Course Syllabus: Geography 101


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Course Description


 Are you mystified by maps? Would you like to know how mountains are made? You can find out the answers to these questions by taking our Geography Course. In eleven easy lessons, you'll learn all about the different geographical features that make up our planet. You'll learn to distinguish islands from atolls and peninsulas. You'll learn how the huge tectonic plates interact to create mountains and valleys and how wind and water shape our world. You'll also learn about the way people, plants, and animals have changed the world.

This course covers the way humans create order by drawing maps and creating areas that we can recognize. You'll learn how mapmakers divided the oceans and why. The lessons will touch on how culture and experience influence the way people map the world. 

In addition you will learn the natural processes that create specific landforms. The various spheres of the planet, the lithosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere are defined and examined in detail. You'll learn how these different layers of Earth interact to shape the patterns of the planet.

Once you have finished this course, you'll find yourself looking at the world with a whole new perspective!

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1: What is Geography?
  • Lesson 2: Oceans, Rivers, and Lakes
  • Lesson 3: Continents and Islands
  • Lesson 4: Mountains and Valleys
  • Lesson 5: How the Wind Affects Landforms
  • Lesson 6: How Water Affects Landforms
  • Lesson 7: Plate Tectonics
  • Lesson 8: The Effect of Plants and Animals on Landforms
  • Lesson 9: How People Affect the Geography of the Planet
  • Lesson 10: How People Divide the Planet
  • Lesson 11: Using a Map

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define geography.
  • Describe oceans, rivers, and lakes.
  • Describe continents and islands.
  • Describe mountains and valleys.
  • Describe how the wind affects landforms.
  • Describe how water affects landforms.
  • Know plate tectonics.
  • Describe the effect of plants and animals on landforms.
  • How People Affect the Geography of the Planet
  • Describe how people divide the planet.
  • Describe using a map, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1, Assignment One20
Lesson 1 Exam:What is Geography?90
Lesson 2, Assignment One30
Lesson 2 Exam:Oceans, Rivers, and Lakes100
Lesson 3, Assignment One40
Lesson 3 Exam:Continents and Islands90
Lesson 4, Assignment One30
Lesson 4 Exam:Mountains and Valleys90
Lesson 5, Assignment One40
Lesson 5 Exam:How the Wind Affects Landforms100
Lesson 6, Assignment One40
Lesson 6 Exam:How Water Affects Landforms100
Lesson 7, Assignment One40
Lesson 7 Exam: Plate Tectonics100
Lesson 8, Assignment One30
Lesson 8 Exam: The Effect of Plants and Animals on Landforms100
Lesson 9, Assignment One40
Lesson 9 Exam: How People Affect the Geography of the Planet100
Lesson 10, Assignment One30
Lesson 10 Exam: How People Divide the Planet70
Lesson 11, Assignment One20
Lesson 11 Exam: Using a Map80
The Final Exam480
Total Points:1865
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