Fall 2022 - GEOG 111 D100

Earth Systems (3)

Class Number: 2879

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Tara Holland
    Office: RCB 6147
    Office Hours: TBA



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:

  1. What factors govern the weather and climate of BC?
  2. Climate change: What are the actual and potential impacts in BC?
  3. The Cascadia subduction zone: Will BC experience the Big One earthquake?
  4. How can we monitor the “health” of the Fraser River Basin?
  5. How has glaciation shaped Canadian landscapes, and what is the status of contemporary glaciers in Canada?

No labs in the first week of classes.


  • 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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