Course Objectives

Human Geography

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will:

  • Describe what geography and human geography are.
  • Understand population dynamics and migration.
  • Understand political systems, states, territory, and borders.
  • Understand the basic elements of culture.
  • Understand the types and levels of economic activities.
  • Understand urban structure and development.

 

Geography Program Student Learning Outcomes

    • Analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface;
    • Explain how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions;
    • Understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface and the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.

 

General Education Competencies in this course

  • Civic and Cultural Awareness – Analyzing and critiquing competing perspectives in a democratic society; comparing, contrasting, and interpreting differences and commonalities among peoples, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices
  • Critical Thinking – Gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and applying information.
  • Quantitative and Empirical Reasoning – Applying mathematical, logical and scientific principles and methods.
  • Written, Oral and Visual Communication – Communicating effectively, adapting to purpose, structure, audience, and medium.

 

Introduction to GIS

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will

  • Define geography and GIS
  • Describe scale, projection, and coordinate systems and explain importance of each in GIS
  • Differentiate between vector, raster, and object-oriented data structures and explain the appropriate use of each of these data structures
  • Describe various types of GIS data capture
  • Explain the basics of GIS data storage,
  • Differentiate between attribute analysis and spatial analysis and describe the appropriate use of each type of analysis,
  • Produce effective maps of analytical results which adhere to established cartographic standards
  • Demonstrate proficiency with GIS software

 

Geography Program Student Learning Outcomes

    • Analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface;
    • Explain how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions;
    • Understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface and the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.

 

General Education Competencies in this course

  • Civic and Cultural Awareness – Analyzing and critiquing competing perspectives in a democratic society; comparing, contrasting, and interpreting differences and commonalities among peoples, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices
  • Critical Thinking – Gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and applying information.
  • Quantitative and Empirical Reasoning – Applying mathematical, logical and scientific principles and methods.

 

Introduction to Physical Geography

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will:

  • Describe what Geography and Physical Geography are.
  • Understand the physical principles and processes governing the circulation and characteristics of the atmosphere and climates on Earth.
  • Understand the physical principles and processes governing the circulation and characteristics of water on Earth.
  • Understand the principles of geomorphology and the processes that shape the landscape.
  • Understand the distribution and dynamics of organisms and their environments.
  • Understand the directional and locational systems employed on the surface of the Earth
  • Be able to use and analyze maps.

 

Geography Program Student Learning Outcomes

    • Analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface;
    • Explain how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions;
    • Understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface and the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.

 

General Education Competencies in this course

  • Civic and Cultural Awareness – Analyzing and critiquing competing perspectives in a democratic society; comparing, contrasting, and interpreting differences and commonalities among peoples, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices
  • Critical Thinking – Gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and applying information.
  • Quantitative and Empirical Reasoning – Applying mathematical, logical and scientific principles and methods.
  • Written, Oral and Visual Communication – Communicating effectively, adapting to purpose, structure, audience, and medium.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Interacting collaboratively to achieve common goals.

 

World Regional Geography

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will:

  • Describe what geography and World/Regional Geography are
  • Locate and define the major cultural regions of the world
  • Locate and define the major physical regions of the world
  • Briefly explain major historical events and the impact of these events on World Geography
  • Describe and know the location and distribution of various economic systems.

 

Geography Program Student Learning Outcomes

    • Analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface;
    • Explain how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions;
    • Understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface and the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.

 

General Education Competencies in this course

  • Civic and Cultural Awareness – Analyzing and critiquing competing perspectives in a democratic society; comparing, contrasting, and interpreting differences and commonalities among peoples, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices
  • Critical Thinking – Gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and applying information.
  • Quantitative and Empirical Reasoning – Applying mathematical, logical and scientific principles and methods.
  • Written, Oral and Visual Communication – Communicating effectively, adapting to purpose, structure, audience, and medium.