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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!
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Lesson 1: What is Geography?

Geography is the study of our planet's surface. In this lesson we will discuss the scientific theories about how the Earth formed. 115 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Introduction to Geography; National Council for Geographic Education
  • Take Poll: Does Your World Rock?
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam:What is Geography?

Lesson 2: Oceans, Rivers, and Lakes

Most of the Earth's surface is covered with water. 130 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Find a Body of Water; I Like To Learn!
  • Complete: Lesson 2, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam:Oceans, Rivers, and Lakes

Lesson 3: Continents and Islands

While most of our planet is covered with water, continents and islands are landforms. 130 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Continents and Islands Map Quiz; Islands Galore; Worlds of Fun; Plate Tectonics
  • Complete: Lesson 3, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam:Continents and Islands

Lesson 4: Mountains and Valleys

This lesson will describe how mountains and valley are formed. 120 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: All About Valleys; Mountains and Valleys; The Mountains
  • Complete: Lesson 4, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam:Mountains and Valleys

Lesson 5: How the Wind Affects Landforms

Wind affects all landforms differently depending on climate and terrain. 140 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Global Wind Patterns; What is Wind?; Wind Effects
  • Complete: Lesson 5, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam:How the Wind Affects Landforms

Lesson 6: How Water Affects Landforms

In this lesson, we will talk about the effects of water on geographic landforms. 140 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Landform Glossary; Types of Landforms; Water, Water, Everywhere
  • Complete: Lesson 6, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam:How Water Affects Landforms

Lesson 7: Plate Tectonics

Tectonic plates float around the surface of the Earth's mantle. 140 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Plate Tectonics; Plate Tectonics Map; What Causes Earthquakes?
  • Complete: Lesson 7, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam: Plate Tectonics

Lesson 8: The Effect of Plants and Animals on Landforms

In this lesson we will discuss the impact of animals and plants on landforms. 130 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Animals and Environment; Impact of Animals on the Environment; Plants and Our Environment
  • Complete: Lesson 8, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam: The Effect of Plants and Animals on Landforms

Lesson 9: How People Affect the Geography of the Planet

Ever since people began to farm the land and create permanent homes, humans have made very striking changes to the landscape. 140 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Human and Physical Geography; The Human Condition; The Human Impact
  • Take Poll: I Wish I Could...
  • Take Poll: My Favorite Television Shows...
  • Complete: Lesson 9, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam: How People Affect the Geography of the Planet

Lesson 10: How People Divide the Planet

People divide the earth in many ways including latitude and longitude, continents, countries and states. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: All About Hemispheres; International Date Line; National Atlas; Latitude and Longitude
  • Complete: Lesson 10, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam: How People Divide the Planet

Lesson 11: Using a Map

Unless you are using a GPS in your car, a map can give you directions and the mileage to your destination. 580 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: How to Use a Map
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam: Using a Map
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Geography 101
Course Number: 7550429
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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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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