SS-120 Introduction to Geography

Course Description:  This course introduces students to the field of geography and structured around the major research traditions of the discipline that include: physical geography, culture and environment study (human geography), the locational tradition, and area analysis.  FSM geographical related issues that include, but not limited to, global warming, exclusive economic zone, and alternative energy sources were also explored.

  • Prerequisite Courses:   EN110

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to read, speak and write critically and effectively in English about Micronesian Studies Program course content.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the geographical, historical, and cultural literacy of the Micronesian region.
  3. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of the structure and functions of the government and social, political, and economic issues concerning the Micronesian Studies course content.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to perform research and write papers relevant to Micronesia using different methods and technologies.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the requirements of good citizenship in the FSM.

B. STUDENT  LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)- GENERAL:

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to use geographic concepts, describe types of maps and basic features, and other basic cartographic tools.
  2. Describe the major components of physical geography
  3. Describe the subfields of human geography and area analysis
  4. Demonstrate knowledge on contemporary environment, social, and economic challenges facing the FSM

SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

PLO4

PLO5

1

ID

D

D

D

I

2

ID

D

D

D

I

3

ID

ID

D

D

I

4

ID

D

D

D

I

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) – SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1Demonstrate the ability to define and describe geographic terms and key concepts, describe types and features of maps, and describe other basic cartographic tools.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1   Define and explain the geographic concepts

In class group discussion on key terms and reading assignments.

1.2   Describe the evolution of the geography discipline, the general
fields and subfields, and their relationships

 Descriptive test on objective 1, 2, 3 & 4.

1.3   Read scales, line symbols, describe direction, describe the geographic grid, and identify types of maps.

Use same assessment strategy
Instructor prepared answer sheet that serve as rubric

1.4 Describe basic cartographic instruments that include, but not limited to, remote sensing, geographic information system, and global positioning system.

Same assessment strategy as mentioned above
Instructor prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric

General SLO 2. Describe the major components of physical geography.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1  Demonstrate the ability to describe weather and climate, identify variables that constitute weather, describe the relationship  of temperature and pressure on the weather system, importance of earth inclination to regional variability’s, and describe variables that determine regional climates

Descriptive test  with an essay that measure specific slo 1, & 2.

Instructor prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric

2.2  Demonstrate knowledge of Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming, its relationship to Sea Level Rise, and its impact in the FSM

Essay (with rubric) that is included in the descriptive test mentioned above.

2.3 Demonstrate ability to describe earth materials, movements of the plates, tectonic forces, and the gradational processes.

Descriptive Test
Instructor - prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric

2.4  Describe the two general types of natural resources, and its subtypes, the types of energy resources, and explore other alternative energy sources that is/are suitable to complement/substitute the current and predominant energy source use in the FSM

Descriptive Test
Instructor – prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric
In class Debate with rubric
Group Research Presentation with rubric (Use when alternative energy is selected as research topic.  Presentation is conducted toward the end of the semester)

General SLO 3Describe the different subfields of human geography and area analysis


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Demonstrate ability to describe key population and demographic concepts, perform basic demographic calculations, and describe other theoretical concepts.

 Descriptive test that also include basic demographic estimate and projection (calculations)
Instructor – prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric

3.2  Demonstrate ability to describe the basic components and the subsystems of culture, identify and describe other dominant characteristics of culture such as language, religion, gender, ethnicity, and other aspects of diversity

Writing Assignment
Descriptive test
Instructor – prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric

3.3 Describe the spatial interaction, the barriers, and flow of information, and the role of technology in dismantling the natural barriers to spatial interactions.

Descriptive test
Instructor - prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric

3.4  Demonstrate ability to describe the national political systems, challenges to the state, form of alliances, regional and multilateral organizations,  the United Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the importance of the FSM Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

Descriptive test with an essay on the importance of the FSM EEZ
Group Research with rubric (Use when the topic is selected and is presented toward the end of the semester)

3.5  Describe Economic Geography, classification of economic activities, economic systems, patterns of trade, world manufacturing patterns & trends, and services in world trade

Descriptive test
Instructor – prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric

3.6  Describe Urban Geography, origins and evolution of cities, functions of cities, and global urban diversity

Descriptive test
Instructor – prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric

General SLO 4.  Demonstrate knowledge on human impact on the environment and contemporary environmental, social, and economic challenges facing the FSM


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

4.1 Describe human impact on our environment, which include impact on air and in particular, water, and landform.  Emphasis is on human pollution on air, water, and landforms.

Assignment
Descriptive  Test
Instructor prepared answer sheet that serves as rubric.

4.2 Illustrate knowledge on FSM environment, social, political, and economic challenges.  Examples are but not limited to Global warming and sea level rise, Exclusive Economic Zone, Energy dependency, etc.

Research Presentation (Power point) with rubric

D.  COURSE CONTENT

  1. Introduction to basic geographic concepts, the geographic fields and subfields and their relationships.
  2. Physical Geography: Landforms, Weather & Climate, and Natural Resources
  3. Human Geography: population, culture, spatial interaction, urban, political, and economic geography
  4. Human Impacts on the Environment and other contemporary FSM’s environment, socio-economic issues

E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Lecture, discussions, Group research, scaffolding & coaching exercise

F. REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Getis, R., Getis, J. & Fellmann, J., Introduction to Geography, 2009, 12th Edition, The
McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (or most recent edition)

G. Reference Materials
Miller, Tyler, Living in the Environment: An introduction to Environmental Science,
1992, 7th Edition, Wadsworth Publishing Company (or most recent edition)

H. Instructional Cost
None

I.  EVALUATION
None

J.  CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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