Readings and Activities
Textbook reading assignments and viewing of websites should be completed prior to submitting assignments or taking quizzes for the week.
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.
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.
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.
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.