States and Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa-South of the Sahara, Russia and the Eurasian States of the Former Soviet Union, Asia-East by South, and Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Emphasis is placed upon an analysis of the natural environment, cultural environment, population status, economic development, and potentials. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course serves as an introduction to World Geography. The class is designed for the student that is merely interested in learning about and gaining knowledge of world geography. It also provides the basis for further study of geography or a social science requirement for a student’s degree program. It is an introductory course, so it will be an overview of world regions and be analyzed in more detail in advanced geography classes.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Essentials of World Regional Geography
    3rd Edition
    By George White , Joseph Dymond , Elizabeth Chacko , Justin Scheidt , Michael Bradshaw
    Publication Date: Oct 4, 2013
    ISBN:0073369357 / 9780073369358



    References: Additional materials supplied by instructor

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Grading Scale:
    100-90% = A (1000-900)
    89-80% = B (899-800),
    79-70% = C (799-700),
    69-60% = D (699-600),
    59%-below = F (599 and below)


    Point Breakdown: 1000 point total
    Online Chapter Quizzes = 12 @ 25 points each, 300 points total
    Movie Review (4) = 50 points each, 200 points total
    Map Exercises (10) = 25 points each, 250 points total
    Discussion Boards, Journals, Wikis (8) = 25 points each, 200 points total
    Attendance and Participation = 50 points total


    Your grade is earned, not given. The best way to be successful in this course is to manage your time well, make time to read your textbook and take notes daily, and to complete your assignments in a timely and academic manner. If at any time you want to discuss your grade, please email me for an appointment and we will meet. I am willing to meet you off campus if needed and am very flexible outside of office hours. If you prefer to converse by phone or online using web conferencing, we can arrange those appointments as well.

    Your grade is based on the points earned out of your total points possible as we move through the course. I will not email your grade information to you because of privacy concerns but to get a rough percentage you can always take the points you earned and divide by points possible.

    Here is an example:
    22/25 – discussion
    19/25 – ch 11 quiz
    43/50 – movie review essay one

    Points earned = 84; Points possible = 100; 84 divided by 100 = 84% = B

    ***Assignments and point totals may be adjusted as needed based on class performance and schedule by Instructor. Updated point schedules will be posted as necessary to the Canvas system. ***

    Outside Readings and Videos for Discussion Boards, Journals, Virtual Field Trips and Wikis:


    Outside Readings for Discussion Boards:
    In this course we will read several outside articles and documents related to the chapters as assigned. For some, you will be asked to post to a Discussion Board forum or write a reflection paper as part of your weekly work. Discussion Boards will require you to post your own thread which needs to be substantive and academic in tone and vocabulary, and to then reply to five other posts written by your classmates. You also need to follow the rules of common courtesy and reply to those who post to your thread (what I call housekeeping your thread). You should follow the rules of common courtesy and polite conversation, calling others by name and referencing their point before you make your own. These exercises are worth 25 points each and will contribute a large chunk of points towards your final grade. These take the place of a research paper so the writings need to be academically challenging, reflective, and introspective. We will also discuss some of these topics in class to ether get you started on a unit or to wrap up the unit before an exam.

    In addition to reading outside selections that highlight topics and events in history as well as viewing video clips and movies. These will be available on Canvas under each Module as assigned along with all other readings, documents, and links. Instructions and supporting documents will be provided under Modules as these are assigned.

    Online Quizzes, Tests, Essays and Exams:

    Quizzes will be assigned and available through the chapter Modules on Canvas. You will have at least 3-7 days to complete a quiz, although you may only attempt to take it once.

    You may be required to download and use the Respondus Lockdown Browser for these quizzes or to go to the Testing Center for a proctored exam as assigned.

    Quizzes can be taken with your book and notes available, but time will not allow you to attempt this without reading the chapter or familiarizing yourself with the material. A quiz may contain multiple choice, true/false, short answer, or essay questions. All answers should be in complete sentences and proper grammar as instructed. These types of assessments will be timed and monitored. If any Academic Dishonesty is suspected it will be investigated and referred to the Administration (please see the NMJC Academic Honesty policy).

    Essays will also be assigned and submitted through Canvas as assigned. You may be required to utilize TurnItIn or another program for plagiarism checks and assessment. Instructions will be provided in Modules as assigned. Your in-class exams are essay based and they may be written in class or submitted through CANVAS depending on the unit. The goal of the essay exam is to learn how to write a short essay, a long essay, and to do a Document Based Question that integrates primary and secondary sources into the answer. Your exams are not cumulative, they are on each unit as assigned.

    Movie Reviews:

    We will watch several movies and write a critical analysis/review essays of each of them for class. I do not want a synopsis of the movie, I want you to pay attention to things like the style, the message, portrayals of stereotypes, and how these elements might reflect or contradict the things we have been studying in class or how it highlights things we may not have looked at. You will be given a handout with questions and topics to cover in the reviews. This should not be a taxing exercise, but one in which you will critically review an artistic work and see how it relates to the history of this country and how we view that period or event in history in our contemporary culture. What do these films tell us about our history and how do they inspire us?
    More Instructions and documents are provided under Modules as assigned. Netflix membership or access to Netflix is mandatory for film viewing assignments. Arrangements to borrow movies from local libraries will be communicated when available.

    Attendance and Participation:

    Participation and attendance points are assigned at the END of the course. Attendance is taken daily but no daily or weekly score is assigned on canvas. At the end of the course your grade will be assigned based on your overall attendance and participation in the course. This is a comprehensive grade category and missing class above and beyond the accepted two absences and any excused absences will result in additional points being taken OFF THE TOP OF THE YOUR FINAL POINTS IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:

    FIRST TWO ABSENCES – NO PENALTY
    THIRD ABSENCE – 5 POINTS OFF TOP OF GRADE
    FOURTH ABSENCE – 10 POINTS OFF TOP OF GRADE
    FIFTH ABSENCE – 15 POINTS OFF TOP OF GRADE

    ** EXCUSED ABSENCES ARE NOT COUNTED IN THE ABOVE PENALTIES, BUT INSTRUCTOR NEEDS TO BE INFORMED BEFORE MISSING CLASS AND HAVE EXCUSE PROVIDED IN ORDER TO BE EVALUATED. IF EXCUSE AND DOCUMENTATION CANNOT BE PROVIDED PENALTIES MAY STILL BE APPLIED. THESE EXCUSES WILL BE GRANTED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS AND ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR AND ADMINISTRATION**

    CANVAS:

    This is a web-enhanced course, meaning that we utilize traditional classroom time and also assign assessments through our class Canvas site.
    IN ORDER TO BEGIN THIS COURSE YOU MUST FIRST COMPLETE THE MODULE ZERO ACTIVITIES IN CANVAS. THIS IS TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CANVAS SYSTEM, OUR COURSE MATERIALS, AND WITH HOW TO PERFORM BASIC COMPUTING FUNCTIONS FOR THIS CLASS – attaching documents, saving and naming documents, discussion boards and online quizzes.
    Canvas is our course management system and is where most of information that you need to be successful in this course "lives". You must learn to check Canvas each day for messages, announcements, changes to our schedule, and to contact me about class. I check our discussion boards daily but I ask that you give me 24-48 hours to respond to your comments. I usually respond very quickly to the issues, but sometimes I am not able to access the computer for lengthier time periods. Please be patient and know that I will respond to your needs and requests as soon as possible.

    Class Format, Netiquette, and Communication:

    I will be lecturing for part of the class, which will support the Frankforter text. The class will also consist of question and answer and discussion periods. Please come to class prepared to discuss the current chapter and the additional readings for assigned for reflection and discussion. It is not possible to cover all the assigned material in class. You are responsible for the assigned material not covered, YOU MUST READ YOUR TEXTBOOK and expected to be able to discuss all material assigned. There is a participation component of your final grade, so coming to class and being an active participant will greatly enhance this portion of your grade.
    As many of our assignments will be completed via computer and the internet, it is important you understand the proper internet/online etiquette standards of our coursework. You need to put your professional and academic self forward at all times, however this doesn't mean we cannot have a good time and a humorous tone.

    ALL DISCUSSIONS AND SUBMISSIONS ARE MONITORED AND IF THERE IS ANY INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT OR ACTIVITY YOU MAY BE REMOVED FROM THIS COURSE.

    For Discussion Boards and other collaborative communication please follow the basic guidelines below:
    • Use descriptive subject lines to make threads easy to follow and scan.
    • Keep posts to the correct format for length and content.
    • Back up your statements when you agree or disagree with others.
    • Use professional language, including proper grammar, in academic-related posts. No slang, emoticons, or chat acronyms allowed.
    • Use attachments or links to websites for long, detailed information.
    • Stay on topic or start a new thread if it is allowed.
    • Be respectful of others’ opinions and remember the golden rule—to treat others as you want to be treated, EVEN WHEN WE DISAGREE.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    * A. identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the context of complex and diverse communities.
    (Critical Thinking)

    B. articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are included by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.

    C. describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

    *D. apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.
    (Critical Thinking)

    Those general Course Objectives marked with an asterisk satisfy the Institutional Outcome of Critical Thinking within the Department of Social/Behavioral Sciences. Data will be collected by the department to support this institutional outcome.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completing this course the student should be able to:

    • Define the evolution of geography.
    • List the subdivisions of geography.
    • Explain the place of geography with other disciplines.
    • Examine careers in geography.
    • Examine geography and development.
    • Explore the concept of “Two Worlds.”
    • Define the place of people in geography.
    • Analyze the resource concept.
    • Explore the elements of the physical environment.
    • Define humanity and culture.
    • Define social and political organization.
    • Define economic activity.
    • Examine economic organization and modernization.
    • Explain the widening gap in the world.
    • Define the measurements of wealth.
    • List characteristics of more developed and less developed regions.
    • Explore theories of development.


    Examine in detail the following areas:

    . The United States and Canada

    . Latin America and the Caribbean

    . Europe

    . Northern Eurasia

    . Central Asia and Afghanistan

    . The Middle East and North Africa

    . Africa South of the Sahara

    . South Asia

    . East Asia

    . Southeast Asia

    . Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands

    An ** designates General Education projects at the Course level for assessment purposes.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Additional Assignment details will be posted in Canvas, along with all Rubrics used for assessment.

    FINAL EXAM: *Final Exams are scheduled in the regular classroom on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 from 8:00-9:45 am.

    INSTRUCTORS NOTES:

    I reserve the right to edit this syllabus at any time, or to make changes to the class format if adjustments need to be made. If made, these changes will be communicated in writing using the CANVAS system.

    I will not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, disrespect of anyone in this class, and consider these to be grave offenses.

    I am always available for outside help or instruction, and I hope you will find me to be a very tolerant and fair person, albeit one with a dry sense of humor. This is a learning experience for us all, and it is my hope that we can make it an enjoyable one. I look forward to the semester - and hope you do as well.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    Week One:
    Module Zero: Syllabus, Course Intro, Canvas Tour
    Don't Know Much About Geography? - Journal Reflection Essay
    Guns, Germs, & Steel Intro

    Week Two:
    Chapter 1 Module – Essentials of World Regional Geography
    Maps, Graphs, Charts, Scale Discussion and Quiz
    Discussion Board – Guns, Germs, & Steel

    Week Three:
    Chapter 1 Module – Essentials of World Regional Geography
    Group Assignment for Map Game and Research Project
    Research Links Assignment

    Week Four:
    Chapter 2 Module - Europe
    Guns, Germs, & Steel Movie Analysis

    Week Five:
    Chapter 2 Module – Europe
    Map Game
    Chapter 3 Module – Russia and Neighboring Countries
    Group Assignment – Research Presentations

    Week Six:
    Chapter 3 Module – Russia and Neighboring Countries
    Reflection Essay
    Map Game

    Week Seven:
    Chapter 4 Module – East Asia
    Discussion Board
    Movie Analysis – For Love Of Water

    Week Eight:
    Chapter 5 Module – Southeast Asia
    Group Assignment
    Virtual Field Trip
    Journal Reflection Essay

    Week Nine:
    Chapter 6 Module – South Asia
    Map Game
    Begin Group Assignment

    Week Ten:
    Chapter 7 Module - Northern Africa and Southwestern Asia
    Group Assignment
    Journal Reflection Essay

    Week Eleven:
    Chapter 8 Module - Sub-Saharan Africa
    Group Assignment
    Movie Analysis – Hotel Rwanda

    Week Twelve:
    Chapter 9 Module - Australia, Oceania and Antarctica
    Journal Reflection – Bill Bryson’s In A Sunburned Country selection

    Week Thirteen:
    Chapter 10 Module - Latin America
    Maps – Group Assignment
    Movie Analysis – Big Green Fire

    Week Fourteen:
    Chapter 11 Module - North America
    Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods
    Discussion Board – The Appalachian Trail

    Week Fifteen:
    Chapter 11 Module - North America
    Movie Analysis –Food Incorporated
    Wrapping it Up: Map Game & Course Review

    Final Exam: Tuesday, May 9th at 8:00-9:45 am in assigned classroom.