1. Grading:

                        Exam 1                        = 30% of your grade
                        Exam 2                        = 30% of your grade
                        Exam 3 (final)              = 30% of your grade
                        Required essays         = 10% of your grade (5% each; see No. 2 below)

2. Required Essays.

Due no later than Tuesday, April 9, 2019 but they may be handed in at any time prior to the due date. A lateness penalty as stated below will be assessed. Just TWO essays from the following three topics are to be submitted:

  1. From Chapter 1, you will discuss the contribution to the field of geography or to our knowledge of the world of a noted geographer, earth scientist or explorer not mentioned in class or in the textbook. Focus on the person’s contribution, not the biography and don’t refer to the person by his/her first name - as “Christopher discovered America in 1492.” Do not use Columbus, Magellan, or Da Gama. Consult the “Geography” and “Geographers” entry of any encyclopedia.
  2. From Chapter 2, you will discuss the relationship of climate change to ONE of the following current events topics:  the spread of disease OR the occurrence of severe weather phenomena OR the global food supply. Be specific discussing the example you select. Document facts and opinions of others.
  3. From Chapter 3, you will discuss any ONE natural process and how it is now deemed a natural hazard by governmental agencies and insurance companies. Focus on “people interacting with nature.”

Each essay must be typed and have a minimum length of one full page not counting the restated question and bibliography (1.5 line spacing with 1" margins). Maximum length is two pages of text. Maps and illustrations are additional pages. The bibliography must have at least two sources (not including Wikipedia) to document your information. Footnotes may be added as needed. Short and long essays will be returned ungraded, as will hand-written essays. Essays handed in late will be penalized with a grade reduction.

3. Extra Credit.

There are several ways to earn extra credit. You may attempt all.

a) Atlas Exercises. In each section of the course, prior to the exam, there will be a set of atlas exercises for extra credit on topics relevant to the exam coverage. The extra credit exercises are found on the course homepage. The exercises are due no later than the printed due date. Points will be added to the exam grade at the end of the section according to the following formula:
                                   100-90% correct          = 8 extra credit points
                                     89-80% correct           = 6 extra credit points
                                     79-70% correct           = 4 extra credit points
                                     69-60% correct           = 2 extra credit points
                                     59-50% correct           = 1 extra credit point  
           49- 0% correct or not submitted         = 0 extra credit points

Blue Scantron answer sheets will be distributed in class. NO Scantron sheet (or other form of answer sheet) will be accepted after the stated due date, no matter how valid your reason.

b) Geographic Essays. You have the option to submit for extra credit a maximum of five analytical essays from the “Thinking Geographically” (TG) section at the end of chapters 4-12. Only one discussion point may be selected from each TG box for the chapter selected.   

c) Other Forms of Extra Credit. A discussion paper, research paper or project of your choice may be used if approved in advance by Prof. Grande. Depending on the presentation of the topic, this extra credit option may add from 1-5 points to your final term average. NOTE: Proposals are due no later than April 16, 2019 and the work is due no later than May 14, 2019.
No Extra Credit will be accepted after May 14, 2019.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.

Last updated January 15, 2019 .