SRJC Course Outlines

11/30/2022 5:11:38 AMGEOG 4 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

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Discipline and Nbr:  GEOG 4Title:  PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY  
Full Title:  Physical Geography
Last Reviewed:3/8/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Introductory study of the earth's surface, including the earth's dimensions and motions; atmospheric processes; patterns of climate, vegetation, and soils; and features, processes, and interactions of land and water.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study of the earth's dimensions, motions & surface features. Atmospheric processes, climate & vegetation patterns, landforms & water processes.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: GEOG 110 Introduction to Physical Geography SRJC Equivalent Course(s): GEOG4

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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The successful student will:
--Recognize relationships between physical geography and other
--Perceive the body of geographic knowledge to the the result of an
 ongoing process of contributions by individual personalities.
--Appreciate the utility of models, hierarchies, mass and energy
 budgets, and classification schemes.
--Acquire and utilize fundamental concepts of mathematics to the
 analysis of geographic phenomena.
--Interpret graphs and charts of both theoretical and actual data,
 utilizing techniques of interpolation and extrapolation.
--Acquire and utilize a vocabulary of several hundred terms, the majority
 of which will have applications beyond this course.  Examples:
 latitude and longitude, time zone, convection, seasonality, conifer.

Topics and Scope
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Earth geometry and motions:  planetary and solar system data and
comparisons, latitude and longitude, the Rectangular Survey, time zones,
and principles of navigation.  Atlas-related exercises.
Atmospheric processes:  Energy budgets and modes of energy transfer,
seasonality and continentality, pressure and wind, atmospheric
moisture and precipitation processes.  Text related exercises, often
mathematical, utilizing graphs, charts, and observational data.
Global patterns of climate, vegetation, soils, and ground water:
classification systems and criteria, models of distribution patterns,
annual cycles.  Exercises in application of classification criteria.
Landforms and related processes:  plate tectonics, diastrophism and
volcanism, weathering processes, agents of gradation.  Classification
schemes and identification of erosional zones.  Exercises with maps,
airphotos, and models.

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Weekly reading assingments are given in a text of approximately 500
total pages, and specific pages of an atlas are also designated.
Students are expected to review notes of lectures which parallel, but
do not duplicate, the text.
Supplementary materials including charts, outlines, vocabulary lists,
sample data, and articles from publications are distributed for study.
These total over 50 pages.
Exercises for completion outside of class are distributed weekly.  These
are similar to the "problem sets" of other physical sciences.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
25 - 50%
Homework problems, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 75%
Multiple choice
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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McKnight, Physical Geography
Strahler & Strahler, Elements of Physical Geography
Muller & Oberlander, Physical Geography Today
Atlas:  An inexpensive atlas is adopted and required.
All texts listed above are common adoptions at two-year and four-year
institutions throughout the United States.

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