COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA COURSE OUTLINE

COLLEGE: STATE APPROVAL DATE: 09/27/2010
ORIGINATOR: Peter Schweikhardt STATE CONTROL NUMBER: CCC000356704
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL DATE: 05/08/2008
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL DATE:
CURRENT EFFECTIVE DATE:
 
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:

1. REQUESTED CREDIT CLASSIFICATION:
  Credit - Degree Applicable
Course is not a basic skills course.
2. DEPT/COURSE NO: 3. COURSE TITLE:
  GEOG 001   Physical Geography
4. COURSE: COA Course Changes in Catalog Info   TOP NO. 2206.00
5. UNITS: 3.000   HRS/WK LEC: 3.00 Total: 52.50
  HRS/WK LAB:

6. NO. OF TIMES OFFERED AS SELETED TOPIC:       AVERAGE ENROLLMENT:
7. JUSTIFICATION FOR COURSE:
  Course is applicable to the AA degree and is transferable to four-year colleges and universities
8. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
  Basic elements of the earth’s physical systems and processes: Earth-sun relations, weather, climate, water, plate tectonics, landforms, soils, and ecosystems and their interrelationships and global distribution patterns.
9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION
 
  1. Modular: No     If yes, how many modules:
  2. Open entry/open exit: No
  3. Grading Policy: Letter Grade Only
  4. Eligible for credit by Exam: No
  5. Repeatable according to state guidelines: No
  6. Required for degree/certificate (specify):
    Existing
  7. Meets GE/Transfer requirements (specify):
  8. C-ID Number: Expiration Date:

  9. Are there prerequisites/corequisites/recommended preparation for this course? No
10. LIST STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES (EXIT SKILLS): (Objectives must define the exit skills required of students and include criteria identified in Items 12, 14, and 15 - critical thinking, essay writing, problem solving, written/verbal communications, computational skills, working with others, workplace needs, SCANS competencies, all aspects of the industry, etc.)(See SCANS/All Aspects of Industry Worksheet.)

Students will be able to:
  1. Analyze data presented in graphs, geographic diagrams, statistics, and maps.
  2. Write reasoned essays concerning course content.
  3. Explain Earth-sun relationships and their relevance to location, time, and seasonal changes.
  4. Explain weather and climate patterns and maps.
  5. Identify global circulation patterns and factors that influence global temperatures.
  6. Distinguish the spatial distribution of geologic processes, including weathering, erosion, deposition and plate tectonics.
  7. Summarize the conditions that cause such natural hazards as floods, storms, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, and coastal erosion, and explain their impact upon humans.
  8. Explain the interconnectedness of the physical and biological world.
  9. Assess the impact of human activities on the environment
  10. Assess the scientific, economic, and societal changes needed to correct and prevent environmental problems.
  11. Use the World Wide Web as a resource for information about current weather, earthquakes, volcanoes, and other natural hazards.
  12. Use the World Wide Web as a research tool.
    Competency #3
  1. Competency #3
  2. Acquires and evaluates information Organizes and maintains information Interprets and communicates information Uses computers to process information
    Skills # 1 Basic Skills
  1. Skills # 1 Basic Skills
  2. Reading – locates, understands, and interprets written information in documents Writing – communicates thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing: creates documents such as reports Listening – receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal messages and other cues Speaking – organizes ideas and communicates orally
    Skills # 2 Thinking Skills
  1. Skills # 2 Thinking Skills
  2. Creative thinking – generates new ideas Seeing things in the mind’s eye – organizes and processes symbols, pictures, Graphs, objects, and other information Knowing how to learn – uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills
    Skills # 3 Personal Qualities
  1. Skills # 3 Personal Qualities
  2. Responsibility – exerts a high level of effort and perseverance toward goal attainment
11A. COURSE CONTENT: List major topics to be covered. This section must be more than listing chapter headings from a textbook. Outline the course content, including essential topics, major subdivisions, and supporting details. It should include enough information so that a faculty member from any institution will have a clear understanding of the material taught in the course and the approximate length of time devoted to each. There should be congruence among the catalog description, lecture and/or lab content, student performance objectives, and the student learning outcomes. List percent of time spent on each topic; ensure percentages total 100%.

LECTURE CONTENT:

1. Basic concepts: Latitude/longitude, time zones, map scales and projections, remote sensing and
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

2. Earth-sun relations:  Electromagnetic spectrum of solar radiation and reasons for seasons.

3. Atmospheric structure and energy balances.

4. Global controls of temperature.

5. Atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.

6. Atmospheric moisture:  relative humidity and adiabatic processes.

7. Clouds and fog.

8. Air masses, fronts, and midlatitude cyclonic storms.

9. Violent weather:  Thunderstorms, tornados, and hurricanes.

10. Groundwater resources.

11. Global climate patterns.

12. Earth structure and rocks,

13. Plate tectonics.

14. Earthquakes and volcanoes.

15. Weathering, karst landscapes, and mass movement.

16. Fluvial processes and fluvial landforms.

17. Coastal processes and coastal landforms.

18. Glaciation.

19. Soils and biogeography.

 20.  Climate change/global warming.

Each topic equals 5% of the total course content.

11B. LAB CONTENT:
12. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (List methods used to present course content.)
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Distance Education
  4. Other (Specify)

  5. Other Methods:
    PowerPoint Lectures Videos, slides, and maps Short interpretative exercises Preparation using Tutorials on CD ROM World Wide Web exercises and quizzes
13. ASSIGNMENTS: 0.00 hours/week (List all assignments, including library assignments. Requires two (2) hours of independent work outside of class for each unit/weekly lecture hour. Outside assignments are not required for lab-only courses, although they can be given.)

Out-of-class Assignments:
Assigned texbook reading CD ROM Tutorials and World Wide Web Learning Modules Online practice quizzes Weekly quizzes, two mutiple choice and short essay midterms, and final Video analysis.


ASSIGNMENTS ARE: (See definition of college level):
Primarily College Level
14. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: (Grades are based on):
ESSAY (Includes "blue book" exams and any written assignment of sufficient length and complexity to require students to select and organize ideas, to explain and support the ideas, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.)
COMPUTATION SKILLS
NON-COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING (Critical thinking should be demonstrated by solving unfamiliar problems via various strategies.)
MULTIPLE CHOICE
OTHER (Describe):
Map interpretation and analysis. Modified True-False
15. TEXTS, READINGS, AND MATERIALS
  A. Textbooks:
 
  • Petersen/Sack/Gabler. 2012. Physical Geography 10. Cengage
 
  • Tasa Graphics Arts Geode CD ROM Earth Science Tutorials
 

*Date is required: Transfer institutions require current publication date(s) within 5 years of outline addition/update.

  B. Additional Resources:
 
  • Library/LRC Materials and Services:

    The instructor, in consultation with a librarian, has reviewed the materials and services of the College Library/LRC in the subject areas related to the proposed new course
  • Are print materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are nonprint materials adequate?     No
  • Are electronic/online resources available?     Yes
  • Are services adequate?     Yes
  • Specific materials and/or services needed have been identified and discussed. Librarian comments:
    Originator will provide additional recommended materials.
  C. Readings listed in A and B above are: (See definition of college level):
 

Primarily college level

16. DESIGNATE OCCUPATIONAL CODE:
E - Non-Occupational
17. LEVEL BELOW TRANSFER:
Y - Not Applicable
18. CALIFORNIA CLASSIFICATION CODE:
19. NON CREDIT COURSE CATEGORY:
Y - Not Applicable
20. FUNDING AGENCY CATEGORY:
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