38:170 How Earth Works: Applied 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:

  1. Christopherson, et al. (2016) Geosystems, 4th Canadian ed. Pearson.
  2. Christopherson, et al. (2019) Geosystems, Updated online 4th Canadian ed. Pearson.

Note: Either of the above or an earlier edition is suitable. Also available on 2 hr. loan.

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
Test I Friday, October 4th    Sample Figs    Practice Questions Marks
4 Global Temperature, Atmospheric Circulation, and Climate Systems 5, 6 & 10
5 Water in the Atmosphere, At the Earth’s Surface, and Subsurface 7 & 9
6 Earth’s Internal Structure, Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism 12 & 13
Test II Friday, November 1st
7 Weathering and Mass Movements 14
8 Fluvial Processes and Landforms 15
9 Glacial Processes and Landforms 17
Final Monday, December 9th, PM

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 short essay on “Why Geography Matters” may be submitted at any time before the last day of class for extra credit.

How To Write Multiple Choice Exams

Tentative Laboratory Schedule

Date(s) Lab Topic(s) Chapter(s)
Sept 9-11 1 Topographic Maps – Geographic Coordinates and Projected (UTM) Coordinates Ch. 1 (pp 20-25)
Sept 16-18 2 Topographic Maps: Scale, Distance, Area and Direction; Dominion Land Survey Ch. 1 (pp 25-30),
Figure 6-5,
Appendix A
Sept 23-25 3 GPS and Field Mapping  (OUTDOORS, meet in lab) Ch. 1 (pp 30-31)
Sept 30-Oct 2 4 Isolines and Vertical Profiles; Time Zones Appendix A
Oct 7-9

QUIZ

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LAB QUIZ #1 (Topics 1 to 4)
bring protractor, ruler & calculatorEarth-Sun Relationship, Insolation & Seasons
Ch. 2 (pp 49-59); and Analemma on p.58 (Figure CT 2.3.1)
Oct 14-16 No 38:170 Labs this week (Thanksgiving)
Oct 21-23 6 Water Balance Ch. 9 (pp 246-252; 270)
Oct 28-30 7 Rating and Flood Frequency Curves
and Lab #10 (GoogleEarth) introduced during lecture
Ch. 15 (pp 478-486)
Nov 4-6 8 Description of Soil Properties; Climographs Ch. 18 (pp 574-579)
Ch 10 (Figures 10.3 – 10.24); Appendix C
Nov 11-13 No 38:170 Labs this week
(Remembrance Day & Fall Study Break)
Nov 18-20 QUIZ LAB QUIZ #2 (Topics 5 to 8, primarily)
Nov 25-27 9 Glacial Landforms (last in-lab assignment) Ch. 17 (pp 535-550)
Dec 2-4
(last week of classes)
“10” Lab #10 (GoogleEarth) due in final LECTURE period,
on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Follow this link to check your marks for each lab: Lab Marks

Tutorials will be held in rm 4-47 BB, during the “spare slot” Tuesdays 12:40-1:30.