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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for GEO 221 Effective Spring 2021

Course Number:
GEO 221
Course Title:
Field Geography: The Local Landscape
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Course Description

Presents field research methods in human geography and applications of GIS Works to prepare cartographic presentation of community needs and resources while working directly with a community organization. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of Geography 221 the student will be able to:

  • Apply geographic concepts, research methods, and GIS to analyze issues of the local environment
  • Produce maps that communicate a purpose and adhere to the principles of good map design
  • Use direct observation and other data collection techniques to analyze issues of the local environment

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of themes, concepts, issues, competencies and skills by any combination of the following:

  • Creation of paper or web-based maps
  • Written results of class labs and exercises
  • Field observations exercises and projects
  • Final project on local issue
  • In-class discussions
  • Map Critiques

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  • Preparing for data collection
  • Measuring field phenomena
  • Sampling geographic phenomena
  • Collecting data by observing
  • Collecting data by asking questions
  • Implementing Field research design

Competencies and Skills:

  • Demonstrate the relevance of geography to the complex, real world.
  • Identify the links between geographic facts, principles and theories and those problems that are relevant in the real world.
  • Demonstrate skills in direct observation and use of maps.
  • Demonstrate the use of geographic models and recognition of geographic problems.
  • Identify various types of geographic interpretation such as spatial association and spatial interaction.