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GGS 103: Human Geography Summer Session A 2013 Instructor : Patricia Boudinot Email: pboudino@gmu.edu TA: Aaron Mulhollen Email: amulholl@masonlive.gmu.edu Virtual Office Hours: By appointment or Skype. I am available every day for student inquiries. I will respond to student inquiries within 24 hours Honor Code: “Students members of the George Mason University community pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, steal and/or lie in matters related to academic work.” In this course, you are not to:  

Access sources/information during an on-line exam/quiz Give help or information/work to a friend/classmate

Read the Honor Code for a list of definitions and examples Content: This course introduces students to the study of patterns and processes that have shaped the use and the modification of the Earth's surface. In the changing world, this course will encourage students to make important connections across boundaries. Course Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Master spatial awareness by using appropriate geographic tools. 2. Describe and then explain a geographic document such as map/photograph/chart. 3. Make the difference between quantitative and qualitative information 4. Understand the social and behavioral sciences 5. Analyze empirical observations in relation to theory 6. Use proper citation

7. Identify, evaluate and properly cite resources appropriate to the field, such as audio/visual/online/print materials and artifacts. 8. Using Google Earth you will build a final project on one human impact in the local environment. Required textbook: An Introduction to Human Geography, Tenth Edition , James M. Rubenstein, Prentice Hall Important Dates: Last day to add class: May 24, 2013 Last day to drop without penalty: May 24, 2013 Learning Community: In this online course: - each week begins on Monday. - each week is divided into 3 sessions; Monday, Wednesday and Friday - each week is structured as follows: readings in the textbook, video lectures and assignments. Working online requires dedication and organization. Students must check their GMU email messages on a daily basis and communicate any questions or problems that might arise promptly. Netiquette: In our online learning community, we must be respectful of one another. Please be aware that innocent remarks can be easily misconstrued. Sarcasm and humor can be easily taken out of context. When communicating, please be positive and diplomatic. I encourage you to learn more about Netiquette. Performance-based assignments: All students will be evaluated by the tasks which appear below. I expect all students to submit all the assignments: any missing assignment will be graded as zero Course-orientation test The course-orientation test which will be offered during week 1.

By answering all the questions and by attaching a short document, students will obtain one extracredit point which will added to test 1 Test 2 tests are scheduled this Summer Session A. Each test will last one hour, will display one question at a time, will be multiple choice or True/False and will not allow backtracking. Please understand that all materials will be used to generate questions : textbook readings , animations, videos and multimedia modules. Exercise 5 exercises are scheduled this Summer Session A Discussion Two Discussions are scheduled this Summer Session A. The discussion will be open on Blackboard on Friday at 6 a.m. up to the following Sunday at midnight.You must submit your initial post no later than Friday at midnight. Read your classmates’ posts and reply to two of them on Sunday up to midnight. Your initial post and your two replies will be accurate and will range between 50 to 60 words. Final Project The description of the Final Project can be found in the “Syllabus and Documents “. Please read it carefully. There are four steps to completing your Final Project (100 pts): 1. Week 2/Session...
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