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GEOG 112 - Physical Geography: Surface of the Earth
Course Code:
GEOG 112


Calendar Description:
The major geomorphic processes will be considered. The resultant land forms will be discussed. The course will emphasize glacial and fluvial processes, and the management of the natural landscape. Laboratory work will be required.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 75
Lecture Hours: 3
Laboratory Hours: 2

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Introduction, Mapping
Earth Surface, Evolution, Relief and Structure
Materials of the Crust; Minerals, Igneous Rocks Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
Rock Cycle and Geologic Time
Tectonic and Hydrological Systems
Plate Tectonics
Crustal Deformation: Folds, Faults
Evolution of Continental Crust and Ocean Floor
Earth's Seismicity and Earthquakes
Volcanism and its Landforms
Evolution of Landforms
Weathering, Erosion and Mass-movement
Mass Wasting
Fluvial Systems
Stream Erosion and Deposition
Groundwater Systems
Glacial Systems
Alpine and Continental Glaciation
Periglacial Processes
Glaciation in the Peace Region
Coastal Systems
Aeolian Systems
Lab Topics
Lab 1: Introduction; mapping
Lab 2: Airphotos and geological time scale
Lab 3: Volcanism and Earthquakes
Lab 4: Hydrology and Fluvial Systems
Lab 5: Glaciation
Lab 6: Research Paper

Learning Outcomes:
1. to introduce physical geography as a science;
2. to explain the principles of geomorphic and hydrological processes;
3. to analyze the resulting landforms, specifically fluvial and glacial landforms; and
4. to discuss the impact of human activity on the natural landscape.

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 35 %
Lab Work: 35 %

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Other Programs:
Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts, Associate of Arts Degree

Additional Comments:
Supplementary Readings:
Additional readings are available in the library. The following will be placed on reserve for in library use only:
Trenhaile, A.S. The Geomorphology of Canada. Toronto: University of Oxford Press, 1990. 240 pages.
Sebert, L.M., Map Reading. Toronto: Canada Map Company, 1986. 143 pages.
Strahler, A.N. and A.H. Strahler, Modern Physical Geography (3rd ed.) Toronto: J. Wiley and Sons, 1987. 544 pages.

Every week two hours will be spent on lab instruction, which deals with the practical aspects of the material covered. The specific focus will be on observation, measurement and interpretation. Details about the labs will be provided during the course. Some labs involve fieldwork. Lab periods may also be used for (a) fieldtrips (b) discussion and advice for assignments and projects, and (c) seminars and informal discussion.

Lab/assignment due date and late policy:
Lab assignments are to be completed by the due date and to be handed in at the beginning
of lab. Late assignments are to be handed in to the instructor personally, or at
the front desk for date stamp and initials. Late assignments are subject to a deduction of one percent of the final course mark for each day late. Assignments more than 7 days late will not be accepted and receive a zero grade, unless explicit instructor’s permission is obtained.

Important Notes:
1. Regular lab attendance, completion of all assignments and a 50 % lab standing are
prerequisites to write the final exam and to receive credit for the course.
2. A lab standing of less than 50% and/or an exam standing of 50% will result in a
failing grade for the course.

To be specified
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