Maui Community College Course Outline 1. Alpha and Number Geography 101L Course Title The Natural Environment Lab Credits 1 Date of Outline March 2004 2. Course Description Introduces the geographer’s tools: globes, atlases, maps, Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and aerial photographs. Uses laboratory investigation techniques to understand concepts of physical geography. Special emphasis on Hawaii and n human modification of the environment. 3. Contact Hours/Type 3 hours lab 4. Prerequisites GEOG 101 or concurrent enrollment Corequisites Recommended Preparation Approved by Date 5. General Course Objectives Analyze the earth’s natural environments and the natural processes creating those environments by the use of maps, aerial photographs, field, and laboratory observations, and experimentation. To gain the ability to collate and analyze environmental data to interpret environmental conditions through the scientific method, inductive logic, and critical thinking. For detailed information on how Geography 101L focuses on the Maui Community College general education standards, see the attached curricular grid. Geography 101L fulfills one of the 10 credits for the Natural Science requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees at Maui Community College. This course fulfills the requirement for the University of Hawaii at Manoa General Education, Diversification, Natural Science, Physical Science (D/P) laboratory science credit. 6. Student Learning Outcomes For assessment purposes, these are linked to #7m Recommended Course Content. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. identify the relationship between the earth and sun, the geographic grid, latitude and longitude; construct isolines and elevation profiles; describe the sun’s energy and the relationship of the sun’s angle in determining intensity, day length, temperature, and climate; explain the nature of atmospheric pressure, moisture, wind, and ocean currents and explain the impact of these basic processes on earth’s landscape; interpret weather maps, including warm and cold fronts and their movements; identify key elements and symbols on topographic maps; use aerial photos and stereograms to identify structural landforms and other features on the earth’s surface; describe drainage basin morphology and the effects of fluvial processes on the landscape; explain the essential characteristics of groundwater movement and its importance to Hawaii; identify and explain desert landforms such as sand dunes, their origin and relationship to wind; contrast glacial landscapes with valley formation and describe the key elements of glacial erosion and the surface features formed by glaciers; and, l. 7. 8. describe coastal landforms and the effects of deposition and erosion on their stability. Recommended Course Content and Approximate time spent on Each Topic Lined to #6, Student Learning Outcomes 1-2 weeks Earth-sun relationship (a., c) Geographic grid (a) 1-2 weeks Atmospheric pressure, moisture, wind, and ocean currents (d) 1-2 weeks Weather maps and the classification of climates of lowmiddle-high latitudes (b, e) 1-2 weeks Elements and symbols on topographic maps (f) 1-2 weeks Introduction to aerial photographs (g) 1-2 weeks Identification of structural landforms using topographic maps and aerial photographs (g) 1-2 weeks Drainage basin morphology (h) 1-2 weeks The fluvial landscape and fluvial processes (h) 1-2 weeks The hydrologic cycle and ground water (i) 1-2 weeks Desert landforms, winds, and dunes (j) 1-2 weeks Glacial landscapes (k) 1-2 weeks Coastal landforms (l) 0-2 weeks Special topics Text and Materials Appropriate text[s] and material will be chosen from physical geography texts. Examples include: Texts: Duckson, D.W., Exercises in Physical Geography, 1999, 3rd edition, McGraw Hill. Hess, Physical Geography, A Landscape Approach, Laboratory Manual, 2001, Prentice Hall Materials: Text may be supplemented with: Articles and/or handouts prepared by the instructor Magazines or newspaper articles Other: Appropriate laboratory manuals Appropriate films, videos, or internet sites Television programs Guest speakers Other instructional aids 9. Recommended Course Requirements and Evaluation Specific course requirements are at the discretion of the instructor at the time the course is offered. Suggested requirements include, but are not limited to: 20-80% 20-50% 0-30% 0-30% 0-40% 0-20% 10. Examinations (written and or/oral) In-class exercises Homework Quizzes Projects/research papers Attendance and/or class participation Methods of Instruction Instructional methods will vary considerably with instructors. Specific methods will be at the discretion of the instructor teaching the course. Techniques might include, but are not limited to: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. lectures, demonstrations, and class exercises or readings; problem solving and/or hands-on identification techniques; class discussions or guest lectures; audio, visual, or presentations utilizing the internet; student class presentations; group or individual projects; and, other contemporary learning techniques such as Service Learning, Co-op, School-to-Work, self-paced programs, etc.