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)

*Exams are not cumulative. Each exam will focus on the lecture topics covered in that section. Electronic devices are not allowed during exams. Dictionaries, electronic translators, tablets, laptops, smart phones and headsets/ear buds may not be used. Tentative dates are noted on the calendar. Actual date for each exam will be given at least a week in advance.
*All exams must be taken. If you miss any exam, an essay-style make-up will replace it.
*There will be no re-take exams. You have one chance to do well on each exam.
*Both essays must be submitted for grading. Missed essay(s) will earn 0 points and be included as such in your term average.

2. Required Essays.

Due by Tuesday, March 27, 2018 but may be handed in at any time prior to the that date without penalty. A lateness penalty as stated below will be assessed. TWO essays from the following 3 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.”
  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 government 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. 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 start of the exam. Points will be added to the exam grade at the end of the section according to the following formula:
                                   100-90% correct          = 9 extra credit points
                                     89-80% correct           = 7 extra credit points
                                     79-70% correct           = 5 extra credit points
                                     69-60% correct           = 3 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 atlas exercise Scantron sheet will be accepted after the exam, 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 each chapter. Just 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.

No Extra Credit Essays will be accepted after May 15.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.

Last updated January 29, 2018 .