38:170 Intro Physical Geography

Instructors:  Lecture, Dr. Dion J. Wiseman – Laboratory, Ms. Wenonah van Heyst
Office: Brodie Room 4-07
Office Hrs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 11 – 12 PM
Phone: 727-9774
Email: wiseman@brandonu.ca

Required Text:

Christopherson, et al. (2019 digital) Geosystems, 4th Canadian ed.: Pearson

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OR Christopherson, et al. (2016 paperback) Geosystems, 4th Canadian ed.: Pearson

Lab Manual:

The laboratory manual for this course will be available to pick up at your first regularly scheduled lab period next week. The printing fee ($10) for the lab manual was included in the course registration fee.

Course Description

Physical Geography is the study of the physical components and processes operating within Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. This course will introduce basic geographic concepts and examine a variety of these systems in a spatial context. Topics discussed include coordinate systems, maps, and map projections; GIS, remote sensing, and GPS technology; solar energy and radiation balances; weather and climate; volcanism, earthquakes, and plate tectonics; weathering and mass movements; fluvial, eolian, coastal, and glacial land forms and processes; and soils.

Course Outline

Topic  Description Chapter(s)
1 Basic Geographic Concepts, Location, Coordinate Systems, and Maps 1
2 Earth Sun Relations, Solar Energy, and Seasons 2
3 The Atmosphere and Energy Balances 3 & 4
4 Global Temperature, Atmospheric Circulation, and Climate Systems 5, 6 & 10
Test I Friday, October 19th
5 Water in the Atmosphere, At the Earth’s Surface, and Subsurface 7 & 9
6 Earth’s Internal Structure, Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism 11 & 12
7 Weathering and Mass Movements 13
Test II Wednesday, November 21st
8 Fluvial Processes and Landforms 14
9 Glacial Processes and Landforms 17
10 Soil Genesis and Classification 18
Final Monday, December 10th, AM

Grading Scheme

Term Test I 20% > 90% A+ 70 – 72% B-
Term Test II 20% 85 – 89% A 67 – 69% C+
Lab Assignments 20% 80 – 84% A- 63 – 66% C
Lab Quizzes (2) 20% 77 – 79% B+ 60 – 62% C-
Final Exam 20% 73 – 76% B 50 – 59% D
*Book Review 5% *Why Geography Matters 2% < 50% F

* Optional Extra Credit Assignments: A book review OR contribution to “Why Geography Matters” may be submitted at any time before the last day of class for extra credit.

Tentative Laboratory Schedule

Date(s) Lab # Topic(s) Textbook References
Sept 10-12 1 Geographic Coordinates, Time Zones and Topographic Maps, UTM Ch. 1 (pg. 20-25)
Sept 17-19 2 Topographic Maps: Compass and Directions,
Scale, Distance and Area Calculations,
Canada Land Survey System
Ch. 1 (pg. 25-30),
Figure 6-5,
Appendix A
Sept 24-26 3 GPS and Field Mapping  (OUTDOORS, meet in lab) Ch. 1 (pg. 30-31)
Oct 1-3 4 Isolines and Vertical Profiles Appendix A
Oct 8-10 No 38:170 Labs this week (Thanksgiving)
Oct 15-17

QUIZ

5

LAB QUIZ #1 (Topics 1 to 4)
bring protractor, ruler & calculatorEarth-Sun Relationship, Insolation & Seasons
Ch. 2 (pg. 49-59); and Analemma on pg.58 (Figure CT 2.3.1)
Oct 22-24 6 Water Balance Ch. 9 (pg. 246-252; 270)
Oct 29-31 7 Rating and Flood Frequency Curves
Lab #10 Google Earth introduced during lecture
Ch. 15 (pg. 478-486)
Nov 5-7 8 Description of Soil Properties; Climographs Ch. 18 (pg. 574-579)
Ch 10 (Figures 10.3 – 10.24); Appendix C
Nov 12-14 No 38:170 Labs this week
(Fall Study Break & Remembrance Day)
Nov 19-21 QUIZ LAB QUIZ #2 (Topics 5 to 8, primarily)
Nov 26-28 9 Glacial Landforms (last in-lab assignment) Ch. 17 (pg. 535-550)
Dec 3-5
(last week of classes)
10 Lab #10 (GoogleEarth) due in final LECTURE period, on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

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