1. Grading:

                        Exam 1                        = 30% of your grade
                        Exam 2                        = 30% of your grade
                        Exam 3 (final)              = 30% of your grade
                        Required essays         = 10% of your grade (5% each; see No. 2 below)

*Exams are not cumulative. Each exam will focus on the lecture topics covered in that section. Electronic devices are not allowed during exams. Dictionaries, electronic translators, tablets, laptops, smart phones and headsets/ear buds may not be used. Tentative dates are noted on the calendar. Actual date for each exam will be given at least a week in advance.
*All exams must be taken. If you miss any exam, an essay-style make-up will replace it.
*There will be no re-take exams. You have one chance to do well on each exam.
*Both essays must be submitted for grading. Missed essay(s) will earn 0 points and be included as such in your term average.

2. Required Essays.

Due by Monday, NOVEMBER 13, 2017 but may be handed in at any time prior to the that date without penalty. A lateness penalty as stated below will be assessed. TWO essays from the following 3 topics are to be submitted:

  1. From Chapter 1, you will discuss the contribution to the field of geography or to our knowledge of the world of a noted geographer, earth scientist or explorer not mentioned in class or in the textbook. Focus on the person’s contribution, not the biography and don’t refer to the person by his/her first name - as “Christopher discovered America in 1492.”
  2. From Chapter 2, you will discuss the relationship of climate change to ONE of the following current events topics:  the spread of disease OR the occurrence of severe weather phenomena OR the global food supply. Be specific discussing the example you select. Document facts and opinions of others.
  3. From Chapter 3, you will discuss any ONE natural process and how it is now deemed a natural hazard by government agencies and insurance companies. Focus on “people interacting with nature.”

Each essay must be typed and have a minimum length of one full page not counting the restated question and bibliography (1.5 line spacing with 1" margins). Maximum length is two pages of text. Maps and illustrations are additional pages. Short and long essays will be returned ungraded, as will hand-written essays. Essays handed in late will be penalized with a grade reduction.

3. Extra Credit.

There are several ways to earn extra credit. You may attempt all.

a) Atlas Exercises. In each section of the course, prior to the exam, there will be a set of atlas exercises for extra credit on topics relevant to the exam coverage. The extra credit exercises are found on the course homepage. The exercises are due no later than the start of the exam. Points will be added to the exam grade at the end of the section according to the following formula:
                                   100-90% correct          = 9 extra credit points
                                     89-80% correct           = 7 extra credit points
                                     79-70% correct           = 5 extra credit points
                                     69-60% correct           = 3 extra credit points
                                     59-50% correct           = 1 extra credit point  
           49- 0% correct or not submitted         = 0 extra credit points
Blue Scantron answer sheets will be distributed in class. NO atlas exercise Scantron sheet will be accepted after the exam, no matter how valid your reason.

b) Geographic Essays. You have the option to submit for extra credit a maximum of five analytical essays from the “Thinking Geographically” (TG) section at the end of each chapter. Just one discussion point may be selected from each TG box for the chapter selected. 

c) Other Forms of Extra Credit. A discussion paper, research paper or project of your choice may be used if approved in advance by Prof. Grande.

No Extra Credit Essays will be accepted after Dec. 11th.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.


  1. You are responsible for the content of all the lectures, reading assignments and class handouts. Assignments and handouts are distributed via the course home page on the Hunter College Geography Department’s web site (http://www.geo.hunter.cuny.edu/courses/cwpages.html) and in class, NOT ON BLACKBOARD.
    The textbook has a glossary of important terms and concepts. Each chapter has a list of key terms.
  2. Attendance is important.  Historically, there has been a direct correlation between poor attendance and poor grades.  Material outside of the textbook will be covered in class.
  3. All exams must be taken and required assignments submitted. Failure to do so by the end of the semester will result in a reduced grade unless arrangements are made with me in advance. Then an IN (incomplete) grade may be given. Late required assignments will be penalized. Do not schedule your travel plans to begin before the date of the final exam! See calendar below.
  4. Extra credit assignments are optional. Your final grade will not be adversely affected if you choose not to do them. The deadlines associated with them are firm. Late submissions will not be graded.
  5. Approval is required prior to beginning any extra credit research project. The topic of your extra credit research or discussion paper must be approved in advance to make sure the topic is manageable. Any student planning to do the research or discussion paper extra credit option must submit in writing a proposal with a justification showing your interest in the topic proposed and an outline of major points to be covered. It is important that your proposal be narrow in scope and focused on a topic.
  6. Lateness penalty. There will be a penalty for lateness of assignments with specific due dates including missed exams. This will reduce the grade earned by either 5 points or one +/- letter grade.
  7. Neatness counts. All graded work must be typed, printed and presented neatly. On exams, if I cannot read your writing, it is wrong. Consult the Hunter College Reading and Writing Center for citation and bibliographic formats (http://rwc.hunter.cuny.edu).
  8. Hunter College rules and regulations are strictly enforced including those governing the grades CR/NC and IN. Consult the Hunter College Catalog for details.
  9. Incomplete Grade. A grade of Incomplete (IN) is given at the discretion of the instructor for circumstances that are documented in advance. To earn credit for this course and receive a final grade, you must complete and submit the missing work by the end of the following semester as noted on the academic calendar. An IN (Incomplete) changes to an FIN (Failure) if the work is not completed by this deadline. This a College regulation with appeals to the HC Senate Grade Appeal Committee.
  10. Withdrawals and Drops. Students are responsible to adhering to the college guidelines concerning the dropping of a class early in the semester and the withdrawal from a class during the semester. Any student who stops attending class and who has not officially dropped or withdrawn from the course will be given a WU - unofficial withdrawal - which carries the same academic weight as an F.
  11. Academic Dishonesty. Cheating and plagiarism are grounds for failure and disciplinary action by the College. Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on examinations, obtaining unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents) as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty. The College is committed to enforcing the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures. The Internet is a resource for information, NOT a source of verbatim script. Every person has a unique writing style and use of grammar. Do not cut and paste text found at an Internet web site into your write-ups, research paper or project without proper citation. Any assignment may be randomly scanned by a search engine seeking key words. Plagiarism comes with an automatic failure for the assignment and referral to the Dean of Students for appropriate action. Don’t do it!
Last updated August 23, 2017 .