Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation:

1. Description -
Study of extreme regional variations within California. Factors contributing to landscape change. Examination of exploration, settlement, economic development, and urban-industrial-transportation patterns. Extensive use of maps, GIS, Internet and current events.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify California's physical and cultural regions and characteristics.
  2. Develop a "mental picture" of developed and wild areas.
  3. Understand activities and historic processes which modified California's natural and cultural aspects.
  4. Increase analytic awareness of spatial variations
  5. Recognize cultural landscapes in relation to pre- and post-European settlements.
  6. Grasp historic uniqueness of physical and cultural imprints.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Use of available computer labs and Internet access on campus for GIS presentations and student projects. When taught as an online distance learning section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous Internet and Email access.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Physical Geography
    1. Global location
    2. Diversity
    3. Resource distribution
  2. Human Geography
    1. Pre-Columbian settlement patterns
    2. Pre-Gold Rush exploration and settlement
    3. Gold Rush exploration, exploitation, and settlement
    4. Post War population explosion
    5. Modern Industrialization
  3. Trends and challenges
    1. Population
    2. Immigration
    3. Transportation
    4. Resource Development
    5. Wilderness Management
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Two one-hour examinations, and final examination.
  2. Quizzes and outside class projects.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Selby, William; Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey 2006.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read assigned chapters in the text and answer end of chapter questions.
  2. Papers and projects involving critical thinking and analytical oral and/or written skills including consideration of events and ideas from multiple perspectives utilizing tools relevant to the discipline such as maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
13. Need/Justification -
This is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Geography.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2012-03-21 15:00:32

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines