Richard Harwood's Courses

Regional Geography 105

Regional Geography 105
Section 001
Course Syllabus - Spring 2017

People in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Course Description

GEOG 105: A study of the world's cultural, economic, historical, political, environmental and physiographic features. The regions which are examined and discussed include Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asian and the Pacific. 3 lecture hours per week. IAI: S4 900N

Class Meetings

Building 2 Room 219
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday


Richard Harwood

Office Hours

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9:00-9:50, Monday-Wednesday 12:00-12:50 p.m., Building 2, Rm 266, Tel. 309-796-5271. To arrange a meeting at times other than those listed, talk to the instructor in class, or during office hours. E-mail: Click here to see Richard Harwood's schedule.

Course Schedule

Date Subject Reading List Homework & Quizzes
Jan. 17 Introduction to Class: Outline, Expectations    
Jan. 19 World Regional Geography World Regional Articles NG Survey
Jan. 24 Indicators of Development Development Articles  
Jan. 26 Europe Europe Articles HW #1 due
Jan. 31 Russia: Heartland and Rimland Russia: Heartland and Rimland Articles Summary Paper #1 due
Feb. 2 Metropolitan Growth Metropolitan Growth Articles  
Feb. 7 Metropolitan Growth Metropolitan Growth Articles Map Quiz #1: Europe
Feb. 9 Open Date    
Feb. 14 Exam I    
Feb. 16 Middle America Middle America Articles Map Quiz #2: North America
Feb. 21 The Peace Corps    
Feb. 23 Cultural Spheres of South America South America Articles HW #2 due
Feb. 28 Amazon River and Forest Amazon Articles  
Mar. 2 Chile: Volcanoes, Glaciers and Deserts Chile Articles Map Quiz #3: Latin America
Mar. 7 Open Date    
Mar. 9 Exam II    
Mar. 14-16 Spring Break - NO CLASSES    
Mar. 21 North Africa and Southwest Asia North Africa Articles HW #3 due
Mar. 23 Iraq Iraq Articles  
Mar. 28 Subsaharan Africa Subsaharan Articles Map Quiz #4: North Africa and SW Asia
Mar. 30 The Berlin Conference of 1884 Berlin Conference Summary Paper #2 due
Apr. 4 Africa: A History Denied Africa History Articles  
Apr. 6 Demographics Demographics Articles Map Quiz #5: Sub-Saharan Africa
Apr. 11 Open Date    
Apr. 13 Exam III    
Apr. 18 China: Resources and Recycling China Resources Articles  
Apr. 20 China: Culture, Politics, Economics and Population China Articles HW #4 due
Apr. 25 Japan: Path to Modernization Japan Articles  
Apr. 27 Vietnam War Vietnam Articles  
May. 2 Vietnam War Vietnam Articles  
May 4 Australia Australia Articles Map Quiz #6: Asia, Australia, and Oceania
May 9 Open Date   Course Evaluation; NG Survey 2
May 16 Exam IV - 8:00 - 9:50 a.m.    

* - Additional reading material for some of the topics presented during lecture are available on the Assignment Guide web page. This material includes essays on various concepts and original publications of journal articles.

The schedule is subject to changes during the semester. Students are responsible for keeping track of changes. The web page schedule will be updated when changes occur.

A detailed outline of each day's topics is available at the Study Material links on the course web page.

Text Material - Required

Regional Geography 105 CoursePack, Editor Richard Harwood

GEOG 105 Homework and Map Assignments, by Richard Harwood

Atlas - Optional/Recommended

Rand McNally World Atlas

Study Material

The Study Material link on the course web page will take you to a list of links for the lectures during the semester. Each link takes you to an outline of the lecture material that will be presented during that lecture. There is also a link to a Study Guide for that topic. The Study Guide is a list of questions and topics that you should be able to answer and address after the lecture and reading assignments have been completed.

NOTICE: It is strongly recommended that students access, print out and read the lecture notes and study guides prior to attending class. Having these during class will greatly reduce the amount of notes you will be taking and allow you to focus on the main points of the lecture.

WARNING: The web page lecture notes are intended to be used to enhance and assist students in acquiring and learning the material presented in the lectures. They are designed to allow students to follow along and contribute to lectures without the need to write everything down in notes. The web page lecture notes, however, do not contain all of the material presented in class. The web page lecture notes are not a substitute for coming to lecture - attendance is required for successful completion of the course. The web page lecture notes alone will not see you through this course without attending lecture.

Students may access the Internet at any of the open computer labs on campus. Computers are available in the Independent Learning Center, Library and the Science Resources Lab (Rm 2-210). Students do not need an account or login name to access the Internet in these labs. Assistance is available in the labs for students that have never accessed material on the World Wide Web.

Assignment Guide

The Assignment Guide link on the course web page lists the daily reading assignments, homework assignments and other activities. This is your guide to what you need to be doing for each topic during the semester.

Reading Assignments

This course does not use a traditional textbook. However, that does not mean there isn't text material for the course. No single textbook covers all of the topics that will be covered in this course. As a result, the reading assignments use a varity of materials including journal articles, magazine articles, newspaper articles, selected text from books, web pages, and other web-based resources. The total amount of reading material for this course is equivalent to a full-sized textbook. The difference is that it is not all located in one source.

The Assignment Guide lists the articles and web pages that are the reading assignment for each lecture. Some of the material is located within the Regional Geography 105 CoursePack. The Regional Geography 105 CoursePack (available in the BHC bookstore) contains one printed article and an access code. Follow the directions listed in the Regional Geography 105 CoursePack to access these online articles.


There are four exams. Each exam will that section's materials. Exams may not be taken before the scheduled exam time - no exceptions.

Exam Format

Each exam may contain one or more of the following items: multiple choice questions, true/false statements, matching, fill-in-the-blank statements, and short essay topics. Material for these questions will come from lecture material, reading assignments, web page reading assignments and homework assignments. All exams will contain 1 full length essay topic. Students will be required to answer the selected topic. The essay topics may be found at the Study Material link on the course web page. Students should read the Essay Policy prior to taking an exam.

Missed Exams and Quizzes

Missed exams and map quizzes will be made up by class time the first day that the student returns to class - no exceptions. For example, let's say you miss the first exam on Tuesday, Feb. 14th. You then come to the next class period on Thursday, Feb. 16th. You would be required to take the exam at that time, during the class period. Failure to take the exam or map quiz at that time will result in a score of zero. All missed exams will be taken in the ILC's Testing Center. Students may arrange to take the exam prior to the next class period, and are encouraged to do so. Contact the ILC for Testing Room hours. Contact the instructor regarding missed map quizzes.

Homework Assignments

Homework assignments will be due on the date indicated in the schedule above. Assignments turned in after the beginning of class are considered to be late. Late assignments will be accepted for credit. 10 points will be subtracted from the score for each day that an assignment is late. All assignments listed are part of the course materials and will be covered on the exams. Additional homework assignment information is available on the Homework web page. It is the student's responsibility to complete and submit the assignments.

Country and Map Identification Quizzes

Students will be expected to be able to identify on a map all of the countries in the regions studied. There will be 6 map quizzes that will cover this material. Map assignment practice materials are in the GEOG 105 Homework and Map Assignments packet available from the campus bookstore. Addition interactive map identification practice activities can be found on the Study Material web page.

Summary Papers and Discussion

Discussions of selected reading articles will be held during the class period. Students will summarize each article and present their position on each issue in a three page paper. This paper will then form the basis for a classroom discussion and debate of the topic. See the Course Schedule above and Assignment Guide for the specific topics and instructions for preparation of the summary paper.

Extra Credit

There are no extra credit assignments.


The final grade will be calculated according to the following percentages:
     Exams and Map Quizzes - 75%
     Homework and Other Assignments - 25%

Click here to use a Grade Calculator to figure out your grade in the course.


All grades will be assigned using the following scale:
     90-100% = A
     80-89% = B
     70-79% = C
     60-69% = D
     <60% = F
No incompletes (I) will be given for any reason.

My policy on grades is that you will receive the grade that you earn. I do not "give" grades, you earn them. The grade that you earn will be based upon your knowledge of the required material, your skills in the required activities and your participation, performance and attitude.

Web Page Grade Posting

Individual grades may be accessed through myBlackHawk and Canvas (formerly Blackboard/WebCT).
See the Canvas Access section above for details on your access to this information.


Daily attendance is taken in this course. If you miss four lecture class hours, either consecutively or cumulatively, you may be officially withdrawn from the class for non-attendance. For additional information see the attendance policy section in the Student Handbook.

Missed Classes

I am not interested in hearing excuses for missed classes. Whether you are in class or not, you are responsible for all material and announcements presented in the lecture. It is your job to make sure you have all of the current information. Missed assignments must be turned in by class time the first day that the student returns to class - no exceptions. Missed exams will be made up by class time the first day that the student returns to class - no exceptions. Failure to take the exam at that time will result in a score of zero.


You are all adults and I expect you to have behavior appropriate to a college level class - this is not High School. The classroom environment should be professional and friendly. Anyone showing disruptive behavior will be asked to leave. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to: a) using profanities, b) intentionally damaging classroom or laboratory materials, c) using cellular phones (Cell phones are to be turned off during class and exams), d) playing video games, surfing the internet or using a computer for anything other than class related activities while the instructor is addressing the class, e) placing feet on the lab table tops while class is in session, f) excessive talking while the instructor is addressing the class, and g) creating an environment that is not conducive to learning for others.

Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Copying another's work, plagiarism and cheating on tests may be punishable by a failing grade on that assignment or exam, or a failing grade for the course - depending on the severity of the incident.

Recording of Lectures

Whether in analog or digital format, audio recordings, video recordings and still imagery of lectures and lecture materials are permitted for the express purpose of assisting the student in learning the course materials. The instructor must be notified if you are making recordings. Recordings are for the personal use of the student only. No recording may be copied, reproduced, transferred, shared, sold or distributed for any reason. Recordings may not be posted on the internet or any intranet, web site, blog, social media site or any other electronically hosted site. Engaging in any of the proscribed activities may result in the student receiving a failing grade, and may result in additional legal actions. For additional information see the "Use of Copyright Materials" section in the Student Handbook.

Food in the Classroom

I have no objection to your bringing food or drink into lecture. However, it is your responsibility to clean up after yourself. Because other instructors and students use this classroom, don't leave your trash on the lab benches. Put all aluminum cans, plastic bottles and office paper in the proper recycling containers in the hall. Throw all other trash in the waste can in the classroom. If I find trash being left on the lab benches in lecture I will ban all food and drink for everyone for the remainder of the semester.

Due Dates

You are responsible for knowing due dates and exam dates. They are on your syllabus, know them, even if they are not announced in class.

Class Preparation

I expect you to have read the lecture assignments prior to coming to class. Be prepared to discuss the material. A discussion requires at least two people that have read the material and are prepared to examine that information. A discussion with only one participant is a lecture.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1) Describe and identify the basic characteristics of global regions.
2) Identify countries features by name and map location.
3) Describe the basic concepts used to study global regions.
4) Analyze the characteristics, distribution and cultural complexity of human populations.
5) Develop an awareness of their place in the global community.

Assessment of Student Learning

The following assessment methods, measures and techniques may be used during the semester to determine how well students are learning.

Background Knowledge Probes; Muddiest Point; Classroom Opinion Polls; Misconception/Preconception Check; Formal student evaluations; Group discussions and comments; Student research papers; Student oral presentations; Written exams; Questioning of prior material; Questioning and discussions during lab periods; Analysis of individual student's comments, questions and answers to instructor questions during the class period; Analysis of lab activities for clarity, workability and content, based on student participation, questions, assignment answers and comments in lab; Individualized tutoring for students.

Withdrawal from the Course

Students are strongly encouraged to talk with the instructor before withdrawing from the course to discuss your reasons for withdrawal, and to discuss options other than withdrawal. If you need to withdraw from the course for any reason, you may do so without instructor approval prior to completion of three-quarters of the course. Withdrawal from the course is the responsibility of the student. Students may either complete the Black Hawk College Add/Drop form or send a letter, fax, or email from the student's myBlackHawk account to the Registrar. After three-quarters of the course is completed, but no later than the last scheduled day of instruction, students must obtain instructor permission to withdraw from the course. Students may not drop the course after the last day of instruction. (see the Student Handbook for the official college policy on withdrawals)