EAPS 120

Introduction to Geography
CRN: 68900

Use CRN: 68900 to register for the course at myPurdue website.

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Course At A Glance

7 weeks

15-20 hours of work per week

Schedule Type: Distance Learning

Instructional Method: Online
(This section is delivered 100% online)

Format: The course is entirely online, and so you can do this course anywhere that you can get access to a reliable internet connection, and you do not have to come to campus at all.

Assessments: There are no exams in this course. The course assignments have deadlines, but there is nothing in the course that requires you to be on your computer at a specific time. This means that you can arrange your course work around other things you are doing.

Are you interested in starting the course earlier? You can login to Blackboard before the scheduled start date, and complete all of the individual activities in the course. The instructor will tell you when these individual activities are open – typically a month before the scheduled start date. The rest of the course has to be done as scheduled because it involves online interactions with the rest of your classmates.

Course Instructor

Prof. Wen-wen Tung

Wen-wen Tung
Associate Professor in Atmospheric Sciences

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About the Course

Have you always wondered about the patterns and connections in the world around you? Such as,

  • Why is so much corn grown in Indiana?
  • What controls patterns of immigration?
  • How do different languages develop and spread?

Join us to in this 100% online introductory course for non-majors that is approved for the core curriculum under Science, Technology, and Society (STS). You will enhance your spatial thinking skills, geographic literacy, and understand the relevance of geographic concepts and how they relate to our changing world. Geography plays an important role in our everyday lives, as we are constantly using geographic concepts and tools to interpret and process information. concepts and tools to interpret and process information (e.g. Google Earth, digital maps, GPS) and to help us make decisions. Yet few people know what modern geography is really about. This course will provide you with an overview of the three major themes of geography: physical, human, and regional geography, which will heighten your awareness of global issues and provide you with tools to understand how the world around you changes at local, regional, and global scales.

This course is entirely open book and it includes assignments that involve working with geographic data and concepts, writing, discussion, and quizzes.

Course Goals

  • Identify and apply the basic principles of earth system processes, people and places, the distribution of resources, and how these factors shape the world as we know it.
  • Develop your ability to think spatially and understand changing interconnections between people, places, and environment.
  • Identify the relevance of geographic concepts to addressing key issues for people and society.

Learning Resources

Introduction to Contemporary Geography e-textbook and Modified Mastering Geography interactive online tool designed to allow students to view and manipulate geographic data and complete course assignments and quizzes. You will buy these together through the course blackboard site, and the total cost for these learning resources was $74.95 in Spring 2016.

Course Themes

Theme 1: Thinking geographically

Theme 2: Earth physical processes: Climate, Weather & Climate Change

Theme 3: Earth physical processes: Landforms

Theme 4: Earth physical processes: Biosphere

Theme 5: Natural Resources

Theme 6: People & Place: Population and Migration

Theme 7: People & Place: Specialization Theme