Central Washington University, Department of Geography

Geography Capstone

Credits: 2

GEOG 489

From the catalog:

Description:
Assessment of past coursework and exploration of future opportunities.

Prerequisites:
Prerequisites: senior standing and admission to a geography major.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Geography 489 aims to fulfill four objectives: 1) to help you situate yourselves as geography majors in the broader story of geography as a dynamic and important discipline of study; 2) to give you an opportunity to synthesize the ideas, information, and tools you have learned in the many geography courses you have taken; 3) to assess how well you have learned what a geography major should know; and 4) to assess the effectiveness of the CWU Geography Department’s curriculum and faculty in preparing you for graduation and the next phase of your career

Professor:

Dr. Robert Hickey
234 Dean Hall
Phone: 963-2178
e-mail: rhickey@cwu.edu
Home Page: http://www.onlinegeographer.com

Office Hours: Tu/Th 10:00-11:00

Lecture/Lab Program

        Time: Tuesdays from 1-3

Text

    1. Required book (we will be going through it one chapter per week): Prisoners of Geography byTim Marshall.
    2. Lecture information (very rough lecture notes, reading lists, syllabus, etc..) will be on the web (accessible through my home page, URL above).

Requirements

The following requirements are compulsory.  Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the student failing the class.

Assignments, practicals, and reading writeups must be submitted by the DUE DATE to qualify for full marks unless PRIOR arrangements have been made with the professor.  Late assignments will be penalised by reducing the marks achieved by 25 percent (or .25 point, whichever is larger) for each day or part of day that the work is late. 

To pass the class, students must:

Assessment

type Percent Description
Text quizzes 10% there will be a weekly quiz worth 1%. It will be conducted on Canvas and will be due just before each class.
Self assessment 15% (see below for assignment)
in class exercises 10%  
Research Project 40%  
final exam 10% Final Exam due by 5PM on wednesday, 5 December.

Exit Interview

15% (see below for more info)
Total 100%  

SELF ASSESSMENT
On October 9th at the start of class, every member of the class will hand in a 6 page assessment of your individual program of study and what you did or did not get out of it. The first five pages should correspond more or less to each of the five required subfields of the major, and titled as such: Regional Geography; Physical Geography; Human Geography; Resource Geography; and Techniques in Geography: i.e., page one should be devoted to assessing your learning experience taking GEOG 101 and an upper division regional course; page two should be devoted to assessing your learning experience taking GEOG 107 and an upper division physical course; page three should address GEOG 108 and an upper division human course; page four should assess GEOG 250 and an upper division resource geography course; and page five will deal with GEOG 203 and an upper division techniques course. The last page will be your overall self-assessment of your program of study as major, including what you did learn, and what you wished you might have learned, and what specialization, if any, you decided to concentrate on. Note: if you did the Bachelor of Science and did not have upper level courses in each of the categories named above, you may adjust your essay accordingly, devoting more attention to those parts of the curriculum you emphasized (e.g., techniques).

IN CLASS EXERCISES
To make our class time more engaging and effective, you will do a series of in-class exercises. These short assignments will relate to the course objectives described above and will be designed to be completed in 15-25 minutes. Each will be due during class period in which it is assigned and will be worth 2% of your final course grade. 

RESEARCH PROJECT
The most important assignment for Capstone is a group research project. Over the course of the quarter, we will be collecting data, analyzing it, putting it into a literature context, and producing a final paper. If it's good enough, we'll submit it for publicaiton in a peer-reviewed journal. See the assignment instructions for further details.

EXIT INTERVIEW
During the last week of the quarter, each student will schedule an individual meeting to discuss future prospects. You will bring to that meeting a hard copy printout of an actual job advertisement that calls for the educational background you now possess, along with a letter of application for that position, and your resume. Whether you choose to actually apply for that job or to make it a hypothetical situation, the employment opportunity must be real and it must be currently advertised. Alternatively you may select a graduate program you wish to apply for, and prepare a letter of application for that program (and bring your resume).

Misc. Rules:

The following requirements are compulsory. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the student failing the class.

READ THIS CAREFULLY -- IT IS VERY IMPORTANT!

Copying another student's work with or without his/her knowledge, or giving/receiving aid during any test or examination is cheating. Any student caught cheating will receive a final grade of "F" regardless of grades earned on other assessed work.

Copying an author's work without proper citation is plagiarism. Ensure that you provide proper citation in ALL WRITTEN WORK submitted in this class. Plagarism (including copying another student's work) will result in a final grade of "F" regardless of grades earned on other assessed work.

Make-up exams: Students are required to take all examinations at the assigned times. Make-ups are given only in cases of documented illness or personal emergency. Contact your instructor either before or within 24 hours after the exam/quiz. Failure to promptly and adequately explain your absence will result in a "0" on a missed exam. Exams may not be taken early under any circumstances. ALL makeups will be given immediately following the final exam - no other times will be acceptable. In other words, IF the student sees the professor asap AND get permission to take a makeup, they may take the makeup after the final exam. The only exception will be university-required absences (ie travel to a game if on the team, conference presentations).

At the instructor's discretion: points will be deducted for classroom interruptions. This includes (but is not limited to) cell phones - a maximum of 1 point will be deducted for every time the phone rings (not per call). Answering the phone is included as a separate distraction. For example, Johnny's phone rings three times before he answers it (not turns it off) - he could lose 4 points (same as 4% of his final grade).

Course alterations: The instructor reserves the right to change the schedule, readings, exams, and assignments as deemed necessary to improve the quality of your education in this course.

A............................................ 93% - 100%
A-........................................... 90% - 93%
B+.......................................... 87% - 90%
B............................................ 83% - 87%
B-........................................... 80% - 83%
C+.......................................... 77% - 80%
C............................................ 73% - 77%
C-........................................... 70% - 73%
D+.......................................... 67% - 70%
D............................................ 63% - 67%
D-........................................... 60% - 63%

F          < 60%

 

Student conduct. Please review:

“CWU expects every member of the university community to contribute to an inclusive and respectful culture for all in its classrooms, work environments, and at campus events.”

Central Washington University is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any obstacles to learning, contact Disability Services to discuss a range of available options. Student Disability Services is located in Hogue 126. Call (509) 963-2214 or email ds@cwu.edu for more information.