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. (FYI, students tend to do better on the regular formatted exams than on the make-up exams.)
- There will be no re-take exams. You have one chance to do well on each exam.
- Both required essays must be submitted for grading. Missed essay(s) will earn 0 points and be included as such in your term average.
- Extra credit work is optional. It can only increase your grade, not reduce it.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- IMPORTANT: This is NOT the “REVIEW & DISCUSSION” section at the end of the chapter.
- NOTE: You may substitute a third essay from Section 2 above for one TG essay.
- 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. In the first sentence of each essay, you are to note the textbook edition and the chapter number and summarize the point being discussed. Document facts and opinions of others with bibliographical and footnote entries.
- At the end of the semester, each essay deemed "Good for Extra Credit" will earn you one percentage point over and above your final term average of test scores with a maximum of 5 percentage points added to your final term average. For example, if you hand in four acceptable essays, you will increase your final average by 4 points; if you hand in 2 essays you will increase your final average by 2 points.
- NOTE: Extra credit essays may be handed in at any time before the May 14, 2019 deadline.
- It is best to write and submit an essay after you have read the chapter, rather than waiting for the last week of the semester to do prepare them.
|No Extra Credit will be accepted after May 14, 2019.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.