Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

ANTH 101: *Introduction To Geography

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  Course Description

Introduction to the distribution of people, activities, and environments around the world; geographic patterns and the interaction of humans with their surroundings are emphasized. Course meets multicultural graduation requirement. Cross-listed as ANTH 101 and GEOG 101.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Getis, Arthur, Mark Bjelland and Victoria Getis . (2018). Introduction to Geography. (15th ed). McGraw Hill.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

Material in this course is presented from the five areas of study that have evolved over time within the field of geography: techniques of geographic analysis, physical systems, human systems, location, and environment. Within this framework, you will develop an understanding of the broad range of geographic subfields, including physical geography, climatology, bio-geography, human impact on the environment, population geography, cultural geography, the geography of spatial behavior, political and economic geography, the geography of natural resources, urban geography, and finally regional geography. Through studying the highly integrated relationships between the physical world and the spatial patterns of cultural, political, and economic activities, you will see the significance of the geographic perspective and gain a new appreciation of this complex world in which we live.

Each week we will focus on a different aspect of the field of geography with class discussion based on online articles and other activities relating to material covered in our text that will help us understand the concepts and issues encountered while looking at the world from a geographic perspective.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Objectives

  • To understand the diversity that exists in world geography.
  • To explain the interconnectedness of people and places.
  • To illustrate how the themes of environment, politics, economics, culture, religion and geological aspects contribute to the larger understanding of geography.

  Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Identify locations of the major physical, political and urban features on earth.
  • Identify key characteristics which explain the economic, political and cultural processes affecting individual location choices and spatial patterns.
  • Define and describe how the concepts of population settlement, geopolitical frameworks and cultural diversity contribute to geographic development.
  • Explain the major aspects of the human/environment interaction (e.g. resource use and natural hazards).
  • Explain the major geologic and meteorological processes and the resulting patterns in the environment.
  • Define and explain the methods used for geographic investigation

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
D 300-349 60-69%
F 0-299 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (15) 75 15%
Dropbox Assignments (5) 150 30%
Quiz (1) 15 3%
Exams (2) 260 52%
Total 500 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1-1 5 Wednesday
Discussion 1-2 5 Sunday
Quiz 15

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2-1 5 Wednesday
Discussion 2-2 5 Sunday
Short Paper 1 20

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3-1 5 Wednesday
Discussion 3-2 5 Sunday
Short Paper 2 20

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4-1 5 Wednesday
Discussion 4-2 5 Sunday
Midterm Exam (Chapters 1-7) 130

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5-1 5 Wednesday
Discussion 5-2 5 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 3: Map Assignment 30

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6-1 5 Wednesday
Discussion 6-2 5 Sunday
Short Paper 3 20

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7-1 5 Wednesday
Discussion 7-2 5 Sunday
Research Paper 60

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8-1 5 Wednesday
Final Exam (Chapters 8-13) 130 Saturday
Total Points: 500

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

Discussion postings should be complete by Wednesday and Sunday of each assigned week, and responses to at least two classmates should be posted for each discussion topic by their respective due dates for the assigned week. They will be graded according to the discussion grade criteria table. No credit will be given for late responses to classmates. Discussions should be posted to the appropriate topic in the Discussion area of the course.

Dropbox Assignments

There will be three types of Dropbox Assignments. Dropbox Assignments 1, 2, and 4 will be Short Papers worth 20 points each, Dropbox Assignment 3 will be a Map Assignment worth 30 points, and Dropbox Assignment 5 will be a Research Paper worth 60 points. Each Dropbox Assignment is graded on the basis of percent of completeness, correct spelling, and neatness. Full assignment descriptions will be provided in the Content area of the course. Please see basic details for each as follows:

Short Papers (Dropbox Assignments 1, 2, and 4): Short Papers should be 2-3 pages long, double-spaced with one inch margins. Please use standard 12 pt. font and stick with Times New Roman or Calibri. Please do not use Verdana. Your own choice of citation style will be allowed. All papers must be in a word format, such as .doc or .rtf. Specific topics for each can be found below in the Course Schedule. Please submit each assignment to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by the assigned due date.

Map Assignment (Dropbox Assignment 3): You will be provided a list of five online maps each with a series of five questions. From that list, you will choose three maps that interest you and answer the accompanying questions. Please submit this assignment in the dropbox no later than midnight Sunday.

Research Paper (Dropbox Assignment 5): The research paper should be 5 pages long, double-spaced with one inch margins. Please use standard 12 pt. font and stick with Times New Roman, or Calibri. Please do not use Verdana. Your own choice of citation style will be allowed. All papers must be in a word format, such as .doc or .rtf. The paper topic can be found below in the Course Schedule. Please submit assignment to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by the assigned due date.

Besides using valid internet resources, Columbia College’s library databases are available at the Stafford Library page, on the college website. You may access these databases using their CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Links for MLA and APA documentation guidelines can be found on the Writing Center page at the Columbia College website. For those of you who are History majors, Chicago guidelines can be found at the “Chicago Manual of Style Online” organization website.

Warning about the use of “Wikipedia”: While “Wiki-“ websites can be an interesting starting point for a general understanding of an event or concept, “Wikipedia” is not a valid source to cite in academic papers due to problems with authenticity of the materials and credentials of those "experts" who have submitted information to “Wikipedia.” Other unacceptable internet sources include “WikiInfo,” “Anarchopedia,” and any other internet resource where sources (or authors) cannot be identified and correctly cited using any of the accepted style manuals such as MLA, APA or Turabian.

Quiz

In Week 1, there is a 15-point multiple choice quiz that is an exercise to improve your geographic knowledge of the location of some physical, political, and urban features on earth. The quiz can be accessed through the Quizzes area of the course. This quiz is open book, and you may use any atlas you might have around the house or online sources. The purpose of the quiz is to address the first item in the Measurable Learning Outcomes, "Identify locations. . ." found in the syllabus. The Quiz will be available Wednesday through Sunday. The Quiz should be completed by midnight Sunday of Week 1.

Exams

There will be a Midterm exam and a Final exam, each worth 130 points. Each exam will consist of 100 multiple choice and 30 true/false questions. The Midterm covers chapters 1-7, and the Final covers chapters 8-13. Exams are not proctored and will be taken in D2L using the Quizzes area of the course. The Midterm exam will be available Wednesday through Sunday and should be completed by midnight Sunday of Week 4, and the Final exam will be available Tuesday through Saturday and should be completed by midnight Saturday of Week 8.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings

Read Chapters 1 and 2

Activities

Visit the links found in the Content area of the course for assigned websites to view. Also, take note of the Links area of the course for links to assigned websites, as well as additional resources and some suggested websites of interest, by no means exhaustive.

Visit ESRI’s Geographic Information Systems website. Navigate to the "What is GIS?" page, found under “Understanding GIS” near the bottom of ESRI’s homepage, and read ESRI's overview of GIS. Then view the “What is GIS” demo just under the Overview. While on the Overview page, read “What can GIS do?” and take a look at “Who uses GIS?” Here you will find a variety of industries and fields that make use of GIS. Then choose from among the many applications listed under each activity (Business, Government, Environmental Management and conservation, etc.) for some examples or click on "Links" on the upper left-hand side of the class page where Industry Showcase and ESRI Map Book Gallery are live-linked.

Plagiarism Tutorial: Please complete the tutorial on plagiarism. It can be found in the Content area of the course.

Discussion 1-1

Introduce yourself in this discussion. Please share with us where you are from, your work, hobbies, interest in geography, and any other information that can help us get to know you.

  1. From the Plagiarism Tutorial, please answer the following questions in your own words
  2. When summarizing or paraphrasing source material, how often should you acknowledge the author in your paper?
  3. If you cite your source at the end of a statement, is it plagiarism to use some of the author’s key words without using quotations?
  4. What does the tutorial say about using material from an online source in your paper?


From the syllabus, answer the following questions:

  1. What are the possible consequences endorsed by Columbia College for a student who has plagiarized his or her work?
  2. How often should a student reply to other students in each Discussion?
  3. What is the Late Assignment Policy?

Please post your response in the appropriate topic by midnight Wednesday.

Discussion 1-2

Please respond to the following questions in your own words:

  1. What are the main properties of actual earth surface relationships? Name a map projection that addresses each one.
  2. How does a thematic map differ from a general purpose map?
  3. How is scale represented on a map? Describe at least one in detail.
  4. What is GIS and how does it operate? Give one example of a GIS application from ESRI's Website.
  5. Why is the study of geography important in today's world? While there are no wrong answers for this question, please give this some thought based on what you have learned in your introductory readings.

Please post your response by midnight Sunday.

Quiz
Please take your quiz in the Quizzes area of the course. The quiz will be automatically graded and the correct answers will be available to you when all Quizzes have been completed. The Quiz will be available Wednesday through Sunday. Please complete your work by midnight Sunday
Readings

Read Chapters 3-4.

Activities

Take a look at the sites found in the Content area of the course, which are by no means exhaustive. Begin to collect resources of your own including websites that enhance each chapter's material to “bookmark’ and share with your instructor and fellow classmates.

Visit the Earthquake Hazard in the New Madrid Seismic Zone website, and when it opens scroll down to learn the extent and history of the New Madrid/Reelfoot fault system. Then go the the “Reelfoot Outdoors” website to read about the origin of the fault zone’s name.

Visit the NOVA website for "Warnings from the Ice" to learn about current scientific research being conducted on Antarctica, and the record of pollution and climate change recorded in the ice sheets. Investigate the Ice Core Timeline, visit the Water World page along with the other pages on the site. Using your favorite search engine, look up climate change and bookmark those sites that look most interesting.

Discussion 2-1

In this topic we will discuss the physical processes that actively forge the landscapes we inhabit.

  1. Describe the rock cycle in your own words.
  2. Tell what subduction is, and describe what occurs along subduction zones.
  3. Describe in your own words the New Madrid/Reelfoot fault system (ie location, quake history, recent activity). Why has the New Madrid fault zone also been referred to as the Reelfoot fault zone?
  4. What is a tsunami and how does it develop? Describe one of the several recent tsunamis, either the Indian Ocean tsunami or more recent Japanese tsunami, and its aftermath.
  5. What are some of the agents of erosion described in our text? Describe two of them.

Please post your response by midnight Wednesday.

Discussion 2-2

Answer the following questions in your own words:

  1. Why is it winter in the United States when the Earth is closest to the Sun?
  2. What is a "front,” how does one form, and why do you think that so much of the Midwest experiences strong storms? (refer to the map in fig. 4.24 on p. 91.
  3. Describe hurricanes, including what fuels them, and discuss how global warming/climate change impacts these tropical weather events.
  4. Do you think that there should be restrictions on building/rebuilding in hurricane prone areas?
  5. What is the relationship between air pollution and global climate change?
  6. Based on what you have read in Ch. 4, what does NOVA's Ice Core Timeline (click on "Stories in the Ice" on the NOVA page) tell us about pollutants recorded, climate change, and rising temperatures? What do the maps shown on the "Water World Page" indicate regarding the rise in global sea level over time?

Please post your response by midnight Sunday.

Short Paper 1

Describe Hurricane Katrina, giving its strength by the "Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale," the extent of its damage, and the losses to the cities involved. What are some suggestions to prevent a repeat of the tragedy of New Orleans and other coastal cities in the wake of this event? Use at least three web sources.

Please submit this assignment in the dropbox by midnight Sunday.

Readings

Read Chapters 5 and 6

Activities

Go to the US Census United States and World Population Data Clocks and record the total population that you find for each along with the date and time. Keep a record of the figures you've found for use in Question 5 in Topic 3-2. Depending on when you enter the site, your population totals will be different from other students' figures.

Visit the International Summary Demographic Data website provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. When the International Programs page opens, click on the link “International Data Base” listed under “Quick Links” on the left-hand side of the page. When that page opens, select the country of your choice from the drop-down menu, then select “Components of Population Growth from the Select Report dropdown menu, and under "Years," scroll down to 2012 and click "Submit" at the bottom. When the "Components of Population Growth" opens, you will find the "Rate of Natural Increase (Percent)" in the blue box four over from the year. You will use the Natural Increase rate to determine where your chosen country lies in the demographic transition.

For Chapter 6, visit the New York Times or other news media websites of your choice for news articles featuring culturally-based ethnic conflict (i.e., Ireland, Israel, Quebec, the Pyrenees, the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, etc.) and pick one that most interests you.

Discussion 3-1

Answer the following questions using the IDB website and your textbook:

  1. Name the country whose demographics you studied. What was their natural increase rate (NIR)? Where are they in the "demographic transition"? Be sure to understand this concept and be aware that Getis says “no country remains in stage 1 of the demographic transition" (125).
  2. Describe the difference between the population pyramid for Uganda (fig. 5.9, p. 121) and Germany. What does it say about the overall population? How does it compare to the country you chose in Question 1?
  3. What does the overall population pattern say about the status of women in the country that you chose (with reference to rights, level of participation in the economy, etc.)?
  4. What are some of the problems facing countries in stage 4 of the demographic transition?
  5. Using the US Census Population clocks, record the new totals along with the date and time. How much have both the World and the US populations grown? What do you think the impact will be on resources such as water and food?

Please post your response by Wednesday midnight.

Discussion 3-2

Chapter 6 explains that language and religion are part of the ideological subsystem of beliefs and ideas of a culture.

  1. What are some of the issues leading to tensions over these two cultural attributes?
  2. Which of these cultural attributes is at the root of conflict in the articles you chose, and what are your thoughts on why these are such strong elements of cultural cohesion and or separatism?
  3. Describe acculturation and how the concept of "melting pot" changed over time.
  4. Discuss why English should or should not be the official language of the US.
  5. What is ethnicity, and how does it differ from the concept of race? In what way has the latter term become "outdated"?

Please post your response by midnight Sunday.

Short Paper 2

After completing the discussion questions for topic 3-1, describe the purpose of a population pyramid and what demographic data it displays. Elaborate on the population pyramid for the country you described in question 1, using the pyramid on the assigned International Summary Demographic Data website. Then compare it to a pyramid of your choice from those discussed in the textbook and discuss the differences and what it means for each country. Support your opinions with at least three sources, one of which may be Chapter 5 of the textbook.

Please submit this assignment in the dropbox by midnight Sunday.

Readings

Read Chapters 7 and 8

Activities

Read "The Economics and Policy of Illegal Immigration in the United States" by Gordon H. Hanson.

Explore the European Union website and look at the Padania website. On the EU’s website, “Gateway to the European Union, choose "Basic information" under "About the EU," then click also on "Facts and Figures."

Discussion 4-1

After reading chapter 7 and the assigned article, "The Economics and Policy of Illegal Immigration," answer the following questions in your own words:

  1. Which of the legislation strategies described in the article, "enforcement" or "accommodation," is considered by the author the most "constructive," and why?
  2. According to the article, what sector of the US population appears to benefit from increased numbers of immigrants, and what economic group suffers a negative impact?
  3. Describe contagious diffusion and hierarchical diffusion, and give an example of each.
  4. What are the "push" and "pull" factors behind the immigration numbers?
  5. What is globalization, and how does it benefit economic integration?

Please post your response by midnight Wednesday.

Discussion 4-2

After reading chapter 8 and visiting the assigned websites, answer the following questions in your own words:

  1. What were the major goals in the formation of the European Union, and how many countries are now members?
  2. Define supranationalism and devolution. Why do you think that these forces often coexist in the same country (see fig. 8.22, p. 235)?
  3. What is Padania, where is it located, and what are some of the issues involved?
  4. Describe the different forms of terrorism described in our text, and give an example of two of them.
  5. What are the types of regional alliances and why are they important? Describe at least one in detail.

Please post your response by midnight Sunday.

Midterm Exam (Chapters 1-7)
You will be taking the midterm in the Quizzes area of D2L. The Midterm exam will be available Wednesday through Sunday and should be completed by midnight Sunday of Week 4. The exam is worth 130 points covering chapters 1-7 and will be multiple choice and true/false. This is an open-book exam. The exam will be corrected online and the correct answers made available to the class when all have been completed. Please complete your exam by midnight Sunday.
Readings

Read Chapters 9 and 10

Activities

Explore economic sectors on About.com: Education

Visit the World Bank website to explore global economic patterns.

Discussion 5-1

Our text discusses the transition from the primary through tertiary economic sectors , types of economic systems, and the stages of development of countries around the world. Chapter 9 looks in depth at primary activities including agriculture and extractive industries. After reading chapter 9 and visiting the assigned websites, please answer the following questions in your own words.

  1. Describe each of the economic sectors and explain how they are related.
  2. Describe the stages of development and how progress occurs through each stage to the postindustrial stage. Name the “key variable” required for progress to occur and why this is so.
  3. How does subsistence agriculture differ from commercial agriculture? Explain what, if any, impact the “Green Revolution” has had on both.
  4. What are the other primary activities described in our text. Describe one in detail.
  5. What is the “tragedy of the commons,” and how does it apply to the concept of sustainable use of resources in the fishing industry.

Please post your response by Wednesday midnight.

Discussion 5-2

Chapter 10 discusses the transition from the secondary through tertiary economic sectors and evolution of the "postindustrial" economy. Inherent in this progression is increasing global economic interaction. After reading Chapter 10, please answer the following questions in your own words.

  1. What are the major locational considerations as defined by Weber’s Least Cost Industrial Model? Describe one in detail.
  2. In your own words describe the concept of "comparative advantage." What are some of the economic consequences? Include an example.
  3. According to the World Bank website, what are the recent trends in global poverty, and what has happened in Sub-Saharan Africa and why? How has globalization contributed to these trends?
  4. How have innovations in high-tech industries changed world industrial patterns, and what new locational trends have evolved as a result of these developments?
  5. Describe the US economic progress through the economic sectors discussed in the text. Which sector predominates today? Why might this be so?

Post your response by Sunday midnight.

Dropbox Assignment 3: Map Assignment

You will be provided with a list of five online maps each with a series of five questions. From that list, you will choose three maps that interest you and answer the accompanying questions. Please submit this assignment in the dropbox no later than midnight Sunday.

Readings

Read Chapter 11

Activities

Visit the "Smart Growth Online" and "Smart Growth America" websites. On the Smart Growth Online site, read about what constitutes smart growth and why these planning strategies are necessary. Click on "Why Smart Growth?," then scroll down and under the heading "Smart Growth Principles" and explore some of the links and a few of the links listed under the heading "Smart Growth Issues" as well. For individual community Smart Growth project examples, click on "Smart Growth in Action" under "Links" on the upper right-hand corner of our class page where you'll find "An Overview of Smart Growth Projects" with examples to choose from for Dropbox Assignment 4 (Short Paper 3).

Discussion 6-1

After reading chapter 11 carefully, especially "The Economic Base," "World Cities," "Changes in Urban Form.," and "Edge Cities," respond to the following questions:

  1. What are a city's "basic" and "nonbasic" sectors of a city's economy, and how does the "multiplier effect" contribute to the ratio between the two?
  2. Describe the "Urban Hierarchy." What do London and New York City have in common, and why?
  3. Describe how suburbanization contributed to the decline of the central city, and give an example.
  4. What are “edge cities,” and how did changes in transportation contribute to these new urban forms?
  5. After reading through the "edge cities" site found at Matt Rosenberg's Geography website, give an example of an "edge city" in your area, indicating some characteristics that fulfill the edge city definition.

Post your response no later than Wednesday midnight.

Discussion 6-2

From the assigned websites listed in Activities, answer the following questions:

  1. According to the Smart Growth America website, what are some of the issues involved in "smart growth"? Describe one.
  2. How does the issue of "transportation" facilitate "economic prosperity"?
  3. What are some of the smart growth "principles" and "issues" addressed by the "Smart Growth Online" website? Describe at least two. (When Smart Growth Online's home page opens, click on "Why Smart Growth?" where the principles and issues are listed on the right-hand side of the page.)
  4. Are these issues similar between the two websites? Explain why or why not. Explain why or why not.
  5. Using your favorite search engine, find two “smart growth” websites from your own area to share with the class.

 Post your response no later than Sunday midnight.

Short Paper 3
Choose a city project listed on the "Smart Growth in Action" site (click on .pdf file). Describe strategies employed by the city of your choice to promote a "livable place." Using one of the smart growth websites from topic 6-2, compare the efforts to create livable cities in your own area to those of your chosen smart growth project.

Please submit this assignment in the dropbox no later than Sunday, midnight.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Readings

Read Chapters 12 and 13 through page 394

Activities

Visit University of Illinois’ Online Meteorology Guide site to learn more about the hydrologic cycle.

Look at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act site (scroll down to “Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act” for easier reading) and the EPA’s Clean Water Act site.

Discussion 7-1

After reading Chapter 12, please answer the following questions in your own words:

  1. What is "sustainable development"? Describe two of the examples given in our text.
  2. What does our text say about US consumption of oil relative to our percentage of the world's reserves? What is the length of time US proven reserves would last at current rates of consumption assuming no imports? (See “Fuel Economy and CAFE Standards,” p.343-344.)
  3. How is soil formed, and why is its increasing erosion a problem globally as well as in the US?
  4. What are the causes of deforestation in tropical rainforests and why should we care? Describe one of the reasons that we should be concerned.
  5. From the renewable energy sources listed in the text, select at least two of these "renewables," and then search the web for at least one site that interests you for each of your choices to share with the class.

Please post your responses by midnight Wednesday.

Discussion 7-2

After reading chapter 13 (through p. 394) and the University of Illinois’ Online Meteorology Guide:

  1. Describe the hydrologic cycle and explain the difference between evaporation and evapotranspiration.
  2. Discuss how human activity affects water quality.
  3. At what point do substances released into water and air become pollutants?
  4. Where are the five "Great Garbage Patches" located? What are the problems associated with these "garbage islands"? Describe one.
  5. What steps have been taken by the U.S. Federal Government to control air and water pollution?

Please post your response by midnight Sunday.

Research Paper

Discuss the health of our oceans. After introducing the subject, you may focus a problem area of your choice, such as the great garbage patches, acidification of ocean waters, “dead zones,” or the general pollution of the oceans. Describe the type, extent, and sources of pollutants involved. Also include what plans have been made and/or strategies have been implemented to reduce the causes of these pollutants. Include at least three sources, one of which can be your text.

Please submit this assignment in the dropbox by midnight Sunday.

Readings

Read Chapter 13 (beginning with page 394, 13.4. Impacts on Landforms)

Activities

Visit the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and NOAA website on agricultural land use issues and the Greenpeace Mining Impact page.

Discussion 8-1

Our text describes the impact of human activity on the landscape. After finishing Chapter 13, please answer the following questions.

  1. Name the ways that human activity helps produce or modify existing landforms and describe at least two of these activities.
  2. Discuss the impact of biocides on targeted and non-targeted species.
  3. How has DDT affected plant and animal life and what are two significant problems affiliated with its use?
  4. What are some problems associated with landfills? Give one example.
  5. Name the two alternative waste management strategies and describe at least one in detail.

Please post your responses by midnight Wednesday.

Final Exam (Chapters 8-13)
You will be taking the final in D2L in the Quizzes area of the course. the Final exam will be available Tuesday through Saturday and should be completed by midnight Saturday of Week 8. The exam is worth 130 points covering chapters 8 - 13 and will be multiple choice and true/false. This is an open-book exam. The correct answers will be made available to the class when all have been completed. Please complete your exam by midnight Saturday.

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Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

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Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Dropbox Assignments will each be graded according to the point system presented in the grading criteria table. Each dropbox written assignment will be worth the points described under “Assignment Overview,” assigned on the basis of percent of completeness, correct spelling, and neatness. Five late points will be deducted for late submissions, and non-submission of an assignment will result in a grade of “zero”.

Quizzes and Exams will not be accepted if submitted late, unless prior arrangements have been made. If authorization to turn in an exam after the deadline has been given, ten percent (10%) of the total point amount will be deducted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.