Dr. RDK Herman
Office: Linthicum 28
General Objectives: "World Regional Geography" elaborates the interactions and interconnections between environment, culture, economy, demographics, and politics world-wide. Within this vast and highly demanding project, our aim is to grasp fundamental principles and interrelationships within and among these factors, as well as the ideological models by which these factors and their interrelationships may be understood. This course aims to develop an enhanced and critical understanding of basic geographic principles and to engender in students a strong sense of their place among peoples of the world.
Specific Aims: By the end of this course, students
Towards this end, the course will involve
This course uses plus-and-minus grading based on a 100-point scale. In the event that the total points possible is not 100, a percentage scale will be used to determine your grade out of 100%.
Excellence--in either performance or effort--is expected. Mediocrity is not rewarded.
General Guidelines: General
Map Quizzes will come at the beginning of the week for the week that region is assigned. Map quizzes cover primarily countries, but some include rivers, mountains, and other geographical features of importance. Study guides to the map quizzes are posted at the course website listed on the front of this syllabus. There are no surprises. You will be given a blank map similar to the one on the website, and asked to identify five items. It’s over fast, and your grade is based on your best 10.
Class participation is based on number of unexcused absences. Excused absences involve doctor’s note or other documentation of your need to miss class. You are allowed two unexcused absences. After that, you will lose1 point for each unexcused absence up to a total of ten possible points. Perfect attendance will earn two bonus points. One unexcused absence will earn one bonus point. More than two absences will lose points as follows: 1:1, 2:2, 3:3, 4:4.
Late assignment policy:
Academic dishonesty is not accepted in this course. Cheating on a map quiz will result in a deduction of 10 points from your overall assessment. Cheating on an exam or handing in plagiarized materials will result in an automatic failing grade for the course.
Students with Disabilities:
This course is in compliance with Towson University policies for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with Disability Support. Students who suspect that they have a disability but do not have documentation are encouraged to contact DSS for advice on how to obtain appropriate evaluation. A memo from DSS authorizing your accommodation is needed before any accommodation can be made.
IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM:
Come see me. If you are having serious trouble either in the class, or coming to class, or getting the work done, don’t let it slide without letting me know. We’ll try to salvage what we can for you.
NOTE: All of the guidelines and grading schemes outlined on the syllabus may be subject to change in order to better suit the talents and needs of the class.