Syllabi For Human Geography GY220 Fall 2010
Human Geography GY 220

GY 220 10386 0013 Fall 2010

Instructor: Dr. Miriam Helen Hill
Office: 205 Martin Hall
Office Hours: 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday or by e-mail or WWW by appointment in the virtual classroom or AOL IM or Skype

E-Mail Address: or
Telephone: (256) 782-8063 (contact me by E-MAIL)

Text: Erin H. Fouberg; Alexander B. Murphy; H. J. de Blij, Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture 9th ed., Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009. 978-0470-38258-5

MS Office 2007 (or 2010) is highly recommended. Check out this offer.

Other Materials: a ruler, basic function calculator, and other such basic classroom and office instruments will be required.

Homepages: The class homepages are at Some materials may be posted on the Blackboard server. The web address of the Distance Learning Site is:

Dr. M. H. Hill's homepage is at This site has links to these and other web sites. If the part of the URL becomes inactive, replace with

Grading: Four examinations, each counting 25% of the grade will be given in class. Extra points may be available on the exams and during class sessions. Points made available in class are only available to those students who are present. No make up examinations will be available without prior arrangements. During the final examination period, students may opt to take up to two of these four exams for grade improvement. The highest of the two scores will be used for grade calculations.

Guaranteed percentage grades will be: above 90% A; 80-90% B; 70-80% C; 60-70% D; below 60% F. Grades are rounded to .01 or hundredths. Deadline for completion of the course is 12:30 p.m. Central Time, TUESDAY December 7, 2010.

Blackboard Gradebook: Be sure to check Tools/My Grade to make sure that any work submitted into Blackboard has scores that are officially recorded. Blackboard reports all time overruns and crashes as either ! or icons. These scores count as 0 points. These scores may remain visible in the student's gradebook even after more work has been successfully completed. To view subsequent scores, click on the icon. The professor's gradebook shows the highest score achieved even though the student must look further into the grading system to see the record. This is the way Blackboard functions and is not an issue about the system. After submitting work, check for the successful entry of the scores into your gradebook hierarchy through Tools. When submitting work, allow for transmission time!

"All materials presented in this class are done so with educational goals in mind and are not intended to cause distress of any nature. Please be aware that controversial materials, theories, exhibits, etc. will be presented in this class. If you are unwilling or unable to view these presentations in the educational light in which they are presented, then you need to reconsider your enrollment in this class."

E-mail contact: All e-mail contacts will be through the JSU GEM address. If this is not your preferred address, be sure to place a FORWARD on this GEM account by logging in to your GEM address and completing the forward option on the left side of the screen. Send yourself a test e-mail at your GEM address to be certain that your forward is functional.

Reading Assignments: Use the attached schedule to read the assignments BEFORE class.

Disabilities: According to Public Law 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jacksonville State University will provide reasonable access and appropriate accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled students. If you need such access or accommodations, please consult with Disability Support Services and your professor immediately.

Additional Comments: No individual extra credit papers, projects, or activities will be allowed.

Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is defined to include any form of cheating or plagiarism. A discussion of the topic is set forth in the student handbook. Working and studying with classmates is beneficial and to be encouraged. Copying work is not to be confused with comparing work and discussing similarities and differences. You are responsible for both understanding answers submitted and the completion of the materials. Academic dishonesty will receive a grade of zero for the assignment or F in the course depending on the severity of the offense and will be reported.

Questions or problems: Please contact the professor. Asking questions is an extremely important part of the learning process. For course management questions, review the syllabus. Many of the questions are answered in this document.

This syllabus is in no way binding. All information is subject to change. Any changes made by the instructor will be announced in class or through e-mails or posting to the Announcements area in Blackboard.

Class Schedule: Use the outline below to complete the assigned readings and activities. Note that a tentative schedule is given. F10

Aug. 26Introduction Oct. 19Urban, Transportation9
Sept. 2Maps and Models 26Development10
9Migration and Behavior3Nov. 2EXAM 3
14  4Agriculture11
21EXAM 111Food 
23Race, Ethnicity516Industrial, Service12
30Literature 23Globalization14
7  Dec. 2EXAM 4
12EXAM 2Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Retake Options

All work must be completed by 12:30 p.m. Central Time (time at JSU), December 7, 2010.