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GEOG 050 - Provincial Geography
Course Details

Course Code:

GEOG 050

Calendar Description:
Geography Provincial Level course introduces concepts, knowledge, and skills in the study of physical and human geography. The focus of the course is British Columbia's physical geography including: rocks, weathering and erosion, and weather. Human geography subjects include: population, resources, and natural hazards.

Date First Offered:
2006-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 5
Laboratory Hours: 1

Total Weeks:
20

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
Grade 12 reading level, SOST 040 (Advanced Social Studies), or equivalent, or permission of instructor

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
A.Meteorology and Climatology
•Earth and sun relationships
•Atmosphere, structure and composition
•Insolation and temperature
•Atmospheric pressure and winds
•Moisture, humidity and precipitation
•Mapping weather

B.Geomorphology
•Rocks
•Tectonic forces
•Gradational forces
•Weathering processes
•Landforms
•Geophysical hazards

C.Cartography
•Types of maps
•Scale
•Grids

D.Demography
•Distribution and density
•Population growth and control
•Population and food consumption
•Migration

E.Resources
•Renewable/non renewable
•Energy types

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
•Demonstrate awareness of some past and present forces shaping society
•Read, interpret, and prepare maps, tables, graphs, and figures that depict geophysical data and/or phenomena
•Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives on these shaping forces: cultural, economic, gender, geographic, historic, legal, political, psychological, radical, spiritual, etc.
•Analyze and assess specific issue perspectives to build a point a view; and revise their point of view through experiencing/researching other social and cultural perspectives
•Demonstrate an understanding of human geography in terms of population, resources, and natural hazards
•Demonstrate understanding of British Columbia’s physical geography including: rocks, weathering and erosion, and weather
•Demonstrate an understanding of renewable resources, non-renewable resources, and energy types
•Perform statistical calculations

COURSE GOALS:

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1.Identify sources of information from:
•Libraries by using resource books, texts and periodicals
•Media sources by using computers, video and audio materials
•Direct sources such as interviews, surveys and observation

2.Extract, summarize and report information from a variety of media, such as:
•Regional, national and global maps
•Details of latitude and longitude, scale and distance
•Contour and relief maps
•Artifacts and documents
•Historical and contemporary media, art, literature, cartoons, etc.
•Electronic media: Internet resources, software

3.Organize information into a range of formats, such as:
•Notes, outlines and reviews
•Maps, graphs, and tables
•Research summaries

4.Analyze information in a variety of ways by:
•Finding main ideas
•Asking evocative questions
•Comparing main ideas with other material and sources of information

5.Demonstrate the ability to communicate through a variety of methods by:
•Writing summaries
•Preparing short essays and papers
•Utilizing a variety of presentation methods (e.g. graphs, tables, tape, drawings, posters, computer-based presentations, etc.

6.Clarify and discuss personal values with respect to social issues

7.Identify avenues for democratic participation

8.Channel and clarify personal values and positions in society

9.Recognize and respect the right of others to hold personal values and positions

10.Establish hypotheses concerning values and bias

11.Distinguish between fact and opinion

12.Display skills at handling content. Students should be conversant with the subject matter of the course; specifically they should:
•demonstrate knowledge of the materials
•demonstrate the ability to comment on and question the material
•identify statements that reflect consistent or contradictory views
•demonstrate the ability to generate inferences from any sources

13.Establish and test hypotheses concerning values

14.Extrapolate a common theme from disparate information

15.Produce research using MLA/APA standards

16.Write essays that demonstrate a synthesis of complex information

17.Interpret and evaluate information from artifacts, oral tradition, original documents and other primary sources

18.Generate a personal point of view about some aspect of society based on their research

19.Create or apply strategies to compare aspects of society

Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 25 %
Midterm Exam: 15 %
Assignments: 50 %
Participation: 10 %

Number of Assignments:
2

Nature of Participation:
Active participation in class discussions and debates

Writing Assignments:
Atlas assignments

Percentage of Individual Work:
100

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Course Change:
The prerequisite statement has been updated to include the statement 'or permission of instructor', and the weighting/resources have been updated.

Text Books:
Required - Stanford, Quentin H., 2003, Canadian Oxford World Atlas (Oxford University Press). Chapters Covered: Varies
Required - Strahler and Strahler, 2003, Introducing Physical Geography (John Wiley and Sons). Chapters Covered: Varies
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