Fall 2022 - GEOG 111 D100
Earth Systems (3)
Class Number: 2879
Delivery Method: In Person
An introduction to landforms, climates, soils and vegetation; their origins, distributions, interrelationships and roles in the ecosystem. Laboratory work and field trips are included. Breadth-Science.
An introduction to physical geography. This course covers principles and processes governing climate, landforms, and vegetation systems and interrelationships. Natural and human-induced changes to earth systems are discussed. There will be one 2-hour class per week plus a 2-hour laboratory in most weeks. Laboratories address techniques of measurement, representation and analysis of earth systems through maps, remotely-sensed images, and laboratory and field observations. Classes will be a mixture of lecture and group activities. Course content is divided into five case studies, such that students are introduced to a question in physical geography, then will learn global scale processes and apply them to local examples:
- What factors govern the weather and climate of BC?
- Climate change: What are the actual and potential impacts in BC?
- The Cascadia subduction zone: Will BC experience the Big One earthquake?
- How can we monitor the “health” of the Fraser River Basin?
- How has glaciation shaped Canadian landscapes, and what is the status of contemporary glaciers in Canada?
No labs in the first week of classes.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Develop a general understanding of the Earth system as studied in physical geography, including the processes, flows of energy, and inter-relationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere.
- Apply knowledge about how the above large-scale processes, energy flows, and inter-relationships to a local case example.
- Explore and apply course concepts through Laboratory Exercises.
- Critically and collaboratively synthesize core course material.
- Class engagement activities 10%
- Case Study Quizzes (x5) 40%
- Laboratory Exercises (x9) 27%
- Lab Exam 23%
Grade structure (subject to change):
Required e-Text Book (free): Perkins, A. Investigating Earth’s Systems. (available online).
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