GEOG 1000: Fundamentals of World Regional Geography - Peterson



This course has been based on the World Wide Web since January of 1996, less than three years after the introduction of the first graphical web browser. The combination of lecture notes, maps, interactive quizzes, and pictures pages is now the most comprehensive collection of resources for a world regional geography course available online. The Web assignment is designed to improve or add to the online materials. In Google, "Geography Peterson" will lead you to the course.


The goal of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of the basic principles of geography and apply those principles to the study of world regions. The course emphasizes the physical and human characteristics that make regions of the world distinctive. The physical environment includes landforms and climate while the human landscape is characterized by language, religion, population characteristics, and economic development. All of these characteristics help define regions and help us understand the world. An important aspect of any modern university course is to develop the ability to critically analyze online resources. It is very important to be able to evaluate whether information is correct and unbiased.


Available through
1. Outline Maps and Data. The maps in this packet will be used for almost every lecture but you only need to bring a limited number of maps each time. It will be clear which maps to bring and when.
2. Textbooks on reserve in the library under my name. These textbooks were sent to me by the publishersat no cost. Each textbook is usually between $120-$150.
3. Five colored pens, preferably a Studio Marker with both fine and broad tips. Colors should be contrasting and distinguishable, like these "landscape" colors.
Blick Art Materials | 7829 Dodge St. Omaha, or Online
4. Drawing Pen with Waterproof Ink - 0.2 to 0.5 mm - Black (or get both)
Bookstore, Blick or Online
5. 10" Triangle to be used to as an aid to label the sketch maps.
Bookstore, Blick or Online
6. World News section of the New York Times. This newspaper is available for free on campus and a limited version is available online.
Campus newspaper boxes
7. Calculator with an exponent key. The calculator will be used to estimate future populations based on current growth rates. Make sure to bring the calculator with you to the mid-term and final exams.
Bookstore or Online

Course Conduct

I ask that you be considerate of others in class. Activities such as talking, whispering, exchanging notes,or reading a newspaper in class all disturb the people around you. They may take their college education more seriously than you do. If I see you engaged in these activities, I will ask you to stop. If you continue, I will ask you to leave. If this happens more than once, you can be removed from the course. If you must use a computer, sit in the back of the room so you do not disturb anybody else.

Sketch Maps

Drawing maps is the best way to learn about the world. Some of the maps that you make will involve the shading of areas with colored pens. Other maps call for the labeling of countries, cities or rivers. With the right pens, and some practice, these maps can be done fairly quickly. Neatly done maps are worth up to 4 points.

Use of the Data Sheet

The data sheet in the Outline Maps and Data packet is a major component of the course. Examine the population characteristics of each region as we are talking about them. Particularly examine the population figures, natural increase, infant mortality, percent urban population and per capita GNI-PPP (gross national product in purchasing power parity). Try to group the countries into categories. Compare natural increase figures within a region. Which countries are growing the fastest? Which countries have a high infant mortality rate or a high percent urban population? What are the highest and lowest GNP's in each region?

Use of Reserve Readings

A number of textbooks have been placed on reserve in the library. These resources are to used for your webpage assignments, especially the Notes page, and will be listed in the reference section. You should also spend some time each week reading chapters from these textbooks that are related to the topics that we are discussing.


Two exams will be given. The mid-term will have 50 questions and the final will have 100. Most of the questions come from the lectures. Many are from the interactive quizzes while others are from the questions in notes pages.


Unannounced quizzes will usually ask about a particular topic from the previous lecture or a particular online resource. These are worth either 5 or 10 points.

Picture Identification Quizzes

Quizzes will be given based on pictures shown in class. Usually, two questions will be asked: 1) Where is the picture from; and 2) What meaning can be derived from the picture. These quizzes are not announced and are worth 10 points.

Regional Map Quizzes

Five regional map quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Rather than taking class time, the quizzes will be given in the Geography department testing room (DSC 294) during announced one-week periods.

World Map Quiz

To test your knowledge of the location of countries, a world by country map exam will be given in conjunction with the final exam. This is a multiple choice test. You will be given a map of the world and 50 multiple choice questions. You will need find the correct country for each of the 50 countries indicated on the map.

Web Assignments

The web page helps add to the online materials. We will concentrate this semester on the Notes and Interactive Quiz page. You have a choice of doing either.

Late Assignments

In order to get properly graded, all assignments are due in the classroom at the beginning of class on the assigned date. Late assignments are not accepted, nor can assignments be placed in my mailbox. Late assignments, or assignments that are not submitted at the beginning of class receive a grade of zero.

Two of the lowest sketch map grades are dropped so missing two of these assignments will not affect your grade. You also have the potential of earning 1048 total points.

Grading in points


Mid-Term Exam (50 questions) 100
Final Exam (100 questions) 200


47 sketch maps (4 pts each; lowest 2 are dropped) 180
Population projections 10
quiztry.htm assignment 25
Notes or Interactive Quiz on paper 50
Notes or Interactive Quiz initial online 25
Notes or Interactive Quiz final version 100


Quizzes / Picture Identification 100
Africa Map Quiz (given during announced one week period in DSC 294) 50
Asia Map Quiz (given during announced one week period in DSC 294) 44
Europe (given during announced one week period in DSC 294) 37
Latin America (given during announced one week period in DSC 294) 27
US by State (given during announced one week period in DSC 294) 50
World Map Quiz (50 multiple choice; given with final exam) 50
Overall Total

Cut-offs for letter grades: A: 90%; B: 80%; C: 70%; and D: 60%
A+: 97 and above; A: 93-97; A-: 90-93; B+: 87-90; B: 83-87; B-: 80-83; etc.

Grade Reports

Blackboard is used for showing grades ( Check your grades periodically.
If there is a problem with a recorded grade, see the Teaching Assistant. This individual records all grades.

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